Join Photo Oxford for an online in-conversation with Prof Geoffrey Batchen and Dr Lena Fritsch, who discuss the work of pioneering British photographer and botanist Anna Atkins (1799-1871). Her innovative use of new photographic technologies linked art and science, and exemplified the potential of photography in books.
The pioneers of reproductive imagery in the 1830s called their pictures by many names — heliographs, calotypes, daguerreotypes — but the word that stuck was photograph: a “drawing with light.” The bond between photography and drawing is more than an accident of etymology, as the New York photo dealer Hans P. Kraus Jr. demonstrates in this edifying exhibition of image making just before the invention of the camera.
When photography started to gain prominence in the mid 19th century, many regarded it as a form of drawing. It was a fascinating new medium, one that required the eyes of an artist, yet also the chemical and mechanical know-how of a scientist. In this online exhibition, drawings from those early years—works by L. J. M. Daguerre, William Henry Fox Talbot, Sir John Herschel, Calvert Jones, and Gustave Le Gray—are compared to photographs from the same time. Why did people associate the two? What different aesthetic qualities do they capture? —E.C.
Drawing: The Muse of Photography
Drawing America presents a conversation on the relationship between drawing and photography with Hans P. Kraus Jr., Malcolm Daniel, Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and moderated by Allison Wucher, Director of Master Drawings New York. Please click here to view this special presentation.
We are pleased to share Arthur Lubow’s New York Times review, which covers three current exhibitions of nineteenth century photography, including Lacock Abbey: Birthplace of Photography on Paper on view at our gallery though May 10.
The J. B. Greene exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago on view through May 25, 2020. Read curator Liz Siegel’s discussion, “The Mystery and Allure of John Beasley Greene”.
The exhibition Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins, featuring work from the collection of Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs, was on view at the New York Public Library’s Schwarzman Building October 19th, 2018 through February 17th, 2019. Reviews of the exhibition were published in the Financial Times, the New Yorker, and Hyperallergic, amongst others.
The exhibition catalogue, Sun Gardens: Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins by Larry J. Schaaf, with contributions by Joshua Chang, Emily Walz, and Mike Ware, is available for purchase or you may contact the gallery.