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Pictorialism, the Photo Secession and Group f/64

Figure 1 - Henry Peach Robinson "Fading Away" (1858)

Figure 1 - Henry Peach Robinson "Fading Away" (1858)

Photography is the coalescence of art and science. The form itself was born of a desire in artists who were frustrated with the challenges of traditional forms. The camera obscura was arguably created by artists frustrated with the technical and monotonous tasks associated with creating an exacting representation of a scene or landscape. Nic├ęphore Ni├ępce (one of the inventors of photography) himself did not have a steady enough hand to trace the inverted images of the camera obscura as was popular in his day, and Louis Daguerre was himself a frustrated artist. From these motivations the form we know as photography was born, and no sooner than the challenges of science were resolved, the desire to modify and manipulate the scene began. Continue reading »

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