- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Format: Hardback | 248 pages
- Dimensions: 254mm x 305mm x 38mm | 1,610g
- Publication date: 29 November 2011
- Publication City/Country: New Haven
- ISBN 10: 0300172362
- ISBN 13: 9780300172362
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: 285 colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 251,752
The advent of the Kodak camera in 1888 made photography accessible to amateurs as well as to professionals. Artists were not immune to its allure, and many began experimenting with the camera as a means of observing the world and capturing their own images of it. Snapshot investigates seven Post-Impressionist painters and printmakers: Pierre Bonnard, George Hendrik Breitner, Maurice Denis, Henri Evenepoel, Henri Riviere, Felix Vallotton, and Edouard Vuillard. Although celebrated for their works on canvas and paper, these artists also made many personal and informal snapshots. Depicting interiors, city streets, nudes, and portraits, these photographs were kept private and never exhibited. As a result, most have never been seen by the public. Juxtaposing personal photographs with related paintings and prints by these Post-Impressionist artists, Snapshot offers a new perspective on early photography and on the synthesis of painting, printmaking, and photography at the end of the 19th century.
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Elizabeth W. Easton is the cofounder and director of the Center for Curatorial Leadership. Clement Cheroux is a curator of the photographic collection at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Michel Frizot is research director of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Todd Gustavson is curator of technology at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. Francoise Heilbrun was until April 2011 the founding curator of photography at the Musee d'Orsay. Ellen W. Lee is chief curator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Anne McCauley is David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art at Princeton University. Saskia Ooms works at Netwerk, a center for contemporary Art in Belgium. Katia Poletti is curator at the Fondation Felix Vallotton, Lausanne. Eliza Rathbone is chief curator of the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Hans Rooseboom is curator of photography at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Winner of the 2012 New York Book Show Award in the Special Trade Photography, as given by the New York Book Show. -- New York Book Show Award in the Special Trade Photography category New York Book Show Won an Honorable Mention for the 2011 New England Book Festival in the Photography/Art category. This award is given by the JM Northern Media family of festivals, and sponsored by the Larimar St. Croix Writers Colony, eDivvy, Shophanista and Westside Websites -- Photgraphy/Art Honorable Mention New England Book Festival Winner in the Photography/Art category at the 2011-2012 Los Angeles Book Festival. -- Winner Photography/Art Los Angeles Book Festival Won an Honorable Mention for the 2011 George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award, as given by the Art Libraries Society of North America. -- George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award Honorable Mention Art Libraries Society of North America "[A]n exemplary catalogue for its scholarship and content ... Highly recommended."-P.C. Bunnell, Choice -- P.C. Bunnell Choice Winner of the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival for the Photography/Art category, sponsored by the JM Northern Media LLC -- Photography/Art Award San Francisco Book Festival Won an award in the scholarly illustrated category in the AAUP 2012 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show -- Award in the Scholarly Illustrated category at the Book, Jacket & Journal Show American Association of University Professors