|Dates: ||1823 - 1859|
|Active: ||Great Britain|
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)
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012.
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