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Dates:  1862 (ca) - 1938
 
  
Member of the Linked Ring Brotherhood.

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Approved biography for John H. Anderson
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

 
  
London resident John H. Anderson was active from about 1895 until his death in 1938. The River Thames was his favorite subjectóboats, barges, bridges, and wharfs. However, he also photographed the cityís railroad stations and streets, as well as sites in Holland and Switzerland.
 
Anderson used the platinum and gum-bichromate processes, but the vast majority of his work appeared in photogravure, an intaglio method championed by Alvin Langdon Coburn. In 1931, Frank Roy Fraprie, the editor of the American Annual of Photography declared that all of Andersonís exhibition pictures were gravures that the photographer printed himself. His obituary in the British Journal Photographic Almanac 1939 called him "the finest exponent of photogravure for pictorial work" and noted that he was always ready to help others with the process. In 1903, Anderson was elected to the Linked Ring Brotherhood, Englandís most exclusive group of pictorialists, after which time his softly-rendered images were exhibited and reproduced extensively. Among the international salons that accepted his prints were those in London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Montreal, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. Reproductions of his photographs appeared in the American Annual of Photography from 1930 to 1935. In England, the leading annual, Photograms of the Year, included his work in 1901, 1904, and every year between 1910 and 1938, an unusually heavy concentration. 
  
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
  
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Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
  
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