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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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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. '...

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

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

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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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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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Daintree, Richard (1832–1878), geologist and photographer, was born at Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdonshire, on 13 December 1832, the son of Richard Daintree, a prosperous farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was educated at Bedford grammar school and in 1851–2 at Christ's College, Cambridge, but left without completing a degree to seek a warmer climate for his health, and in 1852 emigrated to ...

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Davison, George (1855–1930), photographer, political activist, and patron of the arts, was born in Kirkley, Suffolk, on 19 September 1855, the fourth child of William Davison (1816–1889), a shipwright and carpenter originally from Sunderland. His mother, Eliza, née Miller (1825–c.1900), supplemented the family income by taking in boarders, and his sisters ...

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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson [Lewis Carroll] (1832–1898) by unknown photographer, c. 1856–60 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge [pseud. Lewis Carroll] (1832–1898), author, mathematician, and photographer, was born at Daresbury parsonage, Cheshire, on 27 January 1832, the eldest son and third of eleven children of Charles Dodgson (1800–1868), curate of the parish, later rector of Croft-on-Tees, Yorkshire...

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Edis [married name Galsworthy], (Mary) Olive (1876–1955), photographer, was born on 3 September 1876 at 22 Wimpole Street, London, the home of her parents, Mary, née Murray (1853–1931), from Aberdeen, and Arthur Wellesley Edis FRCP (1840–1893), obstetrician and gynaecologist. In 1880 her twin sisters, ...

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Hughes, Alice Mary (1857–1939), photographer, was born on 3 August 1857 at 11 Kensington Park Terrace North in London. She was the daughter of the painter Edward Hughes (1832–1908) and his first wife, Mary Ann Sherratt (née Pewtner). Her mother died when ...

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Robert Hunt (1807–1887) by Ernest Edwards, pubd 1864 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hunt, Robert (1807–1887), chemist and photographer, was born at Plymouth Dock (Devonport) on 6 September 1807, the posthumous only child of Robert Hunt (bap. 1781, d. 1807), carpenter on the Moucheron, and his wife, Honour Thomas (1781–1842). Left to support herself and her infant son on a small naval pension, ...