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Origin of the term "camera worker"?
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My apologies if this has been discussed previously, but my searches here have not indicated such. I'm trying to find the origin of "camera worker" as used to describe an artistic photographer. Of…Continue

Tags: century, 19th, pictorialism, terminology

Started this discussion. Last reply by Malcolm Corrigall Aug 14.

Earliest wildlife photography?
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Derek Bousé in his book Wildlife Films (2000) says that the earliest known photograph of wildlife (in this case, penguins) showing "real behavior in a natural setting" was taken during the Challenger…Continue

Tags: earliest, nature, wildlife

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS Feb 19, 2017.

Which museum first added photographs to its collection?
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This could be a trivia question, but I'm asking it as a serious inquiry. Does anyone know which museum first collected photographs? I'm not looking for the first that exhibited photographs (although…Continue

Tags: history, first, acquisition, collection, museum

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Joe Rock May 2.

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Malcolm Corrigall replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Origin of the term "camera worker"?
"I've also noticed the term 'pictorial worker' used a lot from the late 1890s onwards"
Aug 14
Timothy Greyhavens replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Origin of the term "camera worker"?
"Thanks - I appreciate the tip. It may be interesting to trace the evolving context of the word "worker" as part of this effort. "
Aug 13
G.W. Tucker. replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Origin of the term "camera worker"?
"Dear Timothy, Entering the term "worker" into the search box of the online RPS journal between the years 1853-1882 throws up some interesting usages from as early as the 1850's. No "camera worker" as such, but may be of…"
Aug 13
Timothy Greyhavens replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Origin of the term "camera worker"?
"Fascinating. Thanks for providing this insight, Michael."
Aug 13
Michael Pritchard replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Origin of the term "camera worker"?
"Hello! The use of the term seems to date from c1882. Google's n-gram is a good start:  You can drill in to this to see the publication(s) using the term.  See the link here"
Aug 13
Timothy Greyhavens posted a discussion

Origin of the term "camera worker"?

My apologies if this has been discussed previously, but my searches here have not indicated such. I'm trying to find the origin of "camera worker" as used to describe an artistic photographer. Of course, Stieglitz popularized the term, but I've found examples of its use as early as 1895 (as in a "hand-camera worker". Photography, vol 7, 774). As always, your insights will be greatly appreciated.See More
Jul 27
Dr. Joe Rock replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Which museum first added photographs to its collection?
"I think the Royal Scottish Academy may have exhibited photographs early (David Octavius Hill was a member) and their collection morphed with the National Galleries of Scotland although not sure exactly when photographs became part of their…"
May 2
Noorie replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Which museum first added photographs to its collection?
"The Blackmore Museum (Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK) had a vast collection in the 1860’s documenting Native Americans. The collection moved to the British Museum, London and is now archived on line, but not exhibited. Google their website…"
Feb 24
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Earliest wildlife photography?
"Timothy, I'll also dig into my database  further as well. .There's lots on Livingstone, though that early very few printed halftone images in the journals.None actually! --DickSullivan"
Feb 19, 2017
Timothy Greyhavens replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Earliest wildlife photography?
"Very interesting. I'll have to see if there is anything further available without diving into original research. Thanks for alerting me to it."
Feb 18, 2017
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Earliest wildlife photography?
"Sorry this may be a repeat but my cat landed on my keyboard. This 2/28/1858 The Journal of Photography RPS The collodion sent is made by Mr. Hardwich [also a noted author of an early handbook on photography] expressly for the purpose. It is intended…"
Feb 18, 2017
Noelle Sullivan replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Earliest wildlife photography?
"I have an image from Scotland in the 1890s that shows kittiwakes and guillemots on the rocks, labeled as such. Not sure if the photographer set out to capture the birds, or if it was a lucky chance. Here's the listing on my sale site:…"
Jan 23, 2017
Timothy Greyhavens replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Earliest wildlife photography?
"Thank you very much for this information, Dr. Cooper. I appreciate your taking the time to look this up and reply. The Natural History Museum does not list anything by C, Newbold on their website, but I have now contacted them to see what holdings…"
Jan 16, 2017
Dr Anthony H. Cooper replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Earliest wildlife photography?
"According to the very interesting book Early Wildlife Photographers by C A W Guggisberg,  On page 14 he notes: "One of the oldest surviving photographs of a 'wild' bird was found in the nineteen-thirties; it is of a stork…"
Jan 16, 2017
Steven Evans replied to Timothy Greyhavens's discussion Earliest wildlife photography?
"You  might want to look at works by John Dillwyn Llewelyn ca 1852. Note, these are recreations and the animals are stuffed!"
Nov 29, 2016
Timothy Greyhavens posted a discussion

Earliest wildlife photography?

Derek Bousé in his book Wildlife Films (2000) says that the earliest known photograph of wildlife (in this case, penguins) showing "real behavior in a natural setting" was taken during the Challenger Expedition of 1872. I suppose that the definition of "real behavior in a natural setting" might be debated, and therefore I'm wondering if anyone knows of an earlier image that might fall under this definition.Further, I've been unable to find an online reproduction of the penguin photograph from…See More
Nov 28, 2016

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Seeking information: early 19th century photographer D Montreal of Paris

In research I am conducting about the first exhibitions of photography, I have been made aware of entries in the 1841 Royal Scottish Academy annual exhibition catalogue. 

Roddy Simpson, in his book The Photography of Victorian Scotland, states that four Daguerreotypes were exhibited, but…

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Posted on August 29, 2015 at 20:00 — 10 Comments

Researching historical intersections between photography and philanthropy

I'm exploring the somewhat little-known historical connections between photography and philanthropy, and I'd very much like to hear any insights or suggestions others may have. In the broadest sense of the term "philanthropy" these connections began with Daguerre, who received a 6,000 Franc annual stipend for life from the French government in recognition of his contribution (he also convinced the government to give 4,000 Francs annually to Niépce's estate). Since then various governments,…

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Posted on April 28, 2015 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

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