Pioneers of Vic­to­rian pho­tog­ra­phy cel­e­brated

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RARE ex­am­ples of early Vic­to­rian pho­tog­ra­phy will be the sub­ject of a ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tion at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery next spring. Rarely seen in public be­cause of their fragility, ex­hibits will in­clude por­traits of Alice Lid­dell – the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Alice in Won­der­land – taken by the author, Lewis Car­roll.

Also on dis­play at Vic­to­rian Gi­ants: The Birth of Art Pho­tog­ra­phy will be im­ages by Swedish pho­tog­ra­pher Os­car Re­j­lan­der.

One of the early founders of art pho­tog­ra­phy, Re­j­lan­der has been re­ferred to as the Fa­ther of Pho­to­shop’. One of his most well-known im­ages, called ‘ Two Ways of Life’, is made up of 30 dif­fer­ent neg­a­tives.

Con­tro­ver­sially, for the time of its cre­ation, the pho­to­graph de­picts some nu­dity and was even­tu­ally bought by Queen Vic­to­ria as a birthday gift for her hus­band, Albert.

The fi­nal two pho­tog­ra­phers rep­re­sented in the ex­hi­bi­tion are Ju­lia Mar­garet Cameron and Cle­mentina Hawar­den. As well as the Alice Lid­dell por­traits, there will be im­ages of Charles Dar­win, Dante Gabriel Ros­setti and Al­fred, Lord Ten­nyson, as well as other fa­mous faces of the pe­riod.

The Na­tional Por­trait Gallery says it hopes the ex­hi­bi­tion will change per­cep­tions of Vic­to­rian pho­tog­ra­phy.

Phillip Prodger, Head of Pho­to­graphs, and cu­ra­tor of the ex­hi­bi­tion, said, ‘ The works of Cameron, Car­roll, Hawar­den and Re­j­lan­der for­ever changed think­ing about pho­tog­ra­phy and its ex­pres­sive power. These are pic­tures that in­spire and de­light.’

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run from 1 March - 20 May 2018 at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery in Lon­don. Tick­ets are priced at £12 (mem­bers ad­mit­ted free).

A ma­jor new ex­hi­bi­tion is set to show­case rarely seen ex­am­ples of Vic­to­rian pho­tog­ra­phy

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