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Sunrise At Sea

Sunrise At Sea

Photographer: Emerson, Peter Henry (1856 - 1936)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1887

Shelfmark: 1760.e.4

Item number: 12

Length: 17.8

Width: 28.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

One of three views of sailboats on the open seas included in photographer Peter Henry Emerson’s book ‘Pictures From Life In Field And Fen.’ In 1884 Emerson moved to Southwold on the coast of Suffolk and became concerned with photography as a pictorial art. In the preface to these photographs dated “Bedford Park, February, 1887,” Emerson argues against commercialism and “a prejudice among the unthinking public against photography, chiefly because it has been called a mechanical process.” He dedicates his work to the memory of French inventor Niepce. "We have adopted a reproductive process for publishing these plates. This process 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'

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