Featured as a stand alone exhibition in our West Gallery, Northwest Pictorialism explores the Pictorialist photography style of artists in the Northwest, beginning around 1895. Pictorialism is an approach to photography that emphasizes the tonality, composition and overall beauty of the subject matter, in contrast to the documentation of reality photography was known for. Many popular painting styles parallel Pictorialism, such as Tonalism, Symbolism, and especially Impressionism.
The exhibition includes artists Wayne Albee (1882-1937), Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976), Myra Albert Wiggins (1869-1959), Frank Asakichi Kunishige (1878-1960), Ella McBride (1862-1965), Hideo Onishi (1890-?), Hiromu Kira (1898-1991), Dr. Kyo Koike (1878-1947) and others.
image: Myra Albert Wiggins (1869-1959), Alaska, 1899. Platinum print.