Hawaii Art Photography:
One photography historian claimed that "the earliest exponent of 'Fine Art' or composition photography was John Edwin Mayall" who exhibited daguerreotypes illustrating the Lord's Prayer in 1851. Successful attempts to make fine art photography can be traced to Victorian era practitioners such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, and Oscar Gustave Rejlander and others. In the U.S. F. Holland Day, Alfred Steiglitz and Edward Steichen were instrumental in making photography a fine art, and Steiglitz was especially notable in introducing it into museum collections.
Until the late 1970s several genres predominated, such as; Artistic Photography, portraits, natural Landscape (exemplified by Ansel Adams). Breakthrough 'star' artists in the 1970s and 80s, such as Sally Mann and Robert Mapplethorpe, still relied heavily on such genres, although seeing them with fresh eyes. Others investigated a snapshot aesthetic approach.
American organizations, such as the Aperture Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art, have done much to keep photography at the forefront of the fine arts.
Though the years I have been inspired by many of the Master Artists including, Erwin Blumenfeld, Henri Cartier Brisson, Ruth Bernhard, Bouguereau, Sandro Bottichelli, Eugene Cunningham, Salvador Dali, Patrick Demachelier, Robert Farber, Philippe Halsman, Maplethorpe, Aguste Rodin, Jan Saundek. I am thankful for their contribution to the Arts.
Below are some of my Hawaii art photography works from the mid 1990's and early 2000's.