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Valentine Blanchard, 1831-1901

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1831
Place of Birth: Wisbech, Isle of Ely
Date of Death: 1901.11.14
Place of Death: Herne Common, Kent


Valentine Blanchard was a photographer.


Blanchard took up photography around 1853-4, working in dagurreotype. He opened his own photo studio, specialising in street scenes. He made numerous photographs of Paris and London, and, using the slowness of the wet collodion process, created a blur in order to give a sense of movement. From 1862 to 1865 he produced a large series of stereoscopes. A fire destroyed his studio in 1869. In 1875 he produced large transparencies. He exhibited at the Salon throughout his career. His publications include A few plain words on carbon or pigment printing (1893), as well as articles in The British Journal of Photography and The Photographic News from 1862 to 1901. He was an enthusiastic teacher and became Vice President of the Royal Photographic Society. He joined the Secession and the Linked Ring.

In 1877 JW owed Blanchard £3.3 (#08951). When JW was declared bankrupt in May 1879, this bill came with his bankruptcy papers to JW's solicitor James Anderson Rose (#11926).


Pritchard, Michael, A Directory of London Photographers 1841-1908, Watford, 1994; Saur, XI, 1995, pp.392-393; Robert Leggat, 'Valentine Blanchard', A History of Photography Online, 1999.