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Publication: A Victorian Gentleman's North Norfolk

W J J Bolding (1815-1899) is the subject of a new book about this 1850/60s North Norfolk photographer. The book records what is known about Bolding along with a selection of his outstanding photographs. A chapter by John Benjafield contextualises Bolding's work in the early history of photography. 

Bolding took up photography sometime in the 1840s making paper negatives and, later, using wet-collodion. The subject of a number of exhibitions over the years and included in the Arts Council's 1975 The Real Thing which described his portraits of estate works and villagers as 'amongst the most powerful portraits in the history of photography'.  Roger Watson, Curator of the Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock said of the Victorian Photographer: 'W J J Bolding was a photographer of the first rank. His work deserves to be more widely seen and appreciated'.

A Victorian Gentleman's North Norfolk. W J J Bolding and his place in early photography

Richard Jefferson

JJG Publishing, 2013

ISBN 978-1-899163-78-6

167 pages, hard covers. 

The book is available for £25 and can be purchased from Richard Jefferson (e: or from Big C, 10a Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3DE. Tel: 01603 619990.  All profits go to Big C, Norfolk & Waveney's cancer charity, see:

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