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He discovered that the artist-photographer, with his virtually unlimited scope of observation, his artistic intuition, genuine feeling and technical skill, could produce pictures of striking originality and beauty, making him forget the puttering easel-artist, fettered by tradition, convention and dry bones.

ex memorial to John J. Enneking, “the genial landscape painter... [who] appreciated the power and resources of photography as it served the ends of the true artist.”
in Photo-Era, “The American Journal of Photography,” 38:1 (January 1917) : 30 : link (hathitrust)

John J. Enneking (1841-1916), impressionist painter —
“studied art... gave it up because his eyes were weak, only to return to it after failing in the manufacture of tinware.”
wikipedia : link

21 January 2023