A History of American Art

A History of American Art

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...others also possess, yet not to the same degree and not united, namely: first, the power of selection, in which technical accomplishments find their expression; second, the depth of emotion, which formulates the conception of the idea to be portrayed; and thirdly, perseverance, largely dependent on temperament and constitution. In his selection of his subject the photographer is as much an artist as a painter, only forced to limit himself, as the plain air painter does voluntarily, to the reproduction of realities. He must have mastered the science of composition, the laws of perspective, the effects of empty space and linear beauty, the massing of light and shade, and the art of values (rendered particularly difficult by the unreliability of photographing colour values); in short, be a connoisseur to such an extent that he knows at what moment they will realise a certain sentiment and express it on the plate. The ability to select, after the setting of the picture has been satisfactorily chosen and composed, the moment when atmosphere and fig ures passing by make a perfect harmony with the premeditated conception, surpasses in spontaneity all other ways of expressing an artistic idea. In that moment the photographer can show genius. To wait for days at the same hours for a certain effect, to wait for years for a certain atmospheric expression, and, later on, the developing of the plate, the process of printing, and not quite legitimate procedure of retouching, demand principally the practice of perseverance, with knowledge, judgment, and chance as guides. This is merely to prove that genius is possible in photography. Why should one otherwise be able to recognise without hesitation the authorship of certain prints? Craig-Annan and...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236888855
  • 9781236888853