175 years ago photography was still very
much in its infancy. The only photographic studios in Yorkshire were at Leeds
(established in 1842), Scarborough (1842), Bradford (1843), Hull (1843),
Sheffield (1843) & York (1844). These were portrait studios using the
daguerreotype process, creating images on a silvered copper plate.
Another type of early photo was the calotype, an image on
paper created from a paper negative. Two pioneers of this process were David
Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson. In Sept-Oct 1844 they
visited York for the conference of the British Association for
the Advancement of Science. Hill and Adamson took calotype portraits of
the eminent scientists attending the conference.
175 years later many of Hill &
Adamson's photographs survive and in October 2019 there will be
a talk given in York by Anne M. Lyden, Chief Curator,
Photography, National Galleries of Scotland. An al fresco display in the
Museum Gardens, York, will include reproductions of several images.
Another very important early calotype photographer
to visit York was Henry Fox Talbot who took some of the earliest photographs of the city in 1845.
Hill & Adamson - Partnership
Hill & Adamson - Place