Pure Photograpgy Exhibition at Juniata College

Steam + Felt=Hats, 65 West 39th Street Manhattan, 1938
gelatin silver print on paper
© Estate of Berenice Abbott/Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC
Courtesy of the Syracuse University Art Galleries

Pure Photography: Pictorial and Modern Photographs from the Syracuse University Art Collection

September 22 - October 29, 2016

As the medium of photography matured, photographers repeatedly re-evaluated its possibilities – from document to art. This exhibition showcases work from the early 20th century, at a pivotal moment in this development. The Pictorial approach rendered images that shared visual qualities of paintings and drawings; from this understanding of photography as art form evolved the impetus for “straight” photography that exploited the capacities of the camera itself to capture shape, form and texture. The exhibition includes works by Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Berenice Abbott, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, and others. This exhibition is organized by the Syracuse University Art Galleries.