Stieglitz Steichen Strand exhibit review
by, 01-19-2011 at 01:47 PM (1946 Views)
I've posted a review of the Stieglitz, Steichen and Strand exhibit, from my perspective and regarding my interests in the show over on my blog. To read the whole review, check out
The biggest interest to me in seeing the show was getting to examine the Steichen prints up close and personal. I don't know if he worked from enlarged negatives or was he shooting ULF, but most of the prints were much larger than 8x10- I would guess 11x14 or 12x15 at a minimum. There was something about the surface of his gum prints that made them look as if they were hand-lacquered, not photographically printed. The color subtlety and variety as well as the depth of detail (or lack thereof - he must have been shooting with a Vitax dialed to 11 out of 5 on the soft focus diffusion scale) cannot be appreciated in a book or other printed reproduction. I could easily have spent an entire day in just the Steichen room at the show, or more, but the madding hordes tramping through the exhibit made it hard to spend too much time in front of any one image. Great news for the museum, bad news for me, but I'll put up with the crowds as it helps keep the museum's doors open and excellent shows like this being produced.