Poet Arthur Rimbaud's Attempts in Photography


You've known the French poet Arthur Rimbaud for his "A Season in Hell", "Illuminations" among other Symbolist poems, which would be precursors to modernist literature. While in the movement, he also took a hand on the photographic camera.

A known restless soul, Rimbaud was passionate about many things and people, particularly his violent romance with fellow poet Paul Verlaine. When he ended his career in literature, he pursued as a traveling merchant.

Many of Rimbaud's photographs are documents of his own travel accounts and essays on geography, a majority of them from 1883. He was very much taken by the technology, even ordering a camera in Lyon so he could illustrate a book on "Harar and the Gallas country". He also ordered books specializing in the craft, as well as photo processing equipment. He would write to his mother, saying he will be sending over photos of anything interesting once he gets the hang of the camera.

Unfortunately, Rimbaud stopped his photographic endeavors with reasons unknown. Historians attribute it to Rimbaud simply letting go of the medium.

Images are sourced from OpenCulture.

written by lomographymagazine on 2017-04-20 #culture #photography #poet #vintage-photography #arthur-rimbaud

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