Staged photography — James Elliott (2)
(Suite de "Stereographic Illustrations of Compositive Photography". By J. Elliott.)
« The Reception and Profession of a Sister of Mercy », illustrated in two slides, are interesting, on account of the announcement that they « have been prepared with every regard to correctness of detail » – the artist acknowledging his thanks to those who assisted him in the composition, including « a venerable ecclesiastic, and an archbishop's lay secretary ». The arrangement is very effective. The series, including « The Money-lender », « The Inventory », and « The Sacking of the Jew's House », are very decided step in advance of any that we have yet seen. The manner in which they are respectively treated is very interesting; and, judging from the difficulties which must be overcome – such as the impossibility, we had almost said, of getting so many figures to be steady while the picture is beingtaken — the ideas are very well carried out. It is the above-mentioned difficulty which so mars the effect of these compositions; for, short as the time may be in which the negative is taken, it is sufficiently long to cause the models to become rigid and expressionless. Hence, in the series entitled « The Sacking of the Jew's House », though the grouping and arrangement are almost faultless, yet there is an apparent want of earnestness of expression on the faces of the principal characters.
These remarks are not made in any hostile spirit. It will be seen from the above, that we mark a gradual and decided progress in this department; and the faults pointed out, are not so much those of the composer as that they are inherent in this branch of photography: and we are glad to see that some of our most eminent photographers take an interest in elevating rather than degrading our favourite art. »
(publié dans The Photographic News, a weekly record of the progress of photography, edited by William Crookes F.C.S., le 24 décembre 1858, pp. 184-185)
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