Amateur Visions

   
 
Lady Clementina Hawarden, Clementina Maude by the Window, c. 1862.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oscar G. Rejlander
1813 - 1875

 

Duchenne de Boulogne, Study of muscles in the face and emotion, 1852 - 1856.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darwin's The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals, 1872

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How did this photograph argue the case for the artistic merits of photography?

 

Two Ways of Life

Oscar G. Rejlander, Two Ways of Life, 1857. Albumen silver print. 16" X 31".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School of Athens

Raphael, School of Athens, c. 1510 - 1511.

 

"I am tired of photography-for-the-public, particularly composite photographs, for there can be
no gain and there is no honour, only cavil and misrepresentation." - Oscar Rejlander in 1859

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women in center of Two Ways of Life

separate negatives used in Two Ways of Life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fading Away

Henry Peach Robinson, Fading Away, 1858. Albumen silver print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pensive Young Girl

Oscar Rejlander, Pensive Young Girl, c. 1860.

 

More on Rejlander's Charlotte Baker series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1858 Photography Exhibition
Photographic Societies & Amateur Photo Clubs
 
Photographic societies provided:
  • Organized exhibitions of photographic works
  • Published magazines and newsletters with how-to information and scholarly discussion of theory
  • Community of people who believed and defended the artistic virtues of photography
  • Support and encouragement to the amateur and hobbyist
1858 Photography exhibition
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Clementina Hawarden
1822 - 1865

 

Lady Clementina Hawarden, Photographic Study, Early 1860s. Albumen silver print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Clementina Hawarden, Clementina Maude, c. 1862.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Clementina Hawarden, Isabella Grace and Clementina Maude,  c. 1863.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Clementina Hawarden,
Photographic Study. c. 1863.
Lady Clementina Hawarden,
Daughters on a Balcony c. 1865.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1861, the age of consent was raised
from 10 to 12 in England
 
While there is no evidence that Hawarden was deliberately exploring the topic of adolescent sexuality, the popular concern is arguably evident in her images
Lady Clementina Hawarden, Isabella Grace, c. 1860s.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis Carroll
1832 - 1898

 

Oscar Gustave Rejlander, Lewis Carroll, 1863. Albumen print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liddell Sisters

Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell and Sisters Edith and Lorina, c. 1859.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell, 1858.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beggar Maid

Oscar Rejlander, Night in Town, c. 1860.
Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell as The Beggar Maid. c. 1859.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1861, the age of consent was raised
from 10 to 12 in England
 
While there is no evidence that Hawarden was deliberately exploring the topic of adolescent sexuality, the popular concern is arguably evident in her images
Lady Clementina Hawarden, Isabella Grace, c. 1860s.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis Carroll, Irene MacDonald, 1863.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reclining Nude

"Virtually all of Dodgson's 38 documented figure studies (nudes) and their negatives were destroyed by him or his Executor at his direction, and only four extant images are known - prints of images that had been given to the families of the subjects and then included in/surviving from family albums. Most of Dodgson's figure studies were taken in the 1870s, a period in which he was working with several artists to develop ideas/images for illustrations in several publications he was planning. Over-painting of portraits was not unusual, rendering the image more 'artistic' and, in the case of nudes, creating a narrative context that would allow the image to be shown with propriety to friends."

Charles Dodgson, Reclining Nude Study, 1879.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beggar Maid

Lewis Carroll, Alice Liddell as
The Beggar Maid
, c. 1859.
Julia Margaret Cameron,
Alice Liddell as Young Woman, 1869.