Informal Monday Reception at the Studio of Holland Day
A departure of deep interest to all young photographers hereabouts was instituted yesterday by the holding of the first of a series of informal Monday afternoon and evening receptions to be given weekly at Mr. Holland Day’s studio in the Harcourt building on Irvington st by a little group of men and women who are Mr. Day’s disciples in the new photography. Nearly two years go these few people, who are greatly interested in the advancement of artistic photography in and-about Boston met at the home of Mrs. William E. Russell in Cambridge, with the purpose of forming an informal society that might be made of real benefit to the many beginners as well as to the more advanced amateurs. Those interested in the society are Mrs. J. Montgomery Soars Miss Mary Devens of Cambridge. Mr. Watts Dee. Mr. F. Holland Day and Mrs. Russell, and one or more of these workers will always be found at room 29, Harcourt building, on Monday between 2 and 5 and 8 and 10 to be of any assistance possible to all interested in photographs.
Mr. Day, who may quite properly be called the prophet of the new photography in America, is exceedingly anxious to help on the good work or placing this subject on the high artistic plane which he believes it should occupy. After two years abroad, during which time he exhibited in England, Paris, Berlin, and other continental cities with great success, he has now returned to Boston, his home, and yesterday he was cheerfully giving valuable advice in his quaint and picturesque studio to visiting inquirers, who were in all stages of development and ignorance concerning photography.
When Mr. Day went to Paris on this last trip he took with him some 500 prints, the work of about 40 Americans, a fair percentage of which are residents of greater Boston. The exhibition was held in the galleries of the Paris photo club and created a veritable sensation.