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Old Photographs - Cambridgeshire Photographers - Mj-Mz

Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

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Name:  MONSON, Edward  b: 1822  d:1907
Address: 2 Addenbrookes Place (1853) St Edward's Passage (1857), 57 Regent Street, Cambridge (1858, 1859)

Working Dates:
Cambridge - 1853-1858
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The Monson family was widely involved in photography, Edward Monson b:1822, Benjamin Monson b:1824, Philip Monson b:1829 and Charles Monson b:1830 were brothers, the sons of James and Susannah Monson of Colchester. Edward was a surveyor and draughtsman and photographer in Ipswich where he had a studio from 1849-1953. The 1851 census recorded Edward and family in Falcon Street Ipswich, listing him as a land surveyor - no mention of photography. He travelled extensively. On 8th October 1853 Edward placed an advertisement in the Cambridge Chronicle: "Saffron Walden Photography. Mr Monson, Daguerreotype Artist, who possesses one of the largest and most perfect apparatus in use, respectfully announces that his portrait rooms, High Street Saffron Walden, will close about the end of next week, when he intends to remove his portrait room and apparatus to Cambridge". He then placed the advertisement illustrated below in the Cambridge Chronicle 29th October 1853 listing his Cambridge address as 2 Addenbrookes Place. His advertisements described his apparatus as including a glass room. The Cambridge Chronicle and Journal reported on 5 November 1853 p5, "Photography - we hope a good many of our readers have taken our advice and paid a visit to Mr Monson's photo-graphic institution in Addenbrookes-place. If so we are sure they have been gratified by the inspection of a large number of very good specimens of the art of daguerreotype, and have probably been startled by the speaking likeness of some acquaintance. Our country friends ought to avail themselves of Mr Monson's visit, if they desire to possess veracities of themselves or members of their families. We would draw attention to the beautiful use made of photography in connection with that curious instrument, the stereoscope, many illustrations of which may be seen at Mr Monson's rooms." From Cambridge he travelled in the Midlands then in 1857, 1858 and 1859 he was in Cambridge again, first at St Edmunds Passage, then at 57 Regent Street, Cambridge . The Cambridge Independent Press 19th December 1857 reported on a visit to Cambridge by the Missionary, Dr Livingstone, noting that the distinguished visitor sat for a portrait "well executed" by Mr Monson of St Edmunds Passage. On 12th March 1859 Edward Monson advertised in the Cambridge Chronicle "Monson's improved Daguerreotypes. Six portraits for 5s, unequalled for price and quality. Portrait Rooms 57 Regent Street". Edward was listed in the local Kelly's Directory 1858 as a"Photographic Artist". The Cambridgeshire Collection has photos by him of some of the important people in Cambridge in the 1850s, for example the famous geologist Adam Sedgwick. Edward Monson published a plan of Cambridge in 1859 which he had drawn and reproduced and published photographically (reported in the Cambridge Chronicle 2nd April 1859). In the Cambridge Chronicle of 29th October 1859 was a report of a case brought in the Cambridge Borough Court of Pleas by Edward Monson, against an undergraduate, Mr Eardley Gideon Culling Eardley of Trinity College, for non payment for various portraits and other photographs he had purchased totalling £3.16.0. Monson won the case.

In the 1861 census Edward and his family were back in Ipswich and his occupation was described as "photograph arts working" It appears that Monson's career in the 1860s moved away from photography and back into surveying. In 1866 he was Surveyor to the Halstead Local Board in Essex and had been made an Associate of the Institute of Civil Engineers according to the Chelmsford Chronicle 16th February 1866. Also later in 1866 and 1867 Monson was Surveyor to the Acton Local Board of Health.

Edward was a member of the Photographic Society of London (now the Royal Photographic Society) from 1856-1859. The Society's membership records list his address as Newland, Northampton in 1856 and 57, and St Edward's Passage Kings Parade Cambridge in 1859.

