(La Palma, Cuba, 1856 – Falmouth 1936)
Emerson studied many things but finally became interested in medicine. However, he soon abandoned this to passionately devote himself to photography, beginning in 1882. His contribution was, above all, theoretical: with his romantic images he proposed a seemingly unbiased photography, at least as far as crispness is concerned. He wrote a variety of essays in support of “blurriness” as a realistic image, and asked photographers for more attention to the landscape, “natural” lighting, to immortalize without manipulation, using only the expressive possibilities typical of the new medium. From this point of view, photography once again embraces Renaissance expectation, and the unitary impression prevails over the “spectacularization” of details.