Frank Eugene

Portrait of a Man

c. 1890-1900
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Like the French photographer Robert Demachy, Frank Eugene indulged heavily in the manipulation of negatives, using dry-point to feather out the edges of forms to make his prints appear more like drawings, etchings or paintings. Demachy, on viewing Eugene's prints at the Photo-Club of Paris in 1903, was inspired to describe him as a creator of "mellifluous and delicate effects." To some critics and colleagues this manipulation constituted something close to a violation of photography, causing one of them, Dallett Fuguet, to write: "Mr. Eugene does not work on the prints in any way, but his negatives must be in a state which the ordinary photographer would consider shocking."
Artist
Title
Portrait of a Man
Date
c. 1890-1900
Medium
Photograph
Materials
platinum print, toned
Dimensions
24.4 x 17.5 cm; image: 20.9 x 16.3 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1979
Accession number
21680