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The Walrus and Lantern Slide Shows

I've been working on my memoir, Light Writings, which is semi-memoir and personal essays. I've always been hooked on trivia that has a "Gee, that's interesting aspect to it."I was doing some more…Continue

Started Feb 20

The first person to make a fixable photograph
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W.J. Harrison (A History of Photography, 1897, Percy Lund Country Press, London) in 1895, wrote this in his article: Anthony's Photographic Bulletin 1896, pg…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS Oct 23, 2017.

The Pilot database
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The Pilot DatabaseI’ve been giving some thought to this and would like to discuss the possibility transferring ownership of my database to some organization. This would be a free donation, if you…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS Aug 28, 2017.

WLF Wastell
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For quite some time I suspected that Mr. Wastell, writing anonymously as The Walrus in his periodic column titled "Piffle," was an American. I believe he was actually British. He died c.1922.I think…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS Aug 1, 2017.

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Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Manuel Magalhaes's discussion HUGH OWEN
"I have hits on Hugh Owen in my database: K:\!My Projects- Inc Writings here\!Pilot DataBase\#Pilot1\DocFetcher-1.1.18\..\MASTER LIBRARY\300) Photography Journals\Photographic Art Journal\1851 Vol 2 1851 The Photographic Art journal.pdfK:\!My…"
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The Walrus and Lantern Slide Shows

I've been working on my memoir, Light Writings, which is semi-memoir and personal essays. I've always been hooked on trivia that has a "Gee, that's interesting aspect to it."I was doing some more research on W.L.F. Wastell, FRPS, who was an accomplished photographer in his on right, but wrote a column under the pseudonym of "The Walrus" as well.One aspect of photography that has not been resurrected in the modern era like platinum, or tintype is the lantern slide. Thankfully!Being now in my…See More
Feb 20
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Portrait Study Image from 1898 The Penrose (1)

"Extracted%20pages%20from%201911%20The%20British%20Journal%20of%20Photog%20Russell%20and%20Clifton%20Process.pdf This is a mention of Russell and Sons being the sole licensees of the Clifton Pigment process and a Photo-Miniature description of the…"
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Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Peter Brunning's discussion John Lemmon Russell (1846 - 1915)
Feb 4
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Peter Brunning's discussion John Lemmon Russell (1846 - 1915)
"It seems most everything is under Russell and Sons. I was able to get more hits without the stupid Son's with apostrophe and using a proximity search of "Russell" within 6 words of "Sons. " Eliminating And "&"…"
Feb 4
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Peter Brunning's discussion John Lemmon Russell (1846 - 1915)
"From what I can determine James is the father and John is one of the sons, thus Russell and Sons will provide some information. This extract from 1879, Pritchard's Studios of Europe is about Russell and Sons in Worthington, a short hop from…"
Jan 31
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Peter Brunning's discussion John Lemmon Russell (1846 - 1915)
"There are 5 references to a John Russell within 6 words of "Tuffnel." Note that there is twop "f's here and one in the rps fellowship registry. It is however on journal I do not have"
Jan 30
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Peter Brunning's discussion John Lemmon Russell (1846 - 1915)
"There is a Lord John Russell lurking about in the mid-19th century. One mention is included in this dissertation. FRAMES BEHIND THE THRONE:CONTEXTUALIZING THE CALOTYPE ALBUMS OF PRINCE ALBERT 1850-1859BySherri Sorensen-ClemB.F.A., Printmaking and…"
Jan 30
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Pete James's discussion GEORGE SHAW 1818-1904
"Extracted%20pages%20from%20Process%20of%20Photo%20Illustratopn.pdf Index%20George%20Shaw.jpg I've included an index of hits in my database. It will take some time to extract them. There is an early history of photography in Birmingham included…"
Jan 23
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The first person to make a fixable photograph
Oct 23, 2017
Roger Mead replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The first person to make a fixable photograph
"This may be helpful I found a reference in the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal of 1840 " "Page 395  - 1 matching term  …MUNgo Ponton, Esq., W.S., F.R.S.E., Foreign Sec. S.A., for his “ Notice of…"
Oct 23, 2017
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"I think it is there now, a texture brush. I searched vibrator to see if there was anything that might be an add-on. Sort of, but not quite what I was looking for. --Dick"
Oct 17, 2017
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"A couple of desks. Some later ones would electrically vibrate allowing the retoucher to use abrasion tools to scrape of part of the image. Not much in favor nowadays however."
Oct 16, 2017
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The first person to make a fixable photograph
"Larry, Thanks, it's not my area of expertise. What you say about Mungo, (what a moniker!)  is interesting as is much about the early "enablers"  of photography. I have had a number of interns who have shown some interest in…"
Oct 2, 2017
Larry J Schaaf replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The first person to make a fixable photograph
"Mungo Ponton was a fascinating and complex character and Henry Talbot freely gave him credit 25 years later for discovering the properties of potassium bichromate, the basis for Talbot's early work in photogravure.  Unfortunately, the 1838…"
Oct 2, 2017

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Research: My Big Project (Fixed)

The following is a rough draft describing my latest project, well late, as I have been working on this for quite a few years now. I would appreciate any comments you may have as I eventually, by year's end, to put it on the market. I hope I am not violating any rules here due to this being a commercial project, much the same as a book might be.

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Posted on August 3, 2016 at 19:30

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At 22:32 on August 10, 2016, David H Davison said…

Hi Dick,

That is probably the general impression seeing as I have lived here for seventy years but I am in fact a Yorkshireman who possibly is relatively unusual in having no Irish ancestry.. I did however have an Irish stepfather and that is how I ended up in this country.

All that aside, I wanted to say that you do not deserve a medal for this gargantuan contribution to photographic research but in fact a whole chestful of medals. I knew you were doing this work as I remember you copying material when you were here with us but I never imagined that it could be so all-encompassing. I am overwhelmed with admiration and cannot imagine how the photo-historical world can thank you sufficiently, not even a bar on your Hon FRPS, in military terms, would seem enough to me. Perhaps the RPS could strike a special medal?

I suppose the next stage is to find out how to access the material.

Incidentally my Fourth Earl book is getting close to publication, it would be great if you could be back at the castle for the launch which I hope will be next year.

Congrats again,

David. 

At 7:05 on August 1, 2016, Michael Pritchard said…

There is no family connection, sadly. 

Michael.

 
 
 

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