Evans, Frederick H.

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Frederick H. Evans, 1853–1943, English photographer. Evans retired from bookselling in 1898 when he began his photographic career. He became internationally famous for his exquisite platinotype images of architectural subjects, principally English cathedrals, manors, and cloisters. Refusing to manipulate his prints in any way, Evans rendered the cool, massive stone buildings with an unsurpassed grandeur in straightforward contact prints from his plates. He exhibited and wrote extensively and was widely, if unsuccessfully, imitated. He ceased making prints in 1915 when platinum was no longer commercially available.