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Two 19th Century Photographic Pioneers from Widnes

Did you find out something new through our Heritage Open Days events?  I did!

Vero Charles Driffield and Ferdinand Hurter (originally from Switzerland), both worked for Gaskell Deacon & Co in Widnes, towards the end of the 19th century. Driffield excelled in creating beautiful photographs, but Hurter was more interested in exploring the theory of photography.

They worked together to produce an exposure calculator and proposed a method for measuring the ‘rapidity’ of dry plates.

The Royal Photographic Society in London awarded them their highest honour – the 1898 Progress Medal.  They had laid the foundation for modern photography.

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