|Dates: ||1806 - 1890|
Looking around the Jubilee Convention of Photography in 1889, the pioneering photohistorian John Werge had begun to think that he “was the oldest photographer present, when I espied Mr. Baynham Jones . . . certainly the oldest amateur of photography living.” Werge recalled that in 1839 Jones “made himself a camera out of a cigar-box and the lens of his opera glass, and, being unable to obtain a Daguerreotype plate in the country, he cut up a silver salver.” Jones, a lawyer in Cheltenham, soon turned from silver to paper as a base, and from 1854 was an active exhibitor of calotypes in various exhibitions through 1860. In 1861 he turned to collodion, yet he still exhibited a calotype in the 1862 International Exhibition in London. When Jones died the year following the Jubilee Convention, the editor of the British Journal Photographic Almanac, John Traill Taylor, called him “a veritable veteran,” while Werge remembered him as from the first “an enthusiastic photographer.”
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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