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Peter Henry Emerson

Gunner Working up to Fowl, 1886

P.H. Emerson was born on his father's sugar plantation in
La Palma, Cuba in 1856.
He resided in England until his death in 1936.

Known for:
Photographs of nature; rural subjects presented in a simple, direct manner.

Most Popular Images:
"Gunner Working up to Fowl"; "Reed Boat House"

Did you know ... ?
• Emerson was an avid naturalist. He was also a doctor.
• He destroyed all of his negatives shortly after printing from them.
• P.H. served on the Council of the Photographic Society.
• He published the controversial and influential book,
"Naturalistic Photography for Students of Art".
• Emerson was a champion billiards player.

“We must first see the picture in nature and be struck by its beauty so that we cannot rest until we have secured it on our plate."

General Format:
Most of Emerson's Photogravures and Platinum prints are approximately 9" x 13".

How many photographs exist?
Emerson printed in extremely small unnumbered editions.

$500 - $25,000.

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How are the photographs printed and signed?
Most of Emerson's photographs are unsigned, however some are stamped au verso.

Emerson's photographs are vintage, which means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads

Books - Out of Print:
Fight for Photography as a Fine Art -

A good selection of photographs by P.H. Emerson is available.

Price History:
1975: $250.
1985: $350. - $9,000.
1995: $500. - $15,000.

Authenticity is guaranteed. Prices and availability are subject to change without prior notice.

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