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The First Hundred Years by British Pathe

Newsreel archive British Pathé has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films, in high resolution, to its YouTube channel. This unprecedented release of vintage news reports and cinemagazines is part of a drive to make the archive more accessible to…


Posted on May 1, 2014 at 22:03

Auction: 19th century China Magazine sells for six times estimate

46 photographs, which form part of the 19th century China Magazine, depicting life in the Far East during the 1860s, have sold for more than six times their estimated value when they recently went under the hammer at Dominic WInters.

Dropped off by a couple from Cumbria who happened to be…


Posted on April 27, 2014 at 21:43

Exhibition: Photographs of Spitalfields a Century Ago

Residents of the streets of East London are captured with startling clarity by the enigmatic C A Mathew. The purpose of the photographs remains unknown, but on the morning of Saturday 20th April, 1912, our photographer walked the short distance from Liverpool Street Station into the heart of Spitalfields, taking his camera with him.

In contrast to the more formal,…


Posted on March 2, 2014 at 23:34 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Photographing the Arab city in the 19th century

In the 19th century the East represented the realm of exoticism, fantasy and mystery. Literature and painting in particular used the lands beyond Europe as canvases for fertile explorations of the unknown and unlimited boundaries for imagination. By the latter half of the century, however, several pioneer photographers travelled to the Middle East and North Africa,…


Posted on February 4, 2014 at 23:36

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At 1:27 on May 23, 2011, Irene Caesar said…
Nice to meet you, Michael! I really like your multi-dimensional vision!
At 2:51 on January 26, 2011, Alan M. Preston said…

Hello Michael (Wong), I missed your Brian Duffy blog, and was belatedly pleased to read it on the BPH site - I have been an Archivist with one or two biographies, and was arranging with Chris (Brian's son) to get his biography written before he sadly died, via an biographer friend who was an Arts Editor for the 'Daily Mail' in the 1970's.

It was marvellous to see the documentary about his life on TV (Chris very kindly sent me a gratis DVD). I also very proudly own two of Brian's original 'Olympus' cameras: a KTL (which was only made for 7 months prior to the launch of the OM1) and an OM2 (which is modified with a Flash synch. lock) and takes amazing photographs - which I aquired through Brian's neighbour, Ross.

Please keep me informed if you may hear of any other tributes to Brian Duffy - his biography HAS to be written!


At 17:21 on March 4, 2010, Michael Wong said…
Hi Quinn,

Good to hear from you !

Firstly, my sincere apologies for the error in the post ! I only based it on the limited information that was available from the Kensal Green Cementary Site. I should have research it more thoroughly before posting it. The last thing I want is to 'hijack' such an important event from your group and all the efforts you all have put in the past year. I was only aware of it when I went in to the Kensal Green website looking for some other information unrelated to this.

I will correct them immediately or would you prefer me to delete both the blog and event info, so that it can come officially from yourselves i.e., Collodion Collective and The Archer Project ? I'll be happy to do that so as not to cause any problems - really sorry if I have. Just let me know.

Also, apologies for the typo - I blame that on the fingers going too fast ahead of the brain !

Let me know how you want this announcement done and I will gladly sort it you either way. Welcome to the forum, by the way !

Best wishes,


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