Today’s imaging technologies resolve detail in the extreme to the extent that copious detail is not only the expectation of a quality photo image, but also, and too often, a key determinant of its quality. In contrast, “pictorialism” also known as “subjective”, “impressionistic” or “art” photography” and “camerawork” were terms used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to characterize the work of an international group of photographers who were creating rather than simply recording images. Their works often were personal statements which emphasized the beauty, tonality or composition as opposed to the literal documentation of the subject matter. They valued the art and aesthetics over the image detail and are credited with the elevation and acceptance of photography as a fine art medium. This exhibit is dedicated to those pioneer photo-artists.
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