|Dates: ||1814 - 1896|
Born in England, Currey was called to the bar in 1838 and the following year succeeded his father as the agent of Lismore Castle in Ireland, owned by the Duke of Devonshire. With the duke largely absent from the estate, Currey was treated as lord of the manor, with ample time to practice photography as an amateur, a pursuit he took up in the latter part of the 1840s. Currey was an experimentalist, taking full advantage of the resources and production facilities of a country estate. Much of his early work was in calotype, with the subjects mostly local, including the people whose work Currey supervised and the land over which he had stewardship. He also built a glasshouse studio on the estate. In 1853 Currey was elected one of the first members of the Photographic Society in London. He became a member of the Photographic Exchange Club two years later, having by this time converted to wet collodion, and in 1862 was elected to membership in the Amateur Photographic Association. Between 1856 and 1865 Currey submitted wet-collodion views to exhibitions in London and Dublin, and he maintained an interest in photography until late in life.
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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