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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John Hill Morgan

Dates:  1833 - ?
Active:  UK

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

Morganís father died while he was young, enabling him to live off the income of the familyís property in the Clifton area throughout his life. Photographically, Morgan made excellent use of these resources, becoming one of the most prolific exhibitors in England and Scotland from 1856 through 1864. His last known public showing was in the 1865 Dublin International Exhibition. All of his works were done from collodion negatives. Presumably they were conventional negatives except for a frame of four views of the Avon submitted to the 1858 Photographic Society exhibition in London. These were done with ďJohn H. Morganís Sugar Process.Ē Sugar, honey, and other culinary substances were used to retain moisture on the plate, a technique more versatile for use in the field than the conventional wet process. Although he does not seem to have exhibited these, some of Morganís early work was from paper negatives and was highly accomplished. Where he started practicing photography is uncertain, but Morganís work was known within the Welsh photographic circle of John Dillwyn Llewelyn. 
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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