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Maker(s):Unknown; Buffalo Photo-Pictorialist; Buffalo School
Title:September Moon
Date Made:early 20th century
Measurements:Mat: 24 in x 20 in; 61 cm x 50.8 cm; Sheet/Image: 13 1/8 in x 10 3/16 in; 33.3 cm x 25.9 cm
Accession Number:  MH 2015.28.21
Credit Line:Bonnie Barrett Stretch (Class of 1961) Photography Collection, Gift of Bonnie Barrett Stretch (Class of 1961)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

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Artists began to explore the metaphoric and interpretative powers of photography in the late 19th century. Founded in New York City by Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen, the Photo-Secessionist movement promoted the camera as a creative tool rather than an instrument for recording facts. A group of eight photographers based in Buffalo were known briefly throughout the photographic world for their contributions to this movement, which included mostly soft-focus dream-like landscapes, often manipulated during development in the darkroom. Led by Wilbur H. Porterfield (the likely, but unconfirmed photographer of this work), the Photo-Pictorialists took cues from contemporary painting. They favored atmosphere and mood as their subjects and created harmonious, balanced compositions.

-Hannah Blunt, Associate Curator, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Sept. 2016)

water; trees; landscapes; reflection

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