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Inv. No.S-0089
ArtistAdolf Fassbenderborn 1884 in Germanydied 1980 in USA
Title

"Snow Caps"


New York (USA)

from the book "Pictorial Artistry: The Dramatization of the Beautiful in Photography"
Year1937
Medium

photogravure

Dimensions19 x 26 cm
Comment

Important representative of the American pictorialism. Fassbender was born in Germany and time and again returned to the Black Forest or Tyrol to take pictures.
(Fritz Simak)

Winter night, away from the clamor and noise of the busy streets, and yet in the heart of the bustling Metropolis, New York City. Here and there dancing snowflake flutter past the glare of the lantern and settles on the heavily laden fence or pathway. The stillness makes one hesitate, yet the winding curve with its elfin, snowcapped little figures seem to invite one to continue through the winter fairyland.
Composition:
The S-curve: In a daring fashion, two powerful leading lines direct attention into the picture field. From whatever angle the picture is viewed there is no other way to enter the simple, but dramatic setting. The lantern in the upper right provides a possible escape which is counterpoised by the surrounding darkness. The suggestion of the road turning inward again satisfactorily encloses the composition at this point.
Technical Problems:
To retain the semi-detail in the darkness of the distance, extreme over-exposure in the foreground was inevitable. Here, as in a great many cases the eyes adjust themselves to a scale of light too great to be reproduced on film or paper. Therefore local reduction had to be applied extensively to bring the tone scale into a possible printing balance. The lantern in the distance and the surrounding area also had to be brought down in tone and gradation via reduction.
Data:
Camera: 10x15 centimeter Orix
Lens: Tessar
Opening: f.11
Exposure: 3 ½ Minutes
Plate: Illingworth Lightning
Print: Tuma Gas, direct enlarging—blue toned
(Adolf Fassbender, 1937)

S-0089, "Snow Caps"
Adolf Fassbender, "Snow Caps", 1937
S-0089, Front view
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S-0070, Adolf Fassbender, "PICTORIAL ARTISTRY. The Dramatization of the Beautiful in Photography", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "PICTORIAL ARTISTRY. The Dramatization of the Beautiful in Photography", 1937
more infoS-0070, Front view
© Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation
S-0071, Adolf Fassbender, "The White Night", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The White Night", 1937
more infoS-0071, Front view
© Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation
S-0072, Adolf Fassbender, "The Three Guardians", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Three Guardians", 1937
more infoS-0072, Front view
© Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation
S-0073, Adolf Fassbender, "When Hights Were Bold", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "When Hights Were Bold", 1937
more infoS-0073, Front view
© Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation
S-0074, Adolf Fassbender, "Bittersweet", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Bittersweet", 1937
more infoS-0074, Front view
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S-0075, Adolf Fassbender, "Figure 8", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Figure 8", 1937
more infoS-0075, Front view
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S-0076, Adolf Fassbender, "The Wet Road", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Wet Road", 1937
more infoS-0076, Front view
© Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation
S-0077, Adolf Fassbender, "Budding Contenders", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Budding Contenders", 1937
more infoS-0077, Front view
© Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation
S-0078, Adolf Fassbender, "The Crooked Mile", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Crooked Mile", 1937
more infoS-0078, Front view
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S-0079, Adolf Fassbender, "Doomed", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Doomed", 1937
more infoS-0079, Front view
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S-0080, Adolf Fassbender, "At Dusk", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "At Dusk", 1937
more infoS-0080, Front view
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S-0081, Adolf Fassbender, "Tranquillity", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Tranquillity", 1937
more infoS-0081, Front view
© Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation
S-0082, Adolf Fassbender, "Signs of Spring", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Signs of Spring", 1937
more infoS-0082, Front view
© Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation
S-0083, Adolf Fassbender, "Adoration", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Adoration", 1937
more infoS-0083, Front view
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S-0084, Adolf Fassbender, "The Sentinels", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Sentinels", 1937
more infoS-0084, Front view
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S-0085, Adolf Fassbender, "Onward", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Onward", 1937
more infoS-0085, Front view
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S-0086, Adolf Fassbender, "The Last Furrow", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Last Furrow", 1937
more infoS-0086, Front view
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S-0087, Adolf Fassbender, "In Memoriam", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "In Memoriam", 1937
more infoS-0087, Front view
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S-0088, Adolf Fassbender, "Hayloft", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Hayloft", 1937
more infoS-0088, Front view
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S-0090, Adolf Fassbender, "Skepticism", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Skepticism", 1937
more infoS-0090, Front view
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S-0091, Adolf Fassbender, "Fishermen’s Menace", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Fishermen’s Menace", 1937
more infoS-0091, Front view
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S-0092, Adolf Fassbender, "City, The Name Be Blessed", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "City, The Name Be Blessed", 1937
more infoS-0092, Front view
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S-0093, Adolf Fassbender, "Departure", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Departure", 1937
more infoS-0093, Front view
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S-0094, Adolf Fassbender, "Rain", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Rain", 1937
more infoS-0094, Front view
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S-0095, Adolf Fassbender, "Abundance", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Abundance", 1937
more infoS-0095, Front view
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S-0096, Adolf Fassbender, "Weed Beauty", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Weed Beauty", 1937
more infoS-0096, Front view
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S-0097, Adolf Fassbender, "Helping Hands", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Helping Hands", 1937
more infoS-0097, Front view
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S-0098, Adolf Fassbender, "The Ice Serpent", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Ice Serpent", 1937
more infoS-0098, Front view
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S-0099, Adolf Fassbender, "Before the Storm", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Before the Storm", 1937
more infoS-0099, Front view
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S-0100, Adolf Fassbender, "Faith", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Faith", 1937
more infoS-0100, Front view
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S-0101, Adolf Fassbender, "The Story", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Story", 1937
more infoS-0101, Front view
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S-0102, Adolf Fassbender, "Pondering", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Pondering", 1937
more infoS-0102, Front view
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S-0103, Adolf Fassbender, "In his Kingdom", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "In his Kingdom", 1937
more infoS-0103, Front view
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S-0104, Adolf Fassbender, "Good Bye", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Good Bye", 1937
more infoS-0104, Front view
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S-0105, Adolf Fassbender, "City Symphony", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "City Symphony", 1937
more infoS-0105, Front view
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S-0106, Adolf Fassbender, "Solemnity", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Solemnity", 1937
more infoS-0106, Front view
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S-0107, Adolf Fassbender, "Giddy-up!", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Giddy-up!", 1937
more infoS-0107, Front view
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S-0108, Adolf Fassbender, "Finite...Infinite", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Finite...Infinite", 1937
more infoS-0108, Front view
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S-0110, Adolf Fassbender, "Sailor’s Guide", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Sailor’s Guide", 1937
more infoS-0110, Front view
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