In an 1857 meeting of the Liverpool Photographic Society, “Mr. Cook presented, for insertion in the Society’s album, a number of well-executed prints from wax-paper negatives. The prints, which were passed round for examination, and generally admired, included views of Furness Abbey, Conway Castle, and old Bidston Church.” Cook employed george robert fitt’s formula for waxed-paper negatives but then printed them on albumen paper. In reply to a question from James Alexander Forrest, Cook explained his feeling that “the English paper made infinitely better pictures than the French paper, the tone being so much superior.” Although references to him are numerous, they always refer simply to “Mr. Cook,” and no details of his personal life are known.
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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