John Falconer, British Library
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia
Bengal Civil Service, appointed 1844.
Elected President of the Bengal Photographic Society, Feb 1862 (jnl, vol.1, no.1, 1 May 1862); showed one of his landscapes at society meeting of Apr 1862 (jnl, vol.1, no.2, 1 Sep 1862).
At the 26 November 1861 meeting of the Bengal Photographic Society, ‘A very interesting and creditable series of stereoscopic views were then exhibited by Mr C.F. Carnac, C.S., who had lately returned from Europe. These views, representing some of the most interesting scenery, chiefly in Ireland and Scotland, were taken on Dr. Hill Norris’ rapid dry plates. Mr Carnac stated that the exposure was about the same as for wet collodion, and a failure in consequence of the faulty preparation of the plates never once occurred. Several of the views were instantaneous, clearly showing that such views can be obtained by Hill Norris’ rapid dry process, equalling in definition any obtained by the wet. Should these plates succeed in India as well as they have done in England — and there seemed to be no reason why they should not — the advantage to amateur as well as professional photographers in this country is manifest.’
- Λ Journal of the Bengal Photographic Society, vol. 1, no. 1, 1 May 1862, pp. 4-5.