TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945 by Alison NordstromTruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945 by Alison Nordstrom

TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945

Contribution byAlison NordstromOtherGeorge Eastman House

Hardcover | October 7, 2011

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A stunning survey of an international movement that dramatically transformed the art of photography.

The hauntingly beautiful works of the Pictorialist movement are among the most spectacular photographs ever created. Beginning in the late 19th century, Pictorialist artists sought to elevate photography -- until then seen largely as a scientific tool for documentation -- to an art form equal to painting. Adopting a soft-focus approach and utilizing dramatic effects of light, richly coloured tones and bold technical experimentation, they opened up a new world of visual expression in photography. More than a hundred years later, their aesthetic remains highly influential.

TruthBeauty contains 121 stunning works by the form's renowned artists, including Julia Margaret Cameron, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Robert Demachy, Peter Henry Emerson, Gertrude Kasebier, Heinrich Kuhn, Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz. Together, the collected works trace the evolution of Pictorialism over the three decades in which it predominated. This marks the first time that Pictorialist photographs by artists from North America, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Japan and Australia are collected in a single publication. Scholarly essays, and a selection of historic texts by Pictoralist artists, complete this rich overview of the first truly international art movement.

This book was published in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Alison Nordstr�m is Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, and the Program Director of Ryerson University's Graduate Program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. She holds a PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies. She has curated over one...
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Title:TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945Format:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 11 × 9 × 0.72 inPublished:October 7, 2011Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1553659813

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Kathleen S. BartelsCrafting the Art of the Photograph by Alison Nordström and David Wooters, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and FilmArs Una, Species Mille: Pictorialist Photography in the Czech Lands by J. Luca Ackerman, Museum of Decorative Arts, PraguePictorial Photography in Japan by Ryuichi Kaneko, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of PhotographyAustralian Pictorial Photography: Seeing the Light by Gael Newton, Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Australia, CanberraReadings in the History of Pictorialism compiled by Jessica S. McDonaldArtist Biographies by J. Luca Ackerman, Satomi Fujimura, Jessica S. McDonaldPhotographic Process GlossaryNotes on Contributors List of Works in the Exhibition AcknowledgementsCopyright Page

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"Nordstrom presents an exquisite collection of photographs from around the world...the academic essays and gorgeous reproductions of many rare images ensure that academics and casual fans alike will get their money's worth." -- Publishers Weekly