Norman was an enthusiastic exhibitor for two years, but nothing else is known about him. In the 1854 exhibition for the Royal Infirmary Fund in Dundee he showed one Talbotype, of an elm tree in Yorkshire, and a number of collodion views of Yorkshire. His contribution to the Photographic Society exhibition in London that same year was more complex. Norman identified his work as two Talbotypes and nine calotypes, without explaining the difference in his use of the terminology, along with four collodion views. All were of architecture and scenery in Yorkshire, with several taken in the Kingston-upon-Hull area. In the 1855 London exhibition of the Photographic Society, Norman had eight calotypes and four waxed-paper views (no collodion), all of Yorkshire scenes. His name was not an uncommon one, and there are no obvious candidates for his identity.
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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