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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Charles Critchett

Dates:  1837 - ?
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for Charles Critchett
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

As the surprisingly young assistant secretary of the Society of Arts, Critchett was ideally placed to monitor the progress of photography. He started out by contributing a single collodion photograph to the 1855 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London. The following year, Critchett exhibited three calotypes and three collodion images, but shortly after this he took an interesting turn. Most photographers moved with the times, eventually phasing out paper negatives in favor of glass. Instead, at the society’s 1857 exhibition, Critchett showed only waxed-paper photographs, all views of Cambridge architecture. At the 1862 International Exhibition in London, Critchett was still showing architectural views from waxed-paper negatives. 
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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