Figure Study

Marcus Adams, Artist;  Photographer; 

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in London, England, Great Britain in circa 1920-1925.
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Object Detail

Image 360 x 265mm
silver gelatin print on DOP
"[Markus Adams] believed that ‘photography is ninety-five per cent psychology and only five per cent mechanical’ and spent almost a year designing and constructing a studio in which there would be no visible cameras, tripods or dazzling lights. His aim was to create a ‘bright and very happy play room’ in which his young sitters felt completely at ease.

The Children’s Studio was filled with numerous distractions, from soft toys to a trick banana and other gadgets. Adams even carefully selected the colour of the reception area, which was painted yellow and blue. He considered conventional cameras to be unsuitable for photographing children and particularly disliked the heavy black cloth under which most photographers would disappear to take their shot. Instead, he built a special camera resembling a toy cabinet – a length of rubber tubing with a bulb attachment to operate the shutter allowed him to move about the studio and engage with his subjects, waiting for the moment to capture an expression, laugh or gesture."
Accessed 7 July 2012 from
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Collected for the Gallery by Frank Denton, 1925.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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