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The first person to make a fixable photograph
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W.J. Harrison (A History of Photography, 1897, Percy Lund Country Press, London) in 1895, wrote this in his article: Anthony's Photographic Bulletin 1896, pg…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS Oct 23.

The Pilot database
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The Pilot DatabaseI’ve been giving some thought to this and would like to discuss the possibility transferring ownership of my database to some organization. This would be a free donation, if you…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS Aug 28.

WLF Wastell
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For quite some time I suspected that Mr. Wastell, writing anonymously as The Walrus in his periodic column titled "Piffle," was an American. I believe he was actually British. He died c.1922.I think…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS Aug 1.

The BJP
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I have been building a large database of Regex indexed and searchable photography books and journals that are in the public domain. (in pd in US!) These have been collected through libraries…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Pritchard Jul 18.

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Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The first person to make a fixable photograph
Oct 23
Roger Mead replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The first person to make a fixable photograph
"This may be helpful I found a reference in the Edinburgh Philosophical Journal of 1840 " "Page 395  - 1 matching term  …MUNgo Ponton, Esq., W.S., F.R.S.E., Foreign Sec. S.A., for his “ Notice of…"
Oct 23
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"I think it is there now, a texture brush. I searched vibrator to see if there was anything that might be an add-on. Sort of, but not quite what I was looking for. --Dick"
Oct 17
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Arthur Margolin's discussion What was this piece of equipment used for?
"A couple of desks. Some later ones would electrically vibrate allowing the retoucher to use abrasion tools to scrape of part of the image. Not much in favor nowadays however."
Oct 16
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The first person to make a fixable photograph
"Larry, Thanks, it's not my area of expertise. What you say about Mungo, (what a moniker!)  is interesting as is much about the early "enablers"  of photography. I have had a number of interns who have shown some interest in…"
Oct 2
Larry J Schaaf replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The first person to make a fixable photograph
"Mungo Ponton was a fascinating and complex character and Henry Talbot freely gave him credit 25 years later for discovering the properties of potassium bichromate, the basis for Talbot's early work in photogravure.  Unfortunately, the 1838…"
Oct 2
Mary Cuperr replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The first person to make a fixable photograph
"Hi, I think this is a great article! Anyone who enjoys the old photos will be interested in this article too - gear you need to start retouch old photographs https://damagedphotorestoration.com/blog/how-to-guide/retouch-old-photographs.html"
Sep 11
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The first person to make a fixable photograph
"I was curious as to whether Harrison, the other one, not you John, may have been referring to an article in 1838 referring to an earlier invention. Dates about, 1822, for a first printing plate destroyed in printing by Niepce, and other is 1826,…"
Sep 5
John Harrison replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The first person to make a fixable photograph
"I would have thought Niepce. Once the unhardened Bitumen of Judea had been removed after exposure, surely the image would have been permanent, that is to say fixed? First monobath?"
Sep 5
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Kevin Lovelock's discussion British Museum gallery
"I tried searching for a variety of interpretations and the best I came up with was "Hoghin." This is known family name and one if you google it was associated with witchcraft trials in the UK and the US. I am also guessing  the first…"
Aug 29
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The Pilot database
"Larry, I am not in discussion with De Montfort, just mentioning them as a possibility in case someone was lurking. I think we met a decade ago at the Niepce conference at the Ransom center.  Yes, offline when we friend each other send we where…"
Aug 28
Larry J Schaaf replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The Pilot database
"Dear Dick, What an extraordinary project!  I am all too familiar with the role of passionate volunteer, for I have remained Editor of the Talbot Correspondence for 14 years after the official project ceased to exist.  As you know, De…"
Aug 28
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The Pilot database
"Thanks for the kind words David! My apologies for being a little self defensive. I would like to make a few points again as I might have been a bit too wordy in my original post. The database as compose contains in the database itself the actual…"
Aug 26
David H Davison replied to Richard Sullivan HonFRPS's discussion The Pilot database
"I am somewhat surprised that no one seems to have displayed interest in Richard Sullivan's submission. I have have had the privilege of examining the breadth of scope of this work on "The Pilot". The achievement is staggering,…"
Aug 26
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The first person to make a fixable photograph

W.J. Harrison (A History of Photography, 1897, Percy Lund Country Press, London) in 1895, wrote this in his article: Anthony's Photographic Bulletin 1896, pg 57_______________________________________________________SOME FORGOTTEN PAGES OF PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY.W. J. HarrisonHe says at the very end of the article:"Before taking leave of my subject for the present, it may be well to remark that the publication of Daguerre's delicate results temporarily threw the other photographic processes of the…See More
Aug 25
Richard Sullivan HonFRPS commented on Krzysztof K. Slowinski's blog post Information request: Byrne & Co., Richmond
"W. J. seems to have been an habitual letter writer, and an entrant and winner in many shows. I have likely had near 100 hits on a "W.J Byrnes" Including an article on his work in Wilson's Photographic Magaine, of April 1898, which I…"
Aug 22

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Research: My Big Project (Fixed)

The following is a rough draft describing my latest project, well late, as I have been working on this for quite a few years now. I would appreciate any comments you may have as I eventually, by year's end, to put it on the market. I hope I am not violating any rules here due to this being a commercial project, much the same as a book might be.

I get the sneaking suspicion…

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Posted on August 3, 2016 at 19:30

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At 22:32 on August 10, 2016, David H Davison said…

Hi Dick,

That is probably the general impression seeing as I have lived here for seventy years but I am in fact a Yorkshireman who possibly is relatively unusual in having no Irish ancestry.. I did however have an Irish stepfather and that is how I ended up in this country.

All that aside, I wanted to say that you do not deserve a medal for this gargantuan contribution to photographic research but in fact a whole chestful of medals. I knew you were doing this work as I remember you copying material when you were here with us but I never imagined that it could be so all-encompassing. I am overwhelmed with admiration and cannot imagine how the photo-historical world can thank you sufficiently, not even a bar on your Hon FRPS, in military terms, would seem enough to me. Perhaps the RPS could strike a special medal?

I suppose the next stage is to find out how to access the material.

Incidentally my Fourth Earl book is getting close to publication, it would be great if you could be back at the castle for the launch which I hope will be next year.

Congrats again,

David. 

At 7:05 on August 1, 2016, Michael Pritchard said…

There is no family connection, sadly. 

Michael.

 
 
 

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