WOODBURY, Walter Bentley

b. 26 June 1834; d. 5 Sept 1885

The inventor of what came to be called the Woodburytype process, he was born in Manchester, England, and lived for some time in Australia and Java, establishing photographic studios there, using the Collodion process, before returning to England. Here, whilst working on the Carbon process, he developed a new mode of photographic engraving, demonstrating this to the Photographic Society on 5 December 1865. This he patented in July the following year.

He also invented a method of water-marking, calling it "filigrane".

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