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Researching British expatriates


Researching British expatriates

A group for people interested in British expatriates who photographed in their adopted countries, or were photographed in their adopted countries.

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Latest Activity: Sep 9, 2020

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Richard Ellis photographer in Malta c1862 til 1924.... Query 2 Replies

Hi to the list members from Australia,I am interested in the above gent as he was a younger brother of my GG Grandfather.He was born in London and died in Malta and left a collection of thousands of…Continue

Started by yvonne marshall. Last reply by alfred borg Sep 9, 2020.

Would the real Reuben Albertstone please stand up.

For decades I didn't know what Reuben Albertstone, pioneer Sitka photographer, looked like. The problem was W.H. Case's "Pioneers of Alaska 1887" collage photograph. Case assembled portraits from…Continue

Started by Dick Wood Jul 25, 2017.

Eadweard Muybridge is on BookTV today

BookTV (CSPAN2) is on channel 351 on DirecTV in the USA. The show is on today, Saturday, March 16th at 2:30pm (ET), USA. For those of you without access to CSPAN2 they have been uploading these…Continue

Started by Dick Wood Mar 16, 2013.

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Comment by Mary Cuperr on July 9, 2020 at 21:17

Your tips inspire me, tell me are you making black and white photo? It seems to me interesting this direction of professional photography.

Comment by Dean DeRosa on November 6, 2014 at 15:44

See my recent blog post: Unidentified Photographer: "Gen Lee's Slaves". I am interested in determining whether the unidentified photographer is GD Wakely, an Englishman and pioneer photographer in the United States. I am particularly interested in finding any notes or inventory of the photos Wakely took during 1865-1870 when he photographed many sites in the Washington, DC area.

Comment by Angela Kelly on October 5, 2014 at 20:25

I am interested in researching photographs about Irish and UK immigrants who left the UK during the Potato Famine years ( 1847 )and settled in the Colonies.

Comment by Gael Newton on April 7, 2014 at 4:43

Thanks Marcel   I shall contact Allan. The seminar has turned into a weekend of events including talks for both the Indonesian historical show Garden of the East and our contemporary photomedia from Asia photogallery display but with a more past to present day character now than before. It is  14-15 June. regards Gael

Comment by Marcel Safier on April 7, 2014 at 2:14

Allan Collier on this list is researching photographers of Somerset for publication Gael so you should contact him. Do you have a date for the "Garden of the East" symposium yet? Cheers! Marcel

Comment by Gael Newton on April 7, 2014 at 1:03

For the Indonesian career 1897-1916 of George P. (Parham) Lewis (1875-1939) son of Walter G Lewis photographer of Bath known for his women at war series for The Home Front 1917-18. see our Garden of the East: photography in Indonesia 1850s-1940s 21 Feb -22 June 2014 and collection  search tab

Comment by Karen Magee on December 21, 2012 at 3:58

Hi, Thanks Marcel for asking me to in this group. As you know, my particular interest in expat photographers is Captain Samuel Sweet (b 1825 England, arr. Australia 1864), although I come across a lot of Expats in my research on South Australian Photography of the 1860s to 1880s. I'm heading off to NZ  for three weeks tomorrow but hope to join in the discussion when I return after 15th Jan. Cheers,


Comment by Marcel Safier on December 16, 2012 at 10:14

Hi Dick, as Ron has pointed out, we have found quite a few British photographers that worked elsewhere and through my research and other international contacts I have found photographers (including a number that I am more interested in) that worked in Canada, the USA (eg. Thomas Glaister who then came to Australia), South America (the Helsbys for instance), Malta, South Africa, China, Japan, India (eg. James William Newland who also came to Australia), Indonesia (Woodbury and Page), and a large list that worked in Australia and New Zealand and some elsewhere in the Pacific. The majority of British born photographers that came to Australia were English, with less from Scotland, a few Welsh and very few Irish. Cheers! Marcel, Brisbane.

Comment by Ron Cosens on December 14, 2012 at 14:42

Hi, I am also very interested in photographers that worked in UK studios as well as in another country - either before or after their time in the UK. I have managed to start a list by looking at cdv mounts and Marcel has been able to identify others, particularly re Australia and New Zealand. Happy to collaborated with anyone in extending the list with 'international' photographers from any country in the world.  There must have been hundreds of them.  Ron

Comment by Dick Wood on December 13, 2012 at 8:14

I thought this might be a fun topic for a group. For a temporary image I used part of a watercolor I own. It was painted on a rainy day in 1888 in Sitka, Alaska, by Ed Chamberlain. Chamberlain was an interesting character. Here is some history on him from the early Sitka newspapers. 

“Mr. Chamberlain intends shortly opening his photographic studio and art gallery opposite the south entrance of the Greek church....” Alaskan, Jan. 29, 1887.

Chamberlain was attacked in his office: “After McCafferty had pounded Chamberlain for some time... McCafferty then drew a pistol and cocked....” Alaskan, Feb. 26, 1887.

“Editor Chamberlain, recently of the Alaskan [a Sitka newspaper], will come to Juneau shortly and open up a photograph gallery. ” AFP, Mar. 26, 1887.

“Chamberlain and deGroff... secured several pictures of the procession. ” Alaskan, April 9, 1887.

“Photographer Chamberlain displays outside his studio a show-case of handsome pictures of Sitka and its environs. Among the portraits is one of the well-known ‘Mrs. Tom,’ otherwise ‘the Princess,’ so far as is known one of the wealthiest of the Sitka Indians. The dull weather has prevented Mr. Chamberlain executing a number of orders which he has on hand and getting in readiness his stock of photos for the summer season. He expects a full supply of dry plates by the [steamer] Ancon next week. ” Alaskan, May 14, 1887.

Chamberlain, editor of the Alaskan newspaper, ran this ad throughout the summer of 1887: “Grover Cleveland is President of the United States, Victoria is Queen of England, and Edward Chamberlain is the most westerly artist and photographer in the world. His studio is open to all comers; he will take you off to perfection, and don’t you forget it. Summer and winter views of Alaska. Send for price list. ” Alaskan, May 14, 1887.

There were other British photographers in early Alaska. More to follow. Dick Wood, Juneau, Alaska.


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