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Lachlan Maclachlan
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I'm trying to find out more information about a Victorian photographer named Lachlan Maclachlan (or M'Lachlan) who was working round about the 1870s and who was 'given to composing large groups of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Jones Mar 13.

Retouching techniques
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As a complete novice when it comes to photographic techniques could someone tell me if there is term for the procedure which seems to have been used mainly in newspapers from the early to the middle…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Harrison Dec 22, 2013.

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Mark Jones replied to Mark Jones's discussion Lachlan Maclachlan
"Anthony, thank you for your reply about the Art Treasures exhibition. Dick, I have managed to get hold of the Illustrated Photographer volume you've mentioned via Google Books so I'll have a good dig through that. I've been really…"
Mar 13
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Mark Jones's discussion Lachlan Maclachlan
Mar 13
Anthony Hamber replied to Mark Jones's discussion Lachlan Maclachlan
"Lachlan McLachlan’s photographs of the unpacking of Art Treasures at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition appeared as wood engravings in the Illustrated London News of 2nd May 1857. Lachlan McLachlan proposed - following an approach by the…"
Mar 13
Mark Jones replied to Mark Jones's discussion Lachlan Maclachlan
"Dick, thank you so much for finding this. It really helps with my research. Mark."
Mar 12
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Mark Jones's discussion Lachlan Maclachlan
"Mark, I found this on the Diamond Vs Sutton case of which seems to be involved. Something about photographs of prominent men. Dick Sullivan"
Mar 12
Mark Jones replied to Mark Jones's discussion Lachlan Maclachlan
"Thanks for this further information. I'll check the BJP as suggested."
Mar 12
Michael Pritchard replied to Mark Jones's discussion Lachlan Maclachlan
"The British Journal Photographic Almanac 1892 records Lachlan Machlachlan's (sic) death in 1891 and therefore it might be worth checking the BJP for an obituary. There was no obituary in the Photographic News or the Journal of the Photographic…"
Mar 12
Mark Jones replied to Mark Jones's discussion Lachlan Maclachlan
"Thanks for your reply. The Manchester connection is intriguing with regard to the line of enquiry I'm pursuing."
Mar 12
G.W. Tucker. replied to Mark Jones's discussion Lachlan Maclachlan
"I believe he was a Manchester cabinet maker in the 1850's born in 1824 and living at 9 Cross Street. He was an amateur who by 1861 had turned professional - living at Albert Grove. He became a member of Manchester Photographic Society and the…"
Mar 11
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Lachlan Maclachlan

I'm trying to find out more information about a Victorian photographer named Lachlan Maclachlan (or M'Lachlan) who was working round about the 1870s and who was 'given to composing large groups of celebrities - notably the terrible Royal Group'. I take this to mean Maclachlan specialised in composite photographs. Another brief reference I've found states that the 'terrible' Royal Group was later the subject of litigation. Does anyone know more about this photographer, the Royal Group or can…See More
Mar 11
John Harrison replied to Mark Jones's discussion Retouching techniques
"The classic ferricyanide bleach is Farmer's Reducer, a solution of Potassium Ferricyanide and Sodium Thiosulphate (Hypo). It was commonly used for dot etching."
Dec 22, 2013
Daniel Hack replied to Mark Jones's discussion Retouching techniques
"Also consider  http://www.shorpy.com/  ... An astounding online photography archive / gallery featuring a huge collection of very high quality editorial and documentary images.    Search via keyword [retouched]  they have…"
Dec 9, 2013
Daniel Hack replied to Mark Jones's discussion Retouching techniques
"Yes,newspaper archives or periodicals like Life or Look Magazine. Street, war, travel and industrial journalism would have many examples and perhaps some low budget newspaper ads."
Dec 7, 2013
Mark Jones replied to Mark Jones's discussion Retouching techniques
"Thanks for your informative response. Can you or any of the members recommend a good archive for this type of photograph. I should imagine they are mainly sourced from old newspapers."
Dec 7, 2013
Daniel Hack replied to Mark Jones's discussion Retouching techniques
"Techniques vary. The newspaper example above involves a bleach and dye method on BW prints. The bleach is a solution of iodine or potassium ferrocyanide. Cotton wool twisted around the other end of the brush is dipped into a sodium solution and is…"
Dec 4, 2013
Mark Jones posted a discussion

Retouching techniques

As a complete novice when it comes to photographic techniques could someone tell me if there is term for the procedure which seems to have been used mainly in newspapers from the early to the middle of the twentieth century in which photographs were altered to sharpen blurred features with the result that they would often seem to give a mask-like or bizarre appearance to the subject? Preliminary enquiries suggest that this is just known as retouching. Also, and perhaps more importantly, could…See More
Nov 24, 2013

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