|Dates: ||1826 - 1905|
Rimmer was born in Scotland but educated in England. In 1856 he became the vice president of the Dumfries and Galloway Photographic Society. Rimmer first exhibited in the Photographic Society of Scotland exhibition in 1858 and remained a member of the society for five years. In the 1859 exhibition of the Glasgow Photographic Society, he turned from collodion to waxed paper. None of his photographic work is known to have survived. Rimmer became a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1879, and in 1888 he was elected president. He still kept his Dumfriesshire roots, however, and took over from Patrick Dudgeon as president of the Observatory Museum. In 1880 his Land and Freshwater Shells of the British Isles became a pioneering scientific reference work. It was illustrated with photo-graphs and printed by the Albertype process (a version of the collotype) under his personal supervision.
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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