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Publication: The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas White and John Forbes White / on sale

Through the good offices of the author, John Hannavy, the last remaining copies of his book The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas White and John Forbes White are available to purchase from the RPS (at the link below) at a price of £12 including postage. 

A major biography of two of Scotland's leading pioneer amateur photographers in the 1850s, illustrated throughout in colour from prime examples of their surviving salted paper prints. The images have been drawn from major collections in the UK, USA and Canada.

Written and researched by John Hannavy The Victorian Photographs of Dr Thomas Keith and John Forbes White explores the life and work of two of Scotland's most important early photographers. Interest in the early Waxed Paper photography of Thomas Keith and John Forbes White has increased considerably over the years and this book involves a major reappraisal of the work of these two eminent amateurs. 

A great deal of significant work has been undertaken by numerous researchers on mid-19th century Scottish photography in the past thirty years, making it possible now to place the work of these talented amateurs within the much more clearly understood context of early photography in Scotland.

Examples of the superb work of both men will be drawn from collections in Europe, Canada and America, including many images rarely if ever seen before. It will be illustrated throughout in colour to capture the unique character of mid 19th century salted paper prints.

The book is 144 pages, 265 x 210mm landscape format, casebound, and with full colour illustrations of nearly two hundred images by Keith and White and their immediate circle, as well as examples of the work of the earliest pioneers of Scottish photography.

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Comment by William Cowan on September 8, 2021 at 20:34

I thought that some might be interested in this circa 1855 daguerreotype by White and company, Photographists.

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