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NEW - Some of the Thorn Collection of Glass Negatives are now available for you in digital form. Check the next section - THORN GLASS NEGATIVE COLLECTION.


This is the Second Edition of our book about the Thorn photographers of Bude, improved with additions and corrections. They were pioneers in photography in North Cornwall. Wriiten and compiled by David and Stuart Thorn. It documents the enormous contribution to local and Cornish history that these four photographers made, a story not told before. David and Stuart are great nephews and their family archives were used to record the lives of the photographers. They were also able to use many original glass negatives and prints to illustrate the work. 

Award winner!
We are proud to have won the Holyer an Gof Cup for the Overall Winning Publication for 2017 in the Holyer an Gof Awards, These Publishers' Awards are promoted annually by Gorsedh Kernow for publications relating to Cornwall or in Cornish (Kernewek).

Compiled and written by David Thorn and Stuart Thorn, relatives of the photographers.

The Thorn photographers were pioneers of the art in Bude, Cornwall. This book celebrates their enormous contribution to Cornish history. Over 250 fantastic images taken from their original glass negatives and prints, many never before published, show the landscape, seascape and shipwrecks, of North Cornwall, as it was in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Packed with personalities and characters, recalling the hard but gentle pace of Cornish life as well as the incidents that live on in the memory of the Cornish people. The advent of photography captured the moment as it was. We are transported back to an age often regarded as romantic. However, life was so different from ours today: we have glimpses of the trials and tribulations of the time.


 UK post is £4.00. For overseas orders the postage is high at £29 so beware!

Thorns of Bude - Photographers - Book

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