Edward's brother Benjamin opened a photographic studio in Colchester in or by 1854, practicing until the 1870s. Philip ended up with a studio in Bedford in 1855, later working in Reading, Winchester and Salisbury. Charles worked with Philip initially but may later have had a studio in Northampton in 1871.

Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
PO Directory of the Counties of Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk, Kelly and Co London Nov 1858
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 8/1/1992 and 22/1/1992
Heathcote, Bernard and Pauline A Faithful Likeness - the first photographic studios in the British Isles 1841-1855, Heathcote, 2002.

Advertisement for Edward Monson 1853

Name:  MONTFORD, J   b:       d:
Address: 72 Beeche Rd Cambridge
Working Dates: c.1981
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1981

Name:   MOORE, Mick b:       d:
Address: 26 Marks Way, Girton in 1983; 35 Rathmore Rd Cambridge in 1984; 64 The Westering, Teversham in 1990
Working Dates: 1983 - 1990
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1983, 1984, 1985, 1990

Name:   MORGAN, Dorothy b: 1892 Cambridge     d:
Address: 122 Mill Road, Cambridge
Working Dates: 1911
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1911 Census Dorothy was shown as a photographer, an employee - she was living at 122 Mill Road with her parents. Charles Morgan b: 1857 Hitchen Herts, railway clerk and Grace Morgan b: 1860 Godmanchester Hunts.
References: 1911 census.

Name:  MORLEY, Benjamin M  b:1871 Hales Norfolk  d:1918
Address: Anglepoint House Burwell
Working Dates: c.1911-
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1891 Benjamin was a pharmaceutical student living with his uncle, a farmer, at Elm, near Wisbech. In 1901 he was a chemist and optician at Stocks Green, Castle Acre, Norfolk. He was listed at Burwell in the 1911 census as a "drug stores keeper". He was a postcard producer, and used photographs by Frank Austin. Not known at this stage whether he was also a photographer using some of his own images on his postcards.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Rouse, M, Cambridgeshire in Early postcards.
B.M.Morley, The Chemist's Store, Burwell, is included in a "Directory of Cambridgeshire Postcard Publishers/photographers noted before 1914" by Michael Rouse in "Cambridge in Early Postcards", Oleander Press 1978.

Name:   MORLEY, Dorothy b: 1893 Smarden Kent   d:
Address: International Stores, Fitzroy Street, Cambridge
Working Dates: 1911
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Dorothy Morley was the daughter of Ernest Morley b: 1867 Kennington Kent, grocers' manager at the International Store in Cambridge. In the 1911 census she was shown as a photographer's assistant. Also living at the same address were her father, mother Kate Morley b: 1863 Smarden Kent and her three sisters. In the 1921 Census Dorothy's occupation was a shorthand typist working for the Cambridge Co-op in Burleigh Street, Cambridge. She was then living with her parents and younger brother at 20 Halifax Road, Cambridge.
References: England Census 1911, 1921.

Name:  MORLEY, Edgar Wellington  b:1890 Linton d:1982 Uttlesford Essex
Address: Fairview, Linton Cambs
Working Dates: Operated around 1910-1939?
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1911 census Edgar was at the above address - with his parents and four brothers, listed as a newsagent, but he was also a photographer and postcard producer. He produced a series of local views branded as “Fairview Cards” Also undertook other photographic work as evidenced by the image below, a postcard format print of a open-air portrait of three men and three women, possibly father, mother and four children, hand written on the rear is the date and place: 19th August 1915, Linton, Cambridgeshire. The reverse of the postcard has a Kodak stamp box and text: "E.W.Morley, Photographer, Linton, Cambs". In the 1921 Census Edgar was a sub postmaster, newsagent and stationer in the High Street, Linton, where he lived with his wife Mabel and two daughters. Morley was still operating as a photographer in 1939. One of his photographs, of a Golden Wedding couple in Linton, was printed in the Cambridge Independent Press 3 Feb 1939 p.10.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 1/11/1990
Michael Rouse, The Villages of Old Cambridgeshire A portrait in Photographs and Old Picture Postcards, SB Publications 1989, page 41 for a postcard of Balsham Smock Mill c 1910.

