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.'

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6 comments:

  1. The last breath becoming immortal...

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

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

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  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!

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  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!

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

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