NEW EXETER BOOK
THE LIFE AND WORK OF HENRY WYKES
Samuel Alfred Henry Wykes (1874-1964) became Exeter's most prolific and well-established photographer leaving a legacy of 42,000 images relating to Exeter.
The archive, saved in 1974, was to instigate the creation of The Isca Historical Photographic Collection, the city's largest private photo archive.
Henry Wykes became a skilled self taught artist and photographer and over a period of nearly fifty years undertook photographic work in portraiture, aerial views, architectural, street scenes, events and copy work. The negative archive is extensive in content and a unique record of Exeter during the 20th century. As the nucleus of the Isca Collection it is recognized as being of "local, regional and national interest".
This unique publication of Henry Wykes and the Henry Wykes Studio also reflects on the history of photography and is a rare insight into a photographic studio in the 20th century. The three studios used by the photographer also reflect on the changes of style in the period.
A strong relationship between "art and photography" continues throughout the book and shows how both aspects created a lucrative business.
The publication has been produced in time for the 40th Anniversary of The Isca Historical Photographic Collection in 2014, with a limited print run.
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