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HomeContents > People > Photographers > John Richardson Major Jr.

Other: Rev. J.R. Major 
Other: Rev. John Richardson Major 
Other: Rev. Major 
Dates:  1822 - ?
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for John Richardson Major Jr.
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Rev. Major is easily confused with his distinguished father, headmaster at King’s College School, London, where the son would serve as a master. Born in Thetford, Norfolk, and resident there most of his life, Major was actively involved in photography in various official capacities, but it is not known when he first became interested in the medium. He was honorary secretary of the Photographic Exchange Club and contributed a calotype to the club’s 1855 album, an architectural study taken in Lancashire. The next year he contributed two calotypes, but by 1857 Major had converted to collodion. Named secretary of the Photographic Society in London in 1856, he was also editor of the Photographic Journal in 1856-57. For the society’s 1856 exhibition Major displayed one photograph that was clearly labeled a calotype, the last time, as far as we know, that he participated in a photographic exhibition. 
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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