Leo Misonne was a Belgian photographer. As a pioneer of pictorialism, he is best known for his atmospheric landscapes and street scenes filled with light. The Directory of Belgian Photographers describes Misonne’s work as distinct for its mastery of light and atmospheric conditions. Some of his images exhibit poetic qualities, but sometimes veer into anecdotal sentimentality.”
Misonne would often photograph things that were brightly illuminated from behind, producing a halo effect. Aside from retouching the lighting effects in his photographs, he experimented with and used many techniques, such as the Fresson process and later the bromoil and mediobrome processes.
If I were asked what I have learned during my forty years as a photographer. I should reply – the most important thing I have learned is to observe the beautiful effects of atmosphere and light.
Check out these extraordinary photographs taken by Misonne.