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Exhibition: In Our Own Image: Photography in Ireland 1839 to the Present / Dublin, until 6 February 2022

In Our Own Image: Photography in Ireland 1839 to the Present presents the first comprehensive historical and critical survey of photography from across the island of Ireland. This landmark centenary exhibition charts how the medium has both reflected and shaped Irish cultural identity, from the work of the earliest photographic pioneers up to the emergence of a…See More
5 hours ago
William Fagan commented on William Fagan's blog post Online talk: Irish Photography Since 1839 / 17 August 2021
"YouTube link to the Zoom talk is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaVEfE4upUQ&t=336s"
Aug 18
William Fagan commented on William Fagan's blog post Online talk: Irish Photography Since 1839 / 17 August 2021
"A flavour of my talk on Tuesday can be found here. The article contains 7 out of about 50 photographs that will be in my presentation. https://www.macfilos.com/2021/08/11/looking-back-on-irish-photography-since-1839/"
Aug 15
David H Davison commented on William Fagan's blog post Online talk: Irish Photography Since 1839 / 17 August 2021
"Hi William, I am eagerly looking forward to this talk. David."
Aug 9
William Fagan posted a blog post

Online talk: Irish Photography Since 1839 / 17 August 2021

William Fagan's illustrated online talk will celebrate the ongoing development of a new, interactive timeline of the history of photography in Ireland which is being developed by the Gallery of Photography, Ireland. He will share some of the key images in Ireland's photographic history and explore the stories behind them. Considering photography both as an art and a…See More
Jul 28
Alan Judge left a comment for William Fagan
"Hi William, My email is freedobjects@yahoo.co.uk if we have anymore difficulties.. Alan."
Nov 29, 2020
Alan Judge left a comment for William Fagan
"Hi William. I have the same original image as of your attachment of the Cabin Camera by Alfred Werner you sent me. I also have another view of the door of the cabin from which you entered the camera..Thank you.."
Nov 26, 2020
William Fagan commented on William Fagan's blog post Signing 19th Century Lenses - A Common Practice?
"My friend Paul Kay has had difficulty uploading a splendid photo of the inscription on Grubb Patent Doublet No 2215. It is much better than my poor effort for No 582. So, I am doing this on his behalf. Remember what Paul said about some of these…"
Nov 23, 2020
Michael Pritchard commented on William Fagan's blog post Signing 19th Century Lenses - A Common Practice?
"The next RPS Historical Group The PhotoHistorian contains a short piece on Thomas Slater, optician, and for a short time a manufacturer of photographic lenses. It contains a reference to a spat he had with Grubb, over his patent. Nothing directly…"
Nov 23, 2020
William Fagan commented on William Fagan's blog post Signing 19th Century Lenses - A Common Practice?
"Thanks Paul. My smallest Grubb lens, an Ax with serial number 3631 has the following engraving 'Grubb Patent No 3631 Ax'. I suspect that the last 'x' is even smaller than 0.6mm. I mentioned the French Darlot lenses in my original…"
Nov 23, 2020
Paul Kay commented on William Fagan's blog post Signing 19th Century Lenses - A Common Practice?
"I have examined other lenses from Burr, Wray, and others without finding any such trace. However Sir Howard, Thomas Grubb's son, certainly signed telescope lenses in the same way. The writing is extremely fine on Grubb lenses though and…"
Nov 23, 2020
Alan Judge left a comment for William Fagan
"Hi William. I just found some ephemera relating to a large glass negative. Created before "The Worlds Fair Chicargo" in 1893. of where it won a Premier award.. The Photographer was Alfred Werner FRPS of the Photographic Society of…"
Nov 23, 2020
Wilson Laidlaw commented on William Fagan's blog post Signing 19th Century Lenses - A Common Practice?
"William,  A friend of my parents had gone to the World's Fair at Chicago in 1933. He had visited the Ripley's Believe it or Not exhibit, where he had watched someone write the Lord's prayer on a grain of rice, which he purchased.…"
Nov 23, 2020
William Fagan posted a blog post

Signing 19th Century Lenses - A Common Practice?

