|Dates: ||1814 - 1893|
Hering started as a bookbinder in London and progressed through print selling and other related trades, becoming a publisher by 1851. How he first became involved in photography is not known, but Dr. Hugh Welch Diamond called on him to photograph inmates at an insane asylum between 1852 and 1862. Herring’s varied experience in the commercial end of the visual arts stood him in good stead when he opened his first photographic studio in London in 1856. In that year’s exhibition at the Photographic Society, he displayed three Talbotype views; probably representing a larger body of paper negative photography by him, they are all that are known to have survived. In the same exhibition Hering showed a framed group of engravings copied in the collodion process, a harbinger of the copies of engravings and paintings that he would exhibit regularly through 1862. After winning an honorable mention for artistic excellence in the 1862 International Exhibition in London, Hering began to move away from photography. Two years later he sold his print shop and retired to Reigate.
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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