Smith wrote to the newly established Liverpool Photographic Journal in 1854, describing his waxed-paper process that “gives most splendid blacks, and the half tints are very soft and fine, and incomparably quicker than any I have seen published.” Three months later the astonished editor said he had heard from Smith that the process was a hoax. No motivation for this stunt was ever revealed, but Smith clearly understood the process of waxed-paper well enough to have been a practitioner.
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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