Two aesthetics merged in the Seattle Camera Club, pictorial photography and Japanese traditional art. Pictorial photographers used a blurry focus, altered the photo during development, and captured emotions in a style that took its cue from the painting of the era.
Photography was the rage in the 1920's and Seattle's first group was founded by Japanese Immigrants, who were denied citizenship, and went on to dominate exhibitions and win numerous prizes.
After its establishment, members were given Photo-Era magazine's inaugural trophy for the club whose members had won the most of the magazine's monthly competitions. The excellence of their work is revealed in a statistic from 1928: out of 785 prints hung on display in the three Pacific States, 762 were by Japanese photographers.
Active until 1929, the result of the Depression, the monthly newsletter and output of its membership give the material for the Henry Art Gallery's "Shadows of a Fleeting World: Pictorial Photography and Seattle Camera Club".
A JASSW reception on March 31st will provide a private tour guided by the author of a new book on the group and discussion over light refreshments. Reserve your spot early, admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.
March 31, 2011
6:00 Reception begins
6:30 Private tour with David Martin
7:15 Latecomers tour with Henry guide
8:00 Reception ends, guests welcome in the
gallery until 9:00 closing
Henry Art Gallery
15th Ave NE &. NE 41st
Seattle, WA 98195
$15 members, $20 non-members, includes museum admission
Click here to register. For questions, email@example.com or (206)-374-1080.