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“Pamela’s Circle c. 1740”

Ambrotype by Judith Harrison Kalter

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“Pamela’s Circle c. 1740” is a quarter plate ambrotype on black glass. It measures

3 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches and is still without a proper case. This is now my favorite photograph because it was made in the 21st Century, using a process devised in the 19th Century with equipment from the early-mid 20th Century to photograph a book written in the 18th Century. One of… Continue

Posted on August 31, 2009 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Request for information on Anna Atkins and her life:

Working with elementary school students in Detroit, Michigan as a volunteer for the past 5 years has been and still is an exciting way for me to share my research on Anna Atkins and her book , Photographs of British Algae; Cyanotype Impressions. My middle school students in Birmingham, Michigan have marveled at the images of their photograms as they appeared and then washed them in the school bathroom. I have been working on a biography about Anna Atkins to share with young adults. Larry… Continue

Posted on February 7, 2009 at 15:29 — 2 Comments


Posted on January 8, 2009 at 13:00

I have been actively involved in the art and science of photography since was in elementary school. Study at the college and post degree level allowed me to teach and appreciate the many ways to appr…

I have been actively involved in the art and science of photography since was in elementary school. Study at the college and post degree level allowed me to teach and appreciate the many ways to approach the subject. My blog will discuss the first processes used to capture images and the men and women who used these processes. I will share my recent learning experiences in words and of course, pictures. By sharing my experiences, I hope to inspire you to go beyond just taking pictures and… Continue

Posted on January 8, 2009 at 12:48

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At 1:29 on February 22, 2011, Alan M. Preston said…

Hi Judith,


Many thanks for your eMail reply .....................

It is uncanny how Lucy ('Monty's) Granddaughter, by chance/destiny! was informally just showing her Father (who normally lives in Zimbabwe) the wonders of the Internet EXACTLY at the time I placed my Appeal on the BPH website AND that I mentioned the Glass Plates to a local history friend AND he stated he had just published a book about 'Monty' and his Father!!!

I also received an eMail from New York today - describing how she came to 'stumble' upon my BPH Appeal ................. I think 'Monty' must be looking down - with divine intervention!!


Best regards,



At 13:52 on February 21, 2011, Alan M. Preston said…



I have been researching/preserving the Glass Photographic Plates (x40+) of the Victorian Photographer, the Reverend Montague 'Monty' Bird (see my BPH Blog)- which were found by a friend when she was playing in the Loft of her home at the Old Parsonage, Hoton, England in the 1950's...... have you, by chance, come across him in your travels?

Many thanks.




This has led (with the help of BPH) to contacting his family: Son (Zimbabwe) and Grand daughter (New York) ......... we are now trying to locate and preserve his remaining Plates (containing amazing Photomontages) which were left with the Leicester Museum in 1955,,,,,,,,,BUT we are NOW told they have been lost? Watch this space!!

At 3:41 on January 13, 2009, Cindy MotZ said…
Thanks! I think this will be great!! Vintage British photography is a wonderful thing! They have a very rich history. The display at the Science Museum in London is wonderful. I had heard it had changed, but I hope not. Our money is worth "zilch" there, so it may be a while before another visit can be arrainged! I do love their cdv's...

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