Accession Number


Jeannette Klute

Object Creation Date
1950 - 1954

Medium & Support
dye transfer print on paper

12 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in (31.75 cm x 24.13 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)

Subject matter
This color photograph of two mushrooms on a forest floor is a dye transfer print by the artist. Klute was a pioneer of color photography and helped develop the Eastman Kodak Dye Transfer process. She left detailed notes on the conditions under which each photograph in the portfolio was taken. This particular image was taken on August 20 with an Auto Graflex (4 x 5) on Ektachrome film.

This image was one of 50 included in the 1954 publication of the portfolio Woodland Portraits (Plate 41). These photographs were taken over a three to four year period in Rockport and Cape Ann, Massachusetts, and Bristol, New York. The series was taken without any manipulation and minimal environmental impact, with natural light and depth of field being the primary subjects of the portfolio. Klute draws attention to often overlooked subjects, focusing in on a single plant or animal and abstracting its surroundings. 

Physical Description
A photograph with a shallow depth of field, focused on two small mushrooms. The fungi are surrounded by decaying leaves, twigs, grasses, and other flora on a forest floor. 

Primary Object Classification

Collection Area

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Fungi (kingdom)
available light photography
detached leaves
flora (plants)
forests (cultural landscapes)
nature photography
woodlands (plant communities)

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