Saturday, August 24, 2013

Henry Peach Robinson - Fading Away

Fading Away - Henry Peach Robinson, 1858

The Royal Photographic Society: 'The photograph shows a young girl on her deathbed surrounded by her family. This photograph is an example of combination printing: five different negatives were used to make one complete print. This is probably Robinson's most famous photograph, and it was widely exhibited at the time. The photograph depicts a girl dying of consumption, and was controversial when it was exhibited, with many believing it was not a suitable subject for photography.'

next episode: Kodak


  1. The last breath becoming immortal...

  2. I had thought of posting this 'photograph' myself. It had occurred to me that this was the first photo-montage ever made.

  3. Well that's interesting, to know how the image was created, but it is rather maudlin.

  4. I've seen some of those Post Mortem Photography compilations on Youtube and some are very disturbing. It was how many coped with death back then - especially that of a child - memorialising their memory. I find the fact that they used five different negatives to make this picture quite remarkable!

  5. ps.........I forgot to say thanks for the information about Rutger Hauer you mentioned via comment! He was my first real movie crush after watching The Hitcher in 1986!

  6. Although a construct, the pic is still kind of spooky.


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