A Wet Night, Columbus Circle

William A. Fraserca.1897 - ca. 1898

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

One of the most highly praised photographs of its day, this image was hailed as both a technical and artistic tour-de-force. While isolated experiments in night photography had been made in the 1880s, some of the earliest and most artistic night images were made in New York by William Fraser. His preference for the effects of snow or rain took him out in the most unpleasant conditions but resulted in images of great subtlety and mystery. Beautifully detailed from shadows to highlights, this work celebrates the new beauty of the electric light while functioning as a visual poem of natural Impressionism.

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  • Title: A Wet Night, Columbus Circle
  • Creator: William A. Fraser
  • Date Created: ca.1897 - ca. 1898
  • Physical Dimensions: w419.1 x h508 in (Image)
  • Culture: American
  • Type: Unknown
  • Rights: Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc., Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc.
  • External Link: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
  • Medium: Gelatin silver print


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