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Henry Snowden Ward

Born in 1865 at Great Horton, England, Henry Snowden Ward showed little interest in following the career path of his manufacturer father. Instead, he pursued his literary aspirations, and by age 18 was publishing and editing The Practical Naturalist magazine. By 1884, he was working for Percy Lund & Company (later known as Percy Lund, Humphries & Company) and editor of The Practical Photographer. His association with the publication ignited his passion for photography and allowed him to exchange ideas with amateurs and professionals. He married fledgling American photographer Catharine Weed Barnes in 1893, and together with his wife founded The Photogram, a monthly publication. This journal quickly established a reputation as a 'must read' within the photographic community, although its overall commercial sales were far less impressive. Undaunted, the Wards expanded their publishing empire to include The Process Photogram (later known as The Photo-Engraver's Monthly) and the annual pictorial compilation, Photograms of the Year.

By now deeply immersed in the study of technical processes, Mr. Ward was anxious to share the latest improvements with his readers. He was an active member of the Royal Photographic Society, an active Council member and one-time President of The Photographic Convention, and served as a judge at many photographic society exhibitions. Mr. Ward became an enthusiastic student of X-ray photography and wrote what is believed to be its first handbook. He was also one of the founding members of the Roentgen Society, the premier radiological organization. Mr. Ward's lectures on the latest X-ray technologies were eagerly antcipated by photographers, nurses, and students.


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