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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

Location/Photographer help?
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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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Alex Novak replied to Geoff Lowe's discussion Copyright of Photography
"Afraid so, Geoff.  The U.S. and most of the world almost always follows the EU unfortunately on copyright/trademark laws.  And I might be wrong, but I thought the protection was now 75 years after the death of the artist. If you want to…"
Jul 9
Alex Novak replied to sean whitaker's discussion Identifying context and possibly the photographer of militaria photo
"And, yes, it is lens fall off causing the circular shadowing.  The photographer was using a lens designed for a smaller camera."
Jun 11
Alex Novak replied to sean whitaker's discussion Identifying context and possibly the photographer of militaria photo
"Interesting that you have the Star of David too, so it might be Palestine.  The print looks about 1880-1890s."
Jun 11
Alex Novak replied to sean whitaker's discussion Identifying context and possibly the photographer of militaria photo
"Could be Kuwait.  The Brits had it as a protectorate in 1899.  But they were involved in Egypt, Turkey, etc. for much of the end of the 19th-century.  Not sure these are British regulars though.  Could be East India Company men.…"
Jun 11
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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…See More
Jun 11
Alex Novak replied to Alex Novak's discussion Location/Photographer help?
"Anyone have any idea about location or photographer on this one?"
Jun 11
Alex Novak commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Event and book launch: George Washington Wilson / Edinburgh, 15 August 2018
"Would love to review it in the E-Photo Newsletter, if the authors or publisher would send us a review copy to the address below: Vintage Works, Ltd.258 Inverness CircleChalfont, PA 18914 USA"
Jun 11
Alex Novak replied to Ben Richter's discussion Please help a novice crack this photo mystery
"Not really.  That is probably from physical manipulation/thinning of the paper."
Jun 11
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Jun 11
Alex Novak replied to David McGreevy's discussion Anyone recognize this bridge? 1860's Oval albumen
"Those initials, JDL, is how John Dillwyn Llewelyn, signed his photos.  Just an FYI."
Jun 11
Alex Novak replied to Ben Richter's discussion Please help a novice crack this photo mystery
"Joe, the type of titles here and the coloring, dating, etc. is what indicates to me photo lithography. Photolithography is a process by which images are photographically transferred to a matrix (either an aluminum plate or, less frequently, a…"
Jun 11
Alex Novak commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Event: The Preservation of our Global Photographic Heritage / London, 10 July 2018
"Thanks for the information, Michael.  It's a great site and you do a service to our field. A couple of notes to the other posters here.  Clark, you need to come and visit me at some point. Your invitation is always extended. :-)…"
Jun 11
Alex Novak replied to sean whitaker's discussion Identifying context and possibly the photographer of militaria photo
"Sean, you need to post up the image. :-)"
Jun 11
Alex Novak replied to Ben Richter's discussion Please help a novice crack this photo mystery
"With the printed titles, these appear to be color photo lithographs made around the turn of the century that are mounted to glass."
Jun 11
Alex Novak replied to Manuel Magalhaes's discussion HUGH OWEN
"Frederick William Flower was an American, not English.  I have a paper negative (Regoa Village on the Upper Douro River (Portugal)) and later positive prints of this work."
Jun 8
Virginia Noonan left a comment for Alex Novak
"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…"
May 15

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About Me

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.

My websites include:

http://www.iphotocentral.com

http://www.vintageworks.net

http://www.contemporaryworks.net

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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…

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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.



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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: http://www.iphotocentral.com/news/issue_view.php/199/189 .  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:

FRENCH POLICE INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE FORGERY OF 19TH-CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHS AUCTIONED AT…
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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.

Cheers

Virginia

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

José

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,

Caroline

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…

Hello!

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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