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RPS photographer listings - availability
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Dear All,Does anyone know whether the RPS Historical Group photographer listings for different counties, mentioned here:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Pritchard May 11.

Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
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Towards the end of the 19th Century, as competition forced down prices between professional photographers, so some looked for new products beyond the carte de visite, the cabinet and postcard formats…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Les Waters Apr 30.

PhotoLondon site
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Does anyone know what happened to the excellent PhotoLondon site? The URL now points to somewhere on the Museum of London's site. Is the information that was formerly available there now on another…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Domankiewicz Feb 19.

Anyone researching Beard's licences in the 1840s

Dear All,Has anyone done any further research into the licences granted by Beard to daguerreotypists since the publication of Bernard and Pauline Heathcote's excellent book "A Faithful Likeness". I'm…Continue

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"Hi Les Thanks very much for your memo about the additional Stickyback information on Fading Images. I will take a look. We're still working on our proposed Stickyback show at Swindon Art Gallery, now likely for 2019, so will keep you…"
May 15
Michael Pritchard replied to Les Waters's discussion RPS photographer listings - availability
"They are not available online, but are available for purchase from the Group. If it's a just a couple of names you want checking let me know off list and I can check them for you. "
May 11
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RPS photographer listings - availability

Dear All,Does anyone know whether the RPS Historical Group photographer listings for different counties, mentioned here: http://www.rps.org/blogs/2013/september/researching-historical-photographers  are available anywhere online? I wanted to check out something in the listing for Herefordshire, and this is clearly a very useful set of resources to be able to access.ThanksLes WatersSee More
May 11
Les Waters replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"I've now added some of these and some new text on the genre to my site at www.fadingimages.uk/subgenre.asp - I would welcome comments or additional information please."
Apr 30
Brett Payne replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"I'd not seen that. Very useful, thank you."
Apr 6
Les Waters replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"According to Cassell's Cyclopedia of Photography, B.Jones, 1911, there were specific British sizes for mounts, not only "Midgets", but for "Victoria Midgets", "Cabinet Midgets", "Promenade Midgets",…"
Apr 6
Brett Payne replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"Thank you, Les. This helps to put it all into some perspective."
Apr 3
Les Waters replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"I have added a couple of images of studio camera backs used to take midget and stamp sized negatives. Both are from Marion and Co's 1906 Photographic Catalogue. The first is a "Repeating Midget Back". This could be used with a 1/2…"
Apr 3
Les Waters replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"Some interesting examples Brett. These are all examples of tiny portraits which have been made into better looking, bigger,  products by mounting them on different types and sizes of card mounts. Perhaps this whole genre should be divided into…"
Apr 2
Brett Payne replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"a couple more from my collection"
Apr 2
Brett Payne replied to Les Waters's discussion Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"
"Yes, I'm interested in these too, although I have few examples to share, and even less in the way of information. I'll post a few that I have from A Seaman and Sons of Chesterfield (and further afield, DB Seaman who you mentioned being one…"
Apr 2
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Anyone researching or interested in "sub carte de visite size portraits"

Towards the end of the 19th Century, as competition forced down prices between professional photographers, so some looked for new products beyond the carte de visite, the cabinet and postcard formats and for new markets. Some, perhaps today we might describe them as from the lower end of the photographic trade, found a way ahead by developing smaller, less expensive portrait formats, using fewer materials, and marketed these, sometimes as novelties, to those who hitherto may not have been able…See More
Mar 29
Les Waters replied to James Morley's discussion Quest to find old photos of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Kew Gardens)
"Hi James, Any interest in personnel at Kew? I've got five large black and white group photographs of student gardeners and staff at Kew Gardens 1936 to 1941, mounted but not framed, three of these are annotated with all the names on thre…"
Mar 29
Peter Domankiewicz replied to Les Waters's discussion PhotoLondon site
"I've now uploaded it (see above)"
Feb 19
Peter Domankiewicz replied to Les Waters's discussion PhotoLondon site
"Here is the DIRECTORY OF LONDON PHOTOGRAPHERS 1841-1908 that Michael so painstakingly put together, archived in 2003. It's an HTML file that should simply open in your browser and then you can search it via CTRL/CMD + F."
Feb 19
Patrick Montgomery replied to Les Waters's discussion PhotoLondon site
"Please send to pmontgomery@hamptons.com. Thanks."
Feb 19

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Cambridgeshire Photographers 1840-1960

I run a website on Cambridgeshire Photographers 1840-1960 www.fadingimages.uk . I am always interested in images to illustrate the work of these photographers and would be very pleased to collaborate with other collectors or photo historians. Please get in touch if you spot any errors on the site or have information or images you would like to add .Thanks. Les

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At 19:46 on May 15, 2018, Rachael Moloney said…

Hi Les

Thanks very much for your memo about the additional Stickyback information on Fading Images. I will take a look. We're still working on our proposed Stickyback show at Swindon Art Gallery, now likely for 2019, so will keep you posted.

Best,

Rachael

At 20:38 on October 15, 2017, Rachael Moloney said…

Hi Les

Thanks so much for your repsonse to my Stickyback blog. I referenced yours and David's sites in my original post actually (using the title for yours that comes up - Cambridgeshire Photographers). Both your sets of information regarding Stickybacks was so helpful in its scope and detail. I will let you know certainly if I dig up any details on the Peterborough photographer. I'd seen the article about the Cornwall collection – some wonderful images in the mix there. Here is our Family Museum email (thefamilymusuem@gmail.com) if you would be kind enough to pass on Jon Symon's contact details, and then we can contact you too regarding our Stickyback progress and the show.

Kind regards,

Rachael

 
 
 

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