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Inv. No.S-0094
ArtistAdolf Fassbenderborn 1884 in Germanydied 1980 in USA
Title

"Rain"


Hospenthal, St. Gothard (CH)

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

photogravure

Dimensions27 x 21 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)

I was at the foot of the St. Gothard in Switzerland, in the little village of Hospenthal. Cowbells had awakened me at five-thirty A.M. The dawn was gray and dim, with the rain coming steadily down. At the sound of the bells only one thought came to mind. I simply must get a cow picture. So I rushed to the window, grabbing my camera on the way. But I was too late… not a cow in sight. My disappointment only made me more eager to take a cow picture at this time. Since optimism has always been one of my greatest faults, I was still hopeful that some more cows would obligingly pass by my window. I put the camera in focus and rested it on the window ledge with a cloth covering the camera safely from moisture. There now, I thought to myself, I am ready for any picture possibility within range of my window. I hope it will be cows.With this wish, I returned to my bed to await the tinkle of the cowbells. But instead at every sound outside my window, up I would jump and rush to look. An hour of this seemingly mad performance and I was through with bed, choosing instead to doze by the window. During the period of this self-imposed vigil, I managed to get a number of interesting pictures of passersby. The picture reproduced here is one of the most interesting. But woe for my optimism and fortitude. There is not a cow picture in the lot!
Composition:
Steelyard with S-curve. An ideal study for the student of dynamic symmetry. Although the two figures moving in opposite directions seem to provide a double motive, they are held together so forcefully by the leading lines of the road and the enclosing perspective of the buildings that unity and harmony remain.
Technical Problems:
The poor light required that I use an exposure of 1/10 of a second. I had to watch the feet of the woman as she walked so that my exposure would be accurately timed to catch the least possible movement. In the original scene a large and swift-flowing waterfall was at the left. Because this tended to distract attention and confuse the composition, it was etched and retouched out of the negative. The curved path, the stones and steps were all too dark and had to be carefully revalued to give the figure of the woman necessary emphasis. Bright patches in unimportant areas were subdued by reduction.
Data:
Camera: 2 ½ x 3 ¼ Makina
Lens: Plaubel Anticomar
Stop: f.6.3
Exposure: 1/10 from window sill
Film: Agfa Super Plenachrome
Print: 14x17 Defender Velour Black
(Adolf Fassbender, 1937)

S-0094, "Rain"
Adolf Fassbender, "Rain", 1937
S-0094, 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
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S-0071, Adolf Fassbender, "The White Night", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The White Night", 1937
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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
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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
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S-0076, Adolf Fassbender, "The Wet Road", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "The Wet Road", 1937
more infoS-0076, Front view
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S-0077, Adolf Fassbender, "Budding Contenders", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Budding Contenders", 1937
more infoS-0077, Front view
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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
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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
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S-0082, Adolf Fassbender, "Signs of Spring", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Signs of Spring", 1937
more infoS-0082, Front view
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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-0089, Adolf Fassbender, "Snow Caps", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Snow Caps", 1937
more infoS-0089, 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-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
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S-0102, Adolf Fassbender, "Pondering", 1937
Adolf Fassbender, "Pondering", 1937
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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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