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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Thomas Higgin

Dates:  1827 - ?
Active:  UK

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

Higgin was a substantial merchant in Liverpool, employing fifty men and specializing in salt. He was an advocate of the pure calotype, writing in 1855 of “being impressed with the conviction that by the Talbotype process, much delicacy, beauty, and softness is obtained, especially in foliage, which cannot be found in pictures taken by the waxed-paper process.” Higgin was on the council of the Liverpool Photographic Society. In 1888 the British Journal of Photography noted that Higgin “has devoted his efforts to the department of microscopic photography with great ardour and enthusiasm, and produced works of the highest possible merit, which have not been excelled.” Higgin’s firm later became an important exporter of salt to South Australia. 
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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