I was once asked to reproduce the work of Notman from the collection of the Geological Society of Canada. It was one of his composites representing the directorate and prominent member of the GSC, a predecessor to the National Resources (NRCan), the important department of the Government of Canada.
First-time encounter with the proto-analog Photoshop!
|By the way, I do own a licensed version of this |
Shutterstock image, but it's large and I am rushing,
so here is a small thingy to illustrate my thought...
Obviously, Mr. Notman's studio was asked to produce a document of the certain group of members. Unable to secure the presence of all his models at once he devised a method that would keep them all present, nicely composed and "looking presentably" regardless of anybody's schedule.
were arranged them in a more-or-less realistic
scale and perspective and collaged, cutting around
like paper dolls.
Notman's idea of collaging the group composition from individual photographs was backed with a gouache painted interior.
Film about the art of photo-collaging before the end of the 19th century:
Video Clip on Collaging
Another Composite is shown here: Duncan drawing room group