by Edward Steichen
gum platinum print, 1908
9 in. x 6 3/8 in. (231 mm x 162 mm)
Sitterback to top
- (Edward Henry) Gordon Craig (1872-1966), Theatre director, designer and wood-engraver, son of Ellen Terry. Sitter in 24 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Actor, director, and designer (Edward Henry) Gordon Craig advocated for the use of large, neutral screens in theatre sets, which he believed could serve as blank slates for the pure emotional expressions of actors. Here Craig himself poses like a screen, a solid, formidable presence. The print itself is unique, made by hand by the photographer Steichen by coating an emulsion of photosensitive gum Arabic solution over a print made of platinum salts.
Linked publicationsback to top
- 100 Photographs, 2018, p. 46 Read entry
The son of actress Dame Ellen Terry, the actor, director and designer Edward Henry Gordon Craig (1872-1966) is perhaps best known for his Modernist writings on theatre. He advocated for the use of large, neutral screens in theatre sets, which he believed could serve as blank slates for the pure emotional expressions of actors. Here Craig himself poses like a screen - a solid, formidable presence. The print itself is unique, built up by hand by the photographer Edward Steichen (1879-1973) by coating an emulsion of photosensitive gum arabic solution over a print made of platinum salts.
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 150
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Photography: A Public Art, 1840-1939 (4 November 2017 - 14 October 2018)
Events of 1908back to top
Current affairsHenry Asquith replaces Henry Campbell-Bannerman as Liberal leader and Prime Minister, with David Lloyd George taking control of the Exchequer. Asquith and Lloyd George embark on a bold programme of social reform, laying the foundations of the Welfare State, introducing government pensions this year and later a system of National Insurance.
The first aeroplane for the British army is built by the American, Samuel Cody.
Art and scienceE.M. Forster's novel A Room with a View is published, following the experiences of a young woman, Lucy Honeychurch, in the repressed culture of Edwardian England.
The French art critic Louis Vauxcelles first uses the term 'cubism' to refer to a landscape painting by Georges Braque.
InternationalKing Carlos of Portugal and his heir, Prince Luis Filipe, are killed by assassins from the Republican trying to provoke a revolution. Carlos I, unpopular because of his extravagant lifestyle and extramarital affairs, was succeeded by his younger son, Manuel, the last monarch of the Braganza dynasty.
Following the death of the Guangxu Emperor in China, his two year old nephew replaces him, becoming the the last Manchu emperor of China.