Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
Time: April 11, 2010 to June 6, 2010
Location: J. Paul Getty Museum
Street: 1200 Getty Center Drive
City/Town: Los Angeles, CA 90049-1687
Website or Map: http://www.getty.edu/museum/e…
Phone: +1 (310) 440-7330
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Getty Museum
Latest Activity: Apr 11, 2010
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Frederick H. Evans (British, 1853–1943) was best known for his photographs of medieval cathedrals, such as the image at right of England's Wells Cathedral—arguably the best-known example of his work. Yet Evans was also accomplished in the areas of portraiture, landscape, and photomicrography (photography made using a microscope), and he brought to each subject the same intensity that characterizes his cathedral images. He believed firmly that only a good negative would yield the perfect print, and his high standards for presentation extended to the elaborate mounting of the actual photographs. Using both a "straight" approach (not altering his negatives) and pictorial sensitivity to subject and style, Evans's work, created more than 100 years ago, continues to move and inspire.
In this exhibition, Evans's cathedral subjects are displayed alongside rarely seen landscapes of the English countryside and intimate portraits of the artist's family and friends, including writer George Bernard Shaw and artist Aubrey Beardsley.
Photo: "A Sea of Steps"—Wells Cathedral: Stairs to the Chapter House, Frederick H. Evans, 1903
© Mrs. Janet M. Stenner, sole granddaughter of Frederick H. Evans
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