|F. Holland Day |
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Frederick Holland Day (1864-1933) was a photographer who promoted pictorialism, a turn-of-the-20th-century movement in photography that used softly focused images and often imitated the subject matter and compositions of academic painting. Day's photographs mostly emphasize the male form and classical themes. This book, written by curators at the Royal Photographic Society in Bath, England, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accompanies a new exhibit of Day's work to be seen in the United States and Europe. The authors provide a well-rounded look at Day's life, including his photography, friendships, and interest in literature and the places where he lived and photographed. The important link between his photography and literary themes is thoughtfully addressed in the essays. The illustrations include large plates and an exhibition catalog that offers small reproductions with descriptions. Given the scarcity of complete works about Day, this will be a welcome addition to academic and larger public libraries. Eric Linderman, East Cleveland P.L., OH
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This book brings the beautiful and controversial images of the esoteric camera artist Fred Holland Day back to the attention of the international audience which was both thrilled and scandalized by this same work in 1900. Fred Holland Day (1864-1933) was born in South Dedham, Massachusetts, into a family of wealth and social responsibility. By 1900 he was, with Alfred Stieglitz, the most influential champion and practitioner of art photography in America and Europe. Day, because of the challenging nature of much of his subject matter--sacred religious themes, draped and nude male figures--enjoyed a slightly edgier and more heightened reputation. Influenced by William Morris, Day established a publishing house in Boston in 1893 encouraging young and unusual authors, among them Aubrey Beardsley and Oscar Wilde. At the same time he was becoming ever more involved in photography, sometimes using as models the talented immigrant boys whose education he sponsored, most notably the young Lebanese immigrant Kahlil Gibran. In 1904 Day's studio burned, destroying his negatives; the photographs in museums today are from Day's home or friends' collections, especially Stieglitz and the British photographer Frederick Evans. The book includes essays by Pam Roberts, Anne E. Havinga, Verna Posever Curtis, and Edwin Becker.
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