California Dreamin': Camera Clubs and the Pictorial Photography Tradition
Pictorial photography in the United States has been revived as a serious area of inquiry in recent decades, surviving the mid-century denigration it received as the photography establishment embraced a more modernist, "straight" photography, yet it is still under-examined. California Dreamin' uncovers the very active, yet relatively overlooked tradition of pictorial photography practiced in the context of camera clubs in California during the first half of the twentieth century. It gives Pictorialism, and specifically the West Coast Pictorial tradition, thoughtful attention, bringing together the work of well-known photographers who have secured a place in the photography canon - including Ansel Adams, Anne Brigman, and Edward Weston - with the work of
still lesser known photographers - such as William E. Dassonville, Will Connell, Arthur F. Kales, William Mortensen, and Karl Struss. This book also includes relatively unknown photographers such as Fred Archer, Louis Fleckenstein, Louis Goetz, and Kaye Shimojima, who were nevertheless quite active as Pictorial photographers on the West Coast in the early twentieth century. The broad selection of images discussed, many of which have never been reproduced before, showcases the work of over forty photographers and attests to the visual power, complexity, and breadth of photography created in the camera clubs.
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2004 Museum Associates/LACMA amateur American Amy Reed Collection Angeles County Fund Angeles County Museum Angeles Salon Anne Brigman Ansel Adams Archer ARNOLD GENTHE Art Gallery art photography Arthur F artists became California Camera Club California Dreamin California Photography California Pictorialism Camera Craft Centre for Photography club members Connell Dassonville Demachy Dennis Reed Collection Doolittle Edward Weston exhibited Fred Fred Archer FURTHER INFORMATION Gelatin silver bromide Gelatin silver print Genthe Gum print Hagemeyer Hollywood images International Salon John Paul Edwards Kales Karl Struss landscape Louis Fleckenstein Margrethe Mather Michael Dawson modernist Moerdyke Museum of Art Museum of California Oakland Museum Paul Getty Museum Peterson Photo Photo-Era Magazine Photo-Secession photogra Photographic Society Photography plate Pictorial Photography Platinum print portrait Reed & Amy Reed Collection plate Salon of Photography San Francisco Santa Barbara Sigismund Blumann silver bromide print soft-focus Stephen White Collection Stieglitz studio Tasker tographs Untitled William Mortensen Wilson Centre