Creative lessons | Today I discovered Henry Peach Robinson

How? I was doing my usual morning online research into a topic so that I can be better equipped to answer the questions being posed to be about my photography style and aesthetic. I dug into tonal photography after realizing that I have tended to edit and finish my work with moody tones. Being an Engineer, I often seek to learn the technicalities of aspects of photography usually after discovering them. My current finishing style is heavily influenced by light, shadows and tones. I usually finish each shot with edits where I am not able to achieve desired results in camera. I wanted to make some sense of a technique that I was using but was not familiar with technically. So my topic of interest now is learning and absorbing as much as I can about tonal photography. So let’s go..


FRED R. Archer

Fred R. Archer (December 3, 1889 – April 27, 1963), was an American photographer who collaborated with Ansel Adams to create the Zone System. He was a portrait photographer, specializing early in his career in portraits of Hollywood movie stars. He was associated with the artistic trend in photography known as pictorialism. He later became a photography teacher, and ran his own photography school for many years.

Along with Edward Weston, whose portrait he took, Archer was known as one of the "two big names in art photography in those days out on the west coast".[1] He socialized with and exchanged ideas with many other artists and intellectuals in Los Angeles for decades. He was "without a doubt, the individual with the longest history of participation in the Southern California Salon movement."[2]


In 1869 English photographer Henry Peach Robinson published a book entitled Pictorial Effect in Photography: Being Hints On Composition And Chiaroscuro For Photographers.[14] This is the first common use of the term "pictorial" referring to photography in the context of a certain stylistic element - chiaroscuro ‒ an Italian term used by painters and art historians that refers to the use of dramatic lighting and shading to convey an expressive mood. In his book Robinson promoted what he called "combination printing", a method he had devised nearly 20 years earlier by combining individual elements from separate images into a new single image by manipulating multiple negatives or prints. Robinson thus considered that he had created "art" through photography, since it was only through his direct intervention that the final image came about. Robinson continued to expand on the meaning of the term throughout his life.


three question for my readers:

I will be choosing one person from the responses to work with me on a photography project they have in mind, after discussion and determining feasibility, of course.

How do my photos touch or inspire you?

What feelings are you filled with when you experience my photography?

what would you like to see more of?


With love from Freeport