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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John Bevan Hazard

Dates:  1830 - 1892, 23 October
Born:  England, Bristol
Died:  England, Gloucestershire, Bishopston
Active:  UK
He was baptised at St Stephen's, Bristol on 12 Nov. 1830, son of Pump & Block Maker Edward York (or Yorke) Hazard (died 1862) & Elizabeth Hazard. He died at Bishopston, Gloucestershire, England on 23 Oct. 1892.

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Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Hazard presents some mysteries, for he worked closely with Hugh Owen in Bristol and their calotypes are frequently commingled in albums. Studies of trees, shipping, and architecture seemed to be his favorites, and his work, which dates mostly from the 1850s, is quite accomplished. Hazard clearly initialed many of his negatives “J.B.H.,” and yet one wonders, when did he find the time to photograph? In the 1851 census, at about the time he would have entered photography, Hazard was an apprentice in his father’s mastmaking and blockmaking firm in Bristol. Even allowing for family indulgence, apprentices in such trades normally applied every daylight hour to their work. Hazard was unmarried and still filling this position in his father’s firm in 1861, by which time he seems to have given up photography. He next appears in the 1891 census as a widower managing a brewery in Bristol. 
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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