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The Pamela Green Collection

Anyone know much about Joan Craven? She shared studios with Walter Bird at Kinocrat House on the Cromwell Road, London. Below is a picture of Pamela Green by her. I run the…Continue

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Bobbie Carnegie commented on Wolfbait Books's blog post Negative restoration – help any one?
"Would a 'before and after scan' be an archival idea for profile recovery of each print? Just a thought."
Dec 5, 2022
Nicholas John Burnett commented on Wolfbait Books's blog post Negative restoration – help any one?
"By the way there is no fire risk from these negatives.  They are cellulose acetate rather than the highly combustible cellulose nitrate."
Nov 29, 2022
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Nicholas John Burnett commented on Wolfbait Books's blog post Negative restoration – help any one?
"This is a common problem.  The blue colour is caused by the anti-halation dye reforming due to the increasing acidity.  The channeling is caused by the shrinking film base due to the loss of acetate groups from the cellulose acetate…"
Nov 28, 2022
David H Davison commented on Wolfbait Books's blog post Negative restoration – help any one?
"No doubt there is a strong smell of vinegar from these negatives, in practical terms there is little you can do. Retouching would take forever and stripping the emulsion from the shrunken acetate base requires proper handling facilities, fume…"
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Sheila Masson commented on Wolfbait Books's blog post Negative restoration – help any one?
"This looks like it is shrinkage/deterioration of acetate film - more explanation here:…"
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Michael Laurence Deane commented on Wolfbait Books's blog post Negative restoration – help any one?
"The only way to save what is left of these images is to scan them as soon as possible. The decomposition can be dramitically slowed down by placing the negatives in a deep freeze. It is possible that some of the negatives maybe cellulose and any…"
Nov 28, 2022
Noorie commented on Wolfbait Books's blog post Negative restoration – help any one?
"I have no idea on negative restoration; and threw out thousands from my 30-year photographic career following damp cellar storage. However; amazing things can be done with retouching Prints; so if you’ve managed to achieve that positive from…"
Nov 28, 2022
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Negative restoration – help any one?

I have around 100 large format colour black and white negatives circa late 1950s. I couldn't tell, but they looked like they were in some plastic sleeves that had deteriorated or some plastic coating (that seemed to have a blue tint). The chemicals in the film or the coating could have reacted with each other. Has anyone come across this before? Is there some way the…See More
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Wolfbait Books commented on Wolfbait Books's group Nude photography in England from 1896 to 1960.
"I should do a post about them."
Jun 15, 2022
Wolfbait Books commented on Wolfbait Books's group Nude photography in England from 1896 to 1960.
"Tim Goldsmith  I have a set plus most of the  Art Studies. I think I'm missing a couple of slides."
Jun 15, 2022
Tim Goldsmith commented on Wolfbait Books's group Nude photography in England from 1896 to 1960.
"Thanks Wolfbait Books. I'm aware of the book but more interested in his early 3D images. I interviewed Stanley 5 or 6 years before he died and he could certainly tell a tale or two! I had the Vistascreen Irving Theatre Club set but in a moment…"
Jun 15, 2022
Wolfbait Books commented on Wolfbait Books's group Nude photography in England from 1896 to 1960.
" Tim Goldsmith  — Simon Sheridan wrote a biography of Stanley Long: X-Rated – Adventures of an Exploitation Filmmaker (2008), which you can get from Amazon. https://geni.us/qE06PRx These links may be of…"
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Michael Pritchard commented on Wolfbait Books's group Nude photography in England from 1896 to 1960.
"Hi, Ronald. The Zoltan Glass collection (and archive) is held at the National Science + Media Museum, Bradford. "
Jun 14, 2022
Ronald Lines commented on Wolfbait Books's group Nude photography in England from 1896 to 1960.
"I have come across the name of Zoltan Glass in my study of Picture Post photographers, he however made his name in Germany as an automobile photographer for Audi in the late 1920's early 30's but fled around 1934.He came to London and…"
Jun 13, 2022
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Nude photography in England from 1896 to 1960.

This group is for those interested in nude photography published in England during the first half of the 20th century from such photographers as: • Walter Bird • Joan Craven • John Everard • Stephen Glass • Zoltán Glass • George Harrison Marks • Horace Roye • Jean Straker • Bertram Park and Yvonne GregorySee More
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Negative restoration – help any one?

I have around 100 large format colour black and white negatives circa late 1950s. I couldn't tell, but they looked like they were in some plastic sleeves that had deteriorated or some plastic coating (that seemed to have a blue tint). The chemicals in the film or the coating could have reacted with each other. Has anyone come across this before? Is there…

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Posted on November 27, 2022 at 20:30 — 8 Comments

Eva Grant - 1950s Figure Photographer

Article on the female figure photographer, Eva Grant. She was born in Istanbul, grew up in Greece, and became a student nurse in London. To supplement her meagre income, she did a bit of swimwear modelling, only to find out she had a real passion for being on the other side of the camera. She was active during the 1950s and early sixties. She published…

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Posted on November 5, 2021 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

A Very British Arcadia: Pan, Wicca and the English Gymnosophical Society.

Here's a piece I wrote on the Pam blog back in October. It touches on the Cult of Pan, Wicca and the English Gymnosophical Society.

A Very British Arcadia

Due, in part, to the censorship laws of the 1950s, photographers often sought to cloak their work in respectability, using Classical allusions in an attempt to validate…

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Posted on January 19, 2021 at 12:00

Horace Roye

A while back I wrote a short biography of the British photographer Horace Roye most famous for his picture Tomorrow’s Crucifixion (1938) — a surreal image of a naked girl on a cross wearing a gas mask with clouds of smoke in the background. He was murdered in 2002 in Morocco aged 97.  Let me know what you think of the article.…

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