EW Morley portrait, postcard format
Reverse of EW Morley postcard

Name:  MORNEMENT, Edward   b:       d:
Address: St Ives Studio, St Ives Hunts
Working Dates: c.1953
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: The only trace so far discovered of this photographer is a photograph of a group of St Ives Councillors dated 1953 in the Norris Museum collection which bears the legend "Photograph by Edward Mornement St Ives Studio St Ives Hunts Tel 2327"
References: Norris Museum Ref PH/S.IVE/Council16

Name: MOSS, Celia Eva b:1900 Newmarket d:
Address: Police Station, Bottisham
Working Dates: c.1921
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1921 census Celia, daughter of Bottisham Police Sergeant Cornelius Walter Moss, was living with her parents and younger brother at the Police Station, Bottisham. She was a photographer's assistant working in Cambridge for J Palmer Clarke at Post Office Terrace Studio.
References: 1921 Census

Name:  MOSS George  b:1865 Sawston, Cambs d:1930
Address: Haverhill and Sawston
Working Dates: Operated around 1890-95 in Cambridgeshire
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: George Moss was the son of warehouseman and former commercial traveller, Fred Moss. By the age of 16, in 1881, George was employed as a printer, as was his older brother, Alfred. The family comprising George, his parents and five siblings, lived at 85 Orchard Road Sawston Cambridgeshire. In the 1891 census George Moss, then 26 years old, was living at 54 High Street, Haverhill, Suffolk, with his younger brother Percy b:1877. George was described as a photographer and an employer; no occupation was shown for Percy. In 1891 George's parents were living at No 2 Crampton Terrace Sawston with two of George's siblings. At some point, before December 1892, George had opened a studio in Sawston or simply traded from an address there, possibly his parents' address; both locations being shown on the mount of the cabinet photograph below, which has printed and impressed on the face of the mount "Geo Moss Haverhill & Sawston", (the reverse of the mount is blank). In the Cambridge Independent Press of 7th December 1892 it was noted that a photographic portrait by George Moss of Sawston and Haverhill was presented to William Freestone, Superintendent of the Sunday School at Sawston. In 1891 George married Lilian Webb (b: Sawston Cambs 1871), and in 1901 he was living with her and their three children at the same Haverhill address. George was listed as a photographer and printer. By 1905 George and his family had moved to 18A Church Street, Christchurch, Hants, where he was again listed as a photographer working on his own account from home. George took over the long established business of Mr A.Mallett, the Priory Studio, Church Street, Christchurch. In his first advertisement for his new business in 1905 George claimed "large and varied experience in some of the best Studios in England". He stated that photographs of children were a speciality, together with outdoor work of every description, and that he carried the largest stock of picture postcards in the neighbourhood. In 1907 he photographed the German Kaiser and suite while he was on holiday in England at nearby Highcliffe Castle. (We are most grateful to Phil Tate, Christchurch Local Historian, for these Christchurch Times references).
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992.
New photographic studio, Cambridge Chronicle 1891 Jan 9th, Cambridge Independent Press 7 Dec 1892
Christchurch Times 21 Jan 1905.
Christchurch Times 7 December 1907. This link to the blog of Tony Wheeler is to a photograph of the Kaiser, which may be an image taken by George Moss in 1907.

Cabinet photograph, George Moss

Name:  MOTT Allan C. b: d:
Address: Bramptom, Hunts.
Working Dates: 1960s -
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Allan Mott is a local and railway historian and author. A number of photographs in the Norris Museum collection recording the last days of the St Ives to Cambridge Railway Line in the 1960s are by Allan Mott of Brampton. No further details known.
References: A number of Allan's images are on the Huntingdon CCAN site.

