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Oscar Gustav Rejlander
 

OG Rejlander

Engraving of OG Rejlander  -  after a photograph taken in his own studio

©  Reproduced by courtesy of Edinburgh Photographic Society

This engraving of Rejlander is from a photograph taken in his own studio.

[OG Rejlander obituary:  British Journal of Photography, 1875, p.54]

Sweden - Rome - Wolverhampton - London

OG  Rejlander was born in Sweden, son of a Swedish Army Officer, and studied in Rome.  In England, he was first a portrait painter, then a photographer, working in Wolverhampton. 

He moved to London, possibly in 1860.  He had a studio at Haymarket, then Kentish Town, then Victoria Street, Westminster.  He died at his home in Clapham, London, on 18 January 1875, aged 61.

He had been a pioneer photographer, his photographs often being engraved for religious publications.  He had an appreciation of the Old Masters, copying many of their works.

[OG Rejlander obituary:  British Journal of Photography, 1875, p.54]

Two Ways of Life

E Draper wrote, in the British Journal of Photography  [BJP:1875, p.54]

"Without encouragement, with the most imperfect appliances, with nothing but coarse work girls and non-professional male models, and under other difficulties of the most disheartening nature - with no possibilities demonstrated for his guidance, no examples of success to encourage him - he took up the camera, as he took up the brush and pencil to embody therewith the creations of a previously-educated mind.

He resolved to do what never had been done, and what crowds of able thinkers in art declared loudly, never could be done, and he produced as a first result 'The Two Ways of Life', which was exhibited in the Art Treasures' Exhibition in Manchester."

[OG Rejlander obituary:  British Journal of Photography, 1875, p.54]

It was the Rejlander's 'Two Ways of Life' that caused controversy amongst the Members of The Photographic Society of Scotland, when he submitted it to their Exhibition in December 1857.

Two Ways of Life  -  O G Rejlander

Two Ways of Life  -  Oscar Gustav Rejlander

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

 

 

This photograph was made using thirty different negatives.  The Photographic Society of Scotland rejected this photograph when it was submitted to their Exhibition.  Edinburgh’s professional photographers were unhappy with this decision. 

A Special General Meeting of the PSS was called, but did not result in the changes demanded by many of Edinburgh's professional photographers. 

Many of Edinburgh's professional photographers subsequently left the Photographic Society of Scotland.

They went on to join Edinburgh Photographic Society when it was established in 1861.

Tributes from EPS

The death of Rejlander was reported to a Meeting of Edinburgh Photographic Society on 3 February 1875. 

At the same Meeting, an album, lent by Mr Constable, containing a large collection of pictures by the late OG Rejlander was laid on the table, together with a collection of mounted prints by Rejlander, lent by Mr Elliott.

Several Members paid tribute to OG Rejlander.  Below are some extracts:

[BJP: 12 Feb 1875; p. 81]

Tribute to OG Rejlander

 by James Ross

"I feel confident that all present will agree with me when I say that the lamented death of O Rejlander has left a vacant space in the ranks of photography which few, if any, are able to fill;  indeed I have never met any The British Journal of Photography ... and the PSSphotographer who did not willingly bear testimony to the artistic excellence of his pictures.

We can all tell a "Rejlander" at a glance - not from any particular mode of lighting or style of background, but from the impress on the artist's own genius, which is more or less stamped upon them all.

My own admiration of his works has all along been so sincere and so ardent that, somehow, I have remained entirely blind to his alleged defects as a manipulator.

...

There is one [letter] likewise from Mrs Rejlander containing an account of her husband's funeral, the expenses of which, I fear, will leave but a small balance at her banker's.

A few friends, however in Edinburgh are endeavouring to dispose of Prince Albert's picture by subscripton, for the purpose of helping the widow in her affliction, which is really the true and proper way to honour the memory of our departed friend and brother OG Rejlander"

[BJP: 12 Feb 1875; p. 81]

Tribute to OG Rejlander

 by W Neilson

"The photographer with a true knowledge of the art will conceive the picture in his brain, train and manipulate his model to be what he has conceived, and then make his camera reproduce the conception.  This was the way Rejlander set about his work, and the result - those magnificent pictures on the table - was beyond all praise.

[BJP: 12 Feb 1875; p. 81]

Tribute to OG Rejlander

 by Norman Macbeth

"The photographer with a true knowledge of the art will conceive the picture in his brain, train and manipulate his model to be what he has conceived, and then make his camera reproduce the conception.  This was the way Rejlander set about his work, and the result - those magnificent pictures on the table - was beyond all praise.

[BJP: 12 Feb 1875; p. 82]

Rejlander Memorial Fund

In June 1875, a notice appeared in the BJP announcing the creation of the 'Rejlander Memorial Fund', to meet some  claims that existed at the death of Rejlander, and to make some provision for his widow.

[BJP: 4Jun 1855]

 

 

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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 photogrpahers  -  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.  Details of who owns the copyright of photographs and other mateiral on this 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.   Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Frequently Asked Questions

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