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Marcel Safier's Blog (9)

Obituary: Hubert Weston King (1931-2018)

Hubert Weston King, the owner of the W. W. Winter studio in Derby has passed away on Xmas day 2018, just shy of his 87th birthday. The Winter studio is the longest operating photographic studio business in the UK, if not the world and second longest operating from the same address in the UK, after the Reeves studio in Lewes, Sussex. The business was…


Added by Marcel Safier on January 11, 2019 at 23:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Sit. Pose. Snap. Brisbane Portrait Photography 1850–1950 / 24 March-30 July 2017

Sit. Pose. Snap. Brisbane Portrait Photography 1850–1950 explores the phenomenon of portrait photography in Brisbane, and shows how the process of capturing and sharing a portrait evolved from the formal studio sittings of the 19th century through to more candid and relaxed photographs of the 20th century.

Featuring hundreds of Brisbane residents captured in…


Added by Marcel Safier on March 13, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Matt Isenburg, photographic collector and historian

Matt Isenburg, leading photographic collector and historian and driving force behind the Daguerreian Society, has passed away at the age of 89 on 14 November 2016.

Matt was a WW2 US Navy veteran and fascinated by history, in which he obtained a Bachelor's degree at Northwestern Universary. He started as a camera collector, with a major interest in Leicas but switched…


Added by Marcel Safier on December 17, 2016 at 23:30 — 3 Comments

Daniel Louis Mundy - New Zealand and Australia

Daniel Louis Mundy was born 4 August 1826 in Devizes, Wiltshire. He came to Australia in 1863 and the following year took over Meluish's studio in Dunedin, New Zealand. From 1869 he devoted himself to landscape photography and this occupied him for the remainder of his life. In 1873 he toured a lantern slide show "Maori Land or Through New Zealand with a Camera" in Australia and submitted a series of views for exhibition in…

Added by Marcel Safier on July 3, 2013 at 11:58 — 2 Comments

Six Aboriginal daguerreotypes and ambrotypes discovered in South Australia

Cased images of Australian aborigines are few and far between so the discovery of six images, three daguerreotypes and three ambrotypes in the Mill Cottage Museum in Port Lincoln, South Australia is particularly exciting news.…


Added by Marcel Safier on May 7, 2013 at 22:00 — No Comments

Graphics Atlas (Image Permanence Institute)

Graphics Atlas is a new online resounce that brings sophisticated print identification and characteristic exploration tools to archivists, curators, historians, collectors, conservators, educators and the general pubic.

Added by Marcel Safier on February 8, 2012 at 0:06 — No Comments

Whitby Photographers - new publication

Ruth Wilcock has ju st published her book "Whitby Photographers, their lives and their photographs from the 1840s" that can be purchased via her website It has 218 pages A4 containing over 260 photos and 170 illustrations, many never published before that help tell the story of Whitby’s many photographers. Their story is…


Added by Marcel Safier on November 4, 2011 at 23:00 — No Comments

Photographing every building in a city or town

In Australia in the late 1860s and early 1870s the American and Australasian Photographic Company with their team of photographers headed by Henry Beaufoy Merlin and Charles Bayliss undertook travels starting in Melbourne to progressively photograph every building in a given town, progressing moving through Victoria and then New South Wales. A large cache of their negatives of the Hill End and Tambaroora region have survived and are currently being digitised at the State Library of New South… Continue

Added by Marcel Safier on August 13, 2011 at 0:34 — No Comments

Photographers of Great Britain 1840-1940 database

Hello all

A new website was launched last year but it is still being refined that contains probably the largest database in existence of British and Irish photographers

Although specific content requires payment to help cover the costs of setting up and maintaining the site (and collection used to produce it) there is an increasing amount of free content such as the biographies of British… Continue

Added by Marcel Safier on June 26, 2010 at 4:16 — 1 Comment

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