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A tour of a Chinese railway factory 1920 and 2010

It is always interesting to see how a photographic genre persists over time. I recently had the opportunity to see how one genre - ‘The important overseas visitor tours a factory’ remained constant over about 85 years. The first photograph shows a Western man in business suit being shown around a railway factory in China. It was one of a group of images found in an old…


Added by John Bradley on August 19, 2013 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

Interesting stereoscopic image of early photographers.

This very interesting image turned up in a provincial general auction today. Does anyone have any thoughts on date, participants or the cameras?



Added by John Bradley on June 16, 2012 at 15:30 — 9 Comments

Local press article on photo-history


The Derby Evening telegraph has now picked up on the 'Victorian stereoviews and forensic science' story.

Added by John Bradley on February 13, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Photo history on ITV Central News

Those of you who live in the East Midlands and receive ITV Central News will have the opportunity to see me being interviewed in a piece due to be broadcast on Monday evening (15th February). This stems from some work I have mentioned here before, where I worked with a forensic…


Added by John Bradley on February 13, 2010 at 9:55 — No Comments

Early Derbyshire stereoviews

A few days ago I had a phone call from a friend in another town. “Do you still collect those stereoscopic pictures?” he asked, “because there is a bundle of them in the local auction this morning”.

With 15 minutes to go before the start of the auction, no on-line options, and only my friend’s comment - “they look pretty scruffy to me”, I faced a dilemma. I placed a blind telephone bid and yesterday received the lot – which indeed was very scruffy, for the winning price of £20. As I… Continue

Added by John Bradley on January 26, 2010 at 12:37 — 4 Comments

Stephen Fry by Camille Silvy

We visited the exhibition ‘Comedians: From The 1940s To Now’ currently running in Sheffield. The show is presented jointly with the National Portrait Gallery and photographers include Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier Bresson, Angus McBean, Patrick Lichfield, Bill Brandt, Cecil Beaton and Trevor Leighton.

There was however an unexpected surprise when looking at the colour portrait of Stephen Fry. This carries the bizarre attribution ‘Stephen Fry, photographer Camille Silvy, format:… Continue

Added by John Bradley on January 23, 2010 at 23:08 — 1 Comment

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