April 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023

Virtual Exhibition – Camera Work: Pictorialism and Photogravure

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Featuring classic works from over 20 artists including Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Julia Margaret Cameron, Paul Strand, Heinrich Kühn, Hill and Adamson, Edward S. Curtis, Gertrude Käsebier, and many more.

This exhibition presents a selection of photogravures from Camera Work, a quarterly journal illustrating fine photogravure reproductions. Highlighted are portraits, landscape studies, and illustrations contained in editions of Camera Work issued from 1905-1913. The images presented in the exhibition are on loan from Jeff Appel, David Capes Photography LLC, John Foster, Mark Katzman Photography, Greg Keller, or from the IPHF Collections.

At the close of the nineteenth century, artists using the photographic medium in America and Europe were seeking to create images that evoked both thought and heightened feeling within the viewer. The printing method by which the photograph was conveyed was of primary importance in this endeavor. The photogravure – a method by which an original image is transferred to a metal plate for printing – was also becoming widely used at this time, especially when limited edition rendering in toned inks or pigments was desired


Image: Adolf de Meyer, Aida, A Maid of Tangier, 1912

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