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Looking for wetplate camera
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Hello all,I am extremely keen to get my wetplate practice up and running by this summer but have been stopped in my tracks by buying a dud 19C camera.I know this forum has not got many practitioners…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gavin Maitland Apr 22, 2013.

Modern Daggeureotypists
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I know this is a stupid question and I ask only on behalf of a friend but does anyone out there know of anyone who would take a commission for a Dagguereotype portrait? A friend is very keen to have…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Terry King Jul 17, 2012.

Help needed locating seaside town
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Hi there,I have just acquired a batch of strange photographs from the 70's that I am trying to pinpoint the location of where they where taken. Please have a look at the image and if you have any…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gavin Maitland Jun 28, 2012.

Modern Tintype photography:
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I am seriously interested in learning to make Tintypes in the original way or as close as I can get. Is there anybody on this site who practices the art of Tintyping or perhaps knows somebody that…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gavin Maitland Apr 23, 2012.

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Images wanted of 'Abused Tintypes'.

Hello, I am writing an article on what I am calling the 'Abused Tintype' - short bit of explanatory blurb below:

"The Abused Tintype: The Tintype was a form of early photography that was extremely popular in the mid nineteenth century. It was cheap to produce and versatile enough to be sent in the post as the image was printed onto Japanned metal. However, partly due…


Posted on July 21, 2015 at 16:00 — 4 Comments

Ark Press Pop-up Exhibition

ARK PRESS is a publishing platform and website which seeks to save and promote vernacular photographs relating to all areas of British social history. We will be having a mini-pop-up show of images from the ARK at Bristol's Parlour Showrooms this Friday and Saturday. Come down anytime between 10am and 8pm or join us on Friday night from 5pm for a drinks and social reception at 31/31a College Green Bristol BS1 5TB

“I love saving things…


Posted on August 29, 2013 at 19:00

First London Alternative Photography Collective Meeting:

This Thursday the 8th August see the inaugural meeting in what hopes to be a regular event exploring the history of photography and the application of alternative photographic processes, taking place at Double Negative Dark Rooms, 178A Glyn Road, Hackney, E5 0JE.

At 7pm, there will be informal talks from;

  • Seb Sussman, founder of the Double Negative Darkrooms. …

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 20:00

Help needed with magazine citation:

I am writing an article for a newish photography publication in Bristol. the article I am writing is on early street photography and I was hoping to use some images by some well known and lesser known street photographers. Does anyone know how it works with reproducing photographs in this way? Do you just need to cite the image source or would I/the magazine need to pay for the use? If anybody knows anything about this sort of thing i would appreciate a professional opinion as I am rather new… Continue

Posted on September 22, 2011 at 19:16 — 2 Comments

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At 22:29 on March 12, 2013, Lynette Zeeng said…
You need to cite but also get permission from the photographer or owner. For Education it is less complex but for publication outside education there are a lot of copyright issues. Each country is different.
At 18:27 on March 12, 2013, Graham Wood said…

Hello Gavin

I was in London at the fair on sunday , but not selling - possibly there a bit earlier than you ! The portrait is wet collodion - a modern ambrotype on black glass we were on holiday in Normandy last september and came across a photographer in Bayeux , near the cathedral who is apparently the only commercial photographer in France to do wet collodion portraits - if you are ever anywhere near there i would recommend calling in and having a portrait done - apparently he doesn' t get too much call for this skill .

At 10:48 on March 12, 2013, Paul Godfrey said…

The Magic Box is certainly worth reading. It's about 150 pages in length and published in 1954. There is very little about the technical aspects of ferrotype photography but it does give a good account of how Pendrigh earned his living on the streets in his own words. In 1954 the sums of money he made were huge but today these amounts do not seem at all large. He talks about earning £97 in one day as if it's a fortune. He mentions a famous Old Bailey case of the 1950s where a beach photographer had made £47,000 in six years but omitted to pay income tax. Today this seems a small sum for six years work.

The story is mainly about his methods of earning a living. Discovering the Aptus ferrotype camera and trading illegally on the streets of south coast seaside towns. Being moved on by the police etc. to becoming a licensed photographer in Trafalgar Square. He also was a photographer at the 1951 Festival of Britain taking photographs of people on donkeys, but not using ferrotype methods by then.

I bought my copy of the book on a recommendation from an email corespondent through Amazon but I see today that there is one copy for sale at a pretty high price. I did not buy my copy for anything like this amount. There appears to have been one for sale on Ebay earlier this year that did not sell So keep your eye out for a copy at a reasonable price. One is bound to turn up.

Best wishes
At 22:22 on February 29, 2012, Graham Wood said…

Hello Gavin

Sent a message by email to  is tis the address to use ?


At 20:49 on February 24, 2012, Graham Wood said…

Hello Gavin

You seem to have changed a bit - looking a bit dog- like , hope i will still be able to recognise you on sunday .


At 15:25 on February 8, 2012, whiskeightytwo said…
Hello! You have some very interesting discussions going. I hope you can find someone working in tintype. I will ask around. ;)

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