Member of the Linked Ring Brotherhood.
Approved biography for Tom Bright
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)
A resident of London, Tom Bright became a founding member, in 1892, of the Linked Ring Brotherhood, Englandís most advanced and artistically inclined group photographers. Like most members, he took on a pseudonym, his being "Draftsman." From this time until at least 1904, his work was regularly seen in the London salons, organized by the Linked Ring, and the annual exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society. Among the other shows he participated in were the Esposizione Fotografica in Florence in 1899, and the Fifteenth Annual Exhibition of Pictures in Leeds in 1902.
Bright clearly preferred pastoral subject matter. The Photographic Times reproduced images by him of sheep in a field and a farmer plowing in its issues of January 1895 and May 1896. Alfred Stieglitz considered Brightís work sufficiently advanced to feature one as the photogravure frontispiece in the January 1899 issue of Camera Notes, Americaís leading photographic journal. This image, titled Returning from the Pasture, also appeared in the deluxe, gravure-printed catalog, Pictorial Photographs: A Record of the Photographic Salon of 1895 (London).
Tom Bright was an agricultural surveyor and appraiser. He wrote books in the field, including the Agricultural Surveyor and Estate Agentís Handbook (1899) and the Agricultural Valuerís Assistant (1883), which was so successful that it appeared in at least five editions.
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012)
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Date last updated: 1 June 2013.
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