Walter Bentley Woodbury

(1834—1885) photographer and inventor of the woodburytype process

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(1834–85), British photographer and inventor, and a colourful character who deserves to be remembered for more than the photomechanical process that bears his name. Born in Manchester, he was brought up by his maternal grandfather. Following a scientific education and apprenticeship in a patent office, he suddenly left England for the Australian goldfields. After various mundane jobs, he took up a post at the Melbourne waterworks which allowed him to practise wet-collodion photography and become a professional photographer. He moved to Java in 1858, where he opened a studio and sent many fine views back to England.


From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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