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Dates:  1826 - ?
Active:  Great Britain
 
  

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Approved biography for Alexander Buckler
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

 
  
Like his father before him, Buckler became a shorthand writer. He worked in Cornwall in the 1850s but then returned to his native London. Buckler was probably intimately familiar with the characteristics of paper and perhaps sought an escape in amateur photography. In 1861 he wrote to Photographic Notes suggesting that “a good Negative Paper Process, which shall be uniform in its results, is to my mind one of the greatest necessities of photography. . . . With this in view I have made great many experiments, with various degrees of success, and have, I believe, tried every paper process that has come out.” Buckler turned to Thomas Sutton’s albumenized calotype paper, a commercially prepared base normally employed in making prints but just as easily usable for producing his negatives. The paper had to be sensitized in the hours just before use, for it did not keep long, but Buckler had a very practical idea. Instead of wasting already sensitized paper if it could not be used, “in the event of a wet day, at an hotel, the papers already prepared can be used for printing positives.” 
  
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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