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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Samuel Buckle

Dates:  1808 - 1860
Active:  UK

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

Many modern practitioners of old photographic processes have used the Buckle Brush — a wad of cotton wool caught on a glass tube — most likely without knowing anything about the photographer behind this invention. Buckle was a brewer by trade. His entry into the world of photography was heralded by the large group of prints he exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851, where they caught the attention of the official jury, who felt they were “characterized by great delicacy of tint and exquisite cleanness of execution, and deserve to be ranked among the finest specimens of photography in the Exhibition.” He was awarded the Council Medal, the jury’s highest honor. Amateur activities gave way to professionalism two years later, when Buckle sold his brewery and established himself in Leamington, Warwickshire, as a photographer and retailer of photographic apparatus. Buckle long remained loyal to Talbot’s process, being one of the most prolific exhibitors of calotypes from 1851 to 1856. He also gave lessons in Talbot’s process to many other photographers. In 1857 Buckle suddenly converted to collodion, but he then gave up photography entirely, dying soon after at the relatively young age of fifty-one. 
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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