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British Journal of Photography Almanac Annual Summary of Photographic Inventions and Events in Photographic History/1867

From George Eastman House : Notes On Photographs

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Edited by J. Traill Taylor

The year 1866 has been characterized rather by the steady and patient development of already existing features in photography than by the advent of anything specially new. Lenses have been modified and improved; chemicals have been, if possible, rendered purer; formulae and manipulations have been revised; and the makers of our cameras still maintain their pre-eminence over those of other countries.

It would be out of place in a handy-book like the present little volume to review formally the progress of events of the past year, especially as all our spare space can be occupied by matter of more practical interest. Still, among the matters of importance that have transpired during the year, tow may be specially alluded to-the attention that has been bestowed upon the removal of the last traces of hyposulphite of soda and from paper photographs, thereby securing their great permanency, and the impetus which is being given to supplementing the cart portrait by the introduction of a somewhat larger size. Half-plate portraits were at one time a favourite size, and in some localities were in great demand. The “cabinet” portrait differs from the standard half-plate only in a very slight degree. It is hoped that the public will not be slow in appreciating the advantages of the peculiar size now referred to.

Some names familiar to scientific and local photographic circles have lapsed from among us during the past year. Among these we may class Professor Brande, Mr. Parry, Mr. James Ewing, Mr. Alexander Bryson, Mr. Frank Howard, and others.

Photomicrography, in the hands of Drs. Maddox and Woodward, has arrived at a high state of perfection; and the subject of the latent image and the sensitiveness of iodide of silver has received a more than usual share of attention.

To those interested in the details of the year’s progress we recommend a careful perusal of the pages of the thirteenth volume of The British Journal of Photography, which contains a faithful and minute record of the transactions of the year.