Frederick Hollyer adapted new technical developments in photography to create a unique visual record of London life at the dawn of the 20th century. His portrait photographs offer us a glimpse into late-Victorian and Edwardian celebrity culture. The Victoria and Albert Museum holds a remarkable collection of Hollyer portraits - nearly 200 platinum prints contained in three chintz-covered albums - and also some of his reproductions.
Frederick Hollyer: Working Methods
Frederick Hollyer's early work was produced by a variety of methods, but in 1878 he began to use platinum printing (platinotype). The shift to platinotype printing and gelatin dry plates improved the quality of Hollyer's reproductions. His platinotypes were 'untouched' and soon prized for their tonal range, matt finish, permanence and faithful rendering.