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Emerson’s Evolution

2017

Abstract

British photographer Peter Henry Emerson’s dramatic recantation of his beliefs about photography and art forms a canonical yet perplexing episode in the modernist history of photography. This article explores Emerson’s interest in evolutionary psychology, revealing how his crisis of confidence, along with his later efforts to rework his ideas about naturalism and photography, were influenced by the American psychologist and philosopher William James.

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