This book seeks to capture and convey something of what it must have been like to have been a photographer between 1840 and the end of the nineteenth century. The earliest practitioners were pioneers in many respects. This book explores what the Victorian studio looked like, what it contained, and what equipment and processes the photographers used. It looks at the styles and formats of early photography and the people who bought it, from the early days, when photographers had to carry out every stage of the process themselves through to the 1880s, when mass-produced materials started to become available over the counter.
John Hannavy has been collecting and researching Victorian photography, and writing about it, since the 1970s. He is the author of eighteen other books on photography, Dr Hannavy is Head of Art and Design at Bolton Institute. Other titles for Shire by this author are:
About the author
The English Seaside in Victorian and Edwardian Times (see above)
Fox Talbot (click here or see above)