|20 January 1854|| ||First public meeting to found the Photographic Society of London.
"A number of Gentlemen engaged in Photographic pursuits having met together at different periods of the Spring and Autumn last year, formed themselves into a provisional Committee, with a view of organizing a Society of those to whom such a re-union would be acceptable. The labours of this Committee were carried on until the beginning of the present year, when it was determined to call a Public Meeting, for which purpose Circulars were issued on behalf of the Committee by Mr Roger Fenton, the Honorary Secretary, and Advertisements were inserted in the Papers....
A Public Meeting to inaugurate this Society will be held at the house of the Society of Arts, John Street, Adelphi, on THURSDAY, the 20th January, at 4 pm."
[From the Journal of the Photographic Society of London on the founding of the society. The first Committee of the Society included John Dillwyn Llewelyn, Rev Calvert Jones and Philip Delamotte.]
|20 January 1914|| ||The USS Mississippi drops anchor at Naval Shipyard Pensacola to survey the area for a Naval Aeronautical Station during the early days of flight. Walter Leroy Richardson, who joined the US Navy in 1911, takes the photographs and goes on to become the US Navy's first official photographer. |
Hippolyte Bayard (1801, 20 January - 1887, 14 May) was born - France, Oise, Breteuil-sur-Noye. French photographic pioneer - particularly noted for his self portrait as ‘A drowned man‘.
Charles E. Brown (1896, 20 January - 1982, 9 October) was born - UK, London, Wimbledon. British photojournalist, commercial photographer specialising in aviation and transportation. His archive of 30,000 aviation images is preserved at the RAF Museum, Hendon, UK.
Horace Day (1833, 20 January - 1893, 16 January) was born.
Buck Hoy (1901, 20 January - 1980, September) was born - US, IL, Chicago ?.
Pieter Oosterhuis (1816, 20 January - 1885, 8 June) was born - The Netherlands, Groningen. Dutch painter and photographer. He established a studio in Amsterdam in 1851 and created one of the first Dutch Daguerreotype stereographic images. He took albumen stereographs and these were included in his publications most notably Views of More...
Henry Dixon (1820, 14 April - 1893, 20 January) died - Great Britain, London, St. Pancras. British photographer working in London during 1870s and 1880s. Best known for his series of photographs commissioned by the Society for Photographing Relics of Old London of buildings that were threatened with demolition. Also known for his More...
Frances Matilda Muriel (1860, 28 September - 1953, 20 January) died - England, Bournemouth.
John Ruskin (1819, 8 February - 1900, 20 January) died - Great Britain. British art critic, writer, social reformer, artist and occasional amateur photographer.
Charles Thurston Thompson (1816 - 1868, 20 January) died - France, Paris. Took photographs at the South Kensington Museum from 1853 onwards and in 1856 he was appointed as their first official photographer. There are examples of his work in the V&A collection and The Royal Collection.