Aug 23, 2007

Rowing Home the Schoof-Stuff

Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads, pl. XXI

Rowing Home the Schoof-Stuff


Peter Henry Emerson

(British, 1856–1936)

published by

Sampson Low, Marston, Seale and Riverton

(with T.F. Goodall)

Platinum print

Image: 13.6 x 27.6 cm (5 3/8 x 10 7/8 in.); Matted: 35.6 x 45.7 cm (14 x 18 in.)

Bequest of Edgar A. Hahn by exchange and Director's Contingent Fund 1983.206

Edition: from Deluxe Edition



Reacting against the theatrical, sentimental photogaphs made by his contemporaries, Peter Henry Emerson pursued a direct and more naturalistic form of photography. He discovered his subjects in familiar scenes from everyday life and captured them on film. This image was included among the 40 prints illustrating Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads, one of many books Emerson published on the marsh dwellers of East Anglia. In this photograph the word "schoof" refers to the sheaf of marsh plants that have been harvested to be dried and stored at home.

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