Photography Masters

Biography: photographer Ilse Bing

Biography: photographer Ilse Bing

Ilse Bing (1899 – 1998) was a German avant-garde and commercial photographer who produced pioneering monochrome images during the inter-war era. Ilse Bing was born into a comfortable Jewish family in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, in 1899. As a child, her education was rich in music and art and her intellectual development was encouraged. In 1920 she enrolled at the University of…
Biography: 19th Century photographic duo Bisson Frères

Biography: 19th Century photographic duo Bisson Frères

Known collectively as the Bisson Frères, the two brothers Louis-Auguste and August-Rosalie Bisson captured Europe’s attention with their striking, large-scale photographs of French churches and historic monuments across Europe. Their breathtaking alpine views shot on an expedition led by Napoleon III to celebrate the return of Savoy to France were widely celebrated, enhancing their reputation for a wide range of…
Biography: Early XX Century Portrait photographer William Berry

Biography: Early XX Century Portrait photographer William Berry

William Berry was a studio photographer from the 1890s to about 1930. William Berry Collection contains around 3,000 glass plate negatives. In the 1990s, these were found in a cupboard by one of the tenants of 147 Cuba Street, Wellington. This was the former premises of Berry & Co, well-known Wellington portrait photographers, established in 1897 by William Berry. Amongst…
Biography: 19th Century Paris photographer Bruno Braquehais

Biography: 19th Century Paris photographer Bruno Braquehais

Bruno Braquehais (1823 – 1875) was a French photographer active primarily in Paris in the mid-19th century. Braquehais’s early photographs consist primarily of portraits and female nudes, many of which were colored by his wife, Laure. Art critics have pointed out that many of Braquehais’s photographs of female nudes are cluttered with distracting objects (e.g., the Venus de Milo), giving…
Biography: 19th Century Berlin photographer Leopold Ahrendts

Biography: 19th Century Berlin photographer Leopold Ahrendts

Leopold Ahrendts (1825 – 1870) was a photographer in Berlin. He worked as a painter and lithographer. By the mid 1850’s, Leopold Ahrendts had already achieved a prominent reputation as an urban and architectural photographer. His work was well received by the Prussian court, as well as in the Berlin art world and the public sphere. Art magazines praised his…
Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Louis-Émile Durandelle

Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Louis-Émile Durandelle

Louis-Émile Durandelle (1839 – 1917) was a French photographer best known for his work documenting the renovation of Paris during the Second Empire. He, along with his partner, Delmaet (with whom he worked until 1862) photographed the new Opera of Paris and its construction in great detail. After its opening, Louis-Emile Durandelle made a publication of 45 photos entitled Le…
Biography: 19th Century Colonial Samoa photographer Thomas Andrew

Biography: 19th Century Colonial Samoa photographer Thomas Andrew

Thomas Andrew (1855 – 1939) was a New Zealand photographer who lived in Samoa. Andrew took photographs that are of significant historical and cultural value including the recording on camera of key events in Samoa’s colonial era such as the Mau movement, the volcanic eruption of Mt Matavanu (1905–1911) and the funeral of writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Many of his…
Biography: 19th Century photographer Samuel Bourne

Biography: 19th Century photographer Samuel Bourne

Samuel Bourne (1834 – 1912) was a British photographer known for his prolific seven years’ work in India, from 1863 to 1870. His name is synonymous with British-Indian photography and he is the most researched and acclaimed colonial photographer. His work gave birth to a studio, Bourne & Shepherd, which still operates in Calcutta. Bourne’s photographs posses a luminescent quality…
Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Antonio Beato

Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Antonio Beato

Antonio Beato (1832 – 1906) was a British and Italian photographer. He is noted for his genre works, portraits, views of the architecture and landscapes of Egypt and the other locations in the Mediterranean region. He was the younger brother of photographer Felice Beato (1832 – 1909), with whom he sometimes worked. Because of the existence of a number of…
Biography: 19th Century photographer James Bragge

Biography: 19th Century photographer James Bragge

James Bragge (1833-1908) was a well known and respected photographer in New Zealand during the mid-to-late 19th century. Born in England, he moved to New Zealand when he was in his thirties. He opened a photography studio and also took photographs on travels around the country. The product of these serve as a record of the development of the country…
Biography: 19th Century photographer Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Biography: 19th Century photographer Benjamin Brecknell Turner

Benjamin Brecknell Turner (1815 -1894) was one of Britain’s first photographers and a founding-member of the Photographic Society of London which was formed in 1853. His images were based on the traditionally ‘picturesque’ styles and subjects of the generation of watercolour painters before him. Turner was highly productive and visible in the 1850s. His photographic campaigns took him to many…
Biography: photographer Toni Frissell

Biography: photographer Toni Frissell

Toni Frissell (1907 – 1988) was an American photographer, known for her fashion photography, World War II photographs, portraits of famous Americans and Europeans, children, and women from all walks of life. Frissell worked with many famous photographers of the day, as an apprentice to Cecil Beaton, and with advice from Edward Steichen. She initially worked for Vogue in 1931…
Biography: 19th Century photographers Burton Brothers

Biography: 19th Century photographers Burton Brothers

Burton Brothers (1866–1914) was one of New Zealand’s most important nineteenth-century photographic studios and was based in Dunedin, New Zealand. It was founded by Walter John Burton (1836–1880) in 1866 as the Grand Photographic Saloon and Gallery and was situated in Princes Street, Dunedin. Burton was a member of a prominent family of printers, bookbinders and photographers based in Derby,…
Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Philip Henry Delamotte

Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Philip Henry Delamotte

Philip Henry Delamotte (1821 – 1889)was a British photographer and illustrator, best known for his photographic images of The Crystal Palace in London. Delamotte was commissioned to record the dis-assembly of the Crystal Palace in 1852, and its reconstruction and expansion at Sydenham in London, a project finished in 1854. His photographic record of the events is one of the…
Biography: Portrait photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn

Biography: Portrait photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn

Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882 – 1966) was an early 20th-century photographer who became a key figure in the development of American pictorialism. He was greatly influenced by his mother, a keen amateur photographer, and began taking photographs at the age of eight. He travelled to England in 1899 with his mother and his cousin, F. Holland Day. Coburn developed substantial…
Biography: 19th Century photographer Esteban Gonnet

Biography: 19th Century photographer Esteban Gonnet

Esteban Gonnet (1829 – 1868) was a French photographer who emigrated to Argentina, where he focused his work as a photographer. Gonnet became a photographer after arriving in Buenos Aires in 1857. He was a surveyor, working with his cousin Hippolyte Gaillard, also a surveyor. Gonnet’s work reflected the rural lifetime and customs, showing the life and customs of aboriginal…
Biography: Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner

Biography: Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner

Alexander Gardner (1821 – 1882) was a Scottish photographer who immigrated to the United States in 1856, where he began to work full-time in that profession. He is best known for his photographs of the American Civil War, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, and the execution of the conspirators to Lincoln’s assassination. In 1850, he and his brother James travelled to…
Biography: 19th Century photographer Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn

Biography: 19th Century photographer Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn

Thereza Dillwyn Llewelyn (1834 – February 1926) was a Welsh astronomer and pioneer in scientific photography. Due to Llewelyn’s interest in astronomy, her father constructed an equatorial observatory at Penllergare Valley Woods for her sixteenth birthday. Llewelyn collaborated with her father in a number of astrophotographic experiments, including the production of some of the earliest photographs of the moon in…