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HomeContents > People > Photographers > James Cunningham

Dates:  1817 - ?
Active:  UK

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

A solicitor in Dunse, Scotland, Cunningham contributed photographs to the 1854 exhibition at the Architectural Institute in Edinburgh. He joined the Photographic Society of Scotland at its founding in 1856. In the society’s exhibition that year Cunningham showed ten works (all waxed paper save for one collodion), mostly views around his home of Briary Bank, Dunse. By the time of the society’s 1858 exhibition, Cunningham had apparently abandoned collodion entirely, exhibiting a wider variety of subjects in waxed paper only, ranging from views of Berwick to his Study of an Old Dog Kennel. Although Cunningham maintained his membership in the society until his resignation in 1864, these were his last exhibited works. In exhibition listings his name was sometimes given the traditional spelling of Cunninghame. 
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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