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P Pictorialism 190 A photographic movement of the late 19th century that had ended by the early years of the 1914­18 war. The movement stressed aesthetics, the beauty of the image, and was driven by a desire to emulate fine-art painting. Soft-focus lenses, platinum printing and darkroom manipulation created an imagery that at best recalled impressionism and at worst was merely picturesque. Although originally a British movement, it heavily influenced American Alfred Stieglitz who promoted pictorialism through his gallery and magazine Camera Work.