The Taubman Museum of Art hosts Peter Henry Emerson and American Naturalistic Photography

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Henry Troth - In Springtime, Pennsylvania, c. 1900 - American naturalistic photographers made simply composed, picturesque images, invariably printed in the subtle tonalities of platinum. Courtesy the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

ROANOKE, VA.-
The Taubman Museum of Art just opened an exciting exhibition.
Peter Henry Emerson led the naturalistic photography movement in order to
prove that photography could stand alone as a fine art.
Born in
Cuba to an American father and an English mother, Emerson relocated with
his family to England as a teenager, where he studied science. At age 26,
Emerson took his camera in hand and began to experiment with the medium by
reacting to and against the various photographic styles that had grown up
alongside the first uses of the camera. Peter Henry Emerson and
American Naturalistic Photography on view through August 17,
2009