Adolf Fassbender (1884-1980) was born in Cologne, Germany and became a photographer’s assistant by the age of thirteen. He opened a studio in New York City in 1924 but by 1927 had decided to pursue art photography exclusively, working in the Pictorial style. He is widely considered to be the leading Pictorialist photographer of this period and had thousands of students. In 1937, Fassbender published, largely at his own expense, a portfolio entitled Pictorial Artistry, The Dramatization of the Beautiful. All the prints offered here are from this limited edition of hand-pulled gravures. Fassbender meticulously supervised the production, even selecting the inks so as to match the image color of the original prints.
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