|Dates: ||1826 - ?|
In 1850, John Werge, a Newcastle native then just starting his career as a daguerreotypist, met Parry in his hometown. Parry was then a glass dealer and an amateur calotypist, Werge later wrote, although not yet very successful in the latter field, for his negatives suffered from decomposition. Parry kept working at the process, however, and eventually became “one of the best Calotypists in the neighborhood.” Parry opened his own photographic studio in Newcastle. Half a century later, Werge still owned some of Parry’s negatives, which were still in excellent condition, and regarded them as “some of the finest Calotype negatives he ever produced.”
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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