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Peter Henry Emerson

Born: Cuba, 13 May 1856
Died: Falmouth, Cornwall, 12 May 1936
Nationality: English

medicine at King’s College Hospital (1879, London); Bachelor of Medicine degree from Cambridge University (1885); studies photography while at Cambridge


1869 – family returns to England

1883 – joins Photographic Society of Great Britain

1885 – founds Camera Club; lectures at Camera Club and Royal Photographic Society

1886 – retires as doctor to pursue photography; publishes Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads, co-authored with Thomas F. Goodall

1887 – discovers photographer Alfred Stieglitz while judging amateur photographer contest

1888 – publishes Pictures of East Anglian Life

1889 – publishes Naturalistic Photography for Students of the Art

1890 – publishes Wild Life on a Tidal Water and The Death of Naturalistic Photography, a pamphlet declaring photography a mechanical process rather than an art

1893 – publishes On English Lagoons

1895 – publishes Marsh Leaves; awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s Progress Medal 


Cuba and the USA prior to 1869