Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer
Explore early art photography through the work of the man who invented the genre.
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.
Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer has been organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada.
March 12 – June 9, 2019
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
For many, Rejlander was regarded as something of an aberration, whose only contribution to the medium was an overly complicated and slightly risqué Victorian morality tale. Perhaps now, with time, we can see his contribution to the history of photography more clearly. Perhaps Rejlander, ever the joker, will have the last laugh.
– Lori Pauli, Curator of Photographs