Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The raruraru about the things you see - 4
Over the past two weeks I have been reading a book on the history of the photograph as art. Quite interesting, with some fantastic images that I have not previously come across.
Included is this at the top of the page by Henry Peach Robinson, dated 1858 -
Apparently it caused a considerable stir as "inappropriate" and "immoral". Why? Well the clue is in part in the title "Fading Away". A family gathered at the slow death of a daughter and sister.
Presented as one example of how attitutes to images can change over time.
BTW the techniques used are more of interest than the image. Apparently this was made from 5 separate images - an early example of photographic manipulation...