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Ansel Adams:Trees and Snow, 1933

Ansel Adams:Trees and Snow, 1933

Masterworks of 20th Century Photography at The Hyde

By Mirror Staff

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Exhibitions featuring the work of the greatest photographers of the 20th century opened at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls on January 25.

“Ansel Adams: Early Works” and “Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography,” are both derived from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg and both will be displayed in the Wood Gallery.

Ansel Adams: Roaring River Falls, ca. 1925

Ansel Adams: Roaring River Falls, ca. 1925

“Ansel Adams: Early Works,” offers a fresh look at key images by Adams from the 1920s through the 1950s.

“Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn – of – the – Century Photography” features masterworks from an international circle of painterly photographers known as the Photo-Secession. The American ‘triumvirate’ of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand are represented along with other key figures in pictorialist photography from both sides of the Atlantic, including Clarence White, Gertrude Käsebier, Alvin Langdon Coburn, and Frederick Evans.

“Ansel Adams and the photographers from the Photo-Secession represent a philosophical turning point in the history of photography,” said Charles Guerin, director of The Hyde. “These photographers considered themselves artists first; artists who used the camera as a tool of creative expression rather than simply as an instrument of documentation.  They transformed the complex and expressive medium of photography, and pushed it to a level of sophistication and perfection, both technically and esthetically, that its acceptance as an art form was assured.  As works of art, many of the photographs in these two exhibitions are as well known as any masterpiece of the 20th Century.”

The Hyde Collection is located at 161 Warren Street. Call 792-1761 for more information.

Karl Struss:Flatiron Building, Twighlight, ca. 1915

Karl Struss:Flatiron Building, Twighlight, ca. 1915

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