My collection of Grubb Patent Aplanatic Lenses made in Dublin between the 1850s and the 1870s all have micro-engraving with a number at the very edge of the glass lens element to match the engraved or stamped number on the brass barrel of the lens. The purpose behind this is to indicate authenticity and avoid fakes.The writing (for that is what it is) is barely visible to…See More
Nov 22, 2020
William Fagan posted a blog post

Found photographs from 70 year old Perutz film

Found in a Leica FILCA cassette, these photographs taken in Switzerland and Northern Italy in the early 1950s and developed in Dublin in 2020.There are a lot of discussions and technical considerations in this article. The object is to trace the families of the people in the photographs and to unite them with the images. Any suggestions about how to do this would be…See More
Sep 13, 2020
Paul Cordes left a comment for William Fagan
"Dear William, Yes, my e-mail address is:  paul@classicphotographics.co.uk Will be good to make contact. Best Wishes Paul"
Sep 8, 2020

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Exhibition: In Our Own Image: Photography in Ireland 1839 to the Present / Dublin, until 6 February 2022

In Our Own Image: Photography in Ireland 1839 to the Present presents the first comprehensive historical and critical survey of photography from across the island of Ireland. This landmark centenary exhibition charts how the medium has both reflected and shaped Irish cultural identity, from the work of the earliest photographic pioneers up to the…

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Posted on November 25, 2021 at 17:00

Online talk: Irish Photography Since 1839 / 17 August 2021

William Fagan's illustrated online talk will celebrate the ongoing development of a new, interactive timeline of the history of photography in Ireland which is being developed by the Gallery of Photography, Ireland. He will share some of the key images in Ireland's photographic history and explore the stories behind them. Considering photography both as…

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Posted on July 27, 2021 at 22:30 — 3 Comments

Sean Sexton collection items stolen

Earlier this year we heard the sad news that the some of the collection of the great Irish collector of early photography, Sean Sexton, had been stolen. Some of the collection has been turning up, but a lot of it is still untraced. Here are photos of some of the main items which are missing.

I also have a Word document with 20 pages listing the stolen…

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Posted on November 25, 2020 at 21:00

Signing 19th Century Lenses - A Common Practice?

My collection of Grubb Patent Aplanatic Lenses made in Dublin between the 1850s and the 1870s all have micro-engraving with a number at the very edge of the glass lens element to match the engraved or stamped number on the brass barrel of the lens. The purpose behind this is to indicate authenticity and avoid fakes.The writing (for that is what it is) is…

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Posted on November 22, 2020 at 14:00 — 7 Comments

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At 23:56 on November 29, 2020, Alan Judge said…

Hi William, My email is freedobjects@yahoo.co.uk if we have anymore difficulties.. Alan.

At 16:16 on November 26, 2020, Alan Judge said…

Hi William. I have the same original image as of your attachment of the Cabin Camera by Alfred Werner you sent me. I also have another view of the door of the cabin from which you entered the camera..Thank you..

At 13:43 on November 23, 2020, Alan Judge said…
Hi William. I just found some ephemera relating to a large glass negative. Created before "The Worlds Fair Chicargo" in 1893. of where it won a Premier award.. The Photographer was Alfred Werner FRPS of the Photographic Society of Ireland.The image was of Madame Gonne McBride in Dublin.She became famous as a leader of women's rights..The negative size was reported as being 5'6" x 3'2" I belive it is held in The National Gallery of Ireland, both the negative and the contact print.
At 15:44 on September 8, 2020, Paul Cordes said…

Dear William,

Yes, my e-mail address is:  paul@classicphotographics.co.uk

Will be good to make contact.

Best Wishes

Paul

At 20:07 on September 7, 2020, Paul Cordes said…

Hello William,

I met with Dave today, am glad you have a lot to share. As did we for over 2 hours, really interesting man.

Pleased that he has the Grubb ledger and is willing to share information.

All the Best

Paul

 
 
 

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