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'Two Ways of Life'

1857

and the result of a Royal Photographic Society
competition to create a modern equivalent photograph

 

1857

'Two Ways of Life'  -  Oscar Gustav Rejlander

  Two Ways of Life  -  Oscar Gustav Rejlander

©  The Royal Photographic Society, Bath, England.  web site http://www.rps.org.

2009

Self(ish Characters  -  Dan Ponting

  A photograph by Dan Ponting entitled 'Self(ish) Characters'  -  a modern equivalent of OG Rejlander's '1857 photograph 'Two Ways of Life'

©  Dan Ponting.  web site www.danponting.com

 

Enlarge these photos

    Two Ways of Life  -  Oscar Gustav Rejlander ©

    A photograph by Dan Ponting entitled 'Self(ish) Characters'  -  a modern equivalent of OG Rejlander's '1857 photograph 'Two Ways of Life' ©

 

'Two Ways of Life'

and RPS Competition to create
a modern equivalent photograph

1857

'Two Ways of Life'

Composition pictures (where several different negatives were used to make a print) were somewhat controversial in the 1850s, some photographers believing them to be 'cheating'.

But this photo, produced from 32 negatives by OG Rejlander and submitted to the Photographic Society of Scotland's 1857 Exhibition, was more controversial than most.

-  O G Rejlander considered his photography to be Fine Art.

-  The photo had been highly praised when exhibited in Manchester.

-  However, the PSS Hanging Committee declined it because of its semi-nude female figures.

-  The Daily Express was vexed with the decision and wrote:

“O G Rejlander's ‘Two Ways of Life’ was exhibited in the Art Treasures Exhibition in Manchester.  The Prince Consort has three copies of it.

 Sir David Brewster, the President has one copy.  It will scarcely be credited that the amateur ‘hanging committee’ of PSS rejected it because there were half-draped female figures in it.

Call at Mr Wood’s, 88 Princes Street, where the rejected photograph may be seen.”

A compromise may have been reached.  I have read a report that the picture was displayed with one half hidden behind a draped cloth, though I'm not sure where it was on display in this way.

Professional photographers tried for more representation on the 'Hanging Committee, but were not successful, so they began to hold their own informal meetings.

In 1861, they, together with a number of amateur photographers, formed Edinburgh Photographic Society, and from then on, the earlier society, The Photographic Society of Scotland, began to go into decline

2009

RPS Competition

The Royal Photographic Society held a competition in 2009, inviting entrants to create a modern equivalent of Rejlander's 'Two Ways of Life'.

The second photograph on this page was the winning entry.  It was submitted by Dan Ponting who graduated from Bath Spa University in 2008. 

Dan used himself as the model throughout his picture.  He used Photoshop to put the different elements of the picture together, and titled it 'Self(ish) Characters'.

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks