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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John Daniel Cogan

Dates:  1818 - 1912
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for John Daniel Cogan
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

On the eve of World War I, the British Journal of Photography lamented the loss of one of the earliest professional photographers. Cogan was a lecturer in experimental science in Bath, obviously well trained to undertake photography, who also “took advantage of his nearness to Fox Talbot at Lacock Abbey to make himself acquainted with the Talbotype process and to commence the taking of photographs on paper.” Cogan is not mentioned in Talbot’s correspondence, although of course he may have called on the inventor in person. Cogan supplemented his lecture fees with other activities; at one time he was a dentist, and he also established a photographic studio on Milsom Street in Bath, which he sold in 1866. None of his early paper photographs are 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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