Notman, Creator of the First Halftone

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Title
Notman, Creator of the First Halftone
Abstract
The Scottish-born William Notman (1826-1891) immigrated to Montreal in 1856 and opened his photographic studio that year. The studio was eventually taken over by his sons and remained in operation in the city until 1935. Notman was Canada's first internationally recognized photographer and renowned for his portraits, landscapes, cityscapes and composites photos. He was also involved in a publishing world first. In 1869, a Notman portrait of His Royal Highness Prince Arthur was published on the front page of the Montreal-based Canadian Illustrated News. This printing of a photograph on a page also bearing letterpress text was a world premier, invented by Montreal printer George-Édouard Desbarats (1838-1893) and his partner, the engraver and inventor William Augustus Leggo (1830-1915). The author summarizes the main technical features of this photomechanical reproduction invention and examines its contribution to the mass dissemination of Notman's work.
Book Title
Notman: A Visionary Photographer
Place
Paris, France & Montreal
Publisher
Éditions Hazan & McCord Museum
Date
2016
Pages
152-157
Language
en
Citation
Vachon, Christian. “Notman, Creator of the First Halftone.” In Notman: A Visionary Photographer, edited by Hélène Samson and Suzanne Sauvage, 152–157. Paris, France & Montreal: Éditions Hazan & McCord Museum, 2016.
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