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"A Samuel Bourne exhibition opens today in Bombay, with catalogue essay on his life by me. http://www.tasveerarts.com/exhibitions/Bourne/"
Aug 18, 2015
Hugh Ashley Rayner commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Publication: The Nicholas Brothers & A. T. W. Penn
"I've just finished reading this. An excellent book; well researched and produced; with a lot of fine illustrations; many of which I hadn't ever seen before. An absolute must for anyone interested in early photography in India."
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"I'm coming to London, and hopefully Carl too, for my birthday, June 2nd.  So, hopefully you can plan your trip during the first week in June.  I'll let you know exact dates.  Presently we're in San Miguel de ALlende, MX…"
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"HI HUGH: My son and daughter-in-law have moved to London for 2 years, and I'll be coming in June.  Perhaps we can meet for tea?  Best, Lynn"
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Publication: Early Photographs of India

Pagoda Tree Press has just published a new book: 'Early Photographs of Ladakh'. This republishes two important early photographic works: 'From Simla through Ladac & Cashmere' by Captain Robert Melville Clarke originally published in 1862; together with 'Description of a Mystic Play, as…See More
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Dec 14, 2012
Hugh Ashley Rayner commented on Hugh Ashley Rayner's blog post Book: John Saché: Photographer in British India
"Hi Marcel! I acquired a whole collection of family photos at auction, provenance unkown, along with a lot of his topographical work. An amazingly lucky find! There are some prints from this set online, including portraits of Saché and his…"
Jun 1, 2012
Marcel Safier commented on Hugh Ashley Rayner's blog post Book: John Saché: Photographer in British India
"Hi Hugh, I am glad to see the results of your work finally in print, especially the mention of new material such as the cover shot of ?Sache with his studio sign. Did you source these from a relative after we were in touch about the family history?…"
Jun 1, 2012
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Book: John Saché: Photographer in British India

I have just produced a small monograph on the life of John Edward Saché; one of the more important photographers working in 19th century India.  From the mid-1860s through until his death in 1882, he operated a variety of studios, in towns across northern India, and in that time, produced well over 1000 fine topographical views,…See More
Jun 1, 2012
Hugh Ashley Rayner commented on Marcel Safier's group Carte de Visite
"I'm researching the History of Photography in India; for which, cdv's are a prime resource for identifying otherwise unknown commercial studios. I would appreciate anyone who comes across Indian studio cdv's, especially the more…"
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Hugh Ashley Rayner commented on Alex Boyd's blog post Francis Frith - On location with the BBC at Stirling Castle.
"I look forward very much to seeing this. Co-incidentally; I'm just about to publish a book on part of the Frith & Co.  'Universal' series of Indian photographs, which were taken in 1869/70 in  Kulu & Spiti; by one of…"
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Dec 4, 2010
Slightly outside the general field of British Photographic History, I know; but I am currently researching and writing a book on the History of Photography in India & South Asia, circa 1840 - 1947.
There is a huge amount of overlap between established British Photographers who went out to India, either to run commercial studios, or work in other peoples, or  just as keen amateurs. There was also a limited return the other way, of Indian photographers who came over to the UK to study, travel or work. 
As part of this study, I am compiling an index of Indian photographers, and am looking for information on anyone who used a camera in the Indian sub-contintent, amateur or professional. I currently have nearly 1500 names on file, but there must still be many more out there, unknown. 
Anyone who reads this, and has any odd scraps of information, however ephemeral; I would be most grateful if they could pass it on. I am particularly interested to track down early copies of Indian Photographic Journals and magazines, as well as books and articles by photographers documenting their time in India, trade advertisements and catalogues from Indian studios, and reports on aspects of photography in India, published in British Journals.

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Publication: Early Photographs of India

Pagoda Tree Press has just published a new book: 'Early Photographs of Ladakh'. This republishes two important early photographic works: 'From Simla through Ladac & Cashmere' by Captain Robert Melville Clarke originally published in 1862; together with 'Description of a Mystic…

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Book: John Saché: Photographer in British India

I have just produced a small monograph on the life of John Edward Saché; one of the more important photographers working in 19th century India.  From the mid-1860s through until his death in 1882, he operated a variety of studios, in towns across northern India, and in that time, produced well over 1000 fine…

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At 17:17 on March 23, 2014, Lynn Padwe said…

I'm coming to London, and hopefully Carl too, for my birthday, June 2nd.  So,

hopefully you can plan your trip during the first week in June.  I'll let you know exact dates.  Presently we're in San Miguel de ALlende, MX where we

winter and where I sculpt in wax and turn the work into bronze.  Great fun.

Take care and look forward to see you.  Best wishes as well, Lynn

At 4:14 on March 23, 2014, Lynn Padwe said…

HI HUGH:

My son and daughter-in-law have moved to London for 2 years, and I'll

be coming in June.  Perhaps we can meet for tea?  Best,

Lynn

 
 
 

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