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HomeContents > People > Photographers > James Thomas Foard

Dates:  1833 - ?
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for James Thomas Foard
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Foard gained significant commercial experience in photography at an early age. He worked for some months in a room built for a Mr. Constable on the Marine Parade, Brighton, and also spent some time at the Polytechnic Institution, London. It was the latter experience, when he worked with the daguerreotypist Richard Beard, that most shaped his career, and by the 1850s, Foard was Beard’s agent in Manchester and Liverpool. At some point he met Roger Fenton, later remembering that Fenton told him that the negative papers he took with him to Russia in 1852 had been presensitized in London. Foard joined the Liverpool Photographic Society, which is where he first revealed his own extensive experience in waxed paper, and his simplified and effective formula was circulated to all members of the society. In 1888 the British Journal of Photography recalled that Foard “did great work in the Society by supplying it with papers of high-class merit,” presumably referring to his communications to the society rather than to actual paper. Some daguerreotypes by Foard have been identified, but none of his paper photography is 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) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
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