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Ian Wallace's Blog (8)

Publication: Newbury through the Stereoscope

My new photo history book "Newbury through the Stereoscope" tells the story of the photographers who photographed my hometown of Newbury in 3D between about 1860 and 1905.  From the earliest commercial photographer to a Primitive Methodist minister who was an avid amateur.



The book is a now and then style book which uses 3D anaglyphs to enable 3D…

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Added by Ian Wallace on September 22, 2022 at 14:00 — No Comments

Research: Stereo cards of Newbury in West Berkshire

Do you have any stereo cards of scenes in or around Newbury (Berkshire, UK)? This is a request for your help with some research I'm doing.

Below is a nice example of a card by the professional Newbury Photographer E T Brooks. It was probably one of a short series of cards produced for sale to tourists. I would imagine it dates from the 1870s. This card…

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Added by Ian Wallace on December 11, 2021 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Publication: 'On a Hill Road' is now published

The book is a 'Now and Then' book which explores the 3D stereo archive of keen Scottish amateur photographer Andrew Milne who travelled Scotland with his Stereo Victo camera between 1902 and 1905.  Although an amateur, Andrew's image stand up well against many of the commercial images of Scotland made by more famous names.

There is a launch talk with 3D images on the…

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Added by Ian Wallace on October 1, 2018 at 22:00 — No Comments

RPS Historical Group Recreating the Past

I thought it might cause some amusement to post this picture from an the event held last weekend in Bath by the RPS Historical Group.

My picture touches four periods of photography: The sitter is David Burder, Daguerreotype aficionado, being photographed by Dr Guy Brown using a freshly made collodion wet plate in the camera while being captured on a digital camera by…

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Added by Ian Wallace on July 13, 2013 at 21:00 — 4 Comments

Worktown Photographs of Humphrey Spender

I heard about this interesting photographic archive on the radio today.  Perhaps the images are not quite as old as many of the photographs discussed here but nevertheless this collection of photographs of life in Bolton just before the Second World War is fascinating.

All of these pictures were taken by Humphrey Spender as part of the first Mass Observation project…

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Added by Ian Wallace on February 25, 2013 at 20:00 — No Comments

Fantastic morning with John Falconer at the British Library as a part the London Festival of Photography

Along with a group of other keenly interested visitors we were treated to a feast of wonderful Fox Talbot and Calotype treasures (Including access to the fantastic Hill and Adamson Album).

On the train in to London in the morning I typed Fox Talbot into my Kindle store search engine and was delighted to find the text of the Pencil of Nature can be downloaded as a free edition.  Having just read Talbots narrative in which he looks forward in places far sightedly to the possibilities…

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Added by Ian Wallace on June 21, 2012 at 19:59 — 1 Comment

On a Hill Road... The stereo legacy of a Scottish amateur photographer in 1902

For most of the last 10 years I've been working on a book about a Scottish amateur photographer by the name of Andrew Milne who was my great great uncle. The story and Andrews work may interest readers on this forum. 

As I'm now able to claim some…

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Added by Ian Wallace on May 9, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

Photographic Convention of the United Kingdom

Some years ago I bought a this little badge as an interesting item of photographic history. I'm posting the picture here to see what comments fellow members of this forum might make. There are many interesting details about a number of the conventions on the Edinburgh photo website…

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Added by Ian Wallace on August 29, 2011 at 20:00 — No Comments

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