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Peter Henry Emerson 
Boatyard, Northfolk 
[Idylls of the Norfolk Broads] 
1887 
  
Platinum print 
22.7 x 28.3 cm 
  
The Romantic Agony Book & Print Auctions 
Auction 19 June 2015, Lot: 123 
  
 
LL/60219 
  
Photography coming from the “Idylls of the Norfolk Broads” publication. “A survey of life in Suffolk and Norfolk, the book combined written accounts of his travels with images of rural scenes. Emerson published a portfolio of photographs from this series in 1890. In an accompanying text he explained how they illustrated his theory that photographers should use selective, or 'differential', focus to record the effects of nature. The result... might be considered a photographic equivalent of Impressionist painting. Of another image he remarked 'it is not perfectly "sharp" in any part and the hay-carts in the distance are as sharp as they should be”. (V&A). 
 

 
  
 
  
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