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Print
442278
  • Title
    Item 122g: Henry Lawson, 1915 / photographer William Johnson
  • Creator
  • Call number
    PXA 1559/Item 122g
  • Level of description
    item
  • Date

    1915
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    442278
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    1 photographic print - gelatin silver - image 11.2 x 15.8 cm, on card 23 x 25 cm
  • Scope and Content
    Eight half-length separate portraits of Henry Lawson sitting on a chair.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Transferred from P1/Lawson, Henry (BM), March 2010

    By using a `multiplying camera', with a repeating back (which moved the glass plate negative between exposures), William Johnson was able to make eight separate portraits on a single half-plate negative. Normally, these would be cut into inexpensive prints, but he has retained them all, so that we have a range of Lawson expressions, from serious to smiling. The multiple image repeating back was essentially a means of making a cheap portrait, although its almost cinematographic quality was appealing in the early twentieth century. The three-minute automatic photographic booth reached Sydney in 1899 and gave rise to even more uninhibited facial expressions. -- Notes by the Curator of Photographs, Mitchell Library, 2003

    Photograph from the Angus & Robertson collection - pictorial material (Guide available at PXD 359, Mitchell Library).
    Digital order no:Album ID : 981176
  • Date note

    Previously dated ca. 1905, this series of photographs was taken in 1915, when James Tyrrell took Lawson around the corner to the Johnson studio.

    Reference:
    Old books, old friends, old Sydney / by James R. Tyrrell. Sydney [N.S.W.] : Angus and Robertson, 1952
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