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b. 1834; d. 24 Apr 1912
Samuel Bourne, a professional photographer from Nottingham, who was an outstanding landscape worker of his time. He also made a number of expeditions all over the world, starting with a ten-week tour in the Himalayas, followed by other much longer ones. It is said that on one of his journeys he employed as many as fifty servants to carry the vast array of equipment, liquids and personal effects for the tour. He used the collodion process.
Writing in the British Journal of Photography, 1864, he recorded the pain and pleasure of his work: "With scenery like this it is very difficult to deal with the camera: it is altogether too gigantic and stupendous to be brought within the limits imposed on photography...."
"My anxiety to get views of some of these fine combinations of rocks and water often induced me to leave he regular track, and put myself and my instruments innthe greatest danger by attempting an abrupt descent to some spot below....to command a fine picture. Though this was only accomplished with immense difficulty, sundry bruises, and great personal fatigue under a scorching sun, I was in every instance rewarded, always returning with pictures which the more sontented gazer from above would scarcely believe obtainable. But this toiling is almost too much for me, and, I must confess, it at the time greatly outweighed the pleasure." In a later article he writes of the power of photography to change the way we look at things: "...it teaches the mind to see the beauty and power of such scenes as these... For my own part, I may say that before I commenced photography I did not see half the beauties in nature that I do now, and the glory and power of a precious landscape has often passed before me and left but a feeble impression on my untutored mind; but it will never be so again." He must have been a pretty hard task-master! In the British Journal of Photography (October 1866) he describes his reaction on discovering that there had been several loads abandoned by coolies: "This was getting serious, and I viewed vengeance against the rascals who had placed me in this difficulty.... Tking a stout stick in my hand I set out in search of them... I walked in... (one of the houses) ...and soon discovered my firneds hiding beneath a charpoy or bed, and dragging them forth made them feel the "quality" of my stock, amid ... cries and lamentations...." Bourne made well over three thousand negatives during his travels in the East. His work may be seen at the India Record Office, London, and at the Royal Photographic Society, Bath England.
b. 1823; d. Jan 15, 1896
Though Roger Fenton was the first to document war in photographs, Mathew Brady, who documented the American Civil War (1861-1865), was probably one of the greatest of photographic documentary photographers. Roger Fenton is the first official war photographer, as he was appointed to record the Crimean War of 1854-6 by the Queen of England and Prince Albert. His war photographs can be read as attempts to translate French realism onto the Russian battlefields - recording the everyday life of soldiers, not heroes.
In 1839 Brady met, and became a student to Samuel Morse. That same year he met Louis Daguerre and went back to the United States to capitalise upon the invention of the Daguerreotype, establishing what proved to be a highly successful Gallery.
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