British Waxed Paper Photography



British Waxed-Paper Photography - a history will be John Hannavy's second monograph under his own publishing imprint. It will be a companion volume to this year's new book on Thomas Keith and John Forbes White, and like that volume, will be illustrated in full colour, wherever possible using scans from original salted paper prints.


Despite the widespread usage of the process in the 1850s and into the 1860s, this new book will be the first publication devoted exclusively to the most versatile of the early paper negative processes.


Over the past forty years, much of John Hannavy's research has been centred on early British photographers and their work – especially Keith, White and Roger Fenton, all of whom took many of their photographs using the waxed-paper process invented by Frenchman Gustave le Gray in the early 1850s.


Le Gray's process, and its many users in Britain, was the subject of John's doctoral thesis thirty years ago, and the research which underpinned that has been continued and extended over the past three decades. 


The process was especially popular with early amateur photographers, and some of the great names of mid-19th century British photography worked with it, modified it, and produced some remarkable images.


Publication of British Waxed-Paper Photography - a historya 144-page full colour hardback from John Hannavy Publishing, was scheduled for 2017 but due to the current economic situation has now been postponed indefinitely.


The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas Keith and John Forbes White is still available from John Hannavy Publishing price £20.00 + P&P. 

To order a copy, use the Contacts page.


Published by PiXZ/Halsgrove in October 2017, price £9.99, is  Edwardian Railways in Postcards a celebration both of the railways themselves and of the art of the postcard photographers, colourists and publishers. Click on the book cover, below to log on to where you can see all of John Hannavy's currently available books. 

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