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Coastal Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century$
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Matthew Ingleby and Matthew P. M. Kerr

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474435734

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474435734.001.0001

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Developing Fluid: Precision, Vagueness and Gustave Le Gray’s Photographic Beachscapes

Developing Fluid: Precision, Vagueness and Gustave Le Gray’s Photographic Beachscapes

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(p.200) Chapter 11 Developing Fluid: Precision, Vagueness and Gustave Le Gray’s Photographic Beachscapes
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Coastal Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century
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Matthew P. M. Kerr

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474435734.003.0012

In 1856, Gustave Le Gray’s photographs were included in the fourth annual exhibition of the Photographic Society in London. They caused an immediate sensation. La Revue photographique observed: ‘This time, Le Gray has gone beyond the limits of what could be achieved’. Taking as a starting point Philip Hamerton’s famous claim that photography ‘is not capable of giving two truths at once’, this chapter investigates Le Gray’s repeated depiction of sea and sky in order to suggest a coastal photography that was technically and thematically at home with limits, thresholds and margins.

Keywords:   Gustave Le Gray, Nineteenth-century photography, Landscape photography, Liminality

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