This may sound daft or soppy to some but I have been most influenced by my father for taking some excellent photos, and admire the fact that he developed his own black and white slide and negative films in the dark room (six foot square ish with bath, pan and washbasin) so not much room left for enlarger developing tanks etc, whilst allowing an enquisitive interactive 6 year old (me many years ago now) to assist and he still got the developing right and printed some good pictures. I kept asking him last year to do a slide show for us once more but I don't think that will happen now. At 88 he has lost too much of his ability to get the descriptions out fluently.
I have no knowledge of any of the great photographic personalities, except Julia Margaret Cameron who has a museum dedicated to her at Dimbola Lodge her former home here on the Isle of Wight.
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