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After training in Richard Beardís London daguerreotype studio, Kirkman moved to Cape Town, South Africa, to start a stationerís business and in 1859 opened his first photographic studio. At first he practiced collodion photography, the standard process for the period, but in December 1861 Kirkman made a surprising decision: he began advertising Talbotype photography, surely making him one of the last professionals anywhere to take up calotypy. Kirkman is best remembered for his 1860 photographs of Prince Alfred tilting the first truckload of stones for the building of the Cape Town Breakwater.
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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