Dr. George C. Poundstone

Date Friday, April 3
through Sunday, May 24, 2015
Location Olson Gallery
Sponsors This exhibition was made possible in part by the Bethel University Edgren Scholarship

Event Description

About the Show

In 1979, Dr. Poundstone’s wife, Ethel, gifted the entire Poundstone photographic estate to Bethel University. This is the first time in 35 years that works from the Poundstone archive have been publically displayed. Selections from Dr. Poundstone’s vast photographic estate include: vintage photographs, travel journals, autochromes, paper negatives and 16mm films from Poundstone’s travels around the world in the early 1930's. 

About the Artist

George C. Poundstone (1870-1938) was an accomplished creative photographer during most of the 1920s and 1930s. A dentist by profession, he wielded his camera during his free time and on foreign trips, primarily to countries in Asia. He presented his work internationally in exhibitions (called “salons”), lectured (on subjects such as composition), wrote articles, and saw his pictures reproduced in the popular, religious, and photographic press. Poundstone was prominent in the Chicago Camera Club, where he served as president for a two-year term. In addition to participating in group exhibitions, he was privileged to have a few one-man shows, most notably in 1933 at Washington’s Smithsonian Institution, which retained a few of his prints for its permanent collection.

Poundstone was part of the movement of pictorial photography, a genre that commenced in Europe and the United States around the turn of the twentieth century. Pictorialists generally chose accessible subject matter (like landscapes and figure studies), rendered their images in soft focus (to make their pictures look more artistic), and utilized hand-manipulated techniques (such as combination printing).  Poundstone embraced all of these aspects and was recognized for his talents. In addition, he used the Autochrome process, which produced delicate color slides on glass, and even made movies when he traveled.  

Show Events

Tuesday, April 8, 4 p.m.
Eastlund Room, CLC Building, Level 2

Reception following the talk
Olson Gallery, CLC Building, Level 2


Michelle Westmark
Gallery Director and Associate Professor of Art