Bancroft Exhibition – Photography

Thomas Lane Bancroft

The Bancroft Exhibition Notes, Edited by Karen Tyler and Huxley Baberowski.

Photography

Thomas Bancroft first learnt about photography while he was a student at Edinburgh University in 1877-1880. Then while he was in Manchester he took more training in how to use a camera. For fifty year he used his cameras to take records of plants, animals, family and social history.\He made his own camera lenses and used different types of paper in his experiments with photos. He was an excellent photographer, and because of that we have very few photos of him, because he was always the one taking them.

Larval form of the Queensland Scrub Tick discovered December 10th 1897 photography by bancroft
Larval form of the Queensland Scrub Tick discovered December 10th 1897

In about 1905, he gave Josephine her own little camera and she began taking pictures of her own. An important legacy of the Bancrofts is the photographic record of their collection of all sorts of objects, including scientific ones.

From:

  • The Bancroft Tradition Edited by John Pearn and Lawrie Powell
  • The Bancrofts, Elizabeth Marks and Josephine Bancroft
  • Thomas Lane Bancroft- His Life Through his Lenses complied by Mrs E R Bancroft, Miss R A Bancroft and Mrs D R Hacker

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