Helsinki

Pictorialism – the Dawn of Photographic Art

Pictorialism – the Dawn of Photographic Art

Jan

28

Fri

11:00 – 18:00

7–8°C

broken clouds

The exhibition is happening at:

The Finnish Museum of Photography, Large exhibition space
The Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 G, 00180 Helsinki

Pictorialism – the Dawn of Photographic Art introduces the nearly forgotten style and aesthetic movement in photographic arts which inspired photographers in Finland in the early decades of the 20th century. Known for their wistfully beautiful aesthetics, the pictorialists strived to make photography an accepted form of artistic expression. Individuality and creativity blossomed particularly at the printing stage, during which various techniques suitable for image processing were favored.

Pictorialism was characterized by a romantic soft focus or haziness, which the photographers used to fade out details they felt distracted the painting-like impression. Pictorialists wanted to change the perception of photography as mere mechanic copying of nature.

The pictorial concept arrived in Finland from Central Europe and Sweden at the end of the 1890s and peaked in the 1920s, after which it also started receiving some criticism as it was considered to have abandoned the strengths of photography in favor of merely copying painting.

Pictorialism – the Dawn of Photographic Art is a unique, widescale exhibition of Finnish pictorialism the treasures of which are for the most part from the collections of the Finnish Museum of Photography. The exhibition links with the museum’s research project of several years, and an illustrated edited volume of articles (published by Parvs) based on the extensive research is published alongside it.

The exhibition is curated by Max Fritze, Sofia Lahti and Anni Wallenius.

Fri 28 Jan 2022 – 24 Apr 2022 11:00 – 18:00

7–8°C

broken clouds

Address:
Kaapelitehdas, Tallberginkatu 1 G,
00180 Helsinki