Photographer: Hawkins, C
Medium: Photographic print
"The Editors have the pleasure in this number of the REPORTER to present to subscribers a portrait of Mr. W. Pumphrey, President of the Bath Photographic Society...He has kindly supplied the following interesting particulars of his experience:- 'Our friends have placed me in the position I hold, mainly, I believe, because I am the oldest photographer among our members. My photographic experiences go back to 1840, very soon after the disclosure of the details of the Daguerreotype. I constructed a set of apparatus, which, if it did not do much work, at least put me in possession of all difficulties of the process. A few years later, being desirous of finding occupation without leaving the city of York, where I was then residing, I became the licencee of the process, and for some years was the only photographer in the district. For many years the art has been to me a source of great pleasure, and a very valuable relief from the pressure of responsible duties. I can lay no claim to have been the introducer of any new process, but I have followed in the train of the progress of the art, and from the earliest photographs printed on salted paper down to the latest development, I think that there is no process that has not passed through my hands. I became a photographer and a science teacher, not because of deep knowledge of the subjects, but from the love of making and using scientific apparatus.'"
Text from editors of 'The Photographic Societies Reporter' Charles W Hastings & Lyonel Clark