James Hyman Photography Shows Early Salt Prints of Gothic Architecture

artwork: Neurdein School  -  "Paris Chimères, Eglise Notre Dame",  circa 1880  -  Albumen Print  -  21 x 27 cm.  - Courtesy James Hyman Photography. On view in "From Sermons in Stone to Monsters of Modernity" from May 9th until May 26th.


London.- James Hyman Photography is delighted to present one of the most substantial exhibitions of rare, early salt prints ever staged by a commercial gallery in London. A specially curated presentation brings together two of the greatest achievements of Western civilization: Gothic architecture and the invention of photography. “From Sermons in Stone to Monsters of Modernity: Early French Photography And The Church” will be on view at the gallery from May 9th through May 26th. This museum quality exhibition includes loans as well as works for sale. The exhibition title references the religious significance of the portal programmes of Gothic cathedrals with their multiple biblical scenes as well as the gargoyles of Notre Dame that were the mid-nineteenth century invention of Viollet-le-Duc. The exhibition traces the ways in which the great Gothic churches and cathedrals of France were placed at the heart of their work by the most important French photographers of the 1840s and 1850s.