Issue #84  1/17/2005
Three New Special Exhibits and 175 New Images Go Up On I Photo Central

You will now find three new Special Exhibits up on I Photo Central, added to the other 35 current exhibits that were already on display. We have also continued to change images and add to our essays for all our Special Exhibits, so they are worth another peek, especially if you have not looked lately. In addition, over 175 new images have been added in just the last month to the I Photo Central website.

One of the newest Special Exhibits is: "Construction of the Gardens at the 1862 International Exhibition, South Kensington". This is a selection of images from a fascinating, rare collection of 60 albumen prints documenting the construction of the extensive gardens built for the 1862 International exhibition in South Kensington. This is one of the earliest documentations of urban landscaping. The photographs were taken between 1859-62 and show the breaking of ground on the site, moving trees, landscaping, building various structures on the site, the garden statuary and a few images of the

finished gardens. A highlight is the pair of photographs showing the conservatory as it was under construction, and when it was finished. Charles Schwartz, Ltd. is offering the complete collection of 60 prints at $19,500.

Charles, also wanted me to mention that he has recently put up several superb Roger Fenton's up on the site, which he will feature at AIPAD (if they are not sold first).

Vintage Works, Ltd. has put up two new Special Exhibits: "Auradon Brothers: Large Scale French Pictorialism" and "Autochromes: Beauty in Colored Pointillism".

The Auradon brothers were active in the French salons and publications from the 1930s to early 1950s, and Jean-Marie was a founding member of the important Groupe de XV. Their very large-scale pictorial pieces are stunning prints. The subjects are mostly nudes, flower studies, landscapes and still lifes.

You will also find a large selection of colorful autochromes and an extensive history and explanation of this fascinating process in the essay that accompanies the exhibit. My article was helped extensively by conservator Nicholas Burnett, but any errors are definitely mine.

You can see these fine exhibits, along with 35 others at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase.php .