TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845-1945

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The hauntingly beautiful works of the Pictorialist movement are among the most spectacular photographs ever created. Beginning in the late nineteenth century, Pictorialist artists sought to elevate photography until then seen largely as a scientific tool for documentation to an art form equal to painting. Adopting a soft-focus approach and utilizing dramatic effects of light, richly coloured tones and bold technical experimentation, they opened up a new world of vision expression in photography. More than a hundred years later, their aesthetic remains highly influential.

TruthBeauty contains 121 stunning works by the form’s renowned artists, including Julia Margaret Cameron, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Robert Demachy, Peter Henry Emerson, Gertrude Käsebier, Heinrich Kühn, Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz. Together, the collected works trace the evolution of Pictorialism over the three decades in which it predominated.

This is the only collection of Pictorialist photographs by artists from North America, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Japan and Australia in a single publication. Scholarly essays, and a selection of historic texts by Pictoralist artists, complete this rich overview of the first truly international art movement.

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Alison Nordstrom is Curator of Photographs and Director of Exhibitions, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, and the Program Director of Ryerson University's Graduate Program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. She holds a PhD in Cultural and Visual Studies. She has curated over one hundred historical and contemporary photography exhibitions and is widely published.

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Nordström and her collaborators make a strong argument for the importance of the movement and the innovation of its contributors. the academic essays and gorgeous reproductions of many rare images ensure that academics and casual fans alike will get their money's worth.”—Publishers Weekly

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