Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer

19 October 2018–3 February 2019

Exhibition Overview


Oscar G. Rejlander, Mary Constable and Her Brother (detail), 1866, albumen silver print, 16.8 x 22.1 cm.

Known to posterity as the father of art photography, Oscar Rejlander remains one of the medium’s unsung heroes. Although he collaborated with Charles Darwin, and influenced the work of both Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll, this groundbreaking exhibition is the first major Rejlander retrospective ever produced.

Exploring Rejlander’s career as painter, photographer and experimental artist, the exhibition features some 140 works by Rejlander, from landscapes and portraits to allegories and witty commentaries on contemporary society.

Celebrating a man ahead of his time, Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer not only examines his artistic legacy, but also his ability to transform a technical medium into an important means of artistic expression.

(Photo © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image courtesy of Art Resource, NY.)

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