|Dates: ||? - 1854 (ca)|
Sometimes an early photographer’s record hangs by a thread. In September 1854, Francis Edmond currey, the Duke of Devonshire’s land agent for estates in Ireland, received a letter from a friend, known only as “A. Shaw,” from Waterford, Ireland. Shaw wrote that he had trouble with collodion and was going to “iodise some paper & try calotype again.” Apparently, this was in preparation for a journey, one he never made. Currey annotated the letter with a note about Shaw’s tragic death not long after.
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007)
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012.
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