|Born: Alfred Horsley Hinton |
|Dates: ||1863 - 1908, 25 February|
|Died: ||England, Essex, Woodford|
An artist who became a journalist and editor of Amateur Photographer; at the end of the century, Hinton produced moody and dramatic landscapes printed in heavy coated platinum. He was a member of the Linked Ring Brotherhood.
[Contributed by Pam Roberts]
Approved biography for A. Horsley Hinton
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)
Born in London, Alfred Horsley Hinton went on to study drawing and painting with John Peel and become an eccentric dresser. He began to photograph in about 1882, and seven years later secured his first job in the field, working for a photographic supply store in London. From 1891 to 1893, he managed the Guilford branch studio of Ralph W. Robinson, the son of the influential early art photographer Henry Peach Robinson.
In 1892, Hinton was a founding member of the Linked Ring Brotherhood, Englandís most creative cadre of photographers. He took on the moniker "Comptroller of the Exchequer," and regularly exhibited in the groupís London salons. He became one of the countryís strongest landscape photographers, making easily recognizable vertical prints, with well-integrated foregrounds, horizons, and skies. He shot largely in the Essex flats and
Yorkshire moors, and usually made combination prints, from more than one negative.
Hinton exhibited extensively from 1890 until his death in 1908. In addition to the London salons, he showed regularly at the annual exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society. His work was also presented at shows in Amsterdam, Bradford, Dresden, Florence, Glasgow, Hamburg, Leeds, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Vienna. In 1904, he traveled to St. Louis to oversee the installation of the British photographs that were included in the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
Photographic periodicals that featured his work included the American Annual of Photography 1900. More importantly, photogravures of his accomplished landscapes appeared in Camera Notes (July 1897 and July 1899) and Camera Work (July 1905), both edited by Alfred Stieglitz. Impressively, Englandís own annual Photograms of the Year reproduced his work in every volume between 1896 and 1908.
Hinton was influential as a lecturer, but particularly as a writer/editor. From 1887 to 1891, he worked for the short-lived Photographic Art Journal, and in 1893 he became the editor of Londonís weekly Amateur Photographer, a position he held until his death. In addition to his own magazines, he contributed articles to such English newspapers as the Times, Daily Graphic, and Daily Telegraph. In the United States, he was published in the Magazine of Art, Photographic Times, Photo Era, Camera Work (two articles), and Camera Notes (seven articles). He also wrote at least six books on photography, a few of which were translated into German and French. These publications, which appeared between 1894 and 1910, addressed pictorialism, landscapes, developing, platinum printing, and other subjects. A. Horsley Hinton died suddenly on February 24, 1908, only in his mid-forties, and was heavily eulogized in the photographic press.
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012)
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Date last updated: 1 June 2013.
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