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Alice Burr, Photographer: A California Pictorialist Rediscovered

Tuesday September 8, 1998 - Friday October 16, 1998
Alice Burr, Photographer: A California Pictorialist RediscoveredAlice Burr, Telegraph Hill. Bromoil print, ca. 1915

This traveling exhibition presented a selection of the little known work of an early 20th-century San Francisco photographer of the Pictorialist movement. A professional portraitist and student of Clarence White, Alice Burr was popular in the photographic salons of her day, but has rarely been exhibited in recent years.

Born into a San Francisco family with New England ties, Alice Burr (1883-1968) was an accomplished member of the movements in photography that flourished in early twentieth-century California. The works on view document Burr's exploration of such techniques as silver and pigment prints, as well as autochrome.

Burr worked for a relatively brief time as a photographer before concentrating on other media. As part of a recent effort to collect, record, and offer her surviving works for public view, this exhibition was organized by independent curator Thomas Weston Fels in conjunction with Burr's family. The exhibition and Fels's catalogintroduced a photographer of considerable interest and merit.

Tuesday 8 September - Friday 16 October 1998

Thomas Fels gave an Art à la Mode gallery talk on Wednesday 23 September.