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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Ralph W. Forster

Dates:  1834 - ?
Active:  England / Scotland
 
  

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Approved biography for Ralph W. Forster
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

 
  
Forster was an analytical chemist, which certainly stood him in good stead for practicing photography. In the 1856 exhibition of the Edinburgh Photographic Society, his three calotypes were of scenes in and around Ennerdale, near his home of Whitehaven in Cumberland. In 1857 Forster lamented the onslaught of collodion, publishing a passionate defense of the calotype process, which he emphasized was “the process for the tourist.” However, by the time of the society’s 1858 exhibition, Forster had converted to collodion albumen negatives and had switched his focus to Scottish architecture, possibly indicating that he had relocated to Scotland. 
  
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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