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BJP and the missing years and more
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I have been working on building a database of early photographic works, been doing this for about a decade.The database is currently running off of a thumb drive and is pushing 75GB. The database is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dick Bolt Feb 24.

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, 2018

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.

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Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Manuel Magalhaes's discussion HUGH OWEN
"Here's a few references to a Hugh Owen of Bristol. They are in the link with the sources included. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0ktu2i3jd7pr9jr/AAD9tQrJFcxUUxB5Gh00yuDia?dl=0 --Dick Sullivan"
Sep 18
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's blog post Some feedback please
"OK, I get it. I was pulling together several versions, and some pieces from my memoirs, and yes, I see where some commentary can be jarring so I have cut those out.  --Dick "
Aug 11
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's blog post Some feedback please
"More: I have a revisionist view of Pictorialism. In brief, there is two conceptual areas of Pictorial Photography. One is the Information of the photo, the other is the object of the photo. Much of what are considered to be artistic decisions turned…"
Aug 10
David Partner left a comment for Richard Sullivan HonFRPS
"Thanks for the reply Dick, you have stimulated me to think about quite a big conversation that I would like to be having... I grew up as a commercial photographer in the world of Ektachrome 64 and consequently bypassed the whole b&w print issue…"
Aug 10
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's blog post Some feedback please
"Jennifer, Thanks! I am writing mostly to folks today who are interested in the alt-process world, and are thinking of making their own prints. As for the academic world, mostly teachers of advanced photography. I want to show the variety of work…"
Aug 10
David Partner commented on Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's blog post Some feedback please
"Hi Dick, as a photographer I am interested in the personal, I think it's essential for that audience to relate to the actual experience of making prints, so I would ask the question of who are you writing for? it seems to me that the academic…"
Aug 10
Jennifer Jenkins commented on Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's blog post Some feedback please
"Hi there. Love the subject matter, information about the images and your critiques of each. I am distracted then by your personal anecdotes. These are interesting in another direction. I think the publication comes across a little autobiographical…"
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Some feedback please

Folks, I need some feedback, and not necessarily some attaboys. It’s called Fifty Prints but at this point is only 23. Maybe 25 is enough? This is in 2nd draft mode, and somewhat formatted. At first I thought of self publishing it, but now thinking maybe finding a publisher, or an agent if I can find one. Any help along that line would be…See More
Aug 10
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Gael Newton's blog post elephantonin process formula?
"It appears to be a process called in general:  Ivorytype, commercial versions were: holotype,Sennotype, Ivorytype, Typolite. They were known for turning yellow and eventually fading. They were not put on real ivory but celluloid which was…"
Apr 20
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's blog post The Arts & Crafts Movement and photography
"Anne, Typos not a worry. Me too! My wife and I founded Bostick & Sullivan over 40 years ago, so I have had some experience with process photography. I have had an upside down look at photo history, that is from an intimate perspective on how a…"
Apr 14
Anne Strathie commented on Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's blog post The Arts & Crafts Movement and photography
"P.S. excuse typos in last post, just dashing out! Anne"
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Anne Strathie commented on Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's blog post The Arts & Crafts Movement and photography
"Hi, Dick It sounds as if you're embarking on a wide-ranging project, so hope it goes well ... coming from an art-historical background, I tend to regard movements as fairly fluid entities which sometimes seem more full-formed with hindsight…"
Apr 14
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's blog post The Arts & Crafts Movement and photography
"Ms Strathie, Thanks.   There was much back and forth between the major photographers of the period.  Frederick Evans' work at Kelmscott in particular stands out. It is hard to find a living creature in Evans' photographs. I…"
Apr 14
Anne Strathie commented on Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's blog post The Arts & Crafts Movement and photography
"To add a bit more background to the comment below, a chapter on photography by Martin Barnes in the catalogue of the V&A’s 2005 exhibition on ‘International Arts and Crafts’ also mentions: Photography was featured in magazines…"
Apr 14
Anne Strathie commented on Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's blog post The Arts & Crafts Movement and photography
"I found a photograph of William Morris by Frederick Hollyer, who, according to his Wikipedia entry at least, appears to be associated with the Linked Ring Society; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Hollyer I don't have time to do it…"
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Mark Katzman commented on Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's blog post The Arts & Crafts Movement and photography
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Some feedback please

Folks, I need some feedback, and not necessarily some attaboys. It’s called Fifty Prints but at this point is only 23. Maybe 25 is enough? This is in 2nd draft mode, and somewhat formatted. At first I thought of self publishing it, but now thinking maybe finding a publisher, or an agent if…

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Posted on August 5, 2020 at 21:00 — 6 Comments

The Arts & Crafts Movement and photography

The Pictorialist Movement in photography took place in a parallel time frame to the Arts and Crafts Movement. However, though both were shunned by the academic arts establishment, the A&C movement never embraced photography, perhaps in small ways, but never fully. My take on this is that the A&C Movement was fully engulfed in Medievalism, which was antithetical to photography.

There were separate movements in Pictorial Photoraphy like the Photo-Secession or the Linked Ring,…

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Posted on March 27, 2020 at 16:30 — 9 Comments

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.

I get the sneaking suspicion…

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Posted on August 3, 2016 at 19:30

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At 16:35 on August 10, 2020, David Partner said…

Thanks for the reply Dick, you have stimulated me to think about quite a big conversation that I would like to be having... I grew up as a commercial photographer in the world of Ektachrome 64 and consequently bypassed the whole b&w print issue and stopped printing and processing when I couldn't cope with the volume, coming back later via projects and with the advent of digital a return to craft, I've now got a 20" x 24" hand-built camera and a selection of old aero reconnaissance lenses as well as a taste for wet collodion, and have also many other formats as well as Hasselblad 50mp back. My question is really how to achieve the best results in the darkroom and using alt process without doing it all myself, as I feel that therein lies the road to ruin, I have found collaborators but it's basically too expensive unless I am getting well funded through public commissions/projects and commercial work, would be great to hear your thoughts, have a look at the Parzival pictures on my website, this is the narrative that I want to amplify through the prints, yet at the moment I can only make digital prints of them...best wishes David

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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