Photo Essay

In Search of New Pictorialism

In Search of New Pictorialism

"In the 19th century, photographers struggled to be seen as artists, and not merely technicians. The Pictorialists wanted to make photography an art form, and they went far beyond mere technical capture of a subject. They wanted to make objects of art that were beautiful and expressed personal emotion. To this end, they heavily modified their images. Pictorialist photographers were more interested in art and aesthetics than subject matter. Pictorialists aimed for emotional impact, rich and delicate images, and poetic interpretations. It also took a lot from the styles of painting in its day, particularly Romanticism and Impressionism. Pictorialism often has a spiritual quality, where the photographer listens to the "still, small, voice". Pictorialism faded with the advent of Photographic Modernism, which was inspired by photographic technology itself. In the 21st century, a New Pictorialism, fueled by the power of image editing tools, is becoming increasingly important."

Source: Digital Photography Review

Thanks to Andrea Peterson for the nomination and the JPG Staff for selecting this as Story of the Week.

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21 responses

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (25 Oct 2013):

    Pictorialism is a beautiful art form which really appeals to me and which you so expertly illustrated on your images...You have my vote and my nomination.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (26 Oct 2013):

    Voted, a beautiful essay..

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (26 Oct 2013):

    Enjoyed the wonderful tones and subjects of your essay John. Voted,yeah, and story of the week!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (26 Oct 2013):


  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (26 Oct 2013):

    great photo essay!!! I voted1 Deserves to be nominated.

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (26 Oct 2013):

    Beautifully done, John. Voted.

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte gave props (26 Oct 2013):

    Beautiful essay, voted!

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (27 Oct 2013):

    beautiful, excellent choice of black and white!

  • JPG

    JPG   gave props (27 Oct 2013):

    Congrats on being the Story of the Week!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (27 Oct 2013):

    Congrats on the story of the week...So well deserved!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (27 Oct 2013):

    Congrats John!

  • Meggie Schwendemann

    Meggie Schwendemann gave props (28 Oct 2013):

    Congratulations :-)

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (28 Oct 2013):

    Congrats, John on this exquisite story of the week!

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (29 Oct 2013):

    Great overview of pictorialism and wonderful photos. Congrats!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (29 Oct 2013):

    Congratulations on Story of the Week!!!

  • KassiJo Wyatt

    KassiJo Wyatt gave props (30 Oct 2013):

    Congrats John! (-:

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (30 Oct 2013):

    Excellent John!! Congrats!

  • John Linton

    John Linton said (31 Oct 2013):

    Thank you all...

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (31 Oct 2013):

    I vote yes!

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (15 Nov 2013):

    Congratulations, a fantastic story with a truly good ending in "Story of the Week"!!!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (20 Nov 2013):

    This is wonderful, John! Congrats on story of the week!

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