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Title

A marsh farm


Artist

Peter Henry Emerson

Cuba, United States of America, England

1856 - 1936


About

Peter Emerson made a significant contribution to Victorian photography. He argued that a photograph should imitate the eye and in so doing be naturalistic in affect. Emerson contended that a photograph should be taken slightly out of focus in order to achieve the effect of a distinct sharpness at the centre of the image and a slight blurriness at the periphery.

Emerson's work is testament to the artistic qualities of photography and its purpose outside of documentation. However, Emerson was stringent in his dedication to naturalism and berated any sense of emotion in a photograph. Therefore, whilst Emerson and fellow photographer George Davison agreed with the redundancy of sharpness in photography, Emerson was openly critical of Davison's impressionistic aesthetic.


Details


Date

circa 1885


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

platinotype photograph


Dimensions

21.8 x 29.0 cm image/sheet; 28.7 x 40.7 cm card


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Accessioned 1983


Location

Not on display


Accession number

17.1983


Artist information

Peter Henry Emerson

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Renée Free and Rose Peel, Dreams and realities: Victorian works on paper, Sydney, 1993, 8.