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1881 - 1966

John Bertram Eaton was born in England and came with his family to Melbourne in 1889. Eaton went into partnership with his father in a picture framing business in Toorak. He appears to have taken up photography around 1919, and was soon exhibiting in local and overseas salons. He was invited to join the Victorian Pictorial Workers Society, a counterpart to the Sydney Camera Circle, and by 1925 had mounted a one-man show at Harrington’s photographic supply company showrooms in Melbourne.

Eaton was an active member of the Melbourne Camera Club of which he was also a founder, and the Australian Salons of 1924 and 1926 and the Victorian Salon from its inception in 1929.

Eaton had a distinctive style inspired by the serene landscapes with their cool light of British pictorialist F. H. Evans. His own style featured soft focus landscapes with similar simplified shapes, tonal harmony and minimum detail.

In later years Eaton developed a technique of printing through a piece of sand blasted glass onto high contrast paper, which gave his prints a very graphic effect despite a subdued range of tones.

above text based on Gaël Newton's Silver & Grey
Angus and Roberston, Australia 1980



cattle tracks 1939

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