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Marcel Safier replied to PetworthPenthouse's discussion Do you know of any Victorian daylight studios still existing in a recognisable form?
"Hi Tony, I've looked and can't find that Facebook group or anything of a similar name. Could you please provide a link? Cheers! Marcel"
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Carte de Visite

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.See More
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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.See More
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Malcolm Batty commented on Marcel Safier's group Carte de Visite
"I have been collecting CDVs of London Studios for years and now have about 400. The one that I am really looking for is BATTY, my great grandfather, who had studios in Stratford, Wood Green and Leytonstone before moving to Clacton-on-Sea. Any news…"
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Marcel Safier commented on Muriel Morris's blog post Alan Elliott 1921-2020: A Life Well Lived
"Hello Muriel, that is sad news. I used to visit Alan when I got down to Melbourne from Brisbane and we last met in September last year. Alan and I spent many hours discussing photographic history in his front room in Dorcas St, by email or via the…"
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Marcel Safier commented on Geoff Barker's blog post Photo-crayotypes and Chromotypes
"Hi Geoff, I helped out with a book on the Friths ("The Frith Family : Snips & Snaps. Nineteenth Century Portaitists, Miniaturists, Caricaturists and Photographic Artists" by Noel Tozer). Frederick's sister Letitia Davidson…"
Aug 3, 2020

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I am a photographic historian and collector of 19th century photographica based in Brisbane, Australia. My interest is firstly in Australian photographic history, but I have a substantial interest in photography in many other parts of the world, and I am interested in the history of the carte de visite, cabinet photo and family photograph albums in particular. I am a contributor to the database of photographers of Great Britain and Ireland 1840-1940 and I am interested in the migration of British and Irish photographers to other countries and of photographers that migrated to Great Britain and Ireland from elsewhere.

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Obituary: Hubert Weston King (1931-2018)

Hubert Weston King, the owner of the W. W. Winter studio in Derby has passed away on Xmas day 2018, just shy of his 87th birthday. The Winter studio is the longest operating photographic studio business in the UK, if not the world and second longest operating from the same address in the UK, after the Reeves studio in Lewes, Sussex. The business was…


Posted on January 11, 2019 at 23:30

Exhibition: Sit. Pose. Snap. Brisbane Portrait Photography 1850–1950 / 24 March-30 July 2017

Sit. Pose. Snap. Brisbane Portrait Photography 1850–1950 explores the phenomenon of portrait photography in Brisbane, and shows how the process of capturing and sharing a portrait evolved from the formal studio sittings of the 19th century through to more candid and relaxed photographs of the 20th century.

Featuring hundreds of Brisbane residents captured in…


Posted on March 13, 2017 at 21:30

Obituary: Matt Isenburg, photographic collector and historian

Matt Isenburg, leading photographic collector and historian and driving force behind the Daguerreian Society, has passed away at the age of 89 on 14 November 2016.

Matt was a WW2 US Navy veteran and fascinated by history, in which he obtained a Bachelor's degree at Northwestern Universary. He started as a camera collector, with a major interest in Leicas but switched…


Posted on December 17, 2016 at 23:30 — 3 Comments

Daniel Louis Mundy - New Zealand and Australia

Daniel Louis Mundy was born 4 August 1826 in Devizes, Wiltshire. He came to Australia in 1863 and the following year took over Meluish's studio in Dunedin, New Zealand. From 1869 he devoted himself to landscape photography and this occupied him for the remainder of his life. In 1873 he toured a lantern slide show "Maori Land or Through New Zealand with a Camera" in Australia and submitted a series of views for exhibition in…

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 11:58 — 2 Comments

Six Aboriginal daguerreotypes and ambrotypes discovered in South Australia

Cased images of Australian aborigines are few and far between so the discovery of six images, three daguerreotypes and three ambrotypes in the Mill Cottage Museum in Port Lincoln, South Australia is particularly exciting news.…


Posted on May 7, 2013 at 22:00

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At 15:47 on June 30, 2013, John B Turner said…

Thanks for the initiative, Marcel. I hardly know where to start in terms of my own research and interests because they are so many and varied. Perhaps I should send you a list, because quite a few came from or went to Australia after photographing in New Zealand.

At 20:42 on November 29, 2012, Ron Cosens said…

Hi Rob Whalley. I have over 40 spare cdv from Blackburn. Also loads of info. Would you like to get in touch?  Ron Cosens

At 13:29 on July 6, 2012, Tony Hilton said…

Hi Marcel.

Would you let Sandy know I have had no luck finding his photos. Nicole at Trader had a disc of them, and of course they were published back then.

When will you next be in Sydney? 22nd July is our market. I have a couple of CDVs I would like to show you.


At 15:17 on November 17, 2011, Peter Leonard said…


hi - ref my recent question about implications of setting up as a photogrpaher.

I geto my dates wrong. In 1858 aged 24, my ggg uncle (Frank Walton) was still working only as a Confectioner. In 1861 he had moved to being a Bazaar Keeper in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. By 1870 he was describing himself as both a Confectioner and a Photographer and operating in the High Street of Grantham, Lincolnshire "in Booths". He was 36. So it looks like he was selling Gingerbread and other confectionery at the Fairs until the mid 1860's when he started to get involved in Photography. On this basis, I'd appreciate your opinion on how he might have got started and what costs, and methods he would have had to undertake... regards Peter

At 14:02 on July 27, 2011, Alun Reynolds said…

Hi Marcel,

Great to hear from you, (sorry it’s my turn to be tardy in replying). I’m at the writing –up stage of my research (although the research never stops).

I’m basically trying to correct and put back the missing information, in an album containing photographs of Calvert R Jones.

Here’s the link if you’d like to see the album:

Your work with Michael Gray looks interesting, I’ve come across a few people related to the photographic families that had move to Australia, and maybe they took the process or prints with them?

All the best Alun (I’ll try and reply quicker next time)

my email is:

At 15:25 on May 23, 2011, Joan M Schwartz said…

HI Marcel,

Good to hear from you. Alas, nothing new on Insley at this end either. I won't be at Photo History XV. I'm heading to Florence for Photo Archives IV: Photo Archives and the Idea of Nation.


Joan Schwartz

At 6:53 on May 23, 2011, Luke Gartlan said…
Hi Marcel. Yes, Ken is welcome to contact me. Unfortunately, the St Andrews special collections are shut for the summer (here) for a major library redevelopment. But they have an impressive collection of Valentine materials (including some of the studio record books). But he should try to contact the photography curator there (and a member of this website)... Marc Boulay.
At 23:43 on January 8, 2011, Hugh Ashley Rayner said…

Hi Marcel!

I'm still working on the Indian Photographers book; now only 18 months behind schedule, but hopefully finished this spring! The trouble is I keep finding more and more material to add. I'm going to have to call a halt some day soon and just send it to the printers! Hope you're keeping well, Best Wishes, Hugh

At 2:30 on June 28, 2010, bill purvis said…
Hi Marcel Nice to hear from you.
I would love to have your corrections. I realise my book (catalogue) is a bit short on technical expertise. If I can support some of your work in anyway please let me know.
Cheers Bill
At 9:53 on June 20, 2010, Rob Tooley said…
Yes, perhaps we can meet up next time. I did not see much at Photographica, there seemed less old stuff than in previous years.

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