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By Mark Haworth-Booth

The topic of this ebook, the 1st to be dedicated to a unmarried picture, is Camille Silvy’s amazing River Scene. Hailed as a masterpiece while it was once first exhibited in France in 1858, the photo is followed the following through newly commissioned colour photos via famous photographer Stephen Shore. In a provocative essay the writer discusses the heritage of the photo within the context of attitudes of the day towards images and photographic exhibitions, outlines the affects on Silvy, and examines his eventual impression on others. this is often the 3rd ebook within the Getty Museum experiences on paintings (GMSA) sequence which seeks to introduce person works of observe or small teams of heavily comparable works to a extensive public with an curiosity within the historical past of artwork and comparable disciplines. each one monograph incorporates a shut dialogue of its topic in addition to an in depth research of the wider context within which the paintings used to be created, contemplating proper ancient, cultural, chronological, and different questions. desk of Contents Foreword Weston J. Naef Debut: Edinburgh and London Paris Nogent-le Rotrou and los angeles Croix-du-Perche Paris—London—La Croix-du-Perche Reflections Notes chosen Bibliography Acknowledgments

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Astonishing as the paper negative could be in the brilliance of its rendition of detail, there was still nearly always a significantly greater sharpness available from the glass negative, as well as a dramatic gain in ex­ posure speed. There are people along Silvy's riverbanks, and although they look as i f they were there for the camera, they are not so much stiffened as steady, concentrated. They were positioned by someone, we might say, who was a deft arranger of the miseen-scene of a photograph, posed naturally and yet strikingly.

It would miss the point, however. This is not a family portrait in a landscape, nor even an extended family portrait in an extended landscape. Apart from the juvenile leads by the boat (and they are not easily legible in detail), the figures are withdrawn to a dis­ tance at which i t is impossible to read their faces or even to feel absolutely sure about each figure's clothes or class. As far as pictorial values or his public audience were con­ cerned, these figures were surely not part of Silvy's family or biography.

On the right edge of State 2, more foliage appears than in State 1. The main difference is that the figures and the view are brought closer to us in State 2. But the sky has moved as well! Several years ago, this writer began to think that there was something a little soigne about the way the tallest poplar nestles in an oblig­ ing kink i n the cloud above i t in State 1. That is altered in State 2. Ansel Adams drew attention to the "dodging" area above the roofs on the far left (fig. 26). The sky is too bright here—unless this sky has two suns (the other being behind the light cloud at the top right)—and—tell-tale sign—the definition of the ridge tiles on the roof has been softened.

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