International studio — 22.1904

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"BMTAIN'S BULWARKS" FROM A PHOTOGRAPH BY W. J. DAY

full of interest, cannot fail to have a salutary
influence upon artists. I am far from suggesting
any retrogression in the direction of romantic
formulae and romantic ideals. The Past should
remain the Past; art does not travel backwards.
At the same time we find many an artist, weary of
the zMAlwd', which has been in such high
honour of recent years, beginning to seek anew for
a On such as
these Victor Hugo's draw-
ings must needs have
a powerful effect in
pointing out the part im-
agination may play in the
domain of the landscape,
and how that domain
may be extended and
magnified thereby.
HENRI FRANTZ.
HE PHOTO-
GRAPHIC
WORK OF W.
J. DAY. BY
W. K. WEST
DECIDEDLY it is no
longer possible to ignore
the claims of photography
to consideration as a
valuable medium for the

expression of artistic
ideas. The commenta-
tors on modern art move-
ments who still profess
to regard it as a merely
mechanical contrivance,
incapable of any response
to the intentions of the
worker who uses it, are
hopelessly out of date, and
are wasting their energies
in useless opposition to
the development of a form
of practice which is des-
tined in the immediate
future to acquire a very
definite position among
the arts. These critics,
indeed, prove by their
attitude towards photo-
graphic work that theyhave
not studied its present-day
characteristics, and have
not kept themselves acquainted with the changes
in it which have come from recent improvements
in camei as and plates, and from the more intelligent
use which some of the photographers themselves
are making of their opportunities. The conditions
now are very unlike what they were twenty, or even
ten, years ago ; and a very different type of criticism
must be employed if the art is to be fairly dealt with.


ATMOSPHERIC STUDY FROM A PHOTOGRAPH BY W. J. DAY


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