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Marcel Safier
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Seeking portrait of W. E. Kilburn of London
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Marcel Safier commented on Allan Collier's blog post Pauline Heathcote Archives Bromley House Library.
"Hi Allan, it is good to hear of the progress on your Somerset photographers book. I will be in the UK next month so will be in touch. Anthony, I use ancestry.co.uk to access the British censuses. Only the 1881 and 1911 censuses are searchable by…"
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Carte de Visite

Focussing on all facets of the history of the carte de visite and the photographers that made them in Great Britain and around the world.See More
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Marcel Safier replied to Edward McCann's discussion Dated and named photographic paper used in 1862 CDV by GW Wilson.
"Hi Edward, I don't have a lot of images by GWW but has certainly seen a fair share of British and Australian cartes and cabinet photos with watermarked paper and have a number of examples in my collection (over 40 000 photos) but couldn't…"
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I am a photographic historian and collector of 19th century photographica based in Brisbane, Australia. My interest is firstly in Australian photographic history, but I have a substantial interest in photography in many other parts of the world, and I am interested in the history of the carte de visite, cabinet photo and family photograph albums in particular. I am a contributor to the database of photographers of Great Britain and Ireland 1840-1940 www.cartedevisite.co.uk and I am interested in the migration of British and Irish photographers to other countries and of photographers that migrated to Great Britain and Ireland from elsewhere.

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Exhibition: Sit. Pose. Snap. Brisbane Portrait Photography 1850–1950 / 24 March-30 July 2017

Sit. Pose. Snap. Brisbane Portrait Photography 1850–1950 explores the phenomenon of portrait photography in Brisbane, and shows how the process of capturing and sharing a portrait evolved from the formal studio sittings of the 19th century through to more candid and relaxed photographs of the 20th…

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Posted on March 13, 2017 at 21:30

Obituary: Matt Isenburg, photographic collector and historian

Matt Isenburg, leading photographic collector and historian and driving force behind the Daguerreian Society, has passed away at the age of 89 on 14 November 2016.

Matt was a WW2 US Navy veteran and fascinated by history, in which he obtained a Bachelor's degree at Northwestern Universary. He started as a camera…

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Posted on December 17, 2016 at 23:30 — 3 Comments

Daniel Louis Mundy - New Zealand and Australia

Daniel Louis Mundy was born 4 August 1826 in Devizes, Wiltshire. He came to Australia in 1863 and the following year took over Meluish's studio in Dunedin, New Zealand. From 1869 he devoted himself to landscape photography and this occupied him for the remainder of his life. In 1873 he toured a lantern slide show "Maori Land or Through New Zealand with a Camera" in Australia and submitted a series of views for exhibition in…
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Posted on July 3, 2013 at 11:58 — 2 Comments

Six Aboriginal daguerreotypes and ambrotypes discovered in South Australia

Cased images of Australian aborigines are few and far between so the discovery of six images, three daguerreotypes and three ambrotypes in the Mill Cottage Museum in Port Lincoln, South Australia is particularly exciting news.

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Posted on May 7, 2013 at 22:00

Graphics Atlas (Image Permanence Institute)

Graphics Atlas is a new online resounce that brings sophisticated print identification and characteristic exploration tools to archivists, curators, historians, collectors, conservators, educators and the general pubic. http://www.graphicsatlas.org/

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At 15:47 on June 30, 2013, John B Turner said…

Thanks for the initiative, Marcel. I hardly know where to start in terms of my own research and interests because they are so many and varied. Perhaps I should send you a list, because quite a few came from or went to Australia after photographing in New Zealand. johnbturner2009@gmail.com

At 20:42 on November 29, 2012, Ron Cosens said…

Hi Rob Whalley. I have over 40 spare cdv from Blackburn. Also loads of info. Would you like to get in touch?  Ron Cosens    ron.cosens@btinternet.com

At 13:29 on July 6, 2012, Tony Hilton said…

Hi Marcel.

Would you let Sandy know I have had no luck finding his photos. Nicole at Trader had a disc of them, and of course they were published back then.

When will you next be in Sydney? 22nd July is our market. I have a couple of CDVs I would like to show you.

Tony

At 15:17 on November 17, 2011, Peter Leonard said…

Marcel,

hi - ref my recent question about implications of setting up as a photogrpaher.

I geto my dates wrong. In 1858 aged 24, my ggg uncle (Frank Walton) was still working only as a Confectioner. In 1861 he had moved to being a Bazaar Keeper in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. By 1870 he was describing himself as both a Confectioner and a Photographer and operating in the High Street of Grantham, Lincolnshire "in Booths". He was 36. So it looks like he was selling Gingerbread and other confectionery at the Fairs until the mid 1860's when he started to get involved in Photography. On this basis, I'd appreciate your opinion on how he might have got started and what costs, and methods he would have had to undertake... regards Peter

At 14:02 on July 27, 2011, Alun Reynolds said…

Hi Marcel,

Great to hear from you, (sorry it’s my turn to be tardy in replying). I’m at the writing –up stage of my research (although the research never stops).

I’m basically trying to correct and put back the missing information, in an album containing photographs of Calvert R Jones.

Here’s the link if you’d like to see the album:   http://digidol.llgc.org.uk/METS/CRJ00001/gallery

Your work with Michael Gray looks interesting, I’ve come across a few people related to the photographic families that had move to Australia, and maybe they took the process or prints with them?

All the best Alun (I’ll try and reply quicker next time)

my email is: alun.reynolds@tiscali.co.uk

At 15:25 on May 23, 2011, Joan M Schwartz said…

HI Marcel,

Good to hear from you. Alas, nothing new on Insley at this end either. I won't be at Photo History XV. I'm heading to Florence for Photo Archives IV: Photo Archives and the Idea of Nation.

best

Joan Schwartz

At 6:53 on May 23, 2011, Luke Gartlan said…
Hi Marcel. Yes, Ken is welcome to contact me. Unfortunately, the St Andrews special collections are shut for the summer (here) for a major library redevelopment. But they have an impressive collection of Valentine materials (including some of the studio record books). But he should try to contact the photography curator there (and a member of this website)... Marc Boulay.
At 23:43 on January 8, 2011, Hugh Ashley Rayner said…

Hi Marcel!

I'm still working on the Indian Photographers book; now only 18 months behind schedule, but hopefully finished this spring! The trouble is I keep finding more and more material to add. I'm going to have to call a halt some day soon and just send it to the printers! Hope you're keeping well, Best Wishes, Hugh

At 2:30 on June 28, 2010, bill purvis said…
Hi Marcel Nice to hear from you.
I would love to have your corrections. I realise my book (catalogue) is a bit short on technical expertise. If I can support some of your work in anyway please let me know.
Cheers Bill
At 9:53 on June 20, 2010, Rob Tooley said…
Yes, perhaps we can meet up next time. I did not see much at Photographica, there seemed less old stuff than in previous years.
Rob
 
 
 

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