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Nicholas Brewer commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post The Photographic Collections Network
"That looks great and I have registered my interest."
Aug 8, 2016
Nicholas Brewer commented on Pete James's blog post Early Photos of the Houses of Parliament
"Hi Pete, I can't help but sounds like a great project I look forward to hearing about your progress! Best, Nick"
Jul 20, 2016
Nicholas Brewer commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post 1839-2014: 175 Years of Photography
"Thanks for the link"
Jan 7, 2014
Nicholas Brewer commented on Michael Wong's blog post Exhibition: Mug Shots
"Yes that would be good lets find some work to go and look at."
Aug 20, 2013
Nicholas Brewer commented on Michael Wong's blog post Exhibition: Mug Shots
"Looks interesting"
Aug 20, 2013
Nicholas Brewer commented on Nicholas Brewer's blog post Frederick Scott Archer and The Wet Collodion Process
"Thanks Michael lets give this man the recognition he deserves."
Aug 7, 2012
Michael Wong commented on Nicholas Brewer's blog post Frederick Scott Archer and The Wet Collodion Process
"If any BPH members happen to be in London, do drop by Kensal Green cemetery to visit his grave whereby a new plaque was unveiled by a group of artists known as The Collodion Collective, back in May 2010, in honour of him. You can read more about it…"
Aug 6, 2012
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Aug 2, 2012
Nicholas Brewer commented on Michael Wong's event 'Scott's Last Expedition'
"are you about today?"
Jul 20, 2012
Nicholas Brewer commented on Michael Wong's event 'Scott's Last Expedition'
"No I think that is alright, just stay in touch."
Jul 17, 2012
Nicholas Brewer commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Photohistory thesis wins Coleman Prize
"Congratulations!"
Jul 14, 2012
Nicholas Brewer commented on Michael Wong's event 'Island Stories: British photography from 1945 to the present'
"We need to be quick when did you have in mind?"
Jul 14, 2012
Nicholas Brewer commented on Michael Wong's event 'Scott's Last Expedition'
"When would you like to go?"
Jun 30, 2012
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Silver Footprint

Recently I watched Silver Footprint a film about legendary black & white printer Robin Bell. The film provides a great opportunity to see this master craftsman demonstrate his skill and vision in the darkroom. Bell has printed for many well-know photographers and so many iconic images have had his expert eye and technical…See More
Apr 3, 2012
Nicholas Brewer commented on Meir Berk's blog post Covent Garden Flower women
"Very good point. This is quite an error if you are correct. I have been watching the show a little on the iplayer and saw this one earlier in the week. I find them disappointing over all. What are your thoughts?"
Mar 28, 2012
Nicholas Brewer commented on Nicholas Brewer's blog post Hurley & Ponting ( The Heart of the Great Alone)
"Yes amazing quality although Frank Hurley's were contact prints as far as I could tell. What did you think?"
Mar 28, 2012

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Frederick Scott Archer and The Wet Collodion Process

If you click on the link at the right about Frederick Scott Archer you can read a fascinating story about a man who generously gave this ground breaking process free to the world. Maybe it is because I watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics but I was reminded of Tim Berners-Lee and his generosity.…

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Posted on August 1, 2012 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

Silver Footprint

Recently I watched Silver Footprint a film about legendary black & white printer Robin Bell. The film provides a great opportunity to see this master craftsman demonstrate his skill and vision in the darkroom. Bell has printed for many well-know photographers and so many iconic images have had his expert eye and…

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Posted on April 2, 2012 at 22:30

Hurley & Ponting ( The Heart of the Great Alone)

Last week I went to see the exhibition at the Royal Collection that I found deeply moving for a number of reasons. It was the first time that I had seen the two photographers work exhibited side-by-side and it is a testament to both photographers of the quality of the work but of the men themselves. Ponting's work clearly the more creative of the two with its breath taking vistas and sensitive framing left me a…

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Posted on March 19, 2012 at 9:16 — 2 Comments

Great Masters

I found this and thought it might be of interest. 50 Masters, I will probably go.

If it is worth a look I will let you know.

I have enjoyed the blog and there have been some good posts. 

Posted on November 2, 2011 at 20:49 — 1 Comment

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At 0:57 on January 3, 2011, Andrew J. Currie said…
Hi Nicholas. In reply to your question about my home made camera, the lens in the uploaded photo is a Shneider-Kreuznach I borrowed from my mentor. I have since built my own lens from a cheapo double-convex element and some wood and foamcore, and I use cardboard for stops. I also built a guillotine shutter for it. The lensboards can be changed, so I can use both lenses, plus a pinhole lensboard. As for images, I can use ordinary 4x5 sheet film or I can use hand-coated glass or metal plates. I use Rockland's dry-plate ambrotype process for that. When I get a chance, I'll upload some scanned-in samples.
 
 
 

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