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Dr. Joe Rock replied to Ben Richter's discussion Wood Block Photo Printing?
"Hello again, I came across this report in the British Journal of Photography in 1869 which may add to the ref. above. You should be able to scroll down to the second part if it should be of…"
Sep 19
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Ben Richter's discussion Wood Block Photo Printing?
"I'm afraid I can't add anything more sensible. However, in my reading today I came across a mention of printing on wood blocks in the British Journal of Photography (1 December 1863 p. 472). It was at a meeting of the Edinburgh…"
Sep 8
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Ben Richter's discussion Wood Block Photo Printing?
"Very interesting object. This is a portrait of Hiram Sibley (February 6, 1807 – July 12, 1888) an American industrialist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. I will leave you to decide if this is the block for the print below! I don't…"
Sep 6
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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 the BJP from…See More
Jul 29
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
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
Dr. Joe Rock posted a blog post

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:…See More
May 23
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

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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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