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Roger Fenton
British, 1819–1869
Fruit and Flowers, 1860
albumen print from collodion glass negative
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Paul Mellon Fund

Trained as both a lawyer and a painter, Fenton was one of the most influential British photographers of his time. In the last few years of his photographic career, beginning in 1860, Fenton turned his attention to still lifes, a subject that had become popular in mid-nineteenth-century British painting but was new to photography. Positioning his camera so that the viewer seems pressed up to the edge of the table, and constructing improbably dense arrangements of painted vases, ripe fruits, and delicate flowers, Fenton created lush and sensuous compositions.

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