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Dr. David Barber's Blog (9)

Publication: Stereoscopic Photography and the Press, c. 1896-1911

"It is the first study devoted to analysing how stereoscopic 3D photography became integral to daily newspapers, illustrated weeklies, and magazines." My doctoral thesis, Another Dimension: Stereoscopic Photography and the Press, c.1896-1911, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is now available via this link.…


Added by Dr. David Barber on May 14, 2023 at 9:30 — No Comments

Blog: James Edward Ellam (1857-1920) : Press Photo Pioneer

Royal photographer James Edward Ellam (1857-1920) was a press photo pioneer. My latest blogpost traces his journey to Fleet Street

Photo credit:…


Added by Dr. David Barber on April 28, 2023 at 12:00 — No Comments

1902 Coronation: a 3D royal exclusive

An article published in the latest issue of 'The PhotoHistorian' (RPS Historical Group journal, no. 195) about 3D coverage of the 1902 Coronation is now available as a free download via …


Added by Dr. David Barber on April 10, 2023 at 10:30 — No Comments

A secondhand bookshop purchase conundrum

A 1927 copy of Photographic Facts and Formulas by EJ Wall, FRPS has yielded an unexpected link to the celebrated photography firm of Ramsey & Muspratt. Signed on the flyleaf 'P.A.L. Brunney,' and once owned by the Department of Geography at Cambridge University

Can you help trace its journey to my local 2nd hand bookshop in Berwick upon…


Added by Dr. David Barber on April 2, 2023 at 9:30 — 4 Comments

Talk: tatest RPS Historical Group talk on Downey now online

The latest RPS Historical Group talk, 'W. & D. Downey, Photographers: The Road to Balmoral,' was recorded and is now available to view online. It includes the discovery of Downey's Crystal Palace Portrait Gallery that toured villages in Northumberland in 1856, how the company utilised early photography networks in the North East of England and…


Added by Dr. David Barber on March 19, 2023 at 9:30 — No Comments

Research: collodion portrait in the RPS Collection at the V&A

Born 12th March 1872, photographer and writer Percy R. Salmon FRPS donated items to the Royal Photographic Society Museum in 1950. Now part of the V&A collection, one photograph, a collodion portrait dated around 1860, has been catalogued.

Discover more in a new blogpost at…


Added by Dr. David Barber on March 12, 2023 at 7:30 — No Comments

Excelsior Stereoscopic Tours of Burnley

Dr. David Barber has published new research about Excelsior Stereoscopic Tours whose 3D cards feature in photo collections around the world. It explores the career of Milford Elsworth Wright (1861-1918), the stereographer behind the company and traces his journey from Perry, Ohio to the Lancashire mill town of Burnley.



Added by Dr. David Barber on January 27, 2023 at 9:30 — 9 Comments

New research on 1862 Hartley Pit Disaster photographs

On 16th January 1862, 204 men and boys died following the Hartley Colliery Disaster in Northumberland. New research published today to mark its 161st anniversary - at…


Added by Dr. David Barber on January 16, 2023 at 16:00 — No Comments

W. & D. Downey carte-de-visite 'mystery'

Can anyone help solve a carte-de-visite 'mystery' involving the celebrated firm of W. & D. Downey? I recently purchased a Downey cdv of St. Nicholas Church, Newcastle (now Newcastle Cathedral) c. mid-1860s.

What is intriguing is that the address cited on the verso - 4 Eldon Square - is not the same as that used on every other Downey card of the…


Added by Dr. David Barber on December 12, 2022 at 9:00 — No Comments

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