England 1873 – Western Australia 1943
worked Western Australia
gelatin silver photograph
signed l.r., pencil, 'A. Knapp'. titled l.l., pencil, 'Morning Mists'
image 15.2 (h) x 26.6 (w) cm
Gift of Robert Webster 1984.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Pictorialist photographers like Knapp were inspired by overseas models of art photography. Their prints often have the character of etchings from the use of screens and processes designed to replace camera sharp detail with softer atmospheric and emotional appeal. Where earlier photographers saw Perth in terms of clear light the Pictorialist photographers promoted a gentler vision.