Impressionist Camera

“Pictorial photography was one of the first truly international artistic movements. It quickly spread from its origins in Europe to America and Asia. In the thirty years or more in which Pictorialism flourished, few places escaped the movement’s reach, and the city of St. Louis was no exception. At the turn of the twentieth century, as the city prepared to Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, organizer Halsey Ives called on the great photographic societies of Europe to submit photographs for the exhibition. The invitation was debated hotly across Europe. Ives embraced the avant-garde and wanted the art exhibits at the World’s Fair to represent the most current developments in visual expression. ” (Benjamin, 7)

The VRC has cataloged 27 images from Impressionist Camera: Pictorial Photography in Europe, 1888-1918. These are available in the Digital Image Database for the SCAD community with a MySCAD log-in.

Images clockwise from top-left:

Hachette, Andre. (after 1907). Untitled (Sarah Lievine, Shoulders Exposed). Autochrome. 12 x 8.9 cm.

Coburn, Alvin Langdon. (1904). The Haunted House. Gum platinum print. 18.7 x 23.1 cm.

Dubreuil, Pierre. (c.1900-1905). Ferris Wheel in the Tuileries Gardens. Silver print. 20.7 x 18.9 cm.

Kuehn, Heinrich. (after 1907). Still Life with Violets. Autochrome. 18 x 24 cm.

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