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Information request: Augustus Mahalski (1831-1900), photographer in York

Mahalski operated a photographic business at various addresses in York for more than 40 years.  I am preparing an article about him and I am seeking examples of his work primarily as sources of information about the style and range of his work.  Like other photographers of the period he produced CDVs in his Portrait Rooms but produced a variety of other formats.  He advertised as a 'Military and General Photographer' and undertook to photograph 'Groups, Wedding and Garden Parties ... at the shortest notice'.  Examples of such work would be of particular interest. 

I would be interested in reproducing one or two striking examples of his work in the article as well as the printed backs of some CDVs.  Any assistance in this project will be gratefully received and duly acknowledged in the article.

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Comment by Anne Strathie on January 19, 2021 at 2:16

The only useful lead from the archive reference was that there appears to be a grand-daughter (I guess) and I wondered whether she might have photographs ... but you may have tried that already. There is someone of that (quite unusual name) who is an academic, I think, so may be contactable.

Comment by Julian Holland on January 18, 2021 at 20:51

Thanks, Anne - I have done a fairly thorough internet search.  And I have a pretty a good coverage of Mahalski's biography.  What would be useful now is more examples of Mahaski's production, especially different formats (other than CDVs) and out-door photos if any are known.  I am interested in such photos as evidence, as well as the possibility of reproducing striking examples in the article.

Comment by Anne Strathie on January 18, 2021 at 12:20

Hi, Julian - I'm assuming you're aware of this archive holding in York It mentions a daughter, so I don't know if there are descendants around or whether York Camera Club (or similar) could help - there's an article about him here With usual caveats/apologies if this is coals to Newcastle.

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