Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
Focussing on all facets of the history of the carte de visite and the photographers that made them in Great Britain and around the world.
Latest Activity: Feb 6
Brief History of the Carte de Visite (American Museum of Photography)
Carte de Visite History (Civil War Era)
Cartes de Visite (CDV Collectors) Yahoo group
British and Irish Photography:
Photographers of Great Britain and Ireland 1840-1940
PhotoLondon: Database of 19th Century Photographers 1841-1901
Photographers & Photographic Studios in Derbyshire
Brighton Photographers 1841-1910
London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company cdvs
John Jabez Edwin Mayall - biography - bibliography
Francis Bedford (1816-1894) Bibliography
Ealing's Victorian Photographic Studios and Photographers
Victorian & Edwardian Photographs - Roger Vaughan Collection
Victorian Professional Photographers in Wales 1850-1925
D. C. Harries - Llandeilo Photographer
History of photography in Edinburgh
National Library of Ireland Photograph Collections
Photographs from the Lafayette Studio
New Zealand Photographers Database (Auckland Library)
Early Otago (New Zealand) Photographers
Early Canterbury (New Zealand) Photographers
French photos and photographers of the 19th century
Database of Dutch CdV Studio Portraits
Euopean Society for the History of Photography
South African Photographers of the 19th Century
Pacific North West and Alaska Photographers
Directory of Minnesota Photographers
Early St. Louis, Missouri Photographers
Early West Indies Photographers
PhotoGuide Japan: Photohistory
Nineteenth Century Chinese Photography
Nineteenth Century Korean Photography
A basic question - I'm still learning about cdvs! I presume photographers would buy in a stock of cards for their prints. But would a Lancashire photographer conceivably buy cards from e.g. Bristol Portrait Company? I seem to have found exactly that…Continue
Started by jo hague. Last reply by PetworthPenthouse Aug 22, 2021.
For a book on Rejlander & Victorian photography I am looking for his CDV photos. I coudn't find any CDV from his studio in Wolverhampton & there very few from his studios in London. But there should be a lot of them. Maybe you have some CDV…Continue
Started by Bernd Stiegler. Last reply by Bernd Stiegler Feb 4, 2021.
First Post:Thank you for allowing be to join.The following links are to 3 lots of photographs and Carte de Visite which…Continue
Started by Jane Brown Jul 17, 2020.
Does anyone know if the thin paper covers for Cartes de Visite and Cabinet Cards had a name, what were they called? Two of the attached are by Percy Lund & Co, Bradford, England.ThanksTonyContinue
Started by Tony Rackstraw. Last reply by Michael Hocken Apr 23, 2019.
Any information anyone has on these would be great.
Started by John Ashby. Last reply by John S. Rochon Jan 28, 2019.
Could anyone tell me anything about the French Enamelling process, or point me in the right direction to find out more. See example here.ThanksSteve L…Continue
Started by Steve Lightfoot Jan 10, 2019.
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Hi, thanks for inviting me aboard Marcel. Well done for setting up this valuable group. Always happy to collaborate with researching if I can.
Although my core interest is in UK and Irish cdv/cabs I do have many from other countries so might be able to help out with info - or repatriation!
My REAL, REAL interest is in dating cdv so I am always looking for dated UK examples to further my researches using the format/design of the photographic mounts. Any info always much appreciated.
One of the best private archives containing over 35000 French cartes de visite is owned by Francois Boisjoly in Lyon. Francois has released a book on the carte de visite in France "La Photo-carte" that could be perhaps best described as a French version of Darrah's book "Cartes De Visite in Nineteenth Century Photography". Francois has also produced a directory of 19th century photographers of Paris "Répertoire des photographes parisiens du XIXème siècle", a lovely book and the first of a series that will cover all of France. The next volume with feature photographers of the French territories "Répertoire des photographes français d’Outre-Mer au XIXe siècle". I have contributed data on some photographers active in Tahiti. The books and Francois' database of French photographers can be accessed via his site www.photo-carte.com. Cheers! Marcel.
Carte de visite have been a long neglected part of my collection - i will have to renew my interest in them and see what there is in the boxes - mainly UK interest .
Thank you for your invitation Marcel.
My research is about Portuguese Photographic History (before ca. 1910). CVs are an important format during this period, and Portuguese ones have much in common with foreign ones, as they belong to the same cultural horizon: image aesthetics, printing and mounting techniques, card forms and decorative motives.
I'm researching the History of Photography in India; for which, cdv's are a prime resource for identifying otherwise unknown commercial studios. I would appreciate anyone who comes across Indian studio cdv's, especially the more obscure ones, passing the details on to me, just in case I don't already know about them.
It has not yet been widely publicised in photohistory circles but the site www.cartedevisite.co.uk contains the most comprehensive database of British photographers in existence (that I know of). It has been compiled by Ron Cosens who has the biggest collection of British cdvs and cabinet photos (~200 000) and Ron has databased the information from them and substantially augmented that with directory research by Sandy Barrie (from Ipswich, Australia) and genealogical, photo, newspaper and other data from me plus further information from other contributors including the relations of photographers. A photographer/studio name listing appears on the site although specific address and date data is available on a paid basis. We are compiling a side list of mainly carte de visite photographers active in GB & Ireland who also worked in Australia and New Zealand and would be happy to hear from people with names or queries. I have focussed on a seperate list for photographers that worked in South Africa and we are interested in photographers who worked elsewhere in the world. Cheers! Marcel
Luv them little cdv critters....
I am researching the history of the carte de visite in Australia for eventual publication but I have an avid interest in the history of this format in Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and France as well as many other parts of the world.
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