Dialogues: 1860s-1920s-1940s

Eugène Cuvelier :: Près de la Caverne, Terrain Brûlé, early 1860s. Salted paper print from paper negative. | src The Met
“An atypical work for the naturalistically inclined Cuvelier, this highly Romantic image of two people sitting below the skeletons of burned pine trees and looking into the featureless distance like the contemplative figures in the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, was no doubt a response to the startling sight of the charred landscape.”
Adolf Rossi :: On a frozen lake, 1946. Vintage gelatin silver print | Sign. Adolf Rossi a Easter Cape International Salon of Photography. 6th C. P. A. International Salon 1965, Hong Kong | src Prague Auctions

“A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”
― T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)

“Winter kept us warm, covering
Earth in forgetful snow”
― T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (1922)

Life is merely a fracas on an unmapped terrain, and the universe a geometry stricken with epilepsy. ― Emil Cioran, A Short History of Decay (1949)

Stéphane Mahé: Somewhere

Stéphane Mahé :: Somewhere ~ Courtesy of the artist and La chambre claire Galerie. | src l’œil de la photographie
Stéphane Mahé :: Somewhere ~ Courtesy of the artist and La chambre claire Galerie. | src l’œil de la photographie

Somewhere. “C’est un lieu où le temps s’estompe. Un lieu où les contours physiques de la matière s’effacent. Ici la photographie retrouve la délicatesse des pictorialistes du 19ème siècle. Dans sa proposition Stéphane Mahé ouvre une fenêtre sur un ailleurs impalpable et nous invite a faire un pas de côté, en quête d’une réalité seconde. Quelque part au bord du monde.” (quoted from source)

Stéphane Mahé :: Somewhere ~ Courtesy of the artist and La chambre claire Galerie. | src l’œil de la photographie
Stéphane Mahé :: Somewhere ~ Courtesy of the artist and La chambre claire Galerie. | src l’œil de la photographie

Fuji-san reflected on lake Shôji

Roger Dumas :: Le Mont Fuji (Fuji-san) se reflétant dans le lac Shôji (Shôji-ko). Environs du village de Shôji, Japon, 1926-1927. Plaques de verre Autochrome. Archives de la Planète. | src Musée départemental Albert Kahn

Anna Behle’s dancers

“Måndag“ (Monday mood) ~ Anna Behles dansare, fotograf: okänd. | src Dansmuseet on IG
“Måndag“ (Monday mood) ~ Anna Behles dansare, fotograf: okänd. | src Dansmuseet on IG

Christina O’Gorman, 1912-1913

Mervyn O’Gorman :: Portrait of Christina wearing a red cloak, 1913. Lumière Autochrome. | src The Dawn of Colour: Science and Media Museum
Mervyn O’Gorman :: Christina on the Beach, July 13th, 1913. An evocative portrait taken on the beach at Lulworth Cove. Christina’s choice of swimming costume was a fortuitous one since red was a colour which the autochrome process captured particularly well. | src Science and Media Museum Blog
A red beach dress. Dreamlike snaps of a young woman in red posing at Lulworth Cove, Dorset, in 1913 have now been revealed as some of the earliest surviving colour photographs. Autochrome. | src CNN
Mervyn O’Gorman :: Christina on the Beach, 1913. The comparatively long exposure time has given the sea a glassy quality and the large aperture setting and narrow depth of field has put Durdle Door, in the background, into soft focus. | src Science and Media Museum Blog
Mervyn O’Gorman :: Christina in a red beach dress at Lulworth Cove, Dorset, in 1913. Autochrome. | src CNN via Flickr
Mervyn O’Gorman :: Christina in a garden surrounded by foliage and flowers, April 17th, 1912. The location for this photograph is not known but may possibly be the gardens of Rempstone Hall near Corfe Castle in Dorset. Lumière Autochrome. | src Flickr
Mervyn O’Gorman :: A portrait of Christina, gazing thoughtfully into an ornamental pond. The location for this photograph is not known but may possibly be the gardens of Rempstone Hall near Corfe Castle in Dorset. Lumière Autochrome. | src Flickr
Mervyn O’Gorman :: Christina O’Gorman with Chinese Wisteria, ca. 1912. Autochrome. (detail of the photograph below) | src CNN
Mervyn O’Gorman :: Christina O’Gorman (standing) in the garden leaning on wall with what seems to be a Chinese Wisteria, ca. 1912. Lumière Autochrome. | src Flickr
Mervyn O’Gorman :: Christina O’Gorman in the garden leaning on wall with what seems to be a Wisteria sinensis, ca. 1912. Lumière Autochrome. | src Flickr