St. James by E. Haanel Cassidy
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- Artwork Info
- About the Artist
Gelatin silver print mounted to period board
Signed and titled, in pencil, au mount recto
Printed circa 1940
For E. Haanel Cassidy, photography proved to be the medium through which he could best articulate his spiritual and aesthetic philosophies. He believed that the photographic image stood as a symbol that transcended the physical world. He adhered partly to the notion espoused by the American visionary Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) that the evocative, expressive subjects of his photographic series were equivalent to heightened emotions. Cassidy also investigated his subjects through series of images, which from his perspective were a "broadening of contact with the universe."Eugene Haanel Cassidy was born of Canadian parents in Tokyo, Japan, in 1903. In the late 1930s he operated a studio in Toronto and exhibited in 1938 at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now Art Gallery of Ontario). In 1944, he moved to New York City to work for Condé Nast's House and Garden and Vogue studios. In 1955, he gave up photography and settled in Ananda Cooperative in California in 1969, where he pursued a spiritual life and became the founder of the Ananda Gardens. Cassidy died April 16, 1980.
Source: The Art Gallery of Ontario