Wondering About Pictorialism.
Photographs by Irina Dakhnovskaia-Lawton.
Irina Dakhnovskaia-Lawton, 2010. 21 pp., 20 tipped in pigment ink prints, 7½x8".
The artist, whose inspiration was originally drown from the 19th century pictorial aesthetic and Stieglitz 'Camera Work' magazine embarked on a long journey in trying not only to comprehend the intricacy of the old-fashioned aesthetic but also make an attempt to bring it into contemporary life.
'Dakhnovskaia-Lawton images are lyrical and poetic, inhabiting the sensibility of early Pictorialism's best practitioners: George H. Seely, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Clarence H. White, Gertrude Kasebier, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz' saying Stephen Perloff, the editor of the Photo reviews. In this project, by emphasizing the small image scale along with the pictorial language and using muted monochrome tone of photogravures Irina Dakhnovskaia-Lawton successfully created an intimate connection between an image and a viewer bringing the old sensibility into our everyday life.
The book is presented in a clamshell box with a paper label title inset on a front and includes a signed and numbered original photogravure image 2x3 on 7x8 Fabriano Paper and a corresponding solarplate inset inside of the box. Limited to 35 copies and 5 artist proofs the book includes twenty images tipped into embossed frame on each page, an artist's statement and a colophon. All images inside of the book printed in the same size as images belonging to the portfolio of photogravures 'Wondering about Pictorialism' - 2x3 and 3x2 in respectively in edition of 6+3 AP. An introduction written by Stephen Perloff, the editor of the Photo review magazine.
The book is designed, printed and assembled by the artist using Fabriano and Canson papers. Clamshell box, covered with Asahi book cloth made by Joelle Weber of Westport Island, ME.