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Dr. Joe Rock commented on Martyn Jolly's blog post Portrait of Hemi Pomara as a young man: how we uncovered the oldest surviving photograph of a Māori
"Very interesting regarding the Marquess of Northampton. He inherited a spectacular collection, added to it and was deeply interested in art and science. The two portraits of him are by Scots (his wife was Scottish); a big oil by Henry Raeburn and a…"
Jul 14
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Martyn Jolly's blog post Portrait of Hemi Pomara as a young man: how we uncovered the oldest surviving photograph of a Māori
"Just to add to my previous comment, I am taken with Martyn Jolly's thought that the image may have been made in the Egyptian Hall. The armchair shown is a very simplified and later version of an Egyptian Revival form that became popular after…"
Jul 13
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Martyn Jolly's blog post Portrait of Hemi Pomara as a young man: how we uncovered the oldest surviving photograph of a Māori
"I hope I am not repeating observations made by others but for what it is worth: The drape and the chair covering appear to be the same cloth. The chair and especially the upholstery looks 'provincial' - not the very stylish French…"
Jul 13
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"Fascinating building. I suspect health and safety concerns caused a rethink of the high windows running up each end of the building and the elements were strengthened - particularly the horizontal element at waist height. Great bit of research…"
Jun 17
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Graham Barnes's blog post Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)
"I agree with Geoff, a sort of Bauhaus feel to the architecture. What an intriguing image."
Jun 15

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John Traill Taylor (1827-1895): an addition to the biography

While working through the British Journal of Photography I came across a reference to John Traill undertaking a photographic expedition to Orkney in June 1860 (listed by Peter Stubbs on his Edinphoto website) . He read a paper on it to the Edinburgh Photographic Society on 17 July 1861, published in the Journal on 1 August p. 269. He had with him a stereo camera and a 12 x 10" plate camera.... but where are his photographs? This is in fact John Traill Taylor, who became editor of…

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Posted on July 28, 2018 at 9:00

James Ross, photographer

While doing some research on the Scottish sculptor, Robert Forrest some years ago, I stumbled on an interesting reference to the photographer James Ross, in the minutes of the Directors of the National Monument on the Calton Hill in Edinburgh (just above the famous 'Rock house' where D. O. Hill and Robert Adamson first set up their business).

I placed the results of my research on my website here:…

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Posted on May 22, 2018 at 15:45

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