Name:  MOTT Edward (Ted) b:1877 Markyate Herts d:1947 Cambridge
Address: 1901 High Street Great Shelford Cambs, 1911 Markyate, Herts, 1920s Scotland Road Cambridge, then in the 1930s moved to 144 Shelford Road, Trumpington, Cambridge. 1936-47 with his wife kept a shop (general store) in Woollards Lane Great Shelford.
Working Dates: 1917-1939 in Cambs
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Ted was born in Markyate, Herts. In 1891 Ted was an apprentice wheelwright, living with his parents in the High Street at Markyate Street, Hertfordshire, where his father, Edward, b:1843, Burnham Norfolk, and mother, Ann b:1836 Toft Cambridgeshire, ran a grocer and fancy goods dealer's shop. By 1901 Edward had left home and was boarding in the High Street at Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire with a Mrs Maria Saunders and family, Ted's occupation was shown as an insurance agent. By 1911 he had changed his profession and was listed in the census return as a photographer working on his own account from home - and home at that point was back at the family grocery business in the High Street at Markyate. His mother, by then a widow, ran the shop. In 1921 Ted was living with his sister at "Hayes", Shelford Road, Trumpington. He was a photographer working on his own account from home. Ted married Louisa Emma Doggett in Cambridge in 1927. Louisa lived with her family at 21 Scotland Road, Chesterton, Cambridge, her father was a farm foreman and in the 1901 census their family home was shown as Scotland Farm in Scotland Road. It is thought that Ted lived for a while in Scotland Road with relatives, so probably at no 21. Ted was a very prolific photographer taking generally topographical photographs, or photographs of events, in and around Cambridge between 1917 and 1939. Around 1750 of his negatives, thought to be the bulk of his work, survive in the Cambridgeshire Collection. His Cambridge photographs tended not to include the usual college and University views, but were rather street scenes of less photographed parts of the town. Some of Ted's local views were issued as postcards - the location written in lower case white non-joined-up lettering along the bottom of the face of the cards. Michael Rouse records that some of Ted's cards bear numbers - the early numbered cards of the Shelfords are in the 7000 and 8000s, with some 9000s in around 1920-21. There are also some cards with numbers in the 11,000s from around 1929 to 1932. There were also some postcards produced from images taken by Ted when he was based at Markyate - these have "E.Mott Markyate" written in the lower RH corner of the image. Other photographs of Markyate and surrounding area were published in 2017 in Richard Hogg's book, reference below.
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Mike Petty, An Eye on the Past, Cambridge Weekly News, 23/5/1991 and 30/5/1991
Rouse, M; Ted Mott’s Cambridge, Market Drayton: S.B. Publications, 1991.
Michael Rouse, The Villages of Old Cambridgeshire A portrait in Photographs and Old Picture Postcards, SB Publications 1989, page 46, 83, 88 for examples of Ted Mott's postcards from around 1920.
Great Shelford History site
HOGG, Richard, Edward Mott, Markyate photographer: a selection of old photographs of Markyate and the surrounding area. The Author 2017, ISBN 9781527206816

Name: MOUEL, Alfred John, b: 1870 Chesterton Cambs d: 1945
Address: 14 Ram Yard in 1881, 26 Trinity Street, Cambridge in 1891 and 1901
Working Dates: c: 1891.
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Alfred, (whose name is variously written and tanscribed as Morel, Morei, Monel and Mopel) was the son of tailor and robemaker Gabriel Mouel, b: 1831 Cambridge. In 1891 Alfred was living with his then widowed father, his maternal grandmother and younger sister at 26 Trinity Street Cambridge and his occupation was a photographer and an employee. We do not currently know who was his employer. By 1901 Alfred was at the same address but had changed his occupation to tailor's cutter and robemaker, working from home on his own account. In 1911 Alfred was living at 104 High Street Margate Kent, with his single sister Kate Willson Mouel b 1878: Cambridge, where he was a tobacconist and fancy goods dealer working on his own account.
References: England census 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911.

