INFO ON PHOTOGRAPHER ALBOT WATSON : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread




Hmmm. This is suspicious.

1. We've got someone claiming to be "A COLLEGE STUDENT" and yet he/she types the query in all capital letters; I can't believe anyone could make it three months into the school year and not know how rude this is.

2. They mysteriously "NEED" information. For what? Personal photographic growth? A paper due on Friday? Discussion fodder for a weekend kegger?

3. "Any info on well-known large-format photographers" is a much-too-vague request. By definition, if a photographer is well-known, entire books have been written about him or her. Are we supposed to cut-and-paste the text from these books into the "Answer" box here? And doesn't this person's college have a library?

4. What happened to the "ALBOT WATSON" request on the Question line? It's quite a non-sequitur to jump from "Albot Watson" to "well-known photographers." I didn't want to spend more than twice as much time researching the subject as Alex did, so I spent about 20 seconds looking in the index of Rosenblum's history of photography (694 pages) and Frizot's (775 pages). No mention of Watson.


Alex, if you press the third key up on the left (just above the Shift key) before typing, and give us more specific information, we'll try to help.

Good l

-- Simon (, December 01, 2000.

The plot thickens....

Just a hunch, but the "Watson" got me thinking about British photographers (it's elementary!). "Albot" sounds like saying "Albert" with a full nose, but could Alex be seeking the famous photographic pioneer T. Albot "Henry Fox" Watson?

Although there weren't a lot of camera formats like APS and 35mm to choose from in January, 1839 (when William Henry Fox Talbot presented to the Royal Society in London a paper on "the art of photogenic drawing, or the process whereby natural objects can trace themselves, without the help of the artist's pencil"), I suppose that "T. Albot" could be considered a "well-known large-format photographer."

Alex, if he's the one you're looking for, these books might be useful:

HJP Arnold's "William Henry Fox Talbot: Pioneer of Photography"

Gail Buckland's "Fox Talbot and the Invention of Photography"

HP Kraus, Jr.'s, "W.H. Fox Talbot: The Pencil of Nature"

Mike Weaver's "Henry Fox Talbot: Selected Texts and Bibliography"

and, depending on how serious you are about this, Hubertus von Amelunxen's "Die aufgehobene Zeit: die Erfindung der Photographie durch William Henry Fox Talbot" (have a German-English dictionary handy).

Of course, every comprehensive photographic history book (including Rosenblum's and Frizot's) has numerous references to Talbot (hint: start at the beginning).

Again, good luck.


-- Simon (, December 01, 2000.

Of course, it could be Carleton Watkins, too . . . but I've spent far too much time on this already.

(Hmmm. If W.H. Fox Talbot's grand-daughter married Carleton Watkins' son, they COULD have named the boy "Talbot Watkins," which sounds a little like "Albot Watson." Or maybe not.)


-- Simon (, December 01, 2000.

or could it be ALBERT Watson?

-- William Levitt (, December 01, 2000.

Is he looking for Cyclops?

-- Wayne DeWitt (, December 01, 2000.

After finding this site by accident one day searching the web, quick enough I fall in love with it. I am glad to find so much valuable information as well as many knowledgable photographers. I am impressed.

-- Alex Wong (, December 01, 2000.

Maroc, methinks.

-- Erik X (, December 02, 2000.

Could be Alfred Watkins; photographer, and inventor of the famous Watkins 'Bee' meter. (seriously) It was the first successful commercial exposure meter.

-- Pete Andrews (, December 04, 2000.

your all sad having a debate about a question asked by someone!!!

-- bill bob (, January 16, 2002.

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