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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Alexander Rae

Dates:  1811 - ?
Active:  UK

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

A chemist in Banff, in the remote north of Scotland, Rae displayed four calotype portraits in the 1853 Mechanics’ Institution exhibition in Aberdeen. He also showed collodion portraits, groups on glass, and a frame containing eight daguerreotypes. At the British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Aberdeen in 1859, Rae submitted a wide range of collodion material, includ-ing stereo views. Such a range indicated either that he was a very dedicated and inquisitive amateur or that as a supplier he felt the need to keep up with the evolving technology of his clients. He then became a dentist, and his son, Alexander Jr. (b. 1846), became both his apprentice dentist and his apprentice chemist. From 1877 to 1908 they operated the studio of Alexander Rae & Son. 
Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
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Alexander Rae, his wide and family 
1857 (ca)
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