Photography lesson circa 1903

This week while I was in Mil­wau­kee I was gift­ed this book by our good friend, sculp­tor Mark Win­ter. He prob­a­bly thought I could use a few point­ers.

Picture Making for Pleasure and Profit

A Com­plete Illus­trat­ed Hand-Book on the Mod­ern Prac­tices of Pho­tog­ra­phy In All Its Var­i­ous Branch­es

by T Stith Bald­win
Pub­lished in Chica­go, Illi­nois 1903

page 71: “Painters say the trou­ble with pho­tog­ra­phy is that it repro­duces with per­fect fideli­ty the unim­por­tant details of nature, but fails to por­tray her strength and char­ac­ter, her sub­tle moods, her brood effects. But occa­sion­al­ly the cam­era falls into the hands of an artist who han­dles it with the master’s touch, and the painters and sculp­tors and crit­ics must applaud.

Too much detail is the weak point in nine out of every ten land­scape pho­tographs. The aim of the artis­tic pho­tog­ra­ph­er should be to pre­serve in his pic­tures that free­dom from inap­pro­pri­ate objects and super­fluity of detail which, by detract­ing from the sim­plic­i­ty, destroy their real strength and val­ue.”


MIle Mark­er 361, 22x34


Thank­ful­ly this is the first page I turned to! I am wait­ing for your applause Mr Win­ter.

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