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Gael Newton replied to Vivienne Xu's discussion The colour photo in the exhibition of 'The Family of Man'
"Hi Vivienne  I dont think the last word has been said at all Steichen and The Family of Man it was surely for the time one of the more daring and provocative  gestures but in a cleverly cloaked way. The exhibition came to Australia and had…"
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Gael Newton replied to Vivienne Xu's discussion The colour photo in the exhibition of 'The Family of Man'
"Hi Vivienne  It was the transparency of the hydrogen bomb see"
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Gael Newton commented on Caroline Fuchs's blog post Information request: Letters of R. Child Bayley, editor of 'Photography'
"Dear Caroline. How did you go with R Child Bayley  I am interested to know whether he might have been the writer of an article on Shapoor N Bhedwar in the issue of Jube 1891 titled 'A clever Indian photographer'."
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"super article by Kim Beil on women photographers in Mid West USA  thanks Michael for the link everyone should read it and maybe her  Good Pictures: A History of Popular Photography.  "
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Does anyone know of  researchers working on or articles about 'Photograms the Year' or digitized copies?In  case of interest even though outside Britain while at the National Gallery of Australia a volunteer Bernard , made an index and photocopies of Asia-Pacific region contributors. The alphabetical  and by country index word documents havent been loaded yet but the visual index has see…See More
Aug 9, 2021
Gael Newton commented on Russell Southwood's blog post Searching Hugh Scott, portait and advertising photographer
"I have an old  directory of English Scottish and Welsh photographers  by Australian researcher Sandy Barrie 1998  which lists Hugh Scott only once 187 and 89 Oxford st 1938-39  but couldnt find anything in British newspaper…"
Jun 21, 2021
Gael Newton commented on Gilly Read FRPS's blog post Information request: Carte-de-visite from Barnsley
"Is that faint lettering on the brown rectangle lower left corner? Sandy Barrie's directory has the firm dating from  1867 -72 photographer as Thomas Wilson"
May 31, 2021
Gael Newton commented on Muriel Morris's blog post Alan Elliott 1921-2020: A Life Well Lived
"Alan was indeed the very best model of the merging of passionate amateur researcher and the highest levels of scholarship but more important of the making accessible otherwise hard or forgotten information. A lovely ever helpful gentleman as well. I…"
Nov 10, 2020
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Beattie, John, Strathearn House, Clifton Bristol

"John Beattie 1820-1883 was involved with spirit photography but Im not sure if he was a skeptic or believer."
Aug 30, 2020
Gael Newton commented on Geoff Barker's blog post Photo-crayotypes and Chromotypes
"Thanks Geoff  IT would be great to have other examples in overseas archives to compare. Has a conservator looked at the composition of  chromotypes?   Gael"
Aug 4, 2020
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Gael Newton's blog post elephantonin process formula?
"It appears to be a process called in general:  Ivorytype, commercial versions were: holotype,Sennotype, Ivorytype, Typolite. They were known for turning yellow and eventually fading. They were not put on real ivory but celluloid which was…"
Apr 20, 2020
Michael Hocken commented on Gael Newton's blog post elephantonin process formula?
"Whilst you’re about it, Michael, can you tell us what “photograpes” are when they’re about? i’m presuming (always dangerous) that this is just a typo, but one never knows. CBDD277A-0CF7-4A42-B66D-C467B350CE30.jpeg"
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Rob Whalley commented on Gael Newton's blog post elephantonin process formula?
"Hi Michael, Are the BJP with ads in the public domain? If so, do you have a link? Thanks"
Apr 19, 2020
Michael Pritchard commented on Gael Newton's blog post elephantonin process formula?
"Hi Gael.  Some success. I found a set of BJP with ads in and there is a Squire ad which first appears on 2 September 1861, p. XIV and runs for some months. There doesn't appear to be any mention in the editorial page. I also checked the…"
Apr 19, 2020

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elephantonin process formula?

Might anyone have any details of a process introduced 1861 by Squire & Co for colouring a paper photograph to resemble a painting on ivory. It is was announced in Photographic News, vol . 5, no . 171, 13 December 1861, i

It was marketed as  the elephantinon process  and was evidently for making paper photographs look like paintings on ivory but with libraries shut I cant find the PN to consult.

The term is the ancient Greek name for a black dye made from burnt ivory  but…


Posted on April 15, 2020 at 4:55 — 8 Comments

giant wet plates

Might anyone know about gigantic wet plate negatives 5 by 8 feet held in Fort St Cyr, France possibly of the new Paris Opera of 1875  or   a  4 by 6.5 feet set in  Berlin?


Posted on May 21, 2016 at 10:47 — 1 Comment

Basil Green London photographer m1951-54

I am seeking any  information on Basil Green a London photographer in Manchester st W 1951-1954 who took a portrait of Australian writer  Patrick White. I am wondering if he might be the same as the very hip Basil Green the founder of 'Vince' Menswear in the late 1950s. 

Gael Newton

Posted on May 17, 2012 at 23:21 — 2 Comments

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At 3:55 on February 27, 2018, Nuno Borges de Araújo said…

Hello Gael,
You must contact the author Alexandre Ramires (Portuguese, living in Coimbra) to
Best regards, 

At 11:09 on August 1, 2014, Peter Cattrell said…

Dear Gael - I didn't see any letters on George Lewis - there are probably a lot somewhere - try the IWM photo library or the National galleries of Scotland. I'm in a show at the SNPG openning this week so will email the curator about him. About ten years ago I was commissioned by the SNPG to print 20 of his negatives at the IWM darkroom, so I spoent some time looking at his prints with acurator first at the IWM and choosing which to print - there are over a thousand.  Best wishes  Peter

At 2:13 on October 7, 2009, Karen Magee said…
Hi Gael, Hope you are having fun as well as getting your research done. Thanks for the tips. I have checked the Pitt Rivers catalogue but have been meaning to contact Elizabeth Edwards directly. I'd be interested to hear who else is working on photographs from the anthropological perspective. The survey of Australian photographs in UK collections sounds very interesting. There was a little of this in Julia Peck's Thesis (for which 100 thank yous!). Sweet seems to cut a very low profile in UK collections which surprises me.
Just writing up his transition to dry plates - your views on this were very helpful! If 'Instantaneous Process' can be taken to mean dry plates, he may have started using them as early as 1878 (not 1880 as I thought). Happy holiday / researching!
At 7:22 on June 14, 2009, wujiabao said…
Dear Gael,

Hi, Yes, I do received the catalog from you. It was so pity that I could not attend the symposium you directed. Hope there will be another opportunities can makes me join.

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