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Inscribed in pencil on print verso: HK29/108; also inscribed in pencil: 1/2, 4C (partially cut off).

Provenance: Estate of Jonathan Stein, major photo collector and co-publisher of several Elliot Porter portfolios.

The Austrian photographer Heinrich Kuehn or Kuhn (1866-1944) was a vocal advocate for photography as an art form, held membership in a variety of camera clubs, and passionately explored new photographic techniques and processes.

Kuhn belonged to the so-called Viennese Trifolium, a trio of photographers who took up gum bichromate printing after its rediscovery just before the turn of the century, and in 1896 he was the first to exhibit gum bichromate prints in Germany.

Kuhn was a deliberate photographer, sketching out his compositions beforehand and posing his children in a special "photo wardrobe" of black-and-white clothing. He developed a custom soft-focus lens and a hybrid gum-gravure process, which allowed him to produce the soft, textured prints favored by Pictorialists. He was also an enthusiastic adopter of the autochrome, an early color photography process, and a master printer of numerous alternative processes, such as here the bromoil process.

Alfred Stieglitz exhibited Kuhn's work at his 291 gallery and featured 15 of his photographs in the January 1911 issue of Camera Work. Although the two remained close, their aesthetic interests diverged. As Stieglitz gravitated toward straight photography, Kuhn remained a Pictorialist, continuing to perfect handcrafted images of pastoral and family scenes.

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Walter and Hans Kuhn
Heinrich Kühn Walter and Hans Kuhn

Price $5,500

Main Image
Description

Ref.# 16198

Medium Bromoil

Mount unmounted

Photo Date 1905  Print Date 1905

Dimensions 9 x 6.7 in. (229 x 170 mm)

Photo Country Germany

Photographer Country Germany

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Company
Contemporary Works / Vintage Works, Ltd.

 

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