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Cavendish and Monde Laboratoires.

Colleagues and friends who will have seen David Haynes notification drawing attention to the new addition of historical photographic images to the Cambridge digital Library, might be unaware of the threat hanging over the Cavendish and Monde Laboratories where scientific research and experiments took place over a period of nearly 100 years by James Clark-Maxwell, JJ…

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 16:00

Exhibition: Eyes on Taiwan

The following site give a good description of the current exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts which includes 22 John Thomson images acknowledging the source from which the origination was taken (by me!) courtesy of the Wellcome Trust Library which takes an extremely enlightened view with regard for the use of their material for academic purposes, in particular,…


Posted on September 20, 2011 at 10:00

Contact information for Nancy Keeler?

Dear Colleagues,

I seem to have lost touch with Nancy Keeler who I knew during the time that he was living in Paris, which was some time ago. If anyone knows of her current whereabouts, in the US, I presume pleas send her my contact details


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Posted on July 11, 2011 at 21:26

Virtual Exhibition: The Forth Bridge Evelyn George Carey- Engineer-Photographer

A selection of images taken from the Benjamin Baker: Bridging the World Exhibition can be seen on line for those who are unable to visit the venue in person. The exhibition will be shown in London later in the year and I will forward relevant details as and when they become available.

In addition, in September there will be a symposium on Photography and Engineering organised by the Ordine degli Ingeneri di Padova and Venice University in the Autumn.

Details will follow as… Continue

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 17:00

Forth Bridge: Evelyn George Carey

Evelyn George Carey Forth Bridge | Testo di Michael Gray & Angelo Maggi

Federico Motta Editore | Milano 2009 | 144pp 260 x 290 mm | Duotone | Hardback | Italian & English

Quoting from the text:

"The building of the Forth Bridge was marked and controlled through photography; the official photographer: Evelyn George Carey, a young engineer and personal assistant to the designer, Benjamin Baker worked on the… Continue

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 0:36

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At 19:04 on December 27, 2018, sarah kennel said…

Hi Michael, Thanks for your esssay! Please reach out at and we would be happy to connect with you. We have an interesting Vacher (I think) album as well ...

At 9:00 on April 10, 2017, Alice Gordenker said…

Thank you for the information. Alice G

At 23:23 on October 21, 2011, David B. Porter said…

Michael, Thanks for your note.  I found the image at a local flea market and didn't quite know what it was until I got home and did a little research - I did have a suspicion that it was Shakespeare's home.

Thanks again, Dave

At 22:22 on May 8, 2011, Richard Cynan Jones said…

Thank you!  I will try the ferro sulfate again, but with more restrainer - the last time I tried, I got a foggy 'black rectangle'  (underexposed and overdeveloped I think).  Can you suggest a formula?  Would it be your average collodion developer - or does it need adjustments?

Knowing you used iron is a great help, and something I can explore.

Thank you for getting back to me so quickly.

At 14:06 on June 11, 2009, Sebastian Dobson said…
Good to hear from you Michael! I am also glad to be in contact and look forward to hearing more about your current exhibition. Best wishes,

At 22:12 on January 31, 2009, Darryl Baird said…
michael, yes, the test pdf downloads nicely once past the web hurdle
At 13:17 on January 9, 2009, Ken Jacobson said…
I'll have to dig it up & check. I think there is a postmark.

At 12:45 on January 9, 2009, Ken Jacobson said…
Nice to hear from you, Mike. I know the material you are speaking about, but unlike Terry, we have not done any research on it. We have always liked China and have between 2 and 4 small groups of material each of which possibly includes material by this same circle of late 1850s photographers working near Shanghai. You could have a look if you think it would be helpful.

BTW, we have a carte de visite of Ernest Lacan with an envelope (dated?) sent to Talbot when he stayed in a Parisian hotel. Would this possibly help your chronology?





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