japonisme: shoot

06 July 2007


[photographers in the photo- seccession movement found] aesthetic inspir- ation for ... pictorial photo- graphy from Japanese prints, creating photo- graphs with rich, tonal qualities, asymmetrical compositions, and a lyrical poeticism.

...[M]any painters, photographers, and designers of [the] day, [were] influenced by Japanese aesthetics... [with a] style of photography [that] emulated Japanese aesthetics and compositions.

[M]any photographers in Stieglitz's circle [were] strongly influenced by ukiyo-e prints (translated as pictures of the floating world), which celebrated the delights of life during the Edo period (1600-1868) in Japan. Upon the opening of trade with Japan in the 1850s, Japanese art began circulating in the West and influencing Western art circles.1

Stieglitz argued that photo- graphers dealt with the same concerns that modern painters considered. Translating the influence of Japanese prints from painting and printmaking to photography was both a modern and an artistic thing to do.2

(clearly, none of these photographs emulate the pattern and design of the japanese prints; indeed, perhaps these are a better examination of japonairerie than japonisme. still, they're mostly shot by stieglitz's photo-seccession circle, which only goes to show that really nobody was immune to the beauty of kimono.)

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Blogger harlequinpan said...

Great comparison!i love these.

i like your new "portrait" too.

08 July, 2007 08:58  
Blogger Doralong said...

You've been nominated for a Thinking Blogger Award due to your amazing contribution to the blogging community- sorry I'd have emailed, but couldn't seem to locate.

Come on Over and tag yourself- and nominate 5 blogs you find of interest-


09 July, 2007 17:59  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

hey pan (is it okay if i call you that? is there something better?) thanks--and glad you like the icon.

doralong--you honor me! thank you so much. i get embarassed too. firstly, i woul;dn't know who to select; if i can't nominate every single blog i love, then i can't just pick a few.

and related to that, it feels awkward, to me, to be picked when someone else isn't.

a big hug of thanks

11 July, 2007 08:59  
Blogger harlequinpan said...

i am glad you call me that,pan is my family name,or you can call me peter...:))

13 July, 2007 06:35  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

i think you joke with me now ;^)

13 July, 2007 12:08  

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