Photography and Sculpture
The Bust of Patroclus is one of the earliest sculptures ever photographed. William Henry Fox Talbot (English, 1800-1877) announced his invention of photography in January 1839
The article discusses the variety of reasons sculpture was an important subject in photography.
Two photographers, Mel Schockner and Joe Yablonsky, specialize in shooting sculpture.
First Photographs of Florentine Sculpture – The work of the Fratelli Alinari offers the most cohesive information about the photography of sculpture in mid-19th-century Florence. Because of the company’s documentation, we are able to trace in detail the early phase of Leopoldo Alinari’s career, when he began photographing in Florence in the shop of the calcographer Luigi Bardi.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of Classical marble sculpture has literally appeared in a new light. The galleries featuring Greek art of the sixth, fifth, and fourth centuries b.c. have been renovated and reinstalled in a way that allows daylight to pour in through high windows and a clear skylight onto the marble statues and reliefs.
The exhibition Thomas Woolner: Seeing Sculpture Through Photography, at the Henry Moore Institute (Leeds, England), sheds light on the sculptor’s attentive engagement with photography, both as a means of recording his work and as a commercial tool for disseminating images of his sculptures.