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Author: Heinrich KühnMonika FaberAstrid MahlerErzherzogliche Kunstsammlung Albertina.Musée de l'Orangerie.All authors
Publisher: Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz, ©2010.
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"German scientist and photographer Heinrich Kuhn (1866-1944) was one of the central figures in the establishment of international art photography at the turn of the twentieth century. Having studied botany and medicine, Kuhn made his first photograph in the late 1870s, dedicating himself solely to the medium within a decade. He achieved this dedication through the support of American photographers Alfred Stieglitz,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Exhibitions
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Named Person: Heinrich Kühn; Heinrich Kühn; Heinrich Kühn
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heinrich Kühn; Monika Faber; Astrid Mahler; Erzherzogliche Kunstsammlung Albertina.; Musée de l'Orangerie.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
ISBN: 9783775725699 3775725695
OCLC Number: 630504400
Notes: This catalogue is published in conjunction with the exhibition Heinrich Kuhn, The Perfect Photograph, Albertina, Vienna, June 11 to September 12, 2010 ; Musée national de l'Orangerie, Paris, October 19, 2010 to January 23, 2011 ; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 6 to May 30, 2011. --P. 280.
Description: 280 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: The art of tonal values or, complete control of photographic material ; "The same sensibility found in modern artists" : the early work ; "Strongly influenced by the photo-secession" : the influence of American photographers on Heinrich Kühn ; "The most patient of models" : Mary Warner's many roles / Monika Faber --
"I'm taking the children to the country" : the children as a motif ; "Learning how to look at color only" : autochromes / Astrid Mahler --
"A series of sittings" : portraits ; "Motifs close by" : late landscapes ; "Very simple attempts at composition" : still lifes and studies of light / Monika Faber --
Heinrich Kühn : his life and work / Astrid Mahler --
Glossary of Heinrich Kühn's photography technology / Andreas Gruber.
Other Titles: Perfect photograph
Responsibility: with foreword by Klaus Albrecht Schröder, Guy Cogeval and Peter C. Marzio ; with contributions by Monika Faber [and others] ; edited by Monika Faber and Astrid Mahler.

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"German scientist and photographer Heinrich Kuhn (1866-1944) was one of the central figures in the establishment of international art photography at the turn of the twentieth century. Having studied botany and medicine, Kuhn made his first photograph in the late 1870s, dedicating himself solely to the medium within a decade. He achieved this dedication through the support of American photographers Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and others. After a meeting in 1904, Stieglitz and Kuhn initiated an almost 30-year-long correspondence, ushering in an era of pioneering experimentation with autochrome and other photographic processes. Critical to Kuhn's success was an offset process he perfected, which allowed him to deliberately dissolve the sharpness of the image and alter its brightness. The results are gorgeous, dreamy images full of rich, delicate color. Around 1910, Kuhn reduced the romantic cosmos of Pictorialism to the point where his compositions became almost abstract, so that only the study of light and the rendering of tonal values mattered. He later returned to exploring the photograph as objective record, concentrating mainly on writing and to experiments in photographic technology. This landmark volume surveys the works of a revelatory photographer."--Publisher description.

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