November 2021: The Rise of Photographic Illustration 1839-1880 by Dr. Anthony Hamber

Picture of a Youth; salted print; 1850-1860
Picture of a Youth; salted print; 1850-1860
Dr. Anthony Hamber

Dr. Anthony Hamber

Dr. Anthony Hamber, a researcher, photographic historian, and author based in England, will present an overview of the early use of photographic reproduction of art and architecture, and photographically illustrated publications. The Zoom meeting begins at 2 PM EST Sunday, November 7, 2021.

His research covers how, during first four decades of the medium, photographic originals were used to create a wide range of illustrated publications, exploiting a variety of photographic, permanent photographic, and photomechanical processes. Various processes will be discussed and illustrated including: early heliogravure, salted paper print, albumen print, photolithograph, carbon print, collotype, woodburytype, hybrid variants, and screened halftone. While the presentation will include illustrations from developments in Europe, there will be examples from US publications as well.

Watch Dr. Anthony Hamber’s “The Rise of Photographic Illustration: 1839-1880” presentation at PHSNE Virtual-Meetings on YouTube

Aspinall Villa, "Villas on the Hudson", 1860, photolithograph

Aspinall Villa, “Villas on the Hudson”, 1860, photolithograph

Currently completing an online annotated bibliographic database of photographically illustrated publications 1839-1880, Dr. Hamber is also researching the evolution of associated photographic and photomechanical printing processes. With co-author Steven Joseph, they are writing a book on this subject.

Dr. Hamber’s published works include: “A Higher Branch of the Art: Photographing the Fine Arts in England 1839-1880,” the British Library’s online “Catalogue of Photographically Illustrated Books,” and “Photography and the 1851 Great Exhibition,” published in 2018 by Oak Knoll Press.

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