Photography: MFA Highlights

Overview

This latest volume in the MFA Highlights series showcases over 100 stunning photographs from the museum's collection. An extensive introductory essay traces the aesthetic and technical history of photography as an art form, from the early days of the camera obscura through the invention of the daguerreotype and calotype and into the present digital age. In the selection of objects that compose the body of this beautifully designed volume, careful juxtapositions emphasize the graphic qualities of the photos, and ...
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Overview

This latest volume in the MFA Highlights series showcases over 100 stunning photographs from the museum's collection. An extensive introductory essay traces the aesthetic and technical history of photography as an art form, from the early days of the camera obscura through the invention of the daguerreotype and calotype and into the present digital age. In the selection of objects that compose the body of this beautifully designed volume, careful juxtapositions emphasize the graphic qualities of the photos, and extended captions compare and contrast images from different times and places, underscoring shared techniques, sensibilities or subjects. A wide range of photographers--from early experimenters such as Eugene Cuvelier, Charles Marville and Anna Atkins to modern giants Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, as well as contemporary practitioners such as James Nachtwey, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Loretta Lux--are represented by portraits and figure studies, city scenes and still lifes, landscapes and seascapes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878466764
  • Publisher: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,242,061
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Director's Foreword 7

Acknowledgments 8

Preserving Memories, Creating Visions: A Brief History of Photography Anne E. Havinga Havinga, Anne E. 11

Collecting Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Anne E. Havinga Havinga, Anne E. 43

Face and Figure 47

Architecture, Sculpture, and Still Life 97

Landscapes from Nature, Landscapes of the Mind 125

Glossary 161

Further Reading 165

Figure Illustrations 166

Index 169

Credits 173

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