The ‘Literary Photographs’ of Henry Lawson


Quartermaine examines the critical comparison of Lawson's work to photography, widening discussion of Lawson's realism to consider Lawson's own awareness of visual techniques and approach to visual art. The essay argues that Lawson relied on a photographic technique while consciously associating his work with the genre painting he admired, resulting in a kind of artistic documentary.

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Published 1 October 1978 in Volume 8 No. 4. Subjects: Australia - Literary portrayal, Literary portrayal, Paintings, Photographers & photography.

Cite as: Quartermaine, Peter. ‘The ‘Literary Photographs’ of Henry Lawson.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 8, no. 4, 1978, doi: 10.20314/als.715c8667bc.