J. Worden of Hull has yet to be identified, but he gave some very interesting advice “On Getting Good Distances in Calotype Landscapes,” in Photographic Notes for 1857. Worden was struck by Sir David Brewster’s observation that the distances never looked right in camera lucida drawings, even though he knew them to be optically correct, for the eye and brain combined to expect a different effect. Worden had been “perplexed in taking Calotype views, because the far objects did not appear to be as far off as they ought, nor so remote as they would look in a good painting or engraving.” He concluded that only stereo calotypes would give the correct impression of nature. A late entry in the 1854 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London was credited simply to “Worden.” This may or may not be by the letter writer, for a Newcastle bookseller, Thomas Worden, became a professional photographer by 1857.
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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