|Dates: ||1821 - ?|
Lecturer in chemistry at Middlesex Hospital in London and a forensic consultant, Heisch would have had no difficulties in mastering the physical intricacies of photography. His 1851 Plain Directions for Obtaining Photographic Pictures demonstrated an easy mastery of paper processes, one expanded in his 1862 Elements of Photography. When Vernon Heath retired from Robert Murray’s firm in 1862 to devote himself to photography, Heisch was chosen as his replacement. A fellow of the Chemical Society, Heisch was appointed gas examiner for the City of London in the 1880s and was instrumental in bringing gas lighting to the city. None of his photographs are known to have survived.
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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