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Henry Peach Robinson


PhotoUtopia Intro: Henry Peach Robinson was a pictorialist who believed that Photography’s path into the fine arts was through becoming more like painting, a founder of the Linked Ring. He argued that it was photography’s role to elevate the found world to greater purpose and beauty. Famous for his combine printing, an example can be seen on the left, ‘Fading away, produced in 1858’ which employs five negatives, artfully printed to create one scene. His subject matter now seems obvious, but then he was amongst the very first photographers to create such images.

Wikipedia*Henry Peach Robinson (9 July 1830, Ludlow, Shropshire – 21 February 1901, Tunbridge Wells, Kent), was an English pictorialist photographer best known for his pioneering combination printing - joining multiple negatives to form a single image, the precursor to photomontage. Oscar Gustave Rejlander of Wolverhampton was however, the first to establish this art in 1857, a year earlier than Robinson.
Relocating to London, Robinson kept up his involvement with the theoretical side of photography, writing the influential essay Pictorial Effect in Photography, Being Hints on Composition and Chiaroscuro for Photographers, published in 1868. In 1870 he become vice-president of the Royal Photographic Society.
Following internal disputes within the Photographic Society, he resigned in 1891 to become one of the early members of the rival Linked Ring society, in which he was active until 1900, when he was also elected an honorary member of the Royal Photographic Society.

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