Rejlander & Robinson Photomontage Experts

Oscar Rejlander 1813 - 1875

A photomontage of himself

Rejlander was a Victorian art photographer and an expert in photomontage. He was originally a painter but was fascinated by the amount of detail that can be captured through a photograph.

'The Two Ways of Life' 1857

Rejlander experimented to perfect his photography. This included combination printing which he is believed to have invented. One of his most known works is 'The Two Ways of Life' which he created in 1857. This photomontage took him six weeks to complete and contains 32 images flawlessly combined in one photo. He achieved this by capturing 32 images and perfectly aligning and combining the negatives together creating one.

Rejlander collaborated with Charles Darwin on 'The Expressions of the Emotions in Man and Animals'. Darwin used rejlander's expertise in photography to fully demonstrate this theory. He was able to capture and show the different facial muscles that were used to achieve a certain expression. This collaboration has assured him a position in the history of behavioral sciences and psychiatry.

Henry Peach Robinson 1830 - 1901

Robinson was an English pictorial photographer known for his combination images.

'Fading Away' - 1858

'Fading away' is one of Robinson's most famous works.

'When the Day's Work is Done' - 1877

Photomontage made from 6 different images

In 1864 at the age of 34 Robinson had to give up his studio due to exposure to toxic photographic materials. This meant that he had to adopt to an easier method by cutting and sticking negatives together compared to Rejlanders darkroom method.

He created this montage by cutting and sticking negatives together

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