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July 17 , 2009

Letters on Landscape Photography


Working at the end of the nineteenth century, photographer Henry Peach Robinson was best known for his zealous, and highly adept, use of combination printing – creating a single image from multiple negatives. He was also an accomplished writer and this short book from 1888 remains one of his most endearing. In practical instruction and personal anecdote, it extols his unyielding belief that capturing the natural beauty of the landscape required the helping hand of props, costumed models, and a spare negative or two. Popular upon its original publication, in today's era of easy, continuous and nearly limitless digital manipulation, this century-old text resonates again. "Henry Peach Robinson was perhaps the most influential voice in nineteenth century photography ... [his] writings stand as the first complete photographic art theory in the English language" (Robert A. Sobieszek, photography curator and scholar). This expanded, classic edition has been newly set, carefully edited, and fully optimized for e-book reading. Along with the main text, it includes a complete listing of Henry Peach Robinson's published books; art and museum suggestions to see Robinson's work; and an extended essay on the author.
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