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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Thomas Minchin Goodeve

Dates:  1821 - ?
Active:  UK

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Approved biography for Thomas Minchin Goodeve
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA)

It is likely that Goodeve first came into contact with photography during his stint as a mathematical lecturer and tutor at King’s College, London, for the lively interest of Professor Charles Wheatstone and others at King’s would have been inescapable. In the 1852 exhibition of the Society of Arts, Goodeve showed some portraits done on collodion but also views of statuary, landscapes, and the interior of the Great Exhibition of 1851, all done on albumenized paper (this was apparently the negative process, an unusual choice but not an impossible one). He appears to have left for France after this, marrying in Dieppe in 1873, and returning to London by 1876. Goodeve became a prolific author, issuing books on mechanisms, steam engines, and especially patent laws. 
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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