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At 16:40