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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Joseph Lawson Sisson Jr.

Other: J. Lawson Sisson 
Other: Rev. J. Lawson Sisson 
Dates:  1816 - ?
Active:  Great Britain / Switzerland

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Approved biography for Joseph Lawson Sisson Jr.
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

In 1861 the editor of the Photographic News wrote an unusual “Valedictory” for the Reverend Joseph Lawson Sisson, “a gentleman whose name has been honourably connected with photography from the very first. His waxed paper process has yielded some of the finest results that have ever been produced in that direction.” The editor quoted Sisson: “I have ceased to be a photographer, finding that the art demands more time than I have now at my disposal.” One is tempted to assume that the writer was the Reverend Sisson, born in 1793 and the Gloucester author of several historical books. However, there are clues strongly suggesting that it was Joseph Lawson Jr., his son. Rev. Sisson exhibited collodion views of Edingthorpe, Norfolk, to the 1854 Photographic Society exhibition in London and the Royal Infirmary Fund Exhibition in Dundee that year. In the 1858 and 1861 architectural photographic exhibitions in London, Sisson’s contributions were all views of Lausanne. Joseph Jr. was rector of Edingthorpe in the 1850s. He then took charge of the British Chapel at Lausanne. In 1858, Marion, the London photographic suppliers, published his booklet The Turpentine Waxed-Paper Process, Described and Illustrated by the Rev. J Lawson Sisson. His article on the turpentine waxed-paper process was written in Lausanne on March 15, 1860. 
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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