Iwao Matsushita. Untitled. c. 1925. Gelatin silver print
Image via University of Washington Libraries
Dang it! I meant to write about this last week but forgot until this morning when I saw it while catching up on my Pacific Standard. I've been super distracted lately and have missed a few openings that I've recently wanted to get to.
Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and Seattle Camera Club, curated by Liz Brown, just opened up last Friday at Henry Art Gallery.
Shadows of a Fleeting World presents a comprehensive picture of an important yet obscure moment in the cultural history of the past century. In the period between the World Wars art photography was a popular endeavor, with numerous practitioners who reached a wide audience. Amateur and professional photographers gathered together in camera clubs and other organizations in innumerable cities around the globe, encouraging creative work among their members and sponsoring exhibitions that were open to the public. via
For obvious geographical reasons, the West Coast became a hotbed for Japanese-American pictorial photography, with hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. The Seattle Camera Club was founded in 1924. "The 37 charter members of the SCC were all Japanese men, but it was not their intention that the club remain exclusively male or Japanese American; in the five years of its existence the SCC welcomed several Caucasian members and a number of women."
The images look beautiful and I think will be a really fantastic exhibition. It's up through May 8th.
If you still haven't seen Harry Shearer: The Echo Chamber, you better hurry because it closes Feb 20.