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Ian Wallace commented on Gilly Read FRPS's blog post Information request: Carte-de-visite from Barnsley
"This looks like a photographer who saw how GW Wilson had success with local Personalities groups.  GWW's first was about 1856-7 after which he produced a series of at least 9 similar images. GWW numbers the portrait images so there was a…"
May 25
Ian Wallace commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
"For my penny's worth I would think it is possibly by Wilson assuming you can match all the images.  He had the experience of photo montages from his commercially very successful photographs of Aberdeen dignitaries in the later 1850s. …"
Dec 15, 2020
Ian Wallace commented on Edward McCann's blog post Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.
"Hello Edward/Peter I think the other person who comes to mind as a comparison in this context is Francis Bedford.  Steven Evans shows a topographical CDV around 1860 on his Bedford timeline and notes that it is a cut down stereographic image…"
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Publication: 'On a Hill Road' is now published

The book is a 'Now and Then' book which explores the 3D stereo archive of keen Scottish amateur photographer Andrew Milne who travelled Scotland with his Stereo Victo camera between 1902 and 1905.  Although an amateur, Andrew's image stand up well against many of the commercial images of Scotland made by more famous names.

There is a launch talk with 3D images on the…


Posted on October 1, 2018 at 22:00

RPS Historical Group Recreating the Past

I thought it might cause some amusement to post this picture from an the event held last weekend in Bath by the RPS Historical Group.

My picture touches four periods of photography: The sitter is David Burder, Daguerreotype aficionado, being photographed by Dr Guy Brown using a freshly made collodion wet plate in the camera while being captured on a digital camera by…


Posted on July 13, 2013 at 21:00 — 4 Comments

Worktown Photographs of Humphrey Spender

I heard about this interesting photographic archive on the radio today.  Perhaps the images are not quite as old as many of the photographs discussed here but nevertheless this collection of photographs of life in Bolton just before the Second World War is fascinating.

All of these pictures were taken by Humphrey Spender as part of the first Mass Observation project…


Posted on February 25, 2013 at 20:00

Fantastic morning with John Falconer at the British Library as a part the London Festival of Photography

Along with a group of other keenly interested visitors we were treated to a feast of wonderful Fox Talbot and Calotype treasures (Including access to the fantastic Hill and Adamson Album).

On the train in to London in the morning I typed Fox Talbot into my Kindle store search engine and was delighted to find the text of the Pencil of Nature can be downloaded as a free edition.  Having just read Talbots narrative in which he looks forward in places far sightedly to the possibilities…


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At 15:59 on July 9, 2014, Edward McCann said…

Greetings again from Montreal, Ian -- thought I'd correct my mistake -- Helen's Island should , of course, read Ellen's Island. In fact were I'm sending this from The Atwater Library { I'm volunteer curator here of historical collections } and the volunteer in our computer room is a woman from Scotland named Ellen.

Regards, Ed

At 21:22 on July 7, 2014, Edward McCann said…

Thanks for your follow-up,Ian. Mr Wilson, I agree, is underrated.

Landscapes never much interested me -- Alex Henderson of Montreal was an exception -- until I saw a stereo of Helen's Island by GWW -- the composition made yours truly a believer in poetic landscapes. Best, Ed

At 9:46 on March 14, 2010, Ian Wallace said…
I've life long interest in photography and am currently working on a book featuring a collection of stereo photographs from around 1902.

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