Biography

Biography: 19th Century British India photographer Fred Bremner

Biography: 19th Century British India photographer Fred Bremner

Fred Bremner (1863-1941) was a Scottish photographer. His portraiture work in British India, spanning 1882 to 1922, preserves a record of life in the period. In 1882, Bremner accepted an offer of work from his brother-in-law G. W. Lawrie, who ran a successful photography business in Lucknow, and he was assigned work throughout northern India (modern India and Pakistan). In…
Biography: photographer John Watt Beattie

Biography: photographer John Watt Beattie

John Watt Beattie (1859 – 1930) was an Australian photographer. Beattie was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Tasmania in 1890. He was appointed Photographer to the Government of Tasmania on 21 December 1896. He did extensive photography around Tasmania, as well as in the Central Highlands and on the West…
Biography: 19th Century photographer James Craig Annan

Biography: 19th Century photographer James Craig Annan

James Craig Annan (1864 – 1946) was a pioneering Scottish-born photographer and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. The second son of photographer Thomas Annan, James Craig Annan was born at Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, on 8 March 1864. He was educated at Hamilton Academy before studying chemistry and natural philosophy at Anderson’s College, Glasgow (later to merge to…
Biography: City Life photographer Roman Vishniac

Biography: City Life photographer Roman Vishniac

Roman Vishniac (1897 – 1990) was a Russian-American photographer, best known for capturing the culture of Jews in Central and Eastern Europe before the Holocaust. Beginning in 1914, Vishniac spent six years at Shanyavsky Institute (now University) in Moscow. While enrolled there, he served in the Tsarist, Kerensky and Soviet armies. He earned a Ph.D. in zoology and became an…
Biography: 19th Century photographer Adolphe Braun

Biography: 19th Century photographer Adolphe Braun

Adolphe Braun (1812 – 1877) was a French photographer, best known for his floral still lifes, Parisian street scenes, and grand Alpine landscapes. Braun was born in Besançon in 1812, the eldest child of Samuel Braun, a police officer, and Antoinette Regard. When he was about 10, his family relocated to Mulhouse, a textile manufacturing center in the Alsace region…
Biography: Broadway photographer Joseph Byron

Biography: Broadway photographer Joseph Byron

Joseph Byron (January 1847 – May 28, 1923) was an English photographer who founded the Byron Company in Manhattan. He was born in England. His father, grandfather, and greatgrandfather were photographers. He received a commission from the British government to photograph the conditions in English coal mines. He emigrated to the United States in 1888 with his children, Percy Claude…
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 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: 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…