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Active:  Great Britain
 
  

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Approved biography for William Fraser
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

 
  
Based in Aberdeen, Fraser became intrigued with photography early on, and his “Remarks on Photographic Drawing” (1840) was one of the first papers on the new art presented to the Society of Arts in Edinburgh. Later that year he submitted a “Description of a Method of Photographic Printing, with Specimens.” Here, Fraser’s vision for the potential uses of photography was wide-ranging, and he produced examples of photographically decorated paper and of how photography could replace the conventional printing press. No examples of his work are known to have survived, but Fraser was corresponding with photographic journals at least as late as 1857. 
  
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. 
  
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