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George William Beldam

(1868-1937), Artist

Artist associated with 9 portraits
Beldam was one of the leading early photographers of sports personalities. An excellent golfer and cricketer, he produced books of 'action photographs' (a term he coined) on tennis, golf and jujitsu; his two most famous works were produced with C.B. Fry: Great Batsmen: Their Methods at a Glance (1905) and Great Bowlers and Fielders (1906). The books showed for the first time 'action photographs and actual experience' and could be used as practical manuals, breaking the tradition of a more staid form of posed photography. His photographs also provided the basis for A. Chevalier Taylor's celebrated series of colour lithographs of cricketers in action.

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Ronald Ross

20 July 2015, 16:48

You could also add that Mr Beldam wrote the book 'Great Golfers Their Methods at a glance By George W Beldam With Contributions by Harold H. Hilton, J. H. Taylor James Braid Alex. Herd Harry Vardon Illustrated By 268 Action Photographs London Macmillan And Co., Limited 1904. It is a book of immense quality, and weight!

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