This picture the second Severn Crossing Bridge is a nod in the direction of the “new objectivity” that was forming mainly in Germany and America in the early 1930’s. The most famous and influential outpouring of these ideas were from the f64 Group with Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and Willard White. Alfred Stieglitz was also for straight photography without any “isms” but he was based in New York and the others mentioned were all based around San Francisco at the time.
As has been commented on this blog before the line between where straight photography begins and ends is a very blurry line in the sand on a windy day. The expressive prints created by Ansel Adams were they straight photography? his work was never meant to be a direct mimicry of reality in his own words.
Probably nearer the spirit of the straight photography would be Richard Avedon’s project and book – In the West. Portraits done against a white background out side with a 10 x 8″ camera with the subject staring straight at the camera.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012