Luminous-Lint - for collectors and connoisseurs of fine photography
HOME  BACK>>> Subscriptions <<< | Testimonials | Login |

Getting around


HomeContentsVisual IndexesOnline ExhibitionsPhotographersGalleries and DealersThemes
AbstractEroticaFashionLandscapeNaturePhotojournalismPhotomontagePictorialismPortraitScientificStill lifeStreetWar

Stereographs Project

      A B C D E F G H  
      I J K L M N O P  
      Q R S T U V W X  
      Y Z  

HomeContents > People > Photographers > Christopher Bell

Active:  UK

Preparing biographies

Approved biography for Christopher Bell
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Bell reminisced in the Liverpool Photographic Journal that he was in Mexico in 1840 or 1841 when he first became aware of photography and purchased his first lens, a simple spectacle glass. But when he returned to England, Bell “left it behind me, and had even entirely forgotten and cast off the once loved subject, photography, not then so named, or so much talked of or thought about; but a friend among his heaps of rubbish found my old boxes, and kindly brought them home with him.” He recalled this when he began comparing modern lenses in 1855. Bell’s movements are not documented, but by 1853 he was a wine merchant in Liverpool, an ideal place to rekindle an interest in the art of photography. Bell was soon using both Frederick Townshend’s and James How’s waxed-paper formulas. In 1856 he was appointed treasurer of the Liverpool Photographic Society, contributing four waxed-paper views of Malvern to their scrapbook the next year. In 1856 he also became the chairman of the Liverpool and National Photographic Exchange Club. Brimming with enthusiasm for the art, Bell joined up with James Alexander Forrest and James Newlands as proprietors of the new Liverpool Photographic Journal
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. 
We welcome institutions and scholars willing to test the sharing of biographies for the benefit of the photo-history community. The biography above is a part of this trial.
If you find any errors please email us details so they can be corrected as soon as possible.

Further research

 Premium content for those who want to understand photography
References are available for subscribers.There is so much more to explore when you subscribe. 
If you have a portrait of this photographer or know of the whereabouts of one we would be most grateful.
Family history 
If you are related to this photographer and interested in tracking down your extended family we can place a note here for you to help. It is free and you would be amazed who gets in touch.

Visual indexes

 Premium content for those who want to understand photography
Visual indexes for this photographer are available for subscribers.There is so much more to explore when you subscribe. 
HOME  BACK>>> Subscriptions <<< | Testimonials | Login |
 Facebook LuminousLint 
 Twitter @LuminousLint