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At 15:47 on June 30, 2013, John B Turner said…

Thanks for the initiative, Marcel. I hardly know where to start in terms of my own research and interests because they are so many and varied. Perhaps I should send you a list, because quite a few came from or went to Australia after photographing in New Zealand.

At 20:42 on November 29, 2012, Ron Cosens said…

Hi Rob Whalley. I have over 40 spare cdv from Blackburn. Also loads of info. Would you like to get in touch?  Ron Cosens

At 13:29 on July 6, 2012, Tony Hilton said…

Hi Marcel.

Would you let Sandy know I have had no luck finding his photos. Nicole at Trader had a disc of them, and of course they were published back then.

When will you next be in Sydney? 22nd July is our market. I have a couple of CDVs I would like to show you.


At 15:17 on November 17, 2011, Peter Leonard said…


hi - ref my recent question about implications of setting up as a photogrpaher.

I geto my dates wrong. In 1858 aged 24, my ggg uncle (Frank Walton) was still working only as a Confectioner. In 1861 he had moved to being a Bazaar Keeper in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. By 1870 he was describing himself as both a Confectioner and a Photographer and operating in the High Street of Grantham, Lincolnshire "in Booths". He was 36. So it looks like he was selling Gingerbread and other confectionery at the Fairs until the mid 1860's when he started to get involved in Photography. On this basis, I'd appreciate your opinion on how he might have got started and what costs, and methods he would have had to undertake... regards Peter

At 14:02 on July 27, 2011, Alun Reynolds said…

Hi Marcel,

Great to hear from you, (sorry it’s my turn to be tardy in replying). I’m at the writing –up stage of my research (although the research never stops).

I’m basically trying to correct and put back the missing information, in an album containing photographs of Calvert R Jones.

Here’s the link if you’d like to see the album:

Your work with Michael Gray looks interesting, I’ve come across a few people related to the photographic families that had move to Australia, and maybe they took the process or prints with them?

All the best Alun (I’ll try and reply quicker next time)

my email is:

At 15:25 on May 23, 2011, Joan M Schwartz said…

HI Marcel,

Good to hear from you. Alas, nothing new on Insley at this end either. I won't be at Photo History XV. I'm heading to Florence for Photo Archives IV: Photo Archives and the Idea of Nation.


Joan Schwartz

At 6:53 on May 23, 2011, Luke Gartlan said…
Hi Marcel. Yes, Ken is welcome to contact me. Unfortunately, the St Andrews special collections are shut for the summer (here) for a major library redevelopment. But they have an impressive collection of Valentine materials (including some of the studio record books). But he should try to contact the photography curator there (and a member of this website)... Marc Boulay.
At 23:43 on January 8, 2011, Hugh Ashley Rayner said…

Hi Marcel!

I'm still working on the Indian Photographers book; now only 18 months behind schedule, but hopefully finished this spring! The trouble is I keep finding more and more material to add. I'm going to have to call a halt some day soon and just send it to the printers! Hope you're keeping well, Best Wishes, Hugh

At 2:30 on June 28, 2010, bill purvis said…
Hi Marcel Nice to hear from you.
I would love to have your corrections. I realise my book (catalogue) is a bit short on technical expertise. If I can support some of your work in anyway please let me know.
Cheers Bill
At 9:53 on June 20, 2010, Rob Tooley said…
Yes, perhaps we can meet up next time. I did not see much at Photographica, there seemed less old stuff than in previous years.
At 19:26 on March 2, 2010, Geoffrey Batchen said…
I'm moving to New Zealand in June, remember? So unfortunately I won't be here. Equally unfortunately, my Beard/Claudet exhibition at Yale was recently cancelled, due to concerns about the conservation of daguerreotypes and the negative effects of showing them. But I'm still interested in doing research on both Beard and Claudet.

At 3:44 on January 5, 2010, Judy Annear said…
hello Marcel, good to hear from you.
we arent doing a 19th c show right now but mid June 2010 we open a major Stieglitz show - his work from 1910s - 30s. I hope you can get to see it and yes there wil be a catalogue. The work is coming form 11 major lendeers including NGA Washington. There wil be a seminar on June 19 the saturday after the opening
At 13:17 on May 17, 2009, Geoffrey Batchen said…
Hi Marcel,
The exhibition is coming along. We've found a few interesting things and now we'll see if we can borrow them. Sounds like you're doing some good work yourself.

At 18:03 on March 4, 2009, Mark Haworth-Booth said…
Dear Marcel

Thank you very much for your comment on wedding photography. All best, Mark

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