Photography

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Abernethy, William

Abernethy, William (1864–1930), professional photographer, was the son of Robert Abernethy, farmer, from Comber, Co. Down. Details of his early life are lacking, even in obituaries published in the Belfast press. He learned his trade in Belfast, in the studio of a successful…

Ayton, Alexander

Ayton, Alexander (1829–1900), professional photographer, was born in Scotland but in the early 1860s came to Ireland, where he set up in business in Derry city, first at an address in the Crescent, then (1864) moving to a purpose-built studio in Kennedy Place. Thirty years later he…

Beatty, Francis Stewart

Beatty, Francis Stewart (1807-91), pioneer Irish photographer, of unknown parentage and place of birth but presumably born somewhere in the north of Ireland, is first documented in the 1830s in Belfast, where he was an engraver and linen ornament manufacturer. An elaborate double-…

Bourke, Fergus (Ignatius)

Bourke, Fergus (Ignatius) (1934–2004), photographer, was born 31 July 1934 in Bray, Co. Wicklow. His mother was Eileen (Eibhlín) Bourke (née Somers). His father Thomas Bourke (Tómas de Búrca), who worked for Dublin Corporation, was related to people prominent in twentieth‑century…

Browne, Francis Patrick Mary

Browne, Francis Patrick Mary (1880–1960), photographer and Jesuit priest, was born 3 January 1880 in Sunday's Well, Cork, youngest of eight children of James Browne, flour merchant and JP, and Brigid Browne (née Hegarty; 1840–80), who died…

Brownrigg, Thomas Marcus

Brownrigg, Thomas Marcus (1823–1901), police officer, and pioneer and experimental photographer, was born 8 June 1823 in Limerick, eldest son of Sir Henry John Brownrigg (1798–1873), inspector-general of constabulary (1858–65), and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. Thomas…

Bull, (George) Lucien

Bull, (George) Lucien (1876–1972), inventor, was born 5 January 1876 at 16 Upper Gloucester St., Dublin, one of two sons and two daughters of Cornelius Bull of Bedford, England, and Gabrielle Jouvé of Paris, owners of Bull's religious depository, Suffolk St., Dublin. Educated at…

Burnaby, Elizabeth Alicia Hawkins

Burnaby, Elizabeth Alicia Hawkins (1860–1934), alpinist, photographer, and author, was the only child of Sir St Vincent Hawkins-Whitshed , 3rd and last baronet, of Killincarrig, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and his wife Anne Alicia, third daughter of the Rev. Hon. John Gustavus Handcock…

Cashman, Joseph

Cashman, Joseph (1881–1969), photographer, was born at Blackpool, Cork city; his parents’ names are unknown. He was educated locally and began his working life at the age of 12. He became apprenticed in 1895 to Guy & Co., a Cork firm of printers and engravers. From here he went…

Coghill, Sir John Joscelyn

Coghill, Sir John Joscelyn (1826–1905), 4th baronet and photographer, was born 11 February 1826, eldest son of Sir Josiah Coghill, 3rd baronet and vice-admiral, and his second wife, Anna Maria, eldest daughter of the Rt Hon. Charles…

Cooper, Herbert Frederick Thomas

Cooper, Herbert Frederick Thomas (1874–1960?), photographer, was born in London, possibly in Hammersmith; virtually no biographical details are known. In 1913 he bought a photographic business in Strabane, Co. Tyrone. He sold stationery, framed pictures, and travelled widely in the…

Fields, Arthur

Fields, Arthur (1901–1994), photographer, known as the 'man on the bridge', was born Abraham Feldman on 27 October 1901 at home in Dublin to Ukrainian Jewish parents Malka (also known as 'Molly' or 'Mary'; née Sweed) and Simon Feldman, a draper, of 6 Raymond Street, Dublin 8. He had…

French, Robert

French, Robert (1841–1917), photographer, was born 11 November 1841 in Dublin, eldest of the seven children of William French, a court messenger, and Ellen French (née Johnson). At the age of nineteen, in September 1860, he joined the Constabulary (later…

