The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans

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This richly illustrated book focuses on the life and work of British photographer Frederick H. Evans (1853-1943).  Initially a bookseller in London, Evans began pursuing photography in the 1880s. His platinum prints of medieval cathedrals in England and France are among the most renowned architectural images in photographic history. He explored these stone monuments with a particular interest in spirituality and symbolism. Evans was a member of the Linked Ring, an association of photographers formed in ...

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Overview

This richly illustrated book focuses on the life and work of British photographer Frederick H. Evans (1853-1943).  Initially a bookseller in London, Evans began pursuing photography in the 1880s. His platinum prints of medieval cathedrals in England and France are among the most renowned architectural images in photographic history. He explored these stone monuments with a particular interest in spirituality and symbolism. Evans was a member of the Linked Ring, an association of photographers formed in England in 1892 to promote photography as a fine art.

Despite Evans’s important contribution to the field of photography, this is the first significant publication of his work since 1992. 

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 "A solid overview of Evans's career, including his lesser-known phases in portraiture and microscopic photography."—Library Journal

 "The quality of the reproductions is impeccable, assuredly making this one of the most important books on Evans to date. . . . Essential."—Choice

Library Journal
Frederick Evans (1853–1943) was an English photographer often noted for his association with American photographer and modern art promoter Alfred Stieglitz. Despite this important association, writing about Evans has been mostly limited to brief coverage in general histories of photography. Evans's best-known photographs are of cathedrals in England and France, which were mostly interior scenes taken at times when no visitors were present. As he noted, the pictures were intended to capture the emotional presence of the enormous spaces, which do possess a haunted quality in these images. This effect is partly owing to Evan's use of platinum printing, described in this book, which has a brownish, antique quality. Also, the photographer's emphasis on repetitive architectural features added a mysterious and modern quality that no doubt impressed Stieglitz. Lyden, a curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, together with contributing author Hope Kingsley of the Wilson Centre for Photography in London, gives a solid overview of Evans's career, including his lesser-known phases in portraiture and microscopic photography. VERDICT Recommended for students of art history and readers with an interest in the history of photography.—Eric Linderman, Euclid P.L., OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892369881
  • Publisher: Getty Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,056,830
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne M. Lyden is associate curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the author of In Focus: Paul Strand and Railroad Vision. Hope Kingsley is an independent scholar of British photography.

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