Atget/Abbott Exhibit at Gettysburg College

Another opportunity to view historically significant excellent photography in the central PA area is coming soon to the Schmucker Art Gallery, on North Washington Street in Gettysburg. The Schmucker Art Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs by renowned photographers Eugene Atget and Berenice Abbott. The exhibit is from August 29 to October 29, 2012.

French photographer Eugene Atget captured pre-World War I Paris before many of the city’s architectural splendors were lost to modernization and war. American-born photographer Berenice Abbott used her lens to preserve the physical changes of New York during the early 1930?s. This exhibition examines the work of two artists who were inextricably linked to each other and to the development of modern photography.

Atget was dismayed by the amount of architectural history being destroyed during the modernization of Paris and began photographing the city’s shop fronts, streets, and neighborhoods in 1898. In 1925, Abbott met Atget when she was working as a darkroom assistant to artist Man Ray. Abbott was deeply and permanently affected by Atget’s images; she wrote, “There was a sudden flash of recognition-the shock of realism unadorned.” Abbott spent eight years in Paris, and on a visit to New York in 1929 was consumed by the desire to capture the physical change of the city. In 1936, the Federal Arts Project approved her proposal for funding to complete her project entitled “Changing New York.” Her efforts produced a catalog of images that, like Atget’s earlier photographs of Paris, records the essential character of the city.

The exhibition of forty photographs by Atget and Abbott, on loan from the Syracuse University Art Galleries, is held in conjunction with an interdisciplinary symposium on the history and theory of photography, modernism, architecture and literature by noted scholars Prof. Terri Weissman, University of Urbana-Champaign, Prof. Mary McLeod, Columbia University, and Prof. Victoria Rosner, Columbia University.

This exhibition is supported in part by EPACC.

The Harrisburg Camera Club is having a field trip to the exhibition on Saturday, September 8th leaving at noon from the Arby’s parking lot at the Camp Hill shopping center. Further information is on my website Learning page (access above) and links are there to the HCC website as well. Viewing the works of other photographers, particularly those who have proven over time to be significant contributors to the art of photography, is important to understanding image making and helps you develop your senses.



Author: Bryson

Architectural/Commercial/Industrial Photographer - Digital Photography and Photoshop Educator

1 thought on “Atget/Abbott Exhibit at Gettysburg College”

  1. Thank you for the information, Bryson. This sounds very interesting. I have never heard of these photographers but can easily understand the significance of their work & will make an effort to attend the exhibit. Unfortunately I cannot commit to doing it with the HCC field trip.

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