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Need Info on Dixon & Radge's

They were ambrotypists from York, UK at NO. 44, Skeldergate.  The image with full label information is in a French-style passé-partout.  Is this Henry Dixon?  Can you provide any information on this…Continue

Started Nov 15, 2017

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I bought the following image and could use some help in IDing the location and possibly the photographer.Anonymous: Boats Stranded by Low Tide. Salt print, 8-1/16 x 10-1/8 in. (205 x 257 mm),…Continue

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"Your "flute man" is a silver gelatin print, probably a developed out one from about 1910-1915 or so. "
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I am one of the world's largest private photography dealers and am interested in all areas of photo history from early 19th-century to contemporary. In the 19th-century area, I have a particular interest in quality early paper, including salt prints and paper negatives. I have one of the largest and most diverse paper negative collections (and early glass negatives--prior to 1865--as well) in private hands.  Besides the 19th-century, my photographic interests extend to Between-the-Wars material and other 20th-century images, particularly European, to today's contemporary art photography market.

I am a member of AIPAD, the Daguerreian Society, and a founding member of the Getty Museum's Photography Council.

I also write the E-Photo Newsletter, which has the largest circulation of any publication devoted to Photography Collecting.

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Daguerreotypes with dubious signatures, etc. appears on market

Group of Reportedly Altered Daguerreotypes with Dubious Signatures, etc. Appears on Market and Includes Daguerre, Le Gray, the Bisson Frerer and Th. Jacobi. This is an article from my E-Photo Newsletter on a group of reportedly fake signatures on actual 19th-century daguerreotypes. If you'd like to be included on our free email list for the newsletter, just comment, or email…


Posted on June 11, 2018 at 20:30

The 19th-century Photography Show / 22 October

You don't want to miss this spectacular event. The 19th-century Photography Show on Saturday, Oct. 22nd in NYC will have 100 top photo dealers from ten countries participating. It will be the world's largest show ever for 19th-century Photography with booths and table tops. It will be held on the entire 2nd floor of the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel near Penn Station on 8th Avenue at 34th Street from 9:15 am-4:15 am for the table top areas, and until 6 pm for the booth areas.

And the…


Posted on September 28, 2016 at 16:00

New E-Photo Newsletter, Issue 189, with News about Auction of Questionable 19th-Century Salt Print Negatives and Positives

Here's the latest Newsletter, which covers this controversion subject: .  Too much bad information has been circulating about this auction.  The newsletter has a lot of other important stories as well, which are noted below:


Posted on March 11, 2012 at 18:47

The November 4th E-Photo Newsletter

For those of you who might have missed the newsletter: E-Photo Newsletter Issue 185 11/4/2011

Fall auction coverage in New York, photo book reviews and more.

Posted on December 3, 2011 at 21:30

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At 6:26 on October 30, 2017, Virginia Noonan said…

Hi Alex, Thanks for the invitation to join.

I have a strong interest in stereoviews and have just purchased a 19th century Stereoscope. Sawyers Viewmaster and cards. I am specifically interested in trying to locate British stereoviews especially from Devon England. My 3 times great grandfather William Merrifield was a very early photographer who lived in Tavistock England and took photos between 1855 and 1870. I have been given access to some of his photos, which are being reproduced in a book I am about to publish entitled From Devonto Australia: A 19th century narrative. However, I am keen to find at least one of his original photographs. William Merrifield, nearly always, had his name on the back of the photo W Merrifield Tavistock, and later he had his own stamp, which reads W. Merrifield: Photographer, Public Library Tavistock. On some of his photos appears the word 'Furze', I believe Furze was a person who had an agreement with William Merrifield to sell some of his images. At the time he sold his his images for 8d. each.

If you can assist in anyway or provide any thoughts re access to William's photos and the name Furze I would greatly appreciate it.



At 21:57 on March 20, 2017, Jose Calvelo said…

Thank you for your invitation, Alex !

A fellow (stereoviews) collector, Francis Dupin, told me several times I should try to get in touch with you, cause you were both extremely knowledgeable and friendly, but I suppose I was always too impressed by the extent and the quality of your collection to take the initiative. 


All the best


At 22:58 on May 20, 2012, Ken Hall said…

Hi Alex, thanks for the invitation. I've enjoyed your newsletter and am looking forward to spending more time on this excellent site. Best regards, Ken

At 20:22 on October 12, 2011, Caroline Fuchs said…

Hi Allex,

thanks for adding me. I read your e-newsletter with great interest.

All the best,


At 9:46 on September 18, 2011, Peter Klein said…

Hello Alex,  

I've just returned from a break to find your invitation, which I most gladly accept.  Do please let me know if I can be of any help - I am always fascinated to see what  is in other member's collections.  There is so much still to explore and discover.

Best regards, PK

At 22:02 on September 13, 2011, frans toes said…

hi alex,

thanks for adding me!


At 14:15 on September 12, 2011, Davena Hooson said…


Thanks for 'friending' me. I hope to see many beautiful and educational photographs on this site. So far mine will be family images, but I do need help with some of their content so I hope this is a good site for that! Watching your display I see some of Julia Margeret Cameron's work. How did you come by those?

At 8:56 on September 12, 2011, Dr Juliet Hacking said…
Hi Alex, good to be in touch. My new batch of students just started the course (which is now in its sixth year) and I am currently editing a book for Thames & Hudson called 'Photography: The Whole Story'. With a second baby due in December, life is a little fraught! Hope all is well with you. All best, Juliet

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