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.
Pictorial and Modern Photography emerged from the shadows of a “point and shoot” craft into a style where artists, most notably Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946), strived to create painterly, romantic images. These soft and atmospheric images could be easily mistaken for a monochromatic painting, etching, or drawing.
The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College exhibition “Pure Photography: Pictorial and Modern Photographs from the Syracuse University Art Collection,” on view from January 13 to February 28, features 35 works by several modern photographers, including Edward Steichen (American, 1879-1973), Éugene Atget (French, 1857-1927), Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991), and Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902-2002).
Curator Emily Dittman, collection and exhibition coordinator at Syracuse University Art Galleries, will discuss the “Pure Photography” exhibition on Wednesday, January 13 at 5:30 p.m. Mitchell Gallery members are invited to a wine and cheese reception immediately following the lecture.
As part of the opening reception, Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop on Sunday, January 17 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
For more information: www.sjc.edu/mitchellgallery or 410-626-2556.
“Pure Photography: Pictorial and Modern Photographs from the Syracuse University Art Collection” was organized by the Syracuse University Art Galleries.
“Pure Photography” Interpretive Programs:
January 13 Gallery Talk. Curator Emily Dittman will discuss the exhibition “Pure Photography” at 5:30 p.m. Mitchell Gallery members are invited to a wine and cheese reception immediately following the lecture.
January 17 Opening Reception. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Pure Photography” exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
January 19 Tuesday Try-It. “A Hands-On Short Course That Will Help You Craft Your Own Personal Vision” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Bring your camera and learn the art of light and shadow from Robert Madden, former National Geographic staff photographer. We will go on location on the St. Johns campus where you will be able to photograph a variety of subjects. No experience necessary. Basic materials will be provided. Registration is required. Please call 410-626-2556.
February 3 Art Express Lunchtime Tour. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the “Pure Photography” exhibition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
February 4 Book Club. 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.
February 21 Sunday Afternoon Lecture. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Pure Photography” exhibition at 3 p.m.