Redfern

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Henry Jasper Redfern (1872-1928; usually referred to as Jasper Redfern)[1] was a photographer, cinematographer, radiographer, showman, and supplier of photographic goods from Sheffield, England.

He began in cinema by filming local events and staging short, often comic sequences,[2] and giving shows of these films in local halls. Later he owned a number of cinemas, including one at the seaside resort of Westcliff-on-Sea (in the south of England, a long way from Sheffield). Eventually his small company was unable to compete with increasingly large and professional cinema companies, and he became a radiographer (at which he already had some skill) in Manchester. He died from cancer attributed to radiation exposure.[1]

Redfern operated a photographic studio,[3] and sold cameras (and other optical goods including opera glasses[4]) marked with his own name; it is unclear whether his company actually made these.

Cameras

  • Full-plate folding bellows camera[5]
  • Falling-plate detective camera, with adjustable shutter speed and iris diaphragm (in front of the lens).[6]


Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jasper Redfern: a much more complete biography of Redfern as cinematographer by Denis Gifford at Who's Who of Victorian Cinema.
  2. No doubt incomplete Redfern filmography at the British Film Institute.
  3. Portraits offered for sale at Ebay, e.g. item 221585947643.
  4. Ebay item 201213801269.
  5. Full-plate folding camera attributed to Redfern dated to about 1895, in the Science Museum collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford, UK: no picture.
  6. Falling-plate camera (wrongly described as a folding plate camera) offered for sale at Ebay, November 2014 (item 13134692945).


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