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Started Sep 25, 2021

Seeking bio information on Aaron Scharf (author of 'Art and Photography' 1968)
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Back in 2019 I started a Wikipedia article on the magazine Camerawork (1976–1985), a British bi-monthly photography magazine promoting humanist, socialist and activist photography.Not much content has been added since, and I wonder would a generous researcher from BPH be moved to add more from their own investigation of this important magazine and its contributors, and to add your research…See More
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"Since 2019 I've added detail to the Wikipedia article on 'Creative Camera' and invite others to verify it, and edit it."
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James McArdle commented on Geoff Barker's blog post Photo-crayotypes and Chromatypes
"Hi Geoff, very interested in this from the point of view of the solar camera/enlarger (on which I have recently created a Wikipedia article). Many photographers 1860s-1870s enlarged CDV  images life-size onto canvas and paper, subsequently to…"
Dec 7, 2020
James McArdle commented on Noni Stacey's blog post Publication: Photography of Protest and Community: The Radical Collectives of the 1970s
"Wonderful! Such valuable research...I look forward to getting hold of the book and reading about this vital time in the history of photography...interested in the parallels with Australian and New Zealand collectives and the inspiration that the…"
Oct 27, 2020
James McArdle commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Obituary: Sue Davies OBE HonFRPS (14 April 1933-18 April 2020) - UPDATED 2
"Does anyone have a good head-and-shoulders portrait of Sue Davies which I might add to her Wikipedia biography? However, be advised that the picture needs to be released to Creative Commons 4.0 (Attribution), meaning it may be used, with attribution…"
May 7, 2020
James McArdle commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Obituary: Sue Davies OBE HonFRPS (14 April 1933-18 April 2020) - UPDATED
"Michael, Paul, Bobbie, Scott and Pamela, I do hope you and others who knew Sue are going to record her story which is so interwoven with the history of the medium at that time...which even had influence here in were at the epicentre."
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James McArdle commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Obituary: Sue Davies OBE HonFRPS (14 April 1933-18 April 2020) - UPDATED
"Wonderful portrait of Sue at David Hurn's flat. A few observations of Sue and Photographers Gallery (from the distance of Australia) at"
Apr 27, 2020
James McArdle commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Sue Davies OBE HonFRPS (1933-2020)
"In honour of a major force in photography I've started a Wikipedia biography of Sue Davies at if others would like to add detail."
Apr 22, 2020

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Blog: The Kodak Panoram: an inspiring camera for artists and photojournalists alike

In its development the panoramic photograph was to exceed the limits of the human field of vision to encompass what we can only see by turning on our heads; could it make art? In addition to a blog post discussing the creative and documentary scope of…


Posted on September 25, 2021 at 6:00

Blog: Edith Tudor-Hart (née Suschitzky; 28 August 1908–12 May 1973) photographer and spy

Have you encountered the passionate photography of Edith Tudor-Hart and her remarkable life story? Let me introduce you to her here…


Posted on September 25, 2021 at 5:30

Blog: Rhonda Wilson MBE (17 August 1953-6 November 2014)

Rhonda Wilson MBE (17 August 1953 - 6 November 2014) was a women's activist, photographer, writer, editor, and educator in British contemporary photography, best known for her initiation of the Rhubarb-Rhubarb International Festival of the Image.

I've just recently been researching the energetic promoter of photography Rhonda Wilson of Birmingham, and have created a Wikipedia…


Posted on September 25, 2021 at 5:30

Information sought: Ian Smith, British photographer for LIFE magazine

Ian Smith (life dates unknown) photographed for the American magazine LIFE in 1945/6 and was listed on the masthead as a staff photographer. Numbers of his images of British politicians of the period, of movie stars, directors and producers, and his reportage of life in England in the aftermath of WW2, are held by Getty…


Posted on January 1, 2019 at 22:30 — 4 Comments

Photohistory 'long reads' daily to your door On This Date In Photography.

On This Date In Photography presents an event that happened, or is happening, on the date of posting. Journalistic, not necessarily academic, it aims to broaden the interests of devotees of photography, with some posts specifically on British photo history, others more wide ranging.

Written on the day, of the day, your news of upcoming items for potential content, or other input, is most welcome.

(It's a 'labour…


Posted on January 16, 2017 at 22:24 — 3 Comments

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At 12:37 on April 27, 2020, Grant Scott said…

There are many mistakes concerning Bill!

At 10:09 on September 11, 2017, michaelg said…

I was a student at the LCC Central School of Arts and Crafts in London between 1960-63, taught Art History by Aaron Schaaf, and, (undercover) photographic history including the development of graphic art reproduction. He was my first contact with an art historian who took photography seriously, as did, I must say, EH Gombrich some of whose lectures I attended at the Warburg Institute.

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At 10:45 on September 3, 2017, Samara Pearce said…

Yes I found out lots and have more recently got images he took during the first war. Not quite Holodomor importance but still unusual. Ask me anything and I will tell you. I've made a conceptual book based on my research which I'm hoping I can get published one day.

At 7:42 on April 30, 2009, Michael Pritchard said…
Hello! I've seen the photos awaiting approval for uploading. I just wanted to check that they are are either bya British photographer or the subject matter is British.. if not then they won't really fit the remit of this blog...

Coudl you confirm please?

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