Oscar Rejlander: Artist-Photographer at the Getty Center
Oscar Rejlander: Artist-Photographer at the Getty Center

Oscar Gustave Rejlander,The Participles or Grammar for Little Boys: Caught, 1857.Courtesy of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

March 12 – June 9
When photography was in its infancy the camera operator was considered just that: someone who managed a machine and nothing more. A few early proponents, including the Swedish born, U.K.-based Oscar Rejlander (1813- 1875), made a concerted effort to change that perception. In a comprehensive new show that originated at the National Gallery of Canada, viewers can see the results of Rejlander’s efforts. This exhibition of 150 works includes his undisputed masterpiece, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872), which he created by exposing 30 negatives then collaging them together to print a single picture.

Often referred to as the “father of art photography,” Oscar G. Rejlander has been praised for his early experiments with combination printing, his collaboration with Charles Darwin, and his influence on the work of Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll. This exhibition is the first major retrospective on Rejlander, highlighting new research and a selection of works brought together for the first time.

Organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada.