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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