John Bevan Hazard (English, 1831-1892) presents some mysteries, for he worked closely with Hugh Owen in Bristol and their calotypes are frequently commingled in albums. Studies of trees, shipping, and architecture seemed to be his favorites, and his work, which dates mostly from the 1850s, is quite accomplished.
Hazard clearly initialed many of his negatives “J.B.H.,” and yet one wonders, when did he find the time to photograph? In the 1851 census, at about the time he would have entered photography, Hazard was an apprentice in his father’s mast-making and block-making firm in Bristol. Even allowing for family indulgence, apprentices in such trades normally applied every daylight hour to their work.
Hazard was unmarried and still filling this position in his father’s firm in 1861, by which time he seems to have given up photography. He next appears in the 1891 census as a widower managing a brewery in Bristol.
See: Alex Novak, For the Love of the Image: A Selection of 110 Photographs, p.7, pl.4.
For more on Hazard, see: Roger Taylor & Larry J. Schaaf Impressed by Light: British Photographs from Paper Negatives, 1840-1860 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2007).
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Medium Salt print from wet plate negative
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1850s Print Date 1850s
Dimensions 5-1/16 x 7-1/4 in. (129 x 184 mm)
Photo Country United Kingdom (UK)
Photographer Country United Kingdom (UK)
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