About 1861, when James Mudd separated his business from that of his brother, he hired George Wardley as an assistant in his Manchester studio. Wardley already had considerable experience in photography. In the 1856 Manchester Photographic Society exhibition he displayed nineteen views from waxed-paper negatives, all of them taken in Wales. Wardley became a member of the Chorlton Photographic Society and in an 1858 presentation to the members noted “that the waxed paper process is one specially suitable for use in localities destitute of the convenience of railways for the transport of heavy masses of glass, while it is peculiarly adapted for producing softness and delicacy of effect, particularly with bold rustic subjects.” Wardley stayed with Mudd for six years, opening his own studio in nearby Salford about 1867.
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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