The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas Keith and John Forbes White


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 project has involved a major reappraisal of the work of these two eminent amateurs for a new monograph on their work. 

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 have been drawn from collections in Europe, Canada and America, including many images rarely if ever seen before. The book is illustrated throughout in colour to capture the unique character of mid 19th century salted paper prints.

This monograph is the first book to be published under my own imprint. It is published as a 265mm x 210mm landscape format, casebound book, 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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The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas Keith and John Forbes White is still available from John Hannavy Publishing, the remaining hardback copies now reduced to half price, just £10.00 + P&P

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