Pictorialism

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A photographic movement called pictorial started in the late 19th Century. The purpose was for photography to imitate etching or oil painting and thus achieve legitimacy through that path rather than being thought of as 'snap shots'. Here is a good article with illustrations from the WikiPedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictorialism Alfred Stieglitz was probably the most famous of its practitioners although he was an American and the movement started in Europe. The movement ended or was greatly reduced in influence with the pure photography of Ansel Adams and his allies who insisted that photography was a fine art in and of itself. It didn't need to imitate anything. Here's your chance to enter a photograph in the pictorial style.
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Cambridge, UK 2006
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From the EXIF, the photo was taken in Cambridge on June 2006. The post processing with the hope of giving a "Pictorialism" effect was achieved via Lighroom and Picasa.
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Submitted: Thursday, 24th September, 2009 09:30 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 22nd June, 2006
Focal length: 18.34 mm
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 100
Notes: LR was used for Sephia conversion, then Picasa for film grain and soft focus.
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