Springfield Museums Photograph Exhbits

Today is the start of a new exhibit at the Springfield Museums. It’s called Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography. It runs from today to August 28th. You can read about it on the museum’s website

“The 78 works presented in this exhibit include prime examples of a variety of photographic printing techniques used by the Pictorialists, such as the use of platinum, gum bichromate, carbon, cyanotype, and bromoil in creating prints.”

Note – we may go there as a Meetup event; our Director, D. John McCarthy is planning the trip. You should hear about this soon via email if you are a member of our meetup group.


“The Black Bowl”, by George-Seeley (c 1907).

According to Wikipedia

Pictorialism is the name given to an international style and aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries. There is no standard definition of the term, but in general it refers to a style in which the photographer has somehow manipulated what would otherwise be a straightforward photograph as a means of “creating” an image rather than simply recording it. Typically, a pictorial photograph appears to lack a sharp focus (some more so than others), is printed in one or more colors other than black-and-white (ranging from warm brown to deep blue) and may have visible brush strokes or other manipulation of the surface. For the pictorialist, a photograph, like a painting, drawing or engraving, was a way of projecting an emotional intent into the viewer’s realm of imagination…

Also running at the museum is Monochrome: Black & White Photography from the Permanent Collection, which runs March 22, 2016–September 25. Read more about it here.


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