Hardman, Edward Fitzmorris Chambré

Hardman, Edward Fitzmorris Chambré (1898–1988), professional photographer, was born 25 November 1898, only son among four children of Edward Chambré Hardman, land agent, of Abilene, Newtownpark Ave., Blackrock, Co. Dublin, and his wife (m. 5 September 1893) Gertrude Elizabeth, of…

Hemphill, William Despard

Hemphill, William Despard (1816–1902), medical doctor and pioneering photographer, was born 4 August 1816, fourth of six sons of Samuel Hemphill, medical doctor, of Springhill, Killenaule, Co. Tipperary, and his wife Mary, daughter of Robert Backas, Butlerstown Castle, Co. Waterford…

Hinde, John Wilfrid

Hinde, John Wilfrid (1916–97), photographer and postcard manufacturer, was born 17 May 1916 in Street, Somerset, England, into a close-knit Quaker family, who later became Christian Scientist. His great-grandfather was James Clark, co-founder of the Clark's footwear company. During…

Hogg, Alexander Robert

Hogg, Alexander Robert (1870–1939), photographer, was born 1 March 1870, elder son and eldest of the three children of David Hogg, farmer, and Mary Hogg (née Pool or Poole), of Tullywest townland, near Saintfield, Co. Down. Shortly after his birth the Hogg family moved to…

Horgan, John Joseph

Horgan, John Joseph (1905–64), press photographer, was born 20 May 1905 at 13 Moore Street, Dublin, 'in the shadow of Nelson's pillar', the second of two sons of John Horgan, who owned the Boyneview dairy shop (located in the family's house), and his wife Rosanna (née O'Rourke; she…

Langham, Sir (Herbert) Charles Arthur

Langham, Sir (Herbert) Charles Arthur (1870–1951), photographer and natural-history collector, was born 24 March 1870, only son and elder of the two children of Sir Herbert Hay Langham, 12th baronet, of Cottesbrooke House, Northamptonshire, and his wife the Hon. Anna Maria Frances…

Lauder, James Stack (‘Jacques Lafayette’)

Lauder, James Stack (‘Jacques Lafayette’) (1853–1923), portrait photographer, born 22 January 1853, was one of ten children (six sons and four daughters) of Edmond (sometimes Edmund) Stanley Lauder (c.1824–91) and his wife, Sarah Harding Lauder (née Stack, c.1828–…

Lawrence, William Mervin

Lawrence, William Mervin (1840–1932), photograph merchant, was born 5 July 1840 in the General Post Office, Lower Sackville (later O'Connell) St., Dublin, second surviving son of William Lawrence of Pembrokeshire, Wales, then clerk of works at the…

Le Blond (Aubrey; Burnaby) Elizabeth Alice Frances

Le Blond (Aubrey; Burnaby) Elizabeth Alice Frances (1861–1934), mountaineer, photographer, traveller, and writer, was the only child of Sir St Vincent Bentinck Hawkins-Whitshed (1837–71) of Killincarrick House, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and Anne Alicia Hawkins-Whitshed (d. 1908),…

MacQuitty, William Baird

MacQuitty, William Baird (1905–2004), traveller, film producer, photographer and polymath, was born in Belfast on 15 May 1905, elder of two sons of James Baird MacQuitty, managing director of the Belfast Telegraph (a cousin of the principal proprietors), and his wife…

Mason, Thomas Holmes

Mason, Thomas Holmes (1877–1958), photographer, naturalist, meteorologist, and businessman, was born 9 September 1877, eldest among three children of Thomas Mason, optical manufacturer, and Sarah Mason (née Barry) of Dublin. Having worked in the family business in Parliament St.,…

Mould, Daphne Desiree Charlotte Pochin

Mould, Daphne Desiree Charlotte Pochin (1920–2014), geologist, author, photographer and flight instructor, was born on 15 November 1920 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, the only child of Walter Mould, a teacher, and his wife Marguerite (née Steer). Growing up in the heart of what she called the…