A Village Smithy
Photographer: Todd, F Dundas
Medium: Photographic print
Prize-winning photograph in the 'Portraiture and Figure Studies' category of the 'Amateur Photographer' Monthly Competition No. 34, April 1892
"'A Village Smithy' (F. Dundas Todd - Silver Medal). This picture was taken by the light from a magnesium flash lamp; and when the nature of the subject, and the difficulties under which it was secured, are considered, few would venture to dispute the fairness of the award. Mr. Todd would, however, have done well to have shifted his camera, so as to cause the anvil to occupy a less central position. The arrangement of the figures is exceedingly good, and their attitudes natural and easy, and we congratulate Mr. Todd upon his success. A Wray rectilinear working at f/16 was used, the exposure being made by flash light, burnt in a lamp invented by the competitor, and known to photographers as the 'Todd Forrret.' The plate was a Thomas' extra rapid."
Text from "The 'Amateur Photographer' Album of Prize Photographs, 1893"