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Names:
Other: Vasily Andreyevich Karrick 
Other: Vasily Karrik 
Other: Vassili Carrick 
Other: Vil'yam Karrik 
Dates:  1827 - 1878
Born:  Scotland, Edinburgh
Active:  Russia
 
  
Scottish-born photographer whose family were in the Russian timber business. In 1857 he studied photography in Edinburgh with James Good Tunny and then returned to St. Petersburg where he set up a studio with John MacGregor.

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William Carrick

Born in Edinburgh in 1827, his father was a Scottish timber merchant with a business in Cronstadt, the port for St. Petersburg, where William was raised and educated. He trained at the St. Petersburg Academy of Arts but in the mid-1850s switched from painting to photography, returning temporarily to Edinburgh, where he met a young professional photographer named John MacGregor. In 1859, the two men set up a studio together in St. Petersburg, the partnership lasting thirteen years, until MacGregor’s death in 1872. Carrick worked on alone, until his own death in 1878.
 
The business appears never to have been a great financial success, and various reasons have been suggested for this. Firstly, the cost of materials in Russia was far higher than in Western Europe; secondly, the hours of sunlight far fewer; and thirdly, the absence of a middle-class – that staple of the portrait photographer elsewhere - in the still feudal hierarchy of Russian society denied the studio a lucrative source of income. Artistically, however, Carrick did meet with some acclaim during his lifetime, and although his series of Russian types was intended principally for the tourist market, it is the work for which he is best remembered today.
 
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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
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• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on William Carrick.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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