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The Pilot database

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 Aug 6

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.

The BJP
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I have been building a large database of Regex indexed and searchable photography books and journals that are in the public domain. (in pd in US!) These have been collected through libraries…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Pritchard Jul 18.

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Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Peter Norman's blog post The Autochrome Project
"Peter, Thanks. I am not familiar with Mons. Lavedrine but I will check out his work. I have worked with the Getty and Art Kaplan and Dusan Stulik, before he retired. It's exciting to see folks like yourself, the Getty, and the Ransom Center in…"
Aug 11
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Peter Norman's blog post The Autochrome Project
"Dear Peter, I suspect you have gone further than anyone else in the modern era in pursuit of the illusive wisp. Your comments about this being an "industrial' process is on target, I like that approach. You appear to be in possession of…"
Aug 11
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Peter Norman's blog post The Autochrome Project
"After a second look I see what looks like a dark spot on the top of each, what looks o be spherical, grain. If the grains are spherical, or were to begin with, it seems unlikely they all landed with the dark spot up. Highly unlikely! So, we have to…"
Aug 10
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Peter Norman's blog post The Autochrome Project
"This is my link to the color section in my database of early photography https://www.dropbox.com/sh/uus7dl25bti94q9/AACmDOPh32qBSQmeMeI4JQXBa?dl=0 As best as I have been able to determine, the Lumier's never patented the process and kept it as…"
Aug 10
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS posted a discussion

The Pilot database

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 will, but only if it would become an active volunteer project to expand and enhance it.WhatThere are over 2000 to 3000 individual books or “bindings” in the database. That in my estimate includes yearly bindings of weekly or monthly journals, so as for journals, perhaps 10,000 individual issues. The…See More
Aug 6
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion WLF Wastell
"Though our paths crossed many times I never got to know Bill Jay. He was immensely influential here in the US, especially in the Southwest and for a while was in the neighboring state of Arizona. He was also a teacher that had a huge effect on his…"
Aug 1
Michael Pritchard replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion WLF Wastell
"Bill Jay published a piece on photographic pseudonyms in the 1980s which is worth a read. "
Aug 1
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion WLF Wastell
"Michael, Thanks, I found a reference that revealed who the Walrus was around 1922, or so, can't find it now, it seemed rather obituary-like in content. I was born in 1940,but it nice to know we were both assigned to this planet at the same time…"
Jul 31
Michael Pritchard replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion WLF Wastell
"He's quite known to some as a prolific writer. There's some background from the RPS Journal here: https://archive.rps.org/archive/volume-81/736994-volume-81-page-136?q=Wastell. He died in 1941 and his obituary from the RPS Journal is…"
Jul 31
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS posted a discussion

WLF Wastell

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 the best description of him is he was the Stephen Fry of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Wastell was a serious photographer and specialized in the technical aspects. I have yet to find any samples of his photographs but he was frequently published as W.L.F. Wastell for his technical work.…See More
Jul 31
Michael Pritchard replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The BJP
"The BJP was digitising its back issues but I believe hit an issue with the more recent issues and dealing with contributors and copyright which has either delayed or stopped the whole project. I've not had a recent update. It would be a shame…"
Jul 18
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS posted a discussion

The BJP

I have been building a large database of Regex indexed and searchable photography books and journals that are in the public domain. (in pd in US!) These have been collected through libraries internationally from open source digital files. Sadly the British Journal of Photography in my collection is missing many years. The French and Belgian society journals are more complete than the BJP and, for instance, I have a complete collection of CameraCraft from 1900 10 1942. (It was never copyrighted…See More
Jul 17
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Do UK museums take photography seriously?
"I have some sense about British Museums, but more of those in the U.S. There may be some historic anxiety among curators as to whether photography is an art or not over its technological basis, and we can add as the article points out, a…"
May 24
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Qiana Mestrich's discussion Seeking Photographs of Fanny Eaton: The Mixed-Race, Pre-Raphaelite Model and Muse
"Qiana, I've checked my database and no hits on either F. Eaton or Fanny Eaton. Lots of Fannys and an F. Eaton, a gentleman photographer who was quite active in the late 19th. There are over 750,000 pages, mostly large pages, in…"
Apr 3
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Mark Jones's discussion Lachlan Maclachlan
Mar 13
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

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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.

I get the sneaking suspicion…

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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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