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Nano-Scientists Attempt to Save Disintegrating Artworks- Daguerreotypes

As priceless images from the earliest days of photography were dissolving in front of museumgoers' eyes, an unlikely team set out to save them.  In the theaterlike darkness of the international Center of Photography in New York City, black-and-white ghosts of New England's mid-19th-century Boston Brahmins stared out from behind the glass-and-rosewood frames. These were the works of Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes, the Rembrandts of daguerreotypy—the first practical…

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Posted on November 19, 2012 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Kodak to Declare Bankruptcy?

The news doesn't look good for Eastman Kodak. From the Wall Street JournalKodak Hires Restructuring LawyersEastman Kodak Co. has hired law firm Jones Day for restructuring advice as it faces growing concerns from investors over its turnaround prospects, people familiar with the matter…

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Posted on September 30, 2011 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Billy the Kid tintype sets new auction record

It seems as if it was just yesterday that a new record was set for a 19th century photograph. Oh wait, it was just a few days ago that a Le Gray sold for USD $1,305,000. That didn't last long. Yesterday, William Koch, a brother of billionaires Charles and David Koch, of the politically active members of an oil-and-gas family purchased the only known image of Billy the Kid for a staggering 2.3 million (USD) or 2.6 million with commission. More information here:…

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Posted on June 26, 2011 at 21:24 — 1 Comment

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