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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Alexander Forsyth Adam

Dates:  1822 - 1881
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for Alexander Forsyth Adam
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

An Edinburgh lawyer and member of the Edinburgh Photographic Exchange Club, Adam was one of the founders of the Photographic Society of Scotland in 1856. He practiced the waxed-paper process as an amateur and undertook photographic trips to France in search of picturesque subjects, at least once with colleagues from the society, including his brother James Adam and Charles Kinnear. Adam photographed ancient architecture in Monmouthshire and modern villages in Devon. He took a particular interest in Isambard Kingdom Brunelís suspension bridge over the Tamar in Cornwall. In his capacity as the societyís honorary secretary from 1860 to 1862, Adam corresponded with Talbot, whose photoglyphic engravings he would exhibit at one of the societyís meetings. 
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
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