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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Charles Job

Dates:  1853 - 1930
Born:  Great Britain, London
Died:  Great Britain, London
Active:  UK
Job‘s best known photographs are of rural English landscapes, usually populated with his trademark, sheep. The Edward Elgar of photography. Linked Ring Brotherhood
[Contributed by Pam Roberts]

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Approved biography for Charles Job
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

As a young man, Charles Job made drawings and wood carving, but then became fascinated with photography. As an adult, he worked in Sussex, England, as a stockbroker.
Job first exhibited in 1893 at the annual London exhibition of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), which granted him fellowship status (FRPS) only two years later. About this time, he served as the honorary treasurer and vice president of the camera club in Hove, outside of Brighton on the English Channel. And in 1900, he was elected to the Linked Ring Brotherhood, Englandís most exclusive group of pictorialists.
Job photographed in Sussex and traveled with his camera to Brittany, Belgium, and Italy, where he was particularly drawn to waterways and herds of sheep. He often combined negatives, adding effective skies to his compositions, and produced his photographs as brown-toned carbon prints.
Jobís work was widely exhibited and reproduced. From the 1890s through the 1920s, he showed in London, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paris, Brussels, Hamburg, Berlin, Florence, Turin, Vienna, and Amsterdam. Early on, his work was accepted in the United States, at the Camera Club of New York (1899), Philadelphia Photographic Salon (1899), and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis (1904). In the 1920s, it was seen repeatedly in Los Angeles and in 1928 in both San Francisco and Toronto. His images enjoyed a substantial and long-lasting presence in Britainís premiere annual Photograms of the Year, appearing every year between 1895 and 1929, except for 1926. A. J. Anderson included one of Jobís rural images in his 1910 book The Artistic Side of Photography, as well as its sequel, The ABC of Artistic Photography.
During World War I, Job worked in Liverpool, but in 1922 he relocated to Richmond, Surrey. In 1928, the RPS gave him an honorary fellowship (Hon. FRPS), its highest achievement. Two years later, Charles Job was dead. 
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
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Charles Job 
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• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
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