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" ..... was among the most powerful in the history of photography"

That's what The Arts Council of Great Britain once described the portrait work of William Johnson Jennis Bolding (1815-1899). Much of his photography dates from the mid to late 1850s when the medium was still in its infancy and some of those his camera immortalised were ordinary Norfolk people born as far back as the 1770s.

But his name is today largely unknown. Richard Jefferson, whose late wife Pauline was Bolding’s great great niece, hopes to correct that with a heavily-illustrated book on his life and work in the future, and a talk to The Friends of the Norwich Museums next week. His talk will also include details of Bolding’s connections with Norwich School artists, including John Middleton.

Details of the lecture can be found here, and a news article here.

Photo: A local man photographed by WJJ Bolding

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