Jan 12, 2007

Julia Hall McCune

Julia Hall McCune

c. 1897

Clarence H. White

(American, 1871-1925)

Platinum print with pencil

Image: 20.6 x 14.6 cm (8 1/8 x 5 3/4 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)

Gift of John Flory, Elizabeth Flory Kelly, and Phoebe Flory 1980.135



White was a pioneer of the American pictorialist vision. For more than 25 years, he helped shape the style and, by extension, the direction of 20th-century photography through his work as a practitioner, leader, teacher, and mentor. He was primarily a photographer who enjoyed posing his family and friends in intimate interiors against a window or outdoors at dawn or dusk. He enhanced his negatives' soft quality by printing on platinum paper, a medium that renders the middle tones of a print with great sensitivity. In this image White posed one of his favorite models, Julia Hall McCune, a family friend and student, seemingly lost in thought beneath an arbor. The soft light diffuses her full-length pose and illuminates the quiet, meditative mood of the scene.

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