White started as a daguerreotypist on fashionable Buchanan Street in Glasgow, but by 1852 he was styling himself in Post Office directories and on daguerreotype cases as a “photographist.” In the 1855 exhibition celebrating the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Glasgow, his versatile firm showed a mixture of collodion, albumen, and waxed-paper views. It even exhibited the original waxed-paper negative of a view of Alloway Kirk.
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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