Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Lai Afong

Lai Afong was a Chinese photographer who established Afong Studio, one of the early photographic studios in Hong Kong. Lai Afong was born in Gaoming, Guangdong and arrived in Hong Kong in the 1850s as a refugee of the Taiping Rebellion.  It is not known how he learned the wet-plate collodion process, but, it is said that by as early as 1859 had…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Henry Taunt

Henry Taunt was a professional photographer, author, publisher and entertainer based in Oxford, England. He was born in Penson’s Gardens in the parish of St Ebbe’s, Oxford. Taunt first worked for his father, but decided he did not want to become a plumber. From the age of 11, Taunt worked first for a tailor, then for…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Charles Roscoe Savage

Charles Roscoe Savage was a British landscape photographer born in Southampton on August 16, 1832 who produced images of the American West. He is best known for his 1869 photographs of the linking of the first transcontinental railroad. His journey into photography was a very interesting one. At the age of four, his clothing caught on…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Fred Bremner

Fred Bremner was a Scottish photographer. He was born in 1863 in Aberchirder (also known as Foggylone) in Scotland and was one of several sons of a photographer in Banff. He left school at the age of thirteen to join his father’s studio and worked there for six years.  In 1882, Bremner accepted an offer of work from his brother-in-law G….

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Joseph Byron

Joseph Byron was an English photographer who founded the Byron Company in Manhattan. He was born in January 1847 in England. He was born into a family of photographers. He began his career as an event and documentary photographer in the glass negative era. Joseph Byron made the stage picture a fixture in the lobbies…

Monday Photography Inspiration – Gjon Mili

Gjon Mili was an Albanian photographer from Korça born in November 28, 1904. Mili spent his childhood in Romania, attending Gheorghe Lazăr National College in Bucharest, and migrating to the United States in 1923. He studied electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon graduation in 1927, he worked for Westinghouse as a lighting research engineer until 1938. Through experiments…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Francis Bedford

Francis Bedford was an English photographer born in 1815 in 1815. He began his career as an architectural draughtsman and lithographer, before taking up photography in the early 1850s. He was one of England’s most prominent landscape photographers and the first to accompany a royal tour. He helped to found the Royal Photographic Society in 1853….

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – Sommer and Behles

Sommer and Behles was a 19th-century Italian photography studio created by the partnership of photographers Giorgio Sommer (1834-1914) and Edmund Behles (1841-1924). Studios were located in Rome at No. 28 Mario di Fiori, and in Naples at No. 4 Monte di Dio. Each photographer had independent careers and studios prior to and following the partnership…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – LeRoy “Granny” Grannis

LeRoy “Granny” Grannis was a veteran sports photographer born in August, 1917. He is best known for his surfing and sea related images from the 1960s. The New York Times dubbed him “the godfather of surf photography. He was born in Hermosa Beach, California meant that he had been living on a beachfront since his childhood. By the…

Monday’s Photography Inspiration – C.M. Battey

Cornelius Marion Battey was an American photographer who captured portraits of black Americans in a pictorialist style. His photograph of black leaders appeared on the cover of the NAACP’s magazine The Crisis beginning in the 1910s. He later founded and headed up the photography department at the Tuskegee Institute. He was born on August 26, 1873 in Augusta, Georgia, but was raised…