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Historic camera to pay homage to Keswick's Abraham Brothers

The Cumbria Crack reports that photographer Henry Iddon has received Arts Council funding to photograph contemporary adventure sports with an antique camera.

Henry’s work will be an homage to the work of George and Ashley Abraham, brothers who grew up in Keswick in the Lake District in the late 1800s.  The Abraham brothers were passionate early rock-climbers and were the first to take cameras up into the hills of the Lake District to capture landscapes and action shots of their climbing.

The camera that Henry is using is on loan from the Mountain Heritage Trust, an organisation that aims to record and preserve Britain’s rich heritage in climbing, mountaineering and mountain culture, and is the very same camera that was used by the Abraham brothers.

The Underwood Instanto whole plate camera that the Abrahams, and now Henry, used, is made from solid mahogany, and is a heavy object.  It uses 10”x12” glass plates, which have to be carried up the mountain alongside the camera and other equipment.

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