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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Samuel Herbert Fry

Dates:  1833 - 1890
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for Samuel Herbert Fry
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

A Quaker, Fry was an assistant with the London School of Photography in 1857, his first known connection with photography. By 1860 he had established himself as a portrait photographer in Brighton, issuing an enticing promotional leaflet, Talbotype Portraits in the Highest Style of Art; however, no surviving examples of his calotype work are known. Fry relocated his portrait studio to Londonís East End by 1862, also venturing into the manufacturing of the newly popular dry collodion plates, an uncertain business in its early days. Fry joined the Photographic Society in 1873 and later became recording secretary of the Photographic Club. He continued operating photographic studios in London until late in life. In 1890, the British Journal of Photography remembered Fry as ďa trenchant writer, and a man of active business habits.Ē 
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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