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The Pillars of Durham

A work made of platinum print.

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  • A work made of platinum print.


c. 1912


Frederick H. Evans
English, 1853–1943

About this artwork

A noted Pictorialist and member of Alfred Stieglitz’s circle, Frederick H. Evans was best known for painstakingly planned images of cathedral interiors. Evans practiced what he called “the straightest of the straight photography,” carefully exposing his negatives and printing them on matte platinum paper, which offered a rich tonal range. After about a decade spent documenting church architecture, he completed his last major series at the Durham Cathedral, in the north of England, between 1911 and 1912. When Edwards began as curator of photography, the museum held only two Evans prints, from the Stieglitz Collection; in 1966 he added 15 more, including this print.


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Photography and Media


Frederick H. Evans


The Pillars of Durham


England (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

Made 1907–1917


Platinum print


Image/paper: 24.8 × 19.1 cm (9 13/16 × 7 9/16 in.); Mount: 49.9 × 34.8 cm (19 11/16 × 13 3/4 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by the Joseph and Helen Regenstein Foundation

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