Name:   MOULE, Frederick John. b: 1873 Saffron Walden Essex       d:
Address: 3 Victoria Cottages, Lower Stetchworth Road, Woodditton 1891, Cheveley Road Newmarket 1901-11, 7 Heath Terrace Newmarket 1921
Working Dates: 1891 - 1921
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In 1891 Frederick was a photographer's assistant living with his parents at their home in Woodditton, near Newmarket. His father James Moule b: 1842 Wimbish Essex was a letter carrier. In the 1901 census Frederick was listed as a photographer's assistant living at Cheveley Road, Newmarket with his wife, Rebecca b: 1874 Sewards End Essex. They had a lodger, Sydney Chate b:1882 Dunmow Essex, a groom. In 1911 the family were still in Cheveley Road Newmarket at 4 Heath Terrace, Frederick was still a photographer's assistant and the couple had three children. In the 1921 Census, Frederick his wife and three children were living at 7 Heath Terrace Newmarket. Frederick was a photographer's assistant, working for Newmarket photographer H.R.Sherborn at 7 High Street, Newmarket.
References: Census returns 1891, 1901, 1911, 1921

Name:  MOXON Chas  b:       d:
Address: High Street, Chatteris, also known as "The Studio Chatteris"
Working Dates: 1904 - 1908
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Listed as a photographer in local directories 1904-08. See below a cabinet photograph of a seated unknown man with book, c. 1905, on brown card mount with gilt lettering on the face "Chas. Moxon, The Studio Chatteris". The reverse states "Portraits of every description enlarged, Artistic photography, All negatives kept additional copies can always be obtained Copyright 31379"
References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992
Kelly's Directory of Cambridgeshire 1904-1908

Cabinet photo Chas MoxonReverse Chas Moxon cabinet photo

Name:  MOZEJKO, Robert  RMVP  b:       d:
Address: 13 Berry Green, Stretham, Ely
Working Dates: 1997- a number of directory sites state the firm is still in business in 2016 with around 25 years experience
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Weddings, portraits, digital image restoration. Member of the Guild of Wedding Photographers
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1997, 1998, 2000

Name:  MR C’S PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO  b:       d:
Address: Unit 21 Savill Rd, Westwood Industrial Estate, Peterborough
Working Dates: c.1999
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Peterborough Yellow Pages 1999

Name: MRT TV
Address: Meadowside Studio, Leverington Common, Wisbech, tel 01945 410608 or 410715
Working dates: 1983-1999,
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: commercial video production, wedding photography especially video.
References: Fenland Citizen 21 Feb 1996 p26 (Thanks to Garry Monger for this reference) Fenland Citizen, 2 October 1991 p6

Name: MULLENGER, E.J.   b:       d:
Address: 41 High Street, Newmarket in 1982, 14A High Street, Newmarket in 1983
Working Dates: 1982-3
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information:
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1982, 1983

Name: MUNCEY, David  b:       d:
Address:  10 Longfields, Ely in 1984; at 4 Hunts Croft Ely in 1990; in 1995 at 4 Drinkwater Close Newmarket. In 1998 and 2000 at 89 Ness Road, Burwell, Cambridgeshire
Working Dates: 1984 to at least 2000. A number of directory sites suggest the firm is still in operation in 2016
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: in 2000 – weddings, portraits
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1984, 1985, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000

Name:  MURRAY  or MURRY, George            b:       d:
Address: Traveling photographer, also located in 1856 in Bridge Street, Cambridge.
Working Dates: c.1856
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: Cambridge Photographic Club Minutes 12/5/1914 record that Murray made paper negatives in Cambridge 50 years earlier. According to the Cambridge Chronicle of 30th August 1856 (see below) Murray was a traveling photographic artist who visited Fulbourn and the Shelfords that year. The report in the Cambridge Independent Press on 30th August 1856 remarked, "His portraits are so executed that persons having a remote acquaintance with the parties can in an instant recognise the features"

