George Seeley (American, 1880–1955)
Gum bichromate over platinum print
17 1/4 x 21 1/8 in. (43.7 x 53.8 cm)
Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005 (2005.100.116)
Trained as a painter in Boston, Seeley joined the Photo-Secession, a loose-knit circle of artists promoted by Alfred Stieglitz, in 1906. On the occasion of his second exhibition at Stieglitz's gallery, 291, in 1908, Seeley visited New York and saw original prints by his colleagues for the first time. This study of snow on a frozen pond may be Seeley's response to Edward Steichen's work, which had especially impressed him. Boldly simplified in tone, its whip-line contours in perfect accord with the sinuous forms of Art Nouveau, this is one of the most insistently abstract photographic images of its time.