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William Messer commented on Grant Scott's blog post Can you identify any of these photographers?
"So many familiar faces, such bad memory for names. Agree with young Eiko Hosoe identification, and Barry Lane. The first guy, jumping, is Gary Metz. There are numerous of Bill himself, so not take by him. Could he have grabbed a quick one of HC-B…"
Sep 8, 2020
William Messer commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Jobs: Amber Film & Photography Collective
"Supplying photo credits for the humble, the gritty Magritey cover is Peter Turner's and the inside one is yours, Paul. In fact I published that same image (and those by several of the others in Singular Realities) in the 45-page article on…"
Aug 25, 2020
William Messer commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Jobs: Amber Film & Photography Collective
"Amber has a distinguished history, beginning as a collective in 1968 and opening Side Gallery in '77, not least among whom is the photographer Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. Head on up Tyneside and grab one of these jobs, someone. It's a special…"
Aug 24, 2020
William Messer commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Obituary: Sue Davies OBE HonFRPS (14 April 1933-18 April 2020) - UPDATED 2
"I say Paul Hill's in the snap too, but you said Martin Parr's in it ... don't see him! (Who took the picture?)"
May 5, 2020
William Messer commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Obituary: Sue Davies OBE HonFRPS (14 April 1933-18 April 2020) - UPDATED 2
"My time of knowing Sue was mostly through the '70s, arriving in London the same year The Photographers' Gallery opened and working with Bill Jay at the ICA. Even though it had been open for only a few months, it already felt established as…"
May 4, 2020

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History is Now at Hayward

Can anyone report on the exhibition up through 26 April at the Hayward Gallery "History is Now" in which artist-curators "take on Britain" since WWII? April 16, Laura Guy, curator, writer and lecturer at Goldsmiths, presents her research focusing on "the recent histories of British photography".

Posted on March 9, 2015 at 17:10 — 3 Comments

Puhar: Glass plate photography origins?

Many years ago (1981), as director of Yr Oriel Ffotograffeg in Cardiff, I was organizing a survey exhibition of contemporary Yugoslavian photography (never presented due to blinkered Xenophobia) and found myself at a small symposium in a Slovene town called Kranj at which there was considerable excitement around informing me and others that glass plate photography had been invented there in 1841 or '42 by a priest named Janez Puhar (who may also have invented a photographic process on metal…

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Posted on March 21, 2014 at 21:30 — 3 Comments

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