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Peter Henry Emerson, 1856-1936

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1856.05.13
Place of Birth: Cuba
Date of Death: 1936.05.12
Place of Death:

Identity:

Peter Henry Emerson was a photographer and writer on photography.

Life:

Emerson started his career as a doctor but soon left medicine for photography. His naturalistic theories of photography led to a series of albums featuring platinum prints or photogravures. They include Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads (1886) (with the artist Thomas F. Goodall), Wild Life on a Tidal Water (1890) and Marsh Leaves (1895). Emerson was deeply influenced by JW's etchings, and his work was in turn admired by JW.

Bibliography:

Fuller, John, 'P(eter) H(enry) Emerson,' Grove Dictionary of Art Online, http://www.groveart.com (accessed 8 June 2004); Newhall, N., P. H. Emerson: The Fight for Photography as a Fine Art, Millerton, 1975.