Impressionist camera: pictorial photography in Europe, 1888-1918

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Merrell, Mar 1, 2006 - Photography - 343 pages
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From its earliest days, photography could not escape the pictorial traditions that had gone before it. This book, the first comprehensive study of Pictorialism in Europe, analyses the remarkable diversity of approaches taken by photographers across the continent whose practice was infused with contemporary debate about photography's relationship to art. Written by an international team of art and photography historians, Impressionist Camera examines the ways in which practitioners realized their pictorial vision, from the re-creation of Academic painting in photography to the use of soft focus to lend images an impressionistic quality. Also explored are the cross-currents with photography in America - where Pictorialism went on to flourish - including the seminal work of Alfred Stieglitz.

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About the author (2006)

Patrick Daum is curator of graphic art collections at the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France. Francis Ribemont is director of the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France. Phillip Prodger is guest curator of the exhibition Impressionist Camera at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri.

Phillip Prodger is the Lisette Model/Joseph G. Blum Fellow in history of photography at the National Gallery of Canada. He received a Ph.D. in history of art from the University of Cambridge, a Master's from Stanford University and a B.A. from Williams College. The author of many articles, he is editor of "Impressionist Camera: Pictorial Photography in Europe 1888-1918", and author of "Time Stands Still: Muybridge and the Instantaneous Photography Movement". His book "Darwin's Camera" will be published in 2007.