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Belgian Autochromists


Misty wood (c. 1910) by Charles Corbet. A perfect autumnal scene from Charles Corbet, one of many woodland views at the Belgian Autochromists site. As usual with autochromes it’s hard to believe that almost all these images are over a century old, the colours are so subtle. Some of the lighting is also remarkable, especially […]

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Colour photography, 1908


Portrait of Jessie M. King by J. Craig Annan (autochrome). I don’t recall having seen a photo of artist Jessie M. King prior to this so it’s an additional surprise to find one in colour. All these examples are from Colour Photography: and other recent developments of the art of the camera (1908), one of […]

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The recurrent pose 41


Nude – The Pool (1910) by George Seeley. Having spotted this Flandrinesque photogravure print by George Seeley (1880–1955) on a couple of sites I was wondering where there might be a decent collection of the photographer’s other work. “Photogravure” proved to be the key word since The Art of the Photogravure has a selection of […]

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Fred Holland Day revisited


St Sebastian with wounded chest (c. 1906). The work of American photographer Fred Holland Day (1864–1933) has featured here in the past but it’s only recently that I came across the archive of prints at the Library of Congress. Not all the works there are digitised yet, and some are still unavailable for viewing, but […]

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The recurrent pose 33


A double helping of that pose today. The photo above was a tip from commenter Jeremiah Q. Oxterwhiff and is credited on its Tumblr source as being by gay photographer Fred Holland Day (1864–1933). I can’t definitely confirm this but I’m fairly sure I’ve seen it credited to Day before. It’s also the case that […]

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Ecce homo


Saint Sebastian appears rather unconcerned by his wounds in this contemporary version by Yves De Brabander, part of his Ecce Homo series which reworks some recurrent themes from western art history. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The gay artists archive Previously on { feuilleton } • The art of Robert Sherer • The art […]

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The art of Joan Sasgar


Sebastian (no date). There’s more about this Spanish artist at Bajo el Signo de Libra (text in Spanish). Also some biographical details here. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The gay artists archive Previously on { feuilleton } • Saint Sebastian in NYC • Guido Reni’s Saint Sebastian • The art of Takato Yamamoto • […]

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Saint Sebastian in NYC


The Archer & Saint Sebastian by Lubomir Tomaszewski. Saint Sebastian is an exhibition of new interpretations of the image of the pierced saint currently running at the CFM Gallery, New York, in association with JKK Fine Arts, “the Gallery of Modern Symbolism”. The show runs from May 9th to June 8th, 2008, and among the […]

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Guido Reni’s Saint Sebastian


Saint Sebastian by Guido Reni (c. 1616). The Agony and the Ecstasy is an exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, based around Guido Reni’s paintings of the martyr, six of which are on display. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compare directly the six masterpieces which are coming from all over the world […]

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Gertrude Käsebier’s crystal gazer


The Crystal Gazer (or The Magic Crystal, 1904). The photographs of Gertrude Käsebier (1852–1934) seem to be popular with art directors; the picture above was used on the sleeve of the Spangle Maker EP by the Cocteau Twins in 1984 and her Silhouette of a Woman / A Maiden at Prayer (1899) appeared on the […]

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Karl Blossfeldt


Maiden-hair fern. Photogravures by Karl Blossfeldt (1865–1932). More here. Tendrils of a pumpkin. Previously on { feuilleton } • The Dawn of the Autochrome • Fred Holland Day • The Door in the Wall • Edward Steichen • Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla

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The Dawn of the Autochrome


Young couple with motor car, c.1910. Photographer unknown. An exhibition of extraordinary Edwardian colour photographs opens today at the National Media Museum, London Bradford. This exhibition will open on the 25th May. Marking one hundred years of the first practical process for colour photography—the Autochrome, invented by the Lumiere brothers—the National Media Museum presents a […]

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Fred Holland Day


The Seven Words: “It is finished!” (1912). Photographer and publisher Fred Holland Day (1864–1933) enjoyed the iconography of Easter enough to stage his own crucifixion tableau with friends, as well as producing a series of seven pictures based on Christ’s last words, of which the final poignant number is shown above. His 1898 crucifixion is […]

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Evolution of an icon


Jean Hippolyte Flandrin (1809-1864) was a Neo-Classical painter whose work tends to lack the sensuality of his master, Ingres, yet who managed to produce one picture at least which has been an inspiration to subsequent artists and photographers. Jeune Homme Assis au Bord de la Mer (Young Man Sitting by the Seashore) was painted in […]

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