Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
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 plates a couple years earlier). It reminded me of attending similar gatherings in other western and eastern European countries in which I had been curating exhibitions (for a program in Cardiff called "Continental Enquiries") at which other significant historical revelations were being excitedly announced. I was pretty excited myself, and loved the enthusiasm and devotion displayed and the idea that the history of the medium (a history I had read and studied, but which often had been written either by Americans or from that perspective) was being born and reborn before my eyes in country after country. As my focus was contemporary European photography, I did not adequately follow many of these historical developments, the revelations of which I'd been privy. Can some of the BPH folks tell me what is the current status of verification and acceptance of the Puhar discoveries.
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