It appears that Mr Murray, or Murry, set up later in Bridge Street Cambridge, The Cambridge Independent Press of 6th December 1856 reports a court case in which Murry was the plaintiff seeking payment for photographs he had produced. The newspaper reported: A Photographic Artist In Difficulties.—Mr. Geo. Murry, photographic artist, Bridge-street, sought to recover 5s. 6d. from Mr. John Haggis, of Bridge-street, for three portraits, which, as the plaintiff said, had been delivered. Defendant: Mr.Murry came to me and asked me to allow him to put against my door a frame containing specimens of photographic likenesses, and he has now brought me a bill of 5s 6d which I do not understand. The likenesses were to be taken as specimens, and I have not got them. Plaintiff: one was a likeness of his father-in-law, Pell Hall (laughter), a group of two and defendant's son. Defendant (to plaintiff): You have been hawking my daughter's likeness all over the country. I had some bad ones which I broke up.—In answer to the defendant, the plaintiff said that he was requested by the defendant to put some specimens against his door. The reason that he was so requested was, he believed, on account of some ill-feeling existing at that time between the defendant [and] Mr. Sisson, a photographic artist, then staying upon Butt Green; the defendant had his specimens put up out of revenge.—Defendant: Is it likely that I should pay rent and rates to accommodate the plaintiff ? or should I take his frame in night and morning for nothing ? I have a claim of £1 for rent from the plaintiff. He wanted all the public characters in the town —Pell Hall's among the rest (laughter). Pell Hall said : As I was coming down the street, I met this here man (pointing to the plaintiff) standing against his door. He said he should like to have me; I said very well, so you shall; and he took me, and said I should be home in two days (laughter); he brought me home, and I said that is not me, and I won't have you (renewed laughter); I gave him half a gallon of ale to take me again, and then he took me and hawked me about the country (laughter); I have never had it, and I mean to summons him for damages (roars of laughter). His Honor said as there was no notice of set off given, there would be judgment for the plaintiff.

References: Mike Petty, The Photographers, (a handlist of local photographers), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Collection, 1992. Cambridge Independent Press 30 Aug 1856, Cambridge Chronicle 30 Aug 1856. Cambridge Independent Press 6 Dec 1856.

Cambridge Independent Press 6th December 1856

Name:   MURRAY, John Somerset b: 1904  d: 1992    
Address: 15 Selwyn Gardens, Cambridge.
Working Dates: c.1933 - 1954
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: In the 1939 Register John is listed as a master photographer FIBP. Also listed at the same address were: John O.F.Murray, retired Master of Selwyn College b:1858, Frances M Murray female of private means b: 1871, Murial M Murray b:22/7/1907 is shown as a Photographer ARCA, Mary L Wilson children's nurse b:1896 and Brian Richards b:1934. John Somerset Murray was a famous avant garde photographer of the 1930s with a studio in Sloane Street, London. Murial, Née Grove was a photo-retoucher he employed, who later became his wife. He had his first camera, a box brownie, when he was 7 years old. He learned photographic processes through a good collection of books and from the instructions provided by film and photographic chemical manufacturers. John Somerset Murray's grandfather, John Murray, the Surgeon-General, of 17, Westbourne Square, London, was, among his many attributes and scientific interests, a pioneering calotype photographer. John's father, Dr John Owen Farquhar Murray, b: 1858, then Master of Selwyn College, lent a large number of old paper negatives taken in the 1860s by his father for a lecture at the Cambridge and District Photographic Society given by Mr Sowden on 12 May 1914. John Somerset Murray's father was also a photographer, taking panoramic views on holidays, and helping his son with supplies of chemicals and materials, lending him a Victory reflex camera with a Thornton Pickard shutter and generally encouraging his youthful photographic interests. John Somerset Murray had other photographic connections. He was the cousin of Norfolk photographer Olive Edis. He was also a close friend of architect Kit Nicholson and was his best man when he married Elsie Queen Myers, the grand-daughter of photographer Eveleen Myers. Twenty four of J S Murray's prints are in the National Portrait Gallery Collection. Impressed by the Surrealists, he carefully studied Man Ray's photographs and learned by experimentation how to use the solarisation process. A Cambridge Graduate, he started his career in engineering but when he became unemployed he decided to make a profession out of his interest in photography. When he set up his studio in 1933 he had intended to run the business with two other photographers - Boris Ward and Vera Morrison Scott - but this didn't work out and so he ran the studio himself after attending a course at the Kodak School. He undertook a lot of architectural and commercial work. At one stage he was working for as many as 34 different advertising agencies. He had two girls who went round the different agencies picking up work for him. Pilkinton Brothers were one of his major clients. For six months before the war started there was no business, nobody was spending on advertising, and so he closed the studio on the 1st September 1939. During the war he reverted to his engineering background and worked on electrical and radio projects until 1947. After this he was unable to re-open the studio - he was unable to get the work, all his contacts had moved on and he was unknown as well as out of practice. He remained self employed as an engineering consultant. He continued with the odd commercial photography assignments where clients sought him out, until finally he stopped working on photography completely in 1954. John Somerset Murray's connections with Cambridge were strong, but his practice as a photographer was primarily London based.
References: obituary Independent Newspaper http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-john-somerset-murray-1561274.html. A self portrait of JS Murray is in the National Portrait Gallery . The British Library has a 10 part oral history recording of John Somerset Murray in which he talks about his life, including setting up his London photographic studio in 1933 (https://sounds.bl.uk/Arts-literature-and-performance/Art-photography-and-architecture/ requires a Raven login)

