The Gothic cathedral and the Victorian railway terminus both served as primary focal points of artistic and engineering activity. Photography’s history in the first century after its invention in 1839 offers a record of the railway station’s importance as a new source of photographic collaboration, and a window through which to glimpse, at least for a moment, the connections, relationships and ordinary friendships that structured early photographic interests, too often overlooked in studies that emphasise individual photographers working in isolation.

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Jennifer Tucker is a historian who studies the interrelations of art and science, photography, and mass visual culture, with a specialization in 19th to mid-20th century British, U.S., and trans-Pacific history. The common threads in her diverse research fields are the dynamics of visual media in modern history, the nature of evidence, public perceptions and practices of history, and the interrelationships of science, technology, and the law.


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