Dawn and Sunset

Henry Peach Robinson British
Printer Ralph Winwood Robinson British

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In his influential book The Elements of a Pictorial Photograph (1896), Robinson wrote: "A great deal can be done and beautiful pictures made, by the mixture of the real and artificial in a picture. It is not the fact of reality that is required, but the truth of imitation that constitutes a veracious picture." Robinson combined three negatives to create this allegory of time. Although his sleight of hand was considerable, he was criticized for compromising the integrity and truth of the medium.

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