|Dates: ||1823 - ?|
A solicitor in Great Yarmouth, Harmer was elected a member of the Photographic Society in 1854, already an experienced photographer. The Reports by the Juries for the Great Exhibition of 1851 praised his entries, and he was awarded a medal. He “exhibited two calotype pictures, one a landscape; the reflections as shown in the water are excellent. The fluctuation of the reflections caused by the ripple of the water is very beautiful, and true to nature. The execution of the picture is good, and the tints are clear and delicate.” Harmer exhibited calotypes regularly between 1854 and 1856, but he had started to use collodion as well and after 1856 seems to have switched
completely to the glass process. Fellow photographer Thomas Lound proudly showed Harmer’s “series of beautiful views in North Wales” to a meeting of the Norwich Photographic Society in 1857. After this, nothing further is known of his photographic work. Harmer was elected alderman for Yarmouth in 1880.
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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