RALPH RADCLIFFE-WHITEHEAD (1854-1929)
Exhibted: “The Woodstock Story (1902-1949)” D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc.,
Ralph Radcliffe-Whitehead developed an interest in photography before he and his wife, Jane, founded the Byrdcliffe Arts & Crafts Colony in New York. His many sensitive portraits of his wife and children show the influence of Photo-Secession pictorialism as do the landscapes photographed on the grounds of his home in Montecieto and Woodstock.
Ever the scientist and technician, Whitehead built a darkroom onto the end of his Byrdcliffe home White Pines where he already had a fully-equipped pottery for his glaze experiments and a “loom room” for his silk dyeing and weaving. He often printed images from unusually large glass negatives as was the case with this romantic view of a riverbank.
More Whitehead photographs may be seen in the catalogue for the exhibition “Byrdcliffe; An American Arts and Crafts Colony” on pages 16, 49, 144, 145, 196, and 197.