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February 1 to 7

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The Mitchell Gallery to Host Two Pure Photography Events

Adolf Fassbender, The Sailors Menace, Mitchell Gallery

Adolf Fassbender, The Sailors Menace, printed 1930, Courtesy of the Syracuse University Art Collection

The Mitchell Gallery is hosting two events this week. On February 3, Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the “Pure Photography” exhibition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. On February 4, join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the “Pure Photography” exhibition followed by a discussion of Classic Essays on Photography by Alan Trachtenberg from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required. Call 410-626-2556.

Photography’s evolution as an art form has been influenced by countless individuals, thematic styles, and chemical processes. Initially, photography was used largely to document what surrounded or intrigued the public eye. As more individuals began using cameras, the idea grew that photography could be a form of art in addition to a form of documentation. This captured the attention of many artists, most notably Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946), who formed the Photo Secession movement and helped establish Pictorialism. 

Pictorial Photography emerged from the shadows of a “point and shoot” craft into a style where artists strived to create painterly, romantic images.  These soft and atmospheric images could be easily mistaken for a monochromatic painting, etching, or drawing. Several modern photographers are represented in this exhibition, including Edward Steichen (American, 1879-1973), Éugene Atget (French, 1857-1927), Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991), and Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902-2002).

“Pure Photography: Pictorial and Modern Photographs from the Syracuse University Art Collection”
was organized by the Syracuse University Art Galleries. Sponsored by BMW of Annapolis.

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