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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Robert Farmer

Dates:  1823 - 1859
Active:  Great Britain
 
  

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Approved biography for Robert Farmer
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

 
  
Farmer’s occupation as a chemist undoubtedly brought him photographers as customers in search of supplies. In 1853 he established the Daguerreotype Rooms on North Street in Brighton. While metal plates were suitable for portraiture, tourists visiting the seaside resort would also want keepsakes for their albums. By November, Farmer was advertising in the Brighton Gazette that he was “exhibiting . . . his calotype views of the Pavilion, the Railway Terminus, &c taken by Gustave le Gray’s new waxed-paper process.” 
  
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
  
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is included here with permission. 
  
Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
  
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