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Benjamin Brecknell Turner (1815-1894), Photographer

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Photographer. Turner was one of the leading topographical photographers of the 1850s, combining this work from a studio in the Haymarket with his family business as a tallow chandler. He took out a licence in 1849 to practice Fox Talbot's patented photographic process and exhibited six of his photographs of the interior of Crystal Palace at the Royal Society of Arts in 1852. He became a founder-member of the Photographic Society of London in 1853, continuing to exhibit there and at other important exhibitions throughout Britain in the 1850s. A major exhibition of his work, with a publication by Martin Barnes, Rural England through a Victorian Lens, was held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2001.

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