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Alex. Sinclair commented on Michael Wong's blog post Thomas Begbie: Views of Edinburgh
"I have recently been looking at Begbie in some detail since noticing several photos attributed to him of which I own Victorian originals, all bearing the name of Alexander McGlashon. It is easily demonstrated, that many of the photographs, mostly…"
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Marcel Safier commented on Michael Wong's blog post Mystery camera No. 2 .....
"Hi Tom, I can't remember the context of my original post as I know full well that is a process camera, in fact, I know the camera being operated by your father well as it is the one now owned by Sandy that unfortunately did get submerged in the…"
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Tom Worthington commented on Michael Wong's blog post Mystery camera No. 2 .....
"Marcel Safier asked "Is this a Hunter Penrose process camera" (November 30, 2010 at 8:45). Yes, this is a Hunter Penrose camera being operated by "Jack" Worthington (my father, identified by an uncle) at the…"
Dec 19, 2015
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Sep 5, 2014
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The First Hundred Years by British Pathe

Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel. This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible…See More
May 2, 2014
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Auction: 19th century China Magazine sells for six times estimate

46 photographs, which form part of the 19th century China Magazine, depicting life in the Far East during the 1860s, have sold for more than six times their estimated value when they recently went under the hammer at Dominic WInters.Dropped off by a couple from Cumbria who happened to be in the area, the…See More
Apr 28, 2014
Vicky Stewart commented on Michael Wong's blog post Exhibition: Photographs of Spitalfields a Century Ago
"On 4 March information about C A Mathew was updated on Spitalfields Life. He died in 1924, a photographer to the end. It is unlikely he began taking photographs in 1911 but his professional life as a self employed photographer had certainly started…"
Apr 13, 2014
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Exhibition: Photographs of Spitalfields a Century Ago

Residents of the streets of East London are captured with startling clarity by the enigmatic C A Mathew. The purpose of the photographs remains unknown, but on the morning of Saturday 20th April, 1912, our photographer walked the short distance from Liverpool Street Station into the heart of Spitalfields,…See More
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Exhibition: Photographing the Arab city in the 19th century

In the 19th century the East represented the realm of exoticism, fantasy and mystery. Literature and painting in particular used the lands beyond Europe as canvases for fertile explorations of the unknown and unlimited boundaries for imagination. By the latter half of the century, however, several pioneer…See More
Feb 5, 2014
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Exhibition: Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris

Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented photographers of the nineteenth century, Charles Marville (French, 1813–1879) was commissioned by the city of Paris to document both the picturesque, medieval streets of old Paris and the broad boulevards and grand public structures that Baron Georges-Eugène…See More
Feb 4, 2014
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Exhibition: A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography

In 1839, just two years after Victoria became queen of Great Britain and Ireland, the medium of photography was announced to the world. This exhibition explores the relationship between the new art and the young queen, whose passion for collecting photographs began in the 1840s and whose photographic image…See More
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Behind the Mask: Andy Gotts MBE portraits for BAFTA at Somerset House Trust

January 21, 2014 to February 7, 2014
Behind the Mask is a BAFTA Future Archive collaboration with renowned photographer Andy Gotts MBE, a celebrity photographer of 23 years who specialises in actors’ portraits, who together have produced Behind the Mask, a photographic census of over one hundred international actors and actresses to have won or been nominated for a BAFTA since 1954. The project has been over two years in the making with Gotts travelling across the globe in order to photograph subjects including Lauren Bacall, Jeff…See More
Jan 21, 2014
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Europe's oldest hospital for the treatment of mental illness needs your vote!

The Bethlem Archives & Museum in Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, records the lives and achievements of people experiencing mental health issues and documents the rich history of the institution, which began in 1247, along with its affiliated hospitals. Recognised as Europe’s oldest institution specialising…See More
Jan 17, 2014
clark worswick commented on Michael Wong's blog post NPG appoints a new Head of Photographs Collection
"Phillip wrote me a very kind letter explaining the vagaries of the Peabody Essex PR department that made this claim.  All explained and many thanks to him and to you Dr. Pritchard.   My best to you all, Clark"
Jan 16, 2014

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The First Hundred Years by British Pathe

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Auction: 19th century China Magazine sells for six times estimate

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Exhibition: Photographs of Spitalfields a Century Ago

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Exhibition: Photographing the Arab city in the 19th century

In the 19th century the East represented the realm of exoticism, fantasy and mystery. Literature and painting in particular used the lands beyond Europe as canvases for fertile explorations of the unknown and unlimited boundaries for imagination. By the latter half of the century, however,…

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At 1:27 on May 23, 2011, Irene Caesar said…
Nice to meet you, Michael! I really like your multi-dimensional vision!
At 2:51 on January 26, 2011, Alan M. Preston said…

Hello Michael (Wong), I missed your Brian Duffy blog, and was belatedly pleased to read it on the BPH site - I have been an Archivist with one or two biographies, and was arranging with Chris (Brian's son) to get his biography written before he sadly died, via an biographer friend who was an Arts Editor for the 'Daily Mail' in the 1970's.

It was marvellous to see the documentary about his life on TV (Chris very kindly sent me a gratis DVD). I also very proudly own two of Brian's original 'Olympus' cameras: a KTL (which was only made for 7 months prior to the launch of the OM1) and an OM2 (which is modified with a Flash synch. lock) and takes amazing photographs - which I aquired through Brian's neighbour, Ross.

Please keep me informed if you may hear of any other tributes to Brian Duffy - his biography HAS to be written!

 

At 17:21 on March 4, 2010, Michael Wong said…
Hi Quinn,

Good to hear from you !

Firstly, my sincere apologies for the error in the post ! I only based it on the limited information that was available from the Kensal Green Cementary Site. I should have research it more thoroughly before posting it. The last thing I want is to 'hijack' such an important event from your group and all the efforts you all have put in the past year. I was only aware of it when I went in to the Kensal Green website looking for some other information unrelated to this.

I will correct them immediately or would you prefer me to delete both the blog and event info, so that it can come officially from yourselves i.e., Collodion Collective and The Archer Project ? I'll be happy to do that so as not to cause any problems - really sorry if I have. Just let me know.

Also, apologies for the typo - I blame that on the fingers going too fast ahead of the brain !

Let me know how you want this announcement done and I will gladly sort it you either way. Welcome to the forum, by the way !

Best wishes,

Michael
At 14:41 on March 4, 2010, Quinn Jacobson said…
Hello Michael,
My name is Quinn Jacobson. I'm with the "Collodion Collective" and "The Archer Project".

Thank you for posting information about the Archer event at Kensal Green. However, there are a couple of things that I would appreciate corrected.

The first is that the Collodion Collective, is responsible for the event. The Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery have been wonderful to work with , but this is our project. We've been working on this for over a year.

There were 51 Collodion artists that made plates last year for this project. The images were assembled and published (World Wet Plate Collodion Day 2009) to raise money to make this happen. We've raised private donations as well. The exhibition consists of 21 Collodion Artists that have donated plates to raise money as well. It's been a lot of work, but well worth it.

And lastly, Collodion is spelled with an "o" at the end, not an "a". Again, thanks for promoting the event, we appreciate. To be honest with you, I haven't even made an official announcement for it yet - we have our final meeting Saturday.

My best,
Quinn
 
 
 

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