UKâ€™s Royal Photographic Society is holding a contest to re-create the visuals of a scandalous 1857 photograph and give it a modern twist.
Oscar Gustav Rejlanderâ€™s â€œTwo Ways of Lifeâ€ was a dramatic depiction of piety and debauchery in a single photograph, a composite of images from 32 negatives combined in the darkroom to make a single image. It was first exhibited 150 years ago at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition, in the time of Queen Victoria.
The RPS competition, titled The Real Thing: Staging Manipulation and Photographic Truth, asks entrants to digitally combine and alter images to create a modern version of Rejlanderâ€™s work. Entries are being accepted until April 30, 2009.
â€œWe want to encourage people to try their hand at a wider range of photographic skills and have fun at the same time,â€ says The Societyâ€™s Liz Williams, who is organizing the competition. The competition is part of a wider lecture and workshop series.
Photo: RPS/Oscar Gustav Rejlander