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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Peter Hinckes Bird

Dates:  1827 - 1891
Active:  Great Britain / Spain / Egypt

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Approved biography for Peter Hinckes Bird
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

A physician, Bird was interested in childrenís hygiene and especially in public sanitation issues and was the author of numerous medical treatises. Shortly after the formation of the Photographic Society in London, Bird was elected a member. Waxed paper was his favored negative process, although on occasion he employed calotype, albumen, and collodion negatives. Bird exhibited actively from 1854 through 1862. His most adventurous series, exhibited in 1854-55, derived from an archaeological tour of Egypt and architectural studies in Spain. Only one print from Birdís extensive body of work is known to have survived, held in the collection of the Society of Antiquaries, London. 
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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