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Anna Atkins: Botanical Illustration and Photographic Innovation

Anna Atkins: Botanical Illustration and Photographic Innovation

Photo Oxford Festival

11/10/20

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.

Gilles-Louis CHRÉTIEN (French, 1754-1811) Self portrait, 1792 Physiognotrace, after a drawing by Jean Fouguet 5.3 cm tondo on 7.7 x 6.7 cm plate on 12.1 x 8.7 cm paper, after 1811

Jason Farago's review in The New York Times

Drawing: The Muse of Photography

2020

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.

Graydon Carter's Air Mail Review

Graydon Carter's Air Mail Review

Drawing: The Muse of Photography

2020

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.

 

Reijlander The First Negative

Drawing America Webinar

2020

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. 

Talbot Ancient Vestry

Arthur Lubow’s New York Times review of nineteenth century photography

Lacock Abbey: The Birthplace of Photography

2019

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.

John Beasley GREENE (American, born in France, 1832-1856) Venus de Milo on rooftop in Paris, 1852-1853 Waxed paper negative 31.4 x 24.3 cm

Signs and Wonders: The Photographs of John Beasley Greene at the Art Institute of Chicago

2020

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”.

Anna Atkins New York Public Library Exhibition View

Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins

New York Public Library 2019 Exhibition

2019

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.

Sun Gardens: Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins

Sun Gardens: Cyanotypes by Anna Atkins

Exhibition Catalogue

2019

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.

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