On November 28th 2017 I grabbed a coffee and started to read:
“A Brief History:
Although some of the first examples of abstract photography were made in the 1800s, after the first photograph was taken in ca. 1839, we can talk about the advent of the actual style as of the early 20th century, as the 19th century examples were mainly experimental images taken for the purpose of science. While I’m sure that, for example, the visual documentations of radiation made by French physicist Antoine Henri Becquerel around 1903, did not exactly strive to become the pioneer works of photographic abstraction (they probably didn’t even have art in mind altogether), these images had certainly demonstrated that photography didn’t necessarily have to achieve complete depiction of their subject. Subsequently, the first exhibition ever dedicated to abstract photography was held in 1914, showing images by Erwin Quedenfeldt that featured lines and shapes found in nature.
But it wasn’t before Surrealists such as László Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray that the genre got its first serious boost. Their experiments within the darkroom established a whole new expressive language, which sometimes didn’t even involve the use of a camera, like in the case of rayograms. Walking the line between surrealism and abstraction were the works of Otto Steinert and Heinz Hajek-Halke, who reinvented the concepts of portraiture, for instance, towards the second half of the 20th century. In the 1960s, technology got even more involved in the creation of abstract photos, particularly through microscopes that were now evolved enough to provide remarkable imagery. Then came the computers and with the rise of digital photography in the 1990s, the genre has been taken to a whole new level, although many artists remained faithful to the old-school techniques that didn’t include Photoshop or other editing software.”
In the evening I posted “Gold“.
365 days later I need luck.