Jan 12, 2007

Mount Washington, Massachusetts, July 22, 1890

Mount Washington, Massachusetts, July 22, 1890


Robert Stuart Redfield

(American, 1849–1923)

Platinum print

Image: 19.3 x 24.1 cm (7 5/8 x 9 1/2 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1994.279



At the turn of the 20th century, Redfield was a leading proponent of staging simple genre scenes outdoors, instead of being limited to a studio setting. Here, the Philadelphia-born photographer carefully positioned three children in the foreground of this picturesque landscape dominated by a split-rail and stone fence. The print features his interests in clarity and fidelity and atmospheric effects. In this rural scene, he used the warm, delicate tonal range of a platinum print to render subtle variations and nuances of light. For two decades around 1900, Redfield was a leading advocate of photography as fine art and was one of the founders of the Photo-Secession. He sought to convince an audience accustomed to viewing photographs as simple recorded fact that they were beautiful images able to convey emotion.

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