Saturday, August 16, 2008

Knight of the Camera: The Photographs of Sir Benjamin Stone M.P.

John Collier
J.B. Stone, President of the Birmingham Photographic Society
1895 (ca)

Birmingham Central Library
Copyright: Birmingham Library and Archive Services

A new online exhibition has been added to Luminous-Lint. From 20th September - 31st October 2008 an exhibition of the photographs of Sir Benjamin Stone M.P. will be held in Centenary Square, Birmingham, UK. Though not a household name now he certainly was in the later 19th and early 20th centuries in Great Britain where he was "playfully dubbed ‘Sir Kodak’, ‘Sir Snapshot’ and ‘The Knight of the Camera’." - a point made by Peter James who curated this exhibition.

‘…Benjamin Stone is a national institution. Photography has been with him, as has been well said, not a hobby but a passion…’

The Strand Magazine, 1910.

A passionate amateur photographer he recorded his travels, notable visitors to the House of Commons and established the National Record Association to photograph the buildings, everyday life, manners and customs of Great Britain. The tradition of recording folk customs and traditions has been continued in the UK by Doc Rowe and Homer Sykes.

With thanks to Peter James, Curator of Photography, Birmingham Central Library, UK for kindly curating this exhibition.

There is an online exhibition on Luminous-Lint.

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