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A CURATED COLLECTION OF FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHS

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VOLUME 1

ISSUE 1


The Le Fotografie Mission We started le Fotografie with one very simple mission.

We want to make beautiful, original, fine art photographs affordable for everyone. We believe that photography is the ultimate “people’s art form.” After all, what other fine art medium is capable of making an infinite number of original prints from a single artistic moment captured by the photographer? We don’t believe in placing an arbitrary limit on the number of prints that can be sold. Instead we want everyone who falls in love with a beautiful photographic image to be able to own a custom-made, original print of that image, and be able to enjoy looking at it every single day. This way instead of having only a few people be able to own a photographer’s best work, everyone who likes an image can own it. It’s that simple. Our goal in producing this digital magazine is to introduce you to the talented photographers who we have selected to be part of le Fotografie. They have joined in our mission to make fine art photography available to everyone.

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A Signature Image

Ansel Adam’s most famous redwoods picture: Redwoods, Bull Creek Flat, South of Redwood National Park, California, 1960

A second Ansel Adams redwoods picture made at the same time as the first shows just how hard it is to photograph in this location: Redwoods(2), Bull Creek Flat, South of Redwood National Park, California, 1960

Figure In Redwoods, 1974 is certainly one of Stuart’s most recognized images. And, it is indeed stunning. A casual observation reveals a dramatic landscape of redwood trees. However, a more careful look reveals a nude figure in the lower foreground of the image. This revelation completely changes one’s view of the phtograph. Now the scale of the redwoods becomes overwhelmingly clear. And the fact that the figure is nude creates an sense of man’s fragility and smallness when compared to the scale of nature. This image didn’t happen by accident. Few great images do. Jon was working as an assistant for Ansel Adams at the renowned Yosemite Workshops, and he was very familiar with both Ansel’s techniques and some of his more famous images. Jon was certainly aware of at least two of Ansel’s images from Redwoods National Park (left). Jon’s image was probably taken from very close to the spot where Ansel made his famous images, and Jon’s image is similar in terms of the quality of light and texture. But the similarities end there. Jon’s image is different in two crucial respects. First, it is a vertical composition which emphasizes the vertical nature of the subject matter. And second, there is the nude figure. This makes all the difference. Anyone was has seen an original print of Jon’s image is stunned at the texture, detail and quality of the print, but the nude figure in this image is a stopper. Few photographers ever make an image this powerful. Looking at the two Adams images at left you can see Ansel struggled too. But Stuart’s image is a true tours de force, one that we can only marvel at and enjoy.


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Figure In Redwoods

Š1974 Jonathan Stuart Click The Image To View Purchase Details At Le Fotografie.


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Images Can Evoke Feelings It’s winter as I write these comments about Jonathan Stuart’s Fishing Shirts, Little Cayman. I live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the temperature outside as I write is 5 above zero farenheit. So when I say that pictures are particularly good at evoking feelings I know what I’m talking about. Photography works better than most artistic media at evoking specific emotions and feelings because we inherently believe that photographs are “real” and “true.” While this isn’t actually the case, photography definitely has a documentary quality that enhances it’s credibility. Photographs aren’t really “true” any more than any other art form because the images are actually “manipulated” by the photographer through cropping, choice of lens, expsoure and other means. That mean that the photographer is actually choosing what parts of a scene to show us, as well as choosing how to present the image visually. This allows photographers to enhance the feelings in a particlar image. When Jon Stuart created this image he chose the specific moment when the shirts were bellowing from warm Caribbean breezes. We feel it, even without being there. Not necessarily the best kind of picture to be looking at when it’s 5 above zero and you’re not leaving town any time soon.


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Fishing Shirts, Little Cayman Š2008 Jonathan Stuart

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