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

Nothing is known of Robertson except his membership in the Photographic Society of Bombay starting in 1856. He showed both calotypes and waxed paper in its exhibition that year. Although the members felt he would prove eventually to be among the “waxed paper men,” the Liverpool Photographic Journal commented, Robertson’s calotypes of “the lake and other views at Oorun, with native coasting vessels . . . were very beautiful, both as regards execution as photographs, tone as prints, and in artistic effect, and were deservedly admired by all.” Robertson’s studies sound from these descriptions well out of the ordinary, but none of his work 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) 
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Date last updated: 4 Nov 2012. 
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Amateur, India
Bombay Civil Service from 1843; Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Salt and Opium 1854. Member of Council of Bombay Photographic Society, 1857; view of Ooran with native coasting vessels, and prints from waxed paper negatives, shown to Bombay Photographic Society.[1] 

  1. Λ Journal of the Bombay Photographic Society Feb-Jun 1856. 

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