A Spring Idyl
Photographer: Emerson, Peter Henry (1856 - 1936)
Medium: Photographic print
In the book ‘Pictures From Life In Field And Fen,’ photographer Peter Henry Emerson observes and records scenes of country life in East Anglia, England, which includes Norfolk, Suffolk, and part of Cambridgeshire. In 1884 he moved to Southwold in Suffolk and influenced by contemporary painters (notably Bastien-Lepage and Millet) he represented country figures acting characteristically. In 'A Spring Idyl' a young girl peels potatoes under the branches of an apple tree. In a six page introduction on art history and aesthetics Emerson emphasises naturalism and argues for a "high and honourable place" for photography as a "fine art."
He dedicates the book to the memory of French inventor Niepce. "We have adopted a reproductive process for publishing these plates. This process is...an automatic etching on copper, as first discovered by Niepce."
Text by Peter Henry Emerson from the illustrated book 'Pictures From Life In Field And Fen'