Their photographs of Northwest scenery, urban landscapes, and avant-garde artists, such as the dancer Martha Graham, are stunningly original in their use of abstract shapes, the juxtaposition of flat and deep space and subtle contrasts of light and dark.(Susan Platt Cassone 2012-01-00)
Very little exists on this topic, which should be of particular interest to those in the Pacific Northwest and for collections strong in artistic photography. Excellent use of illustrations.(Choice 2011-01-00)
In ways both deliberate and unintended, the images in Shadows of a Fleeting World are a study in evanescence... a revelation on several levels, starting with the aesthetically captivating nature of much of the work. The photographs are valuable, too, for evoking a Seattle of almost 90 years ago with visual poetry that transcends mere documentation.
The book itself is a work of art, featuring plentiful sepia-toned images from the show: cityscapes, landscapes, faces, the play of light and shadow. The ghostly images—harmonious as woodcuts, quiet as ikebana—resonate with the Japanese aesthetic quality of 'aware,' a kind of longing for a home that can't be named.
... extraordinary 'painterly' photographs shot in the area in the 1920s.
In February, the Henry Art Gallery, UW Libraries and UW Press are teaming up to bring the beauty of the Seattle Camera Club to the public with the publication of Shadows of a Fleeting World, and an exhibition of 100 works of the collection at the Henry Art Gallery.
David F. Martin is an independent art historian and curator specializing in women and minority artists of the Pacific Northwest. Nicolette Bromberg is visual materials curator, Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries.