.... like me? I know very little about the history or the technical aspects of professional photography. So when I read about the current exhibits at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, the paintings of winter landscapes looked most interesting to me. But the photography exhibits included the early work of Ansel Adams, and you just can’t ignore an icon like Ansel. So we saw it all – and so glad we did!
And you really should see it all too. To check it out first online, go to the Hyde’sCurrent Exhibits page. Some of Adams’ photographs in the exhibit are those we all recognize – clear, sharp, somewhat abstract. But did you know he made an enormous series of soft, “painterly” images printed on parchment early in his career? And that there was a major rift in the world of professional photography when the advocates of the “painterly” style split from the sharper style that Steiglitz and Adams adopted? The exhibit in the other end of the main gallery, Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography, focuses on those photographers who stuck with that older style, using an amazing array of printing techniques and materials.
Maybe you already know all of this, but it is still worthwhile to see these original works up close and think about what the world of photography looked like 100 years ago. And the winter landscapes aren’t bad either. I picked the one I want for my birthday ….
Another tip: have lunch at Raul’s Mexican Grill in downtown Glens Falls. It is a great little place with creative, fresh, and delicious takes on tacos, soups, and other warming fare and with great service. Maybe go there first, so you can have a Raspberry Margarita.