Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly — 1903 (Heft 1)

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Selection accepted certain prints by Eduard J. Steichen in response to the
advocacy of Rodin, but the committee refused to hang them! The possi-
ble, nay, probable, attitude of the foreign representatives was bound to be
considered, and no doubt offered the most delicate problems to Colonel
Ockerson and Professor Halsey C. Ives in their endeavor to meet the wishes
of the photographers. It is only fair to realize this in estimating their
decision.
BUT, while Professor Ives can not interfere with the home rule of the
foreign sections, he has a direct power within that of the United States and
a control over the whole structure of the Art Building. He could do one
of two things: definitely assign a space within the United States section for
display of pictorial photography; or, independently of all the sections, allocate
a small wall-space, say two hundred square feet, for an international exhibit.
The latter would be the more interesting, as giving a brief summary of the
world’s work in this direction.
IF one may venture upon a suggestion, such an exhibition should be in the
interest of the art rather than of the photographers. One may say it should
be mainly in the interest of the public; a representation in small compass
of prints that have already been shown at the salons in Philadelphia, London,
Paris, Berlin, and Vienna. It is customary at international expositions of
paintings to fill the galleries by invitation and selection. The same plan might
be adopted for this group of photographs, the organizing of the exhibit being
placed in the hands of a few photographers whose real knowledge of the
home and foreign field of the movement would commend them to photog-
raphers at large. Their main duty would lie in judicious invitation of those
prints that have already stood the scrutiny of juries of selection at the various
salons. This was the method adopted by the management at the Exposition
of Glasgow, and this year of that at Turin, and it is the one that would
undoubtedly prove popular with the public. Moreover, it is probably the
only one that under the circumstances would give a really adequate idea of the
progress that has been made along the higher lines of pictorial photography.
Charles H. Caffin,
In The International Studio, August, 1902.

THOUGH life be short and art be long,
It is the nearest skyland way;
A winding road of dream-won song
And pictured dreams. There is no throng,
But oh, the outlooks, day by day.
Dallett Fuguet.

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