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Sarah Angelina Acland (1849–1930) by Sarah Acland, 1910 © Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford

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Acland, Sarah Angelina [Angie] (1849–1930), photographer, was born at Broad Street, Oxford, on 26 June 1849, the second of eight children and only daughter of the physician Henry Wentworth Acland (1815–1900), who was then Lee's reader in anatomy at Christ Church, Oxford, and his wife, ...

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James Craig Annan (1864–1946) by William Strang, 1902 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Annan, James Craig (1864–1946), photographer, was born on 8 March 1864, the second of the seven children of Thomas Annan (1829/30–1887), photographer, and his wife, Mary Young Craig, at 15 Burnbank Road, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, in Talbot Cottage, named after William Henry Fox Talbot...

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Thomas Annan (1829/3030–1887) self-portrait?, 1857 Annan Gallery, Glasgow

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Annan, Thomas (1829/30–1887), photographer, was apparently the fifth of the seven children of John Annan (1792–1869), a farmer, flax spinner, and corn miller, who lived in the parish of Dairsie in Fife, and his wife, Agnes Bell (1791?–1878). He left home in November 1845 to begin an apprenticeship as a lithographic writer and engraver with the ...

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Bamforth, James (1842–1911), photographer, was born on 4 March 1842 at Holmfirth, Yorkshire, the eldest of the three children of Joseph Bamforth (1818/19–1899), a decorative painter, and his first wife, Mary Ann Moxon (1819–1847). After elementary education locally, James chose to follow his father's trade. 'Possessing the artistic instinct' (...

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Barraud, Herbert Rose (1844/5–1896), photographer, was born in London, the second of nine children and the eldest son of the artist Henry Barraud (bap. 1811, d. 1874) [see under Barraud, William] and his wife, Anna Maria (d. 1892), daughter of ...

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Bastin, (Alfred) Harold (1875–1962), entomologist and photographer, was born at 48 Lower Union Street, Torquay, on 7 July 1875, the son of Richard Bastin (1849–1917), an ironmonger, and his wife, Priscilla Barter (1850–1933), originally from Reading. He had a Quaker upbringing and the family (of two sons and two daughters) moved between ...

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Beaton, Sir Cecil Walter Hardy (1904–1980), photographer and designer for screen and theatre, was born at 21 Langland Gardens, Hampstead, London, on 14 January 1904, the eldest of the two sons and two daughters of Ernest Walter Hardy Beaton (1867–1936), timber merchant, and his wife, ...

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Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton (1904–1980) by Dorothy Wilding, 1937 © Tom Hustler / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Samuel Bourne (1834–1912) by unknown photographer, c. 1864 Royal Photographic Society

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Bourne, Samuel (1834–1912), photographer, was born at Windy Arbour Farm, Mucklestone, near Market Drayton, Staffordshire, on 30 October 1834, the third son of Thomas Bourne (b. 1804), a farmer, and his wife, Harriet née Dobson (b. 1802). He was educated privately by a clergyman at ...

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Bridges, George Wilson (1788–1863), Anglican clergyman, defender of slavery, and photographer, was born in Lawford, Essex, on 6 July 1788, the elder son of George Bridges (1759–1835), a prosperous merchant and country banker who was based in Manningtree in Essex, with a London...

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Broom [née Livingston], Christina [known as Mrs Albert Broom] (1862–1939), photographer, was born on 28 December 1862 at 8 King's Road, Chelsea, seventh of the eight children of Alexander Livingston (1812–1875), a master bootmaker, and his wife, Margaret, née Fair (1826–1884)...

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Cameron [née Pattle], Julia Margaret (1815–1879), photographer, was born at Garden Reach, Calcutta, India, on 11 June 1815, fourth of the ten children (of whom seven, all daughters, survived to adulthood) of James Pattle (1775–1845) and his wife, Adeline de l'Étang (1793?–1845)...

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Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879) by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron, 1870 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882–1966) self-portrait, 1908 [with a copper-plate printing press] © Alvin Langdon Coburn

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Coburn, Alvin Langdon (1882–1966), photographer and mystic, was born on 11 June 1882 at 134 East Springfield Street, Boston, Massachusetts, the only child of James Alvin Coburn (1849–1891), manufacturer of Coburn and Whitman shirts, and his wife, Fannie E. Howe (d. 1928)...

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John Anthony Cowan (1929–1979) by Allan Ballard, 1960s [right, with Allan Ballard] © Allan Ballard / Scope Features; collection National Portrait Gallery, London