(1807–87), English scientist. Born in Plymouth, Hunt was trained as a chemist but became interested in photography immediately following the announcements of 1839. He investigated the properties of several metallic salts for photographic purposes, suggested iron sulphate as a developing agent, explored the possibilities of colour photography, and devised several original processes and techniques. He considered becoming a professional calotypist, but science was always his first interest and he soon abandoned the idea. Hunt was a prolific author and was most influential as a writer. He published the first substantial English-language photographic manual in 1841, a work that was to run for six editions and became one of the most sought-after handbooks of the day. His most important work was Researches on Light, originally published in 1844, with a considerably expanded edition appearing ten years later. He was a member of the Calotype Club, and in 1853 a founder member of the London (later Royal) Photographic Society.
From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Photography and Photographs.