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    Henry Lawson, 1915 / photographer William Johnson
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  • Physical Description
    1 photographic print - gelatin silver - 11.3 x 16 cm

    For a biography of Henry Lawson, see: Australian Dictionary of Biography Online. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/ (accessed March 23, 2010)
  • Scope and Content
    Eight half-length separate portraits of Henry Lawson sitting on a chair.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955
  • 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
    Digital order no:a4219053
  • 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.

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