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02 April 2013

Resident Ghosts exhibition showcases some of Hackney's oldest photographs

AN exhibition of the borough’s earliest photographic portraits, dating as far back as the 1840s, has opened at Hackney Museum.

Resident Ghosts displays a rare collection of daguerreotypes – the first commercially successful photography process – of Hackney people in a time when the art form was in its infancy.

They were collected by Shaun Caton. He said: “I found photographs of former Hackney residents in the strangest of places: a hotel photo fair in upstate New York, a former junk shop in Greenwich, an antiques shop in Glasgow to name but a few.”

On display are also photographs from one of Hackney’s earliest portrait photographers. Thirteen years ago more than 2,000 glass plates were found in a cellar in the old Parochial School in Wilton Way, E8.

They used to belong to Victorian photographer Arthur Eason, who had a Dalston Lane studio that attracted a fascinating mix of East Londoners from music hall performers to members of the Salvation Army.

Resident Ghosts runs at Hackney Museum until 18 May. For more info, visit Hackney Museum's website.

Resident Ghosts displays pictures that use an early photography process

Resident Ghosts displays pictures that use an early photography process

Resident Ghosts displays pictures that use an early photography process

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