|Dates: ||1815 - 1916|
|Active: ||Great Britain|
Rev. Kingsley was a relatively young fellow and tutor at Sidney College, Cambridge, when he took up photography in the 1850s. His first public showing was in the 1853-54 Society of Arts touring exhibition; remarkably diverse, his work included photographs taken through a microscope (photomicroscopy) and examples of photolithography. Between 1854 and 1856 he exhibited dozens of images, the majority examples of photomicroscopy. Kingsley also employed the daguerreotype and wet collodion, but most of his photographs were accomplished in waxed-paper negatives, and the process was always carefully specified. Reviewing the 1855 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London, the Liverpool Photographic Journal declared that “the most remarkable specimens are those taken from the microscope by the Rev. Mr. Kingsley, the whole of whose collection from collodion and waxed-paper negatives are exquisitely delineated, and appear to me the most successful, especially of semi-opaque objects, that have yet been taken.” The 1855 exhibition also revealed Kingsley’s new interest in architectural views, also done in waxed paper. A series of his studies of Cambridge colleges emerged at auction in the 1970s; of an extraordinarily large size, these averaged 33.5 x 43 centimeters. In 1859 Kingsley (who lived to be 101 years old) became rector at South Kilvington, Yorkshire, and nothing is known of his photographic activity after this point.
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.
|SHARED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION PROJECT |
We welcome institutions and scholars willing to test the sharing of biographies for the benefit of the photo-history community. The biography above is a part of this trial.
If you find any errors please email us details so they can be corrected as soon as possible.
| ||Premium content for those who want to understand photography|
References are available for subscribers.There is so much more to explore when you subscribe.
If you have a portrait of this photographer or know of the whereabouts of one we would be most grateful.
|Family history |
If you are related to this photographer and interested in tracking down your extended family we can place a note here for you to help. It is free and you would be amazed who gets in touch.