'The Crucifixion'
4 0 c m
actual image size: 17cm x 32cm

'The Crucifixion'

© Royal Photographic Society/National Media Museum/Science & Society Picture Library


A photograph of a recreation of the Crucifixion, taken by Fred Holland Day (1864-1933), in 1898. Day was a prominent American photographer. A millionaire book publisher and aesthete, he was a friend of Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) and Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898). In 1900 Day organised a photographic exhibition 'The New School of American Photography' which was shown in London and created a sensation. Day produced a number of photographs depicting the Crucifixion, staged near his home in Norwood, Boston. They culminated in 'The Seven Words', a series featuring himself as the dying Christ. Day had starved himself for several months before taking the photographs and even had the cross made by a Syrian carpenter from specially imported Lebanese cedar.

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