Alfred H Wall was a regular contributor to the
British Journal of Photography in the 1860s. In many of his
articles, and in his lecture to Edinburgh Photographic Society in
1863, he advanced the claim for photography to be regarded as one of the
fine arts, rather than merely a mechanical process.
So he mush have
been dismayed to read how the promoters of the Great Exhibition in London
of 1863 regarded photography. In one of a series of articles about
the exhibition, he wrote:
"When somewhat about this
time last year, we first read in the Gazette how all the productions
of our new beautiful art were to be classed with agricultural
instruments and ships tackle in the World's Great Fair of 1862, how
astonished and indignant we were!
What a cry went forth against
the monstrous injustice of such an absurd classification!"
[British Journal of Photography