John Falconer, British Library
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia
At the 26 May 1863 meeting of the Bengal Photographic Society, ‘an album, containing portraits of considerable merit and interest, was exhibited by Mr L. Pereira, which stamps him as a photographer of no ordinary success.’
His prints at the 1864 exhibition of the Bengal Photographic Society are briefly mentioned in the journal: ‘We desire to notice the contributions of Louis Pereira, Esq., because someof them are very artistic. No. 396. Portrait of a lady is charming, the movements and the lines are good; it is a more pleasing likeness than 399, which, however, has merits as a picture, and with a little ‘touching’ about the eyes and upper lids would make a good study. The same face is given in No. 400, and more simply as a portrait; it is a clear, clean photograph, as also are Nos. 398 and 402. 407, 409 and 711 are good portaits of gentlemen, but neither well cut nor well mounted. No. 412 is not bad, but the harshness about the mouth prevents it being characteristic of the man. We call special attention to No. 424 which is a charming portrait, the position and the manner are simple and natural without any effort; the head is bent forward slightly and looking down, it is a very pretty graceful movement, and the result is a pleasing picture. There is as much due to the fair sitter as to the photographer for this effect; why will people, as a rule, when they sit for a photograph look as if they were sitting to a dentist?’
At the Bengal Photographic Society meeting of 31 May 1864 ‘Mr L. Pereira also exhibited a few fine photographs’ and on 5 July 1864 he ‘exhibited some beautiful photographs of the late Exhibition at Alipore, etc.’
- Λ Journal of the Bengal Photographic Society, vol. 2, no. 4, April 1863, p. 41.
- Λ Journal of the Bengal Photographic Society, vol. 2, no. 7, March 1864,p. 81-2.
- Λ Journal of the Bengal Photographic Society, vol. 3, no. 8, Jun 1864, p. 16.
- Λ Journal of the Bengal Photographic Society, vol. 3, no. 9, October 1864, p. 42.