Falaise Anderson, John H.  (British, 1862-1938)

This print is from one of of 28 photogravures forming unique portfolio of Anderson’s work.

An exponent of the photogravure process whose favorite subject was boats, barges, bridges and wharves on the River Thames, he was called ‘the finest exponent of photogravure for pictorial work’ in the British Journal Photographic Almanac 1939. In 1903 he had been elected to the Linked Ring Brotherhood, after which his images were exhibited and reproduced extensively in London, Europe and America.

Anderson used the platinum and gum-bichromate processes, but the vast majority of his work appeared in photogravure. In 1931, Frank Roy Fraprie, the editor of the American Annual of Photography declared that all of Anderson’s exhibition pictures were gravures that the photographer printed himself. His obituary in the British Journal Photographic Almanac 1939 called him "the finest exponent of photogravure for pictorial work" and noted that he was always ready to help others with the process. In 1903, Anderson was elected to the Linked Ring Brotherhood, England’s most exclusive group of pictorialists, after which time his softly-rendered images were exhibited and reproduced extensively. Among the international salons that accepted his prints were those in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Montreal, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. Reproductions of his photographs appeared in the American Annual of Photography from 1930 to 1935. In England, the leading annual, Photograms of the Year, included his work in 1901, 1904, and every year between 1910 and 1938, an unusually heavy concentration.

Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012)

Examples of Anderson’s photogravures are very rare.