Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera Club by David F. MartinShadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera Club by David F. Martin

Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera Club

byDavid F. Martin, Nicolette Bromberg

Paperback | January 18, 2011

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Pictorialism emerged in the early twentieth century as a prominent style of fine art photography. Artists engaged in this style were interested in the effects of transient light and Japanese compositional elements. They developed innovative darkroom techniques to create unique soft-focus photographs that reflected contemporary painting styles. Historically, pictorial photography was narrowly defined by certain characteristics that gave an inaccurate assessment of its important contributions to the medium. Recent rediscoveries from American regional camera clubs, including the Seattle Camera Club (SCC), reveal that the movement was broader and more individualist than previously thought.

Shadows of a Fleeting World provides a rare glimpse into the regional Pictorialist movement. It documents the lives and artistic accomplishments of the SCC photographers. The SCC was one of the most active and successful in the United States, and, fortunately, preservation of its works and history allow for a rich interpretation of its art. Japanese immigrants formed the club?s core, and their work routinely blended Pictorialist methods with Japanese aesthetic traditions. The Japanese-influenced Pictorialist works of the SCC made a unique contribution to the international art movement.

The book is generously illustrated with images and prints from SCC artists, many of which have never been published before.

David F. Martin is an independent art historian and curator specializing in women and minority artists of the Pacific Northwest. Nicolette Bromberg is visual materials curator, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries.
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Title:Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and the Seattle Camera ClubFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 10.5 × 8.05 × 0.7 inPublished:January 18, 2011Publisher:University of Washington Press / Published with Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler GalleryLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295990856

ISBN - 13:9780295990859

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Pictorialism emerged in the early twentieth century as a prominent style of fine art photography. Artists engaged in this style were interested in the effects of transient light and Japanese compositional elements. They developed innovative darkroom techniques to create unique soft-focus photographs that reflected contemporary painting styles. Historically, pictorial photography was narrowly defined by certain characteristics that gave an inaccurate assessment of its important contributions to the medium. Recent rediscoveries from American regional camera clubs, including the Seattle Camera Club (SCC), reveal that the movement was broader and more individualist than previously thought.Shadows of a Fleeting World provides a rare glimpse into the regional Pictorialist movement. It documents the lives and artistic accomplishments of the SCC photographers. The SCC was one of the most active and successful in the United States, and, fortunately, preservation of its works and history allow for a rich interpretation of its art. Japanese immigrants formed the club?s core, and their work routinely blended Pictorialist methods with Japanese aesthetic traditions. The Japanese-influenced Pictorialist works of the SCC made a unique contribution to the international art movement.The book is generously illustrated with images and prints from SCC artists, many of which have never been published before.In February, the Henry Art Gallery, UW Libraries and UW Press are teaming up to bring the beauty of the Seattle Camera Club to the public with the publication of Shadows of a Fleeting World, and an exhibition of 100 works of the collection at the Henry Art Gallery. - Columns, Columns