Quote Originally Posted by Chazzy View Post
I've always loved that portrait of Evelyn Nesbit. It makes it a little easier to understand how a murder could be committed over her. It's too bad that modernism became a sort of dogmatic orthodoxy for photography and that the Pictorialists were almost written out of the history books by modernist allies like Beaumont Newhall. Reading his history one would conclude that Pictorialism was an aberration foisted upon us by people whose aesthetic was simply that photographs had to "look like paintings," and that it died completely after about 1925--all of which is patently false. Fortunately recent work has begun to correct the record--especially Christian Petersen's book on Pictorialism after the Photo-Secession.
I suspect that pictoralism slumbered in the hearts of camera clubs all over the continent and with the connivance of the photoshop empire will reign supreme again and put those limiting qualities of the old photography in their place.