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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Lewis Richard Cook Griffiths

Dates:  1826 - ?
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for Lewis Richard Cook Griffiths
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

Griffiths was curate of Hitcham in 1851 and rector of Swindon by 1861. When he started in photography is not known, but he contributed six calotypes to the 1855 exhibition of the Photographic Society in London, including views of bridges and ecclesiastical architecture and two landscapes. In 1857 Rev. Griffiths published his thoughts on removing iron spots from paper, a problem that had dogged photographers from the days of Talbot. Paper, then made by chopping up rags, sometimes included bits of metal buttons or tiny fragments of the machinery. These metallic spots were not apparent when the paper was used for writing, but they played havoc with the chemistry of the photographic process. 
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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