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March 2012 Blog Posts (47)

Does Anyone Recognize This Photographer's Signature?

Hello All,

Last year I purchased a collection of photographs that are mostly 19th century albumen format. In this collection are two photos of India with the photographer's named scratched into the negative. I've included both photos, as well as both signatures. The signature that's just the last name looks to me like "Carrey, Currey, etc?" The other signature, which is partially trimmed, looks like "W. L. Carr...?" They appear to by the same hand.

Can anyone out there provide…


Added by John Minichiello on March 5, 2012 at 20:55 — 1 Comment

'London Stereoscopic Company' camera

I have a small antique metal fold-out camera which carries the name 'The London Stereoscopic Co., 106 & 108 Regent St W'. I wonder if you have any interest in it.

I  think it is working, at least the shutter is working. It has a black metal faceplate with a rectangular sliding viewfinder glass with crosshairs that projects to the left of the camera when one slides it out. The sliding plate containing the viewfinder cocks the shutter when it is slid to the right fully - the release…


Added by terry pattison on March 5, 2012 at 13:00 — No Comments

Calling all BPH members with Bohemian beard .....

And that excludes all the female BPH readers - I hope so! Unless you know of any with a great looking beard. Short or long, young or old! - it doesn't matter.

If you have one, or know someone who does, you're in luck 'cos you could have your image captured in glass by Julia Margaret Cameron, and pocket £250 along the way! Well, not by her directly, but Dimbola Museum…


Added by Michael Wong on March 3, 2012 at 18:27 — No Comments

Herschel archive inventory online at HRC

The Herschel collection at the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin now has its complete inventory online. Many colleagues will know of the important material in this archive relating to J.F.W. Herschel's experiments with photographic processes such as argentotype, cyanotype, chrysotype, celaenotype and anthotype.…


Added by Mike Ware on March 2, 2012 at 5:30 — No Comments

Edwardian photographic slides see the light after 100 years

A collection of 84 glass lantern slides dating from the early part of the twentieth century has been donated to Bath & North East Somerset Council. The photographs depict various scenes in and around Bath including Prior Park, Bath Abbey, the Guildhall and the Botanical Gardens. They are thought to have been taken around 1905, possibly by a surveyor with an…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 1, 2012 at 22:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: 'Beautiful effects': Ruskin’s Daguerreotypes of Switzerland

The Whitehouse Collection held by the Ruskin Foundation at the Ruskin Library contains 125 Daguerreotypes – one-off plates using the first popular process of permanent photography.  The third display in a series of four, this focuses on the Swiss scenes.  John Ruskin travelled to the French and Swiss Alps more often…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 1, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Talk: Photography and the Royal Family 1840-1880

Professor John Plunkett from the University of Exeter will explore Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s interest in photography as collectors. This lecture also shows them as subjects of the photography industry which was fast becoming a commercial and popular media for disseminating the images of distinguished people and…


Added by Michael Wong on March 1, 2012 at 9:12 — No Comments

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