William Carrick

(1827—1878) photographer

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(1827–78), Scottish photographer active in Russia. Brought to Russia as an infant, Carrick was educated in St Petersburg and studied art in Rome, where he discovered photography. He opened a studio in St Petersburg in 1859 and specialized in the portrayal of Russia's humbler citizens—he had little time for the rich and powerful—and is now best known for his numerous studies of workers and peasants. Initially these were made in the studio, but as Carrick's skill increased he was able to capture convincingly natural images of his subjects at work in the fields. In all this he was assisted by the technician John MacGregor, whom he persuaded to leave Edinburgh to join him.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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