Inspired by a small collection of prints by the German Photographer Karl Blossfeldt in the Art Gallery of Alberta’s Collection, this exhibition brings together photographs of plants and flowers from the medium’s early years to the mid-twentieth century. It includes over 25 photographers working in Europe and North America and a myriad of photographic processes including, cyanotype, daguerreotype, autochrome, platinum print and gelatin silver print. Tracing the enduring influence of nature as subject matter, themes of the exhibition range from botanical study, to the symbolism of flowers in portraits, to modernist experiments with light and shadow.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Alberta and curated by Danielle Siemens. This exhibition is presented by McBain Camera.
Artists: Hippolyte Bayard, Francis Bedford, Karl Blossfeldt, Adolphe Braun, Harry Callahan, Imogen Cunningham, Bertha Jacques, Edwin Hale Lincoln, John Dilwyn Llewelyn, Auguste and Louis Lumière, William H. Martin, William Copeland McCalla, James E. McClees and Washington Lafayette Germon, Leslie Gale Saunders, Mary Schäffer, Stephen Shore, Edward Steichen, William Henry Fox Talbot, John Vanderpant, Mary Vaux, Edward Weston