Henry Peach Robinson A Photography Pioneer

He created art of printing that was combined and printing, which was a unique photomontage technique that was based on a variety of plans. They were stored on tape, which was then reassembled into one image by superimposing several negatives. Although not everyone was a fan of this technique, as many considered themselves cheated and didn’t be able to recognize the photographs that were created by the master photographer, it didn’t break the spirit of an accomplished young man. He was advancing and improving his photography abilities through perseverance. In the years following, a highly regarded Photographic Society of Great Britain was given to honor Henry Peach Robinson’s accomplishments in photography.


Robinson was born into an extensive family in a British town called Ludlow (Shropshire). When he was 13 years old, He began to learn about drawing and painting but never achieved the status of a professional in the field. Henry was able to continue to draw images for fun, and in 1852, his work was included as part of the exhibit in the Royal Academy of Arts. This was a significant turning point for him after he began taking pictures at the time, after which he launched the establishment of his own studio for photography in Leamington five years after.

Like many photographers of the day, Robinson was suffering from an illness that was caused by exposure to harmful chemicals in the production of films. However, this did not stop Robinson from working on the creation of new studios and also writing important and valuable theories on composition effects as well as the use of shade and light.
The most controversial Robinson film Fading Away (1858)

The distinctive style and the exceptional creativity.

The works of Henry Peach Robinson can not be described as gorgeous or average. He constantly wowed viewers with his unique method of working. Some were skeptical of his view of art and even denigrated the photographer who was just starting out. In awe of the classic concept of images as reflections of reality, his colleagues were slow to master or practice the method of printing combination. The contradiction of his success has been a blessing to him, however. In the early XXI century, Henry was recognized as an accomplished photographer and was considered to be a classic representation of British photography.

Henry Peach Robinson never agreed with the view that the image was an image of the day which were appearing in front of his eyes. Robinson was seeking out new methods without fear of breaking out of the traditional frame. Inspired by medieval painters, he was working on an elongated storyline that was polysyllabic and full of detail. In his capacity as an artist, Henry was able to express his imagination on paper with a single stroke of his brush; however, as a photographer in the XIX century theoretically, he was not able to alter the composition once he had fired the shutter on the camera. However, in actual the real world, Henry re-created the ABCs of digital editing (which, as with art, was recognized as art only 140 years afterward) using readily available tools and uncontrollable enthusiasm.

So, it’s no surprise that he’s considered to be the grandfather of Pictorialism (international style and aesthetic movements in photography, which increases the detail). He put different photographs (or rather their negatives) on collages and did the laborious process of each to create a new image. One example is the photo, which is influenced by the art from John Everett Milles’s “The Lady of Shalott.”

The photographer was not able to the finer details. He was highly attentive to the composition of his images and a preliminary examination of every particular. In many instances, he sketched ideas for his future work on paper and sketched the location of the people and objects, and so on. Then, he searched for the ideal spot for the light and the models.

Theoretical heritage

A renowned artist, Henry Peach Robinson, conducted lectures as well as presented papers. He also actively advocated his ideas in like-minded circles.

Photographers left behind a considerable quantity of theoretical works for future generations of talented and brave artists as his. Guide for professional, and beginner photographers Photographic Effects in Pictorial Photography: Including Hints on Chiaroscuro And Composition For Photographers is believed to be a classic piece of writing on Pictorialism all over the world. It explains photographic aesthetics, as well as practical methods to transfer it into the image. In addition to this book, Robinson wrote several more books on the effect of elections in photographs, the effect of the art of light painting, a form of photography, photography of landscapes, etc.