“Where can an art be found that will compare with photography?
….we , who work with the sun itself, term the art which we practice a glorious art,
and feel justly proud of its capabilities.”
Thomas Frederick Hardwich 1860
I have been an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society since 1983 after gaining a Diploma in Photography. Having specialised in portraiture for many years, I was captivated by the portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel taken by Victorian pioneer photographer Robert Howlett , and started a campaign to restore his neglected grave. Details of the restoration can be found here.
After extensive research I have a comprehensive knowledge of Robert Howlett’s life and photographic work, and welcome speaking requests or any contact regarding his photographic legacy.
On 20th July 2017 the National Portrait Gallery hosted my lunchtime lecture featuring the portrait of Brunel, telling the hidden story behind the iconic image. This built upon the brief overview provided in episode one of BBC Four’s Britain in Focus on 6th March 2017.
Brunel’s projects were the subject of photographic study, not only by Robert Howlett but also William Henry Fox Talbot. Two guest blogs are available here:
Details of published work are available via the contact page. The first biography of Robert Howlett’s colleague Thomas Frederick Hardwich is at www.photohistories.com
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