|Dates: ||1820 - ?|
An Essex surgeon, Dr. Davey seems to have been a typical example of a highly accomplished amateur who practiced photography largely for his own pleasure. In 1853 he described his “simple method” of iodizing paper in the Journal of the Photographic Society. John Stewart (181 41887) had promoted the use of a vacuum pump to ensure that the paper fibers thoroughly imbibed the chemicals, but Davey felt that a simple presoak in distilled water or rainwater promoted iodizing nearly as effectively. It is clear from this that Davey had thoroughly mastered the waxed-paper process, although he apparently never exhibited his photographs.
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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