Ian Sumner has authored a book on the early British photographer J. W. G. Gutch based on five albums produced between 1856 and 1859. In search of the Picturesque. The English photographs of J. W. G. Gutch 1856/59
which is now available.
John Wheeley Gough Gutch was born in Bristol in 1808 and was involved in photography from its earliest days. A contemporary of Talbot, Gutch was experimenting with photography as early as 1841. Partially paralysed and using the wet-collodion process he travelled many miles of rural tracks taking photographs. His work, which influenced the poets and painters of the period, has remained virtually undiscovered for more than 150 years. The images in the book concentrate on his English landscapes and portraits from trips that he undertook between 1856- 59 to Malvern, North Devon, Gloucestershire, Cornwall and The Lake District.
The book selects more than 100 images from five albums, from two photograph collections, and publishes them for the first time and is accompanied by a biography of Gutch.In search of the Picturesque. The English photographs of J. W. G. Gutch 1856/59
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