Aug 3, 2007

A Canal in Venice, Italy

A Canal in Venice, Italy

c. 1900–1920

Edward Crosby Doughty

(American, 1877–1952)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 19.5 x 24 cm (7 11/16 x 9 7/16 in.); Mounted: 29.1 x 32.6 cm (11 7/16 x 12 13/16 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Edd A. Ruggles 1972.1088


Did you know?

Edward Crosby Doughty was trained as an architect but became a photographer specializing in architectural, landscape, and garden images.


Doughty printed this image on translucent tissue. The light bouncing through the tissue and off the paper mount enhances the luminosity of water and sky. In keeping with the approach of Stieglitz and other Pictorialists, Doughty captures the beauty of the mundane. Rather than photographing popular tourist sites such as the Grand Canal, he turns his camera toward a more banal part of the city, with laundry drying in the breeze above docked boats.

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