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[Photo Portfolio: Antonelli School of Photography]

2,500.00
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[Photo Portfolio: Antonelli School of Photography]

2,500.00

Many additional images available upon request. A photographic portfolio compiled by a William J. Yoder during his circa-1948 coursework at the Antonelli School of Photography in Philadelphia. More than 400 photographs, mounted about thorough notation, and artful, original outline design and illustration to pages of two scrapbook albums compose a remarkable glimpse into the School’s course of instruction during its boom years immediately following the end of World War II. 

Started by important Italian-American futurist photographer, Severo Antonelli (1907-1995), in about 1938-1939 in concert with his heralded commercial and artistic work from his home base in Philadelphia, the School provided renowned professional instruction in photography for some nine decades in the city as an independent institution, until just this year (2018), when it became part of Harcum College in suburban Bryn Mawr.


Writing in the introduction to the Woodmere Art Museum published, THE CAREER OF PHOTOGRAPHER SEVERO ANTONELLI, in May of 1989, Museum director Michael J. Schantz wrote:

“A diminishing emphasis on quality and artistic integrity has resulted in a loss of creativity among the commercial ranks of photographers ; never again will we witness the level of achievement attained by Severo Antonelli.” 

The methods Antonelli developed over the course of his brilliant career, which formed the foundation of the School’s curriculum, are on explicit and prominent display in these albums. From the basics of lighting and unusual angle designs to more advanced photo-collage work, Yoder (likely a G.I.-student) appears to have taken to the futurist-infused coursework with intensity, composing this dense and important surviving photographic record of the Antonelli School.

[Photography] : YODER, William J. : [ANTONELLI, Severo]. [Pair of Scrapbooks from the Antonelli School of Photography]. [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]: 1948. Folios. 2 scrapbooks. Uniform albums, each approximately 16" x 11 1/2." Red textured vinyl over boards. One string bound, one post bound. One titled "GENERAL COURSE" ; the other "SCRAP BOOK" to respective manuscript title pages. 413 black and white silver print photographs total, adhesive mounted to rectos and versos of about 60 leaves most medium enlargements, spread across the two volumes. Prints outlined and notated at page in black and red felt marker throughout. Mounted typed class assignment documents and original vignette illustrations additional. Prints each with a small hole punch through corners, typically at lower left. Some inherent structural issues with album design including flaking page edges, weakening of leaves at hinges and many loose leaves (though original order appears maintained throughout). Overall a neat, sharp pair. About very good.

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Many additional images available upon request. A photographic portfolio compiled by a William J. Yoder during his circa-1948 coursework at the Antonelli School of Photography in Philadelphia. More than 400 photographs, mounted about thorough notation, and artful, original outline design and illustration to pages of two scrapbook albums compose a remarkable glimpse into the School’s course of instruction during its boom years immediately following the end of World War II. 

Started by important Italian-American futurist photographer, Severo Antonelli (1907-1995), in about 1938-1939 in concert with his heralded commercial and artistic work from his home base in Philadelphia, the School provided renowned professional instruction in photography for some nine decades in the city as an independent institution, until just this year (2018), when it became part of Harcum College in suburban Bryn Mawr.


Writing in the introduction to the Woodmere Art Museum published, THE CAREER OF PHOTOGRAPHER SEVERO ANTONELLI, in May of 1989, Museum director Michael J. Schantz wrote:

“A diminishing emphasis on quality and artistic integrity has resulted in a loss of creativity among the commercial ranks of photographers ; never again will we witness the level of achievement attained by Severo Antonelli.” 

The methods Antonelli developed over the course of his brilliant career, which formed the foundation of the School’s curriculum, are on explicit and prominent display in these albums. From the basics of lighting and unusual angle designs to more advanced photo-collage work, Yoder (likely a G.I.-student) appears to have taken to the futurist-infused coursework with intensity, composing this dense and important surviving photographic record of the Antonelli School.

[Photography] : YODER, William J. : [ANTONELLI, Severo]. [Pair of Scrapbooks from the Antonelli School of Photography]. [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]: 1948. Folios. 2 scrapbooks. Uniform albums, each approximately 16" x 11 1/2." Red textured vinyl over boards. One string bound, one post bound. One titled "GENERAL COURSE" ; the other "SCRAP BOOK" to respective manuscript title pages. 413 black and white silver print photographs total, adhesive mounted to rectos and versos of about 60 leaves most medium enlargements, spread across the two volumes. Prints outlined and notated at page in black and red felt marker throughout. Mounted typed class assignment documents and original vignette illustrations additional. Prints each with a small hole punch through corners, typically at lower left. Some inherent structural issues with album design including flaking page edges, weakening of leaves at hinges and many loose leaves (though original order appears maintained throughout). Overall a neat, sharp pair. About very good.