Straight Photography And New Objectivity 9

Straight Photography- Pure photography refers to photography that attempts to depict a scene as realistically and objectively as permitted by the medium, renouncing the use of manipulation.

Founded in 1932, Group f/64 who championed purist photography, had this to say:

Pure photography is defined as possessing no qualities of technique, composition or idea, derivative of any other art form.

-ManRay- born Emmanuel Radnitzky (August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976)


Man Ray (American, 1890-1976)
Larmes (Tears) 1930-32.
Gelatin silver print.


Man Ray, Le Violon d'Ingres, 1924
Silver nitrate print with markings in pencil and Indian ink

-American artist who spent most of his career in Paris, France. Described as a modernist, significant contributor to both the Dada and Surrealist movements.

-Man Ray produced major works in a variety of media and considered himself a painter above all. He was also a renowned fashion and portrait photographer.

Bravo - 1940's Mexican Artist xray photo

-Moholy-Nagy (husband/wife)- professor in the Bauhaus school.
(July 20, 1895 – November 24, 1946) -was a hungarian painter and photographer.

-Ansel Adams: (February 20, 1902 – April 22, 1984)

-Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West and primarily Yosemite National Park.


Moonrise over Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941

-F/64 Magazine, developed system for tonal range in photos. (Moon & Dome)

*ZONE SYSTEM* -a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print.

-Harry Callahan- (1912-1999) an American photographer born in Detroit.
-he saw work by Ansel Adams and was then inspired to search for his own photographic style.
-Callahan also explored many different techniques including: the use of extreme contrast, collage, multiple and time exposures, and camera motion.

-Minor White- 1950's: Used infrared film and co-founded Aperture Magazine.


Road and Poplar Trees, in the Vicinity of Naples and Dansville, New York

-Post WWII Movement

-Modell- took photographs of Americans, lively and furry and ugly Americans.

-Weegee Crime photographer 1930. Weegee (Arthur Fellig). (American, born Austria. 1899-1968)
Also photographed rich women- "The Critic"
"First Murder"


Weegee's famous photograph "Their First Murder" shows a crowd with mixed emotions gathered after a murder in Williamsburg in New York City.


"The Critic 1943"

Henri Cartier-Bresson
(August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004)
-in the moment; "decisive moment"
-was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism.


Behind the Gare Saint Lazare, 1932- Man about to fall in water


Roman Amphitheater Valencia, 1933


Henri Cartier-Bresson
USA. New Jersey. Model prison of Leesburg. Solitary confinement. 1975.

'Henri Matisse' 'Model Prison'

Henri Matisse (31 December 1869 – 3 November 1954) was a French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid, brilliant and original draftsmanship.


Notes by: Sanam Khaliqi

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