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Peach Robinson, Henry (1830 - 1901)

Henry Peach Robinson took an interest in photography in his twenties and promptly adapted the aesthetic views of John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites as well as Turner’s romantic landscapes to his practice: creating theatrical medieval settings that anticipated the enigmatic feel of the Symbolists. In order to create a pictorial effect, the photographer privileged artificial compositions and pioneered the making of photo-montages. He would stage his outdoor scenes in a studio and hired actors or costumed society ladies to pose, defending the idea that photography was to mimic the creativity of painting. One of his most popular picture, Fading Away, was as popular as morbid as it narrated an intimate family tragedy, staging a young woman dying of tuberculosis and surrounded by the worried members of her family. With this photography, Henry Peach Robinson mingled the artificiality of its technique with the painful reality of its subject that although it was considered macabre, seduced the public, in particular Prince Albert who purchased a print. Henry Peach Robinson believed that since photography now delivered such realistic facts about humanity, it needed to be provided with a little mystery.

Tags / Henry Peach Robinson - Pioneers - British Photographer - 1850s - Art - Theatrical
Henry Peach Robinson, Fading Away, 1858
Henry Peach Robinson, Fading Away, 1858
Henry Peach Robinson, She Never Told Her Love ,1857
Henry Peach Robinson, She Never Told Her Love ,1857
Henry Peach Robinson, A House, 1869
Henry Peach Robinson, A House, 1869
Henry Peach Robinson, A Maiden Meditation Fancy Free, 1895
Henry Peach Robinson, A Maiden Meditation Fancy Free, 1895
Henry Peach Robinson, A Merry Tale, 1890
Henry Peach Robinson, A Merry Tale, 1890
Henry Peach Robinson, A Trespass Notice, 1880
Henry Peach Robinson, A Trespass Notice, 1880
Henry Peach Robinson, Atlanta, 1896
Henry Peach Robinson, Atlanta, 1896
Henry Peach Robinson, Autumn, date unknown
Henry Peach Robinson, Autumn, date unknown
Henry Peach Robinson, Caroling, 1890
Henry Peach Robinson, Caroling, 1890
Henry Peach Robinson, Elaine Watching the Shield of Lancelot,1859
Henry Peach Robinson, Elaine Watching the Shield of Lancelot,1859
Henry Peach Robinson, Figures in Landscape, Gelligynan Series, 1880
Henry Peach Robinson, Figures in Landscape, Gelligynan Series, 1880
Henry Peach Robinson, Little Red Riding Hood,1858
Henry Peach Robinson, Little Red Riding Hood,1858
Henry Peach Robinson, Maude and Ethel May Robinson, daughters of Henry and Seline Robinson,1868
Henry Peach Robinson, Maude and Ethel May Robinson, daughters of Henry and Seline Robinson,1868
Henry Peach Robinson, Seascape at Night, 1870
Henry Peach Robinson, Seascape at Night, 1870
Henry Peach Robinson, Self-Portrait, 1963
Henry Peach Robinson, Self-Portrait, 1963
Henry Peach Robinson, Sleep, 1867
Henry Peach Robinson, Sleep, 1867
Henry Peach Robinson, Storm Clearing Off, 1894
Henry Peach Robinson, Storm Clearing Off, 1894
Henry Peach Robinson, The Bearded Margent of the Sea , 1870
Henry Peach Robinson, The Bearded Margent of the Sea , 1870
Henry Peach Robinson, The Lady of Shalott, 1861
Henry Peach Robinson, The Lady of Shalott, 1861
Henry Peach Robinson, The Story of Little Red Riding Hood: She discovers a wolf in place of the elderly lady, 1858
Henry Peach Robinson, The Story of Little Red Riding Hood: She discovers a wolf in place of the elderly lady, 1858
Henry Peach Robinson, Untitled, date unknown
Henry Peach Robinson, Untitled, date unknown
Henry Peach Robinson, When the Day's Work is Done, 1877
Henry Peach Robinson, When the Day's Work is Done, 1877
Henry Peach Robinson, Will They Never Come, 1882
Henry Peach Robinson, Will They Never Come, 1882
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