Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Pictorial Photography ~ three yearbooks

Back in the day, a certain Clarence H. White was a leading light in the area of photography as art.  His influence can't be understated.

Yet within the photographic culture we remember little to nothing about him.  Stieglitz?  Yes.  Weston?  Yes.  Other practioners?  Not so much.

I have the strange sensation that since "pictorial" photography was practically outlawed by Edward Steichen after seeing the light (pun intended), many photographers and their work have been largely forgotten.

So it was something of a surprise to see on the Gutenberg Press that they have three year books edited by White that are available for free download.

If you are interested in pictorialism in photography, or soft focus lenses, or late-19c tools, materials, and techniques, or photographic history these might be worth a look.

Paris Doux