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I am putting together a group of 12-15 prints from the negatives of Thomas Vernon Begbie (1840-1912). The prints will be high quality, limited edition images in a presentation box with text and I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alex Novak Jun 11.

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Dr. Joe Rock replied to Geoff Lowe's discussion Copyright of Photography
"My understanding is that the photographer's copyright lasts for 70 years after his death. So his family, if he had any, may be able to make a claim if you were to print the material or publish it. I suspect no-one would make a claim unless you…"
Jul 9
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Mort Marsh's discussion Help with identification
"'Lithographic negative' would be fine."
Jun 25
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Mort Marsh's discussion Help with identification
"I should have said, the graduated scale is just that, a strip of exposed film (or paper) that would be exposed (or copied) along with the job so that the printer could keep an eye on the reproduced tonality. It could be used quickly with a…"
Jun 25
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Mort Marsh's discussion Help with identification
"Seeing the red tape here made me feel quite nostalgic. It was used, as Michael has said, to mask off unwanted areas and while that may not seem sensible for a semi transparent tape, almost all printing house processes used orthographic materials,…"
Jun 25
Dr. Joe Rock replied to sean whitaker's discussion Identifying context and possibly the photographer of militaria photo
"The symbols applied to the building are Ottoman - the star above a crescent, although the building itself is not particularly Ottoman... if that is any help.  "
Jun 18
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Ben Richter's discussion Please help a novice crack this photo mystery
"I'm not sure about that. I have photographic prints by photographers in Edinburgh in the 1880's where they have the title at the bottom, apparently set into the collodian emulsion. I must admit I have never thought how they did it. I even…"
Jun 11
Alex Novak replied to Dr. Joe Rock's discussion Contacting collectors
"Honestly, very late prints, such as these, of a relatively minor photographer would have little to no interest for serious collectors.  I can't speak to any decorative value. Best, Alex"
Jun 11
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Ben Richter's discussion Please help a novice crack this photo mystery
"Hello Ben These look like very conventional glass slides of around 1880's - positive images on glass. There were many thousands of them made for 'magic lantern shows' right up to the 1950's.  Yours have been coloured in a…"
May 25
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A Scottish tintype?

This is a fascinating tin type I came across in a second hand shop in Haddington, East Lothian a few years ago. The two sons are interesting as they both wear military type headgear - a glengarry and what appears to be a sailor's hat, although there is no insignia. The question is - are they Scottish or just…See More
May 22
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Contacting collectors

I am putting together a group of 12-15 prints from the negatives of Thomas Vernon Begbie (1840-1912). The prints will be high quality, limited edition images in a presentation box with text and I would like to know the best way to get in touch with collectors. Any helpful suggestions welcome.See More
May 21
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Geoff Lowe's discussion Copyright of Photography
"May I just add to the wisdom below by suggesting a small book: Duncan Spiers, Intellectual Property Law (Dundee University Press, 2009) which sets out the law in plain language. Duncan is an advocate at the Scottish Bar and teaches law at…"
May 14
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Michael Wong's blog post Thomas Begbie: Views of Edinburgh
"I have been looking at some of the evidence discussed here and I think it is probably impossible to say exactly who made the stereographs attributed to both Thomas V. Begbie and Alexander McGlashon. The 1858 list of 172 stereographs said to be by…"
May 13
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Alex. Sinclair's blog post The McGlashon Archive –the Begbie Mis-attribution
"I have only very recently found another "Begbie" and McGlashon connection that I did not know before. In the collection left with me by Stanley Cavaye in 1986/7 there was one, very remarkable glass plate measuring 12" x 10". It…"
May 11
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Which museum first added photographs to its collection?
"I think the Royal Scottish Academy may have exhibited photographs early (David Octavius Hill was a member) and their collection morphed with the National Galleries of Scotland although not sure exactly when photographs became part of their…"
May 2
Dr. Joe Rock commented on Michael Wong's blog post Thomas Begbie: Views of Edinburgh
"It is worth adding to Alex Sinclair's comment, that there is documentary evidence from members of Begbie's family that the images in the albums in the Edinburgh Public Library, were made by him. Most of these are from the stereo pairs in…"
May 2

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A Scottish tintype?

This is a fascinating tin type I came across in a second hand shop in Haddington, East Lothian a few years ago. The two sons are interesting as they both wear military type headgear - a glengarry and what appears to be a sailor's hat, although there is no insignia. The question is - are they…

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Posted on May 22, 2018 at 15:45

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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