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VILLAGERS OF EZERI, Southern Valleys 1889

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VITTORIO SELLA. Southern Valleys (Ingur): Inhabitants of the Village of Ezeri, c. 1889-1890, Sella number CVI 622. 10.9x14.6" collodion print, printed c. 1892-1893, mounted on 12.1x16" heavy brown board. Print recto embossed with artist's credit stamp in bottom right corner; inscribed in negative: 622. Inscribed in ink on mount recto: 622 - Inhabitants of the Village of Ezeri; in blue pencil: C.VI. Stamped in black ink on mount verso: Depose / Tous Droits Reserves / V. Sella - Biella.

The sale of lots from this auction will directly benefit the Appalachian Mountain Club Trails Protection Fund; Conservation Research and Climate Action; and the Modernization and Preservation of the AMC Library and Archives.

By the early 1890s the idea that photographs could be artistic was commonplace, though most artists, including the young Alfred Stieglitz, held that they should be "painterly," soft-focused pictures representing nostalgic, sentimental and romantic qualities. Running parallel to this "pictorial" sensibility were the sharp focused views made by exploration photographers like Sella who was striving to capture geological and geographical verisimilitude through powerfully composed crisp pictures. By 1910 photographers like Stieglitz and Paul Strand began to shift away from pictorial imagery in favor of more documentary, unsentimental, hard edged pictures with a "modernist" sensibility, very like the pictures that Sella had been producing all along.
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Good: moderate abrasions, dirt, marks, spots, corner and edge wear; 2.5" crack through print and mount, right middle. Mount has edge and corner wear, marks and dirt.
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VILLAGERS OF EZERI, Southern Valleys 1889

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Lot 2234 Details

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VITTORIO SELLA. Southern Valleys (Ingur): Inhabitants of the Village of Ezeri, c. 1889-1890, Sella number CVI 622. 10.9x14.6" collodion print, printed c. 1892-1893, mounted on 12.1x16" heavy brown board. Print recto embossed with artist's credit stamp in bottom right corner; inscribed in negative: 622. Inscribed in ink on mount recto: 622 - Inhabitants of the Village of Ezeri; in blue pencil: C.VI. Stamped in black ink on mount verso: Depose / Tous Droits Reserves / V. Sella - Biella.

The sale of lots from this auction will directly benefit the Appalachian Mountain Club Trails Protection Fund; Conservation Research and Climate Action; and the Modernization and Preservation of the AMC Library and Archives.

By the early 1890s the idea that photographs could be artistic was commonplace, though most artists, including the young Alfred Stieglitz, held that they should be "painterly," soft-focused pictures representing nostalgic, sentimental and romantic qualities. Running parallel to this "pictorial" sensibility were the sharp focused views made by exploration photographers like Sella who was striving to capture geological and geographical verisimilitude through powerfully composed crisp pictures. By 1910 photographers like Stieglitz and Paul Strand began to shift away from pictorial imagery in favor of more documentary, unsentimental, hard edged pictures with a "modernist" sensibility, very like the pictures that Sella had been producing all along.
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Good: moderate abrasions, dirt, marks, spots, corner and edge wear; 2.5" crack through print and mount, right middle. Mount has edge and corner wear, marks and dirt.

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