Drawing: The Muse of Photography

Oscar Gustave Rejlander (1813–1875), The First Negative, 1857, Coated salt print from a collodion negative, 22.4 x 15.0 cm. Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Drawing America Presents a conversation on the relationship between drawing and photography with Hans P. Kraus Jr., of Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs, Malcolm Daniel, the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and moderated by Allison Wucher, Director of Master Drawings New York. 

Join Drawing America for a conversation on the relationship between drawing and photography with Hans P. Kraus Jr., of Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs, Malcolm Daniel, the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and moderated by Allison Wucher, Director of Master Drawings New York. The talk will include a presentation on the early photographs and drawings by the pioneers of photography in Kraus’s current gallery exhibition, Drawing: The Muse of Photography. It will explore the techniques and innovations of early photographic artists, as well as how these new technologies were received by their contemporaries. Following the presentation, the panel will discuss the continued exchange and intersection between photography and drawing from the time William Henry Fox Talbot published The Pencil of Nature (1844-46) up to today.  

Hans P. Kraus, Jr. has been established in New York since 1984 as a dealer in nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs. He has curated exhibitions of early masters such as William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Roger Fenton, J.B. Greene, Charles Nègre, Gustave Le Gray and John Ruskin. In recent years the gallery has collaborated with contemporary artists who are influenced and inspired by the work and techniques of the earliest photographers. Kraus is a member of the ADAA, PADA and AIPAD. He publishes monographs on early photographers and issues catalogues under the series title Sun Pictures.

Malcolm Daniel joined The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in December 2013 after 23 years at the Metropolitan Museum, including 9 years as head of its Department of Photographs.  He received his B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Trinity College, Hartford, and his Masters and Doctorate in art history from Princeton University. Although his exhibitions and publications have concentrated on the first 75 years of the medium, at the MFAH Daniel oversees acquisitions and exhibitions spanning the full history of photography from its birth to the present day. 

Allison Wucher is the director of Master Drawings New York (MDNY). MDNY is yearly art event (also established in 2006) which takes places on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and comprises of gallery exhibitions and events focused on drawings. Allison joined MDNY in 2016 and has since established a number of partnership events with museums and institutions such as The Met, Morgan Library, Cooper Hewitt, New-York Historical Society and Drawing New York. Outside of MDNY, Allison runs her own art consulting firm, Silverpoint Fine Art, which focuses on projects relating to drawings, prints and photographs.

For many of us, there will be a learning curve using ZOOM. As far as these interfaces go, it is very user-friendly. As with anything new, it takes a little time to get the hang of it. So here are a few tips:

If you can, use a desktop or laptop. They are the easiest to control, and of course, provide you with the largest image for you to draw from. If those are not available, a tablet works well. A phone works well but can be so tiny that the group aspect can get a little lost.

Try to get the best WiFi connection you can. For many us, that means being in a certain area of our home or office. It will elevate your experience, though almost everyone we worked with has had a good connection.

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