Images of Canterbury Cathedral
and places in Canterbury published in
‘The Canterbury Pilgrimages’ (Henry Snowden Ward; Adam
& Charles Black 1904)
Images of Canterbury Cathedral and city
found in same collection as above
but not published in ‘The Canterbury Pilgrimages’.
Assumed taken pre-1904 during Catharine Weed Barnes Ward’s visit to Canterbury while working on ‘The
Images published in ‘The Real Dickens
Land with an Outline of Dickens’s Life’
(Henry Snowden Ward
and Catharine Weed Barnes Ward; Adam & Charles Black 1904)
Miscellaneous images In
his introduction to ‘The Real Dickens Land’, Henry Snowden Ward
wrote: ‘We have left, in our negative boxes, a still greater number
of equally interesting subjects’ [that were not featured in the
book]. The images below were found among
Catharine Weed Barnes Ward’s negatives at the KAS and although their
provenance is unproven they are likely to have been her work.
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about Catharine Weed Barnes Ward
Catharine Weed Barnes was born in Albany, New York in January, 1851.
She was a student at the Albany Female Academy, and graduated with her
class in 1868.
While a student, Catharine was known for her poetry
skills and other writing talents. She was a contributing editor to the
school’s literary magazine. She was one of many women in her class
who went on to have professional careers, which was rather uncommon
for the times.
She began her interest in photography while she was
travelling with her parents in Russia in the 1880s. She soon found
this to be her passion, and embarked upon a career that carried her
into the 20th century, and brought her much acclaim.
Catharine joined the staff of the American Amateur
Photographer as an editor, and became active in numerous photographic
associations which had previously been open only to men. She spoke
often of the importance of making the art of photography reflect the
work, and not the gender of the artist. She opened many doors for
those who would follow. She married Henry Snowden Ward in 1893, and
collaborated with him on several books.
At the present day Albany
Academies, a school comprised of the Albany Academy ( 1813) and
the Albany Academy for Girls ( 1814) , the photography classes are a
combination of both early techniques and modern applications of the
art and skill of photography. The students learn the fine art of black
and white photography. The guiding principles of composition, film
processing and dark room printing techniques are taught in the early
level classes. Later course work provides the opportunity for students
to concentrate on more advanced techniques using both film and digital
cameras, as well as computer software programs.
When the KAS made the wonderful find of Catharine’s
"lost" plates, she once again found her way into the world
of photographic prominence. The students at the Albany Academies are
looking forward to studying these recovered images and learning from
one of their own.
Albany Academy for Girls, Class of 1965
Alumna Archives Volunteer