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Dates:  1828 - ?
Active:  Great Britain
 
  

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Approved biography for John Lamb
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

 
  
Lamb was a plumber, brass founder, and gas fitter in Aberdeen, employing several men. He established himself as a “Photographic Artist” in 1851 and was a major contributor to the 1853 exhibition of the Aberdeen Mechanics’ Institution, showing a number of calotypes, including street views and portraits. An experimenter, Lamb showed collodion portraits on both glass and talc-coated paper, his calotype View from George Street winning the bronze medal. The French photographic critic and historian Ernst Lacan singled out Lamb’s work at the 1855 Exposition Universelle in Paris, citing its experimental nature and remarking on the “great power” of the views. (Lacan was particularly struck by the Byron quotation attached to Lamb’s Brig of Balgounie.) In later exhibitions Lamb displayed work solely in collodion. Ever the experimenter, at the 1862 International Exhibition in London he showed a number of chemically developed prints, which was unusual for the time, along with specifically identified salted paper prints. 
  
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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