Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography (Hardback)Phillip Prodger (author)
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The idea of `art photography' is nearly as old as photography itself, but it wasn't until the 1850s that photographers began to claim fine---art status for their work. Debates about photography and its role raged internationally, but it was in England, through the work of Oscar Rejlander, Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll and Clementina Hawarden in particular, that the new art found its fullest expression.
These four artists - a Swedish emigre with a mysterious past, a middle---aged Ceylonese expatriate, an Oxford academic and writer of fantasy literature, and a Scottish countess - formed the most unlikely of schools. Both Carroll and Cameron studied under Rejlander briefly, and maintained a lasting association based around intersecting approaches to portraiture and narrative. Influenced by historical painting and working in close association with the Pre--- Raphaelite brotherhood, they formed a bridge between the art of the past and the art of the future, standing as true giants in Victorian photography.
Separately, Cameron, Carroll, Hawarden and Rejlander produced some of the most spectacular images in history. Divided into three main sections, this book brings together many of these works for the first time, drawing heavily from the National Portrait Gallery Collection. The selection will be enriched with key works from other collections from around the globe. Of special interest is an exploration of historical and contemporary painters and their role in the young fine---art---photography movement.
Publisher: National Portrait Gallery Publications
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 1390 g
Dimensions: 260 x 230 mm
...a rare opportunity to see the works of all four of these highly innovative and influential artists.--Henri Neuedorf "Artnet News "