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19th Century Itinerant Photographers 

This exhibition will deal with the different types of traveling photographers in the 19th century. These can be divided into several distinct groups:
  • Traveling wagons
    Used by studio photographers to go out into the field to record landscapes during the wet and dry collodion period. Here the plates were created in the field and then the prints could be made later at the studio.
    Wagons were also used to accompany military campaigns for example by Roger Fenton during the Crimean War (1854-1856) and by the photographers working for the Brady Studio during the American Civil War (1861-1865).
  • Wagon based itinerant photographers
    Went from community to community by wagon and put up a tent or rented a cheap well lit room, issued broadsides and took photographs as required. They traveled with all the equipment and chemicals required as they were independent operators. Some photographers traveled regular routes each year whilst others roamed. As an interesting side note a wagon of this type was included in the 2003 western film "The Missing" directed by Ron Howard and an original wagon is preserved at the George Eastman House in Rochester.
  • Studios on boats
    Some photographers worked on paddle steamers and others has specially built studios that could be towed by other craft and moored wherever there was a potential business opportunity.
  • Railway studios
    Studios were also constructed in specially built or converted railway cars.
If you have example images that would enhance this exhibition I‘d be delighted to include them. 



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