MUSPRATT – see Ramsey and Muspratt

Name:   MYERS, Eveleen b: 1856       d:1937
Address: Leckhampton House Cambridge (Grange Road - now part of Corpus Christi College)
Working Dates: c.1888 - 1890
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: According to Wikipedia Eveleen Myers was the third daughter of Charles Tennant (1796-1873) and Gertrude Barbara Rich Collier (1819–1918). She married the classicist and psychical researcher Frederic William Henry Myers (1843-1901) in 1880 and took up photography in the 1880s recording her family and visitors to their Cambridge Home. Eveleen submitted 24 of her photographs to Stationers' Hall for copyright purposes between 1889 and 1890, these included a number of artistic studies of children and portraits of AJ Balfour MP, Robert Browning and WE Gladstone. A number of her portraits are held in the National Portrait Gallery.
References: http://photo-web.com.au/myers/default.htm. http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person.php?LinkID=mp07354&role=art

Name:   MYNOTT, PHILLIP b:       d:
Address: In 1995 at 7 Stott Gardens, Cambridge, in 1997 at 15 Pearson Close, Milton
Working Dates: c.1995 - 1997 and no doubt beyond
Subjects, styles, advertising, other relevant information: weddings, portraits, PR
References: Cambridge Yellow Pages 1995, 1997

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Photographers are listed alphabetically by surname on the following pages.

0 - 9 | Aa-Ak | Al-Ao | Ap-As | At-Az | Ba-Bak | Bal-Bam | Ban-Bd | Be-Bh | Bi-Bk | Bl-Bn | Bo-Bp | Br-Bt | Bu-Bz | Ca-Ck | Cl-Cn | Coa-Cor | Cos-Cz | Da-Dh | Di-Dq | Dr-Dz | Ea-Ec | Ed-Ez | Fa-Fh | Fi-Fz | Ga-Gd | Ge-Gq | Gr-Gz | Ha-Hd | He-Hh | Hi-Hn | Ho-Hz | Ia-Iz | Ja-Je | Jf-Jz | Ka-Kz | La-Ld | Le-Ln | Lo-Lz | Maa-Mad | Mae-Mar | Mas-Mb | Mc-Mi | Mj-Mz | Na-Nh | Ni-Nn | No-Nz | Oa-Oz | Pa-Pb | Pc-Ph | Pi-Po | Pr-Pz | Qa-Qz | Ra-Rd | Re-Rh | Ri-Rz | Sa-Sb | Sc-Sf | Sg-Sk | Sla-Slz | Sma-Ss | Sta-Std | Ste-Sth | Sti-Sy | Ta-Te | Tf-Ti | Tj-Tz | Ua-Uz | Va-Vz | Wa-We | Wf-Wh | Wi-Wz | XYZ


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