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1853Europe • France 
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Nadar
Nadar 
n.d.
Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon) opens a photographic studio in Paris that rapidly becomes the leading portrait studio for the cultured elite of Parisian society.
1853North America • USA 
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George N. Barnard
Fire in the Ames Mills, Oswego, New York 
1853, July 5
Two photographs are taken of the burning Mills at Oswego, New York by George N. Barnard who would become one of the great photographers of the American Civil War (1861-1865). (5 July 1853) [Read about]
1853North America • USA 
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Platt D. Babbitt
[Joseph Avery stranded on rocks in the Niagara River] 
1853, July
Platt D. Babbit photographs events leading up to the tragic death of Joseph Avery at Niagara Falls. Babbitt was awarded a monopoly to take Daguerreotypes at the Falls in 1853, using the Horseshoe Falls as his setting, and sells his plates to tourists. (July 1853) [Read about]
1853North America • USA 
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Unidentified photographer/creator
Hancock House, Boston: An original Crystallotype or Sun Picture 
1854
Homes of American Statesman is published and is the first American book containing a photograph. The photograph is a tipped in salt print frontispiece of John Hancock's Boston house.
1853Europe • Great BritainPreliminary meetings are held with a view to forming the Photographic Society of London. The first public meeting takes place on 20th January 1854. Roger Fenton is the Honorary Secretary for the group and Charles Eastlake the first President.
1853North America • USA 
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Washington Lafayette Germon
Quarter plate Mascher Stereo Daguerreotype by W. L German, Philadelphia. 
n.d.
John Frederick Mascher of Philadelphia, USA patents a stereo viewing apparatus consisting of a case with a fold-out set of lenses. These are now known as Mascher stereo cases.
1854Europe • France 
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André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri
André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri 
n.d.
André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri is granted a patent for carte-de-visite. Eight poses were made on a single sheet and then they could be cut down to 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches and mounted on a 2 1/2 x 4 inch card.
 
His studio was established using the dowry of his wife Elizabeth who was also a photographer and his business partner. (McCauley, Elizabeth A., 1985, A.A.E. Disderi and the Carte De Visite Portrait Photograph, Yale University Press) (November 1854)
1854Asia • IndiaPhotographic Society of Bombay is founded
1854Europe • Great BritainAt the first exhibition of the Photographic Society in London Roger Fenton explains the photographs to the royal party of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
1854North America • USA 
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Fred Church
George Eastman on board S.S. Gallia 
1890, February
George Eastman (1854-1932) is born in Waterville, New York. (12 July 1854)
1854Europe • Great Britain 
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Philip Henry Delamotte
Statues of the Egyptian pharaoh Rameses II were copied from the temple of Abu Simbel 
[Crystal Palace] 
1859 (ca)
Philip Henry Delamotte photographs the opening ceremony of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham. This is the culmination of his study of the entire rebuilding process and is one of the first examples of photojournalism. (10 June 1854) 
  
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1854Europe • Great Britain 
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Isaac A. Rehn
Family Group 
1855
Ambrotypes (collodion positives) make their first appearance having being invented by Frederick Scott Archer (1813-1857) with the assistance of Peter Fry. Being a negative on a glass base they were cheaper than the Daguerreotype but retained the clarity of detail.
1854Europe • Great BritainGeorge Swan Nottage (1823-85) founds the London Stereoscopic Company. The company has the motto "a stereoscope in every home" and within a few years boasts over 100,000 views in circulation.
1854Europe • Great BritainFirst public meeting to found the Photographic Society of London.
 
"A number of Gentlemen engaged in Photographic pursuits having met together at different periods of the Spring and Autumn last year, formed themselves into a provisional Committee, with a view of organizing a Society of those to whom such a re-union would be acceptable. The labours of this Committee were carried on until the beginning of the present year, when it was determined to call a Public Meeting, for which purpose Circulars were issued on behalf of the Committee by Mr Roger Fenton, the Honorary Secretary, and Advertisements were inserted in the Papers....
 
A Public Meeting to inaugurate this Society will be held at the house of the Society of Arts, John Street, Adelphi, on THURSDAY, the 20th January, at 4 pm.
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[From the Journal of the Photographic Society of London on the founding of the society. The first Committee of the Society included John Dillwyn Llewelyn, Rev Calvert Jones and Philip Delamotte.] (20 January 1854)
1854Europe • FranceSociété Française de Photographie is founded based upon the earlier Société Héliographique which had been founded in 1851.
1854North America • USAW. & F. Langenheim make the first American stereographs.
1854North America • USA 
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Edward Anthony
Bottle of Developer based upon the patent of James A. Cutting used in the collodion process 
n.d.
James Ambrose Cutting receives a US patent for the ambrotype process, known as the bromide patent. The name ambrotype comes from the Greek ambrotos meaning immortal.
1854North America • USA 
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Southworth & Hawes
River View with Seated Figure 
1854 (ca)
Southworth & Hawes are issued a patent (No: 11,304) for taking daguerreotypes for stereoscopes. (11 July 1854) 
  
Young America: The Daguerreotypes of Southworth & Hawes 
  
Brian Wallis (Author); Grant Romer; & Alan Trachtenberg
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1855North America • USA 
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George Robinson Fardon
View of a portion of the City and Bay, from Taylor street - in the distance the U.S. Hospital. 
[San Francisco Album. Photographs of the Most Beautiful Views and Public Buildings of San Francisco] 
1855 (ca)
George Robinson Fardon takes photographs for the album San Francisco Album. Photographs of the Most Beautiful Views and Public Buildings of San Francisco (ca. 1855). This album of albumenized salt prints is published by Herre & Bauer and has the distinction of being the first album of photographs of any American city. 
  
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1856North America • CanadaWilliam Notman commences his stereographic photographs of the city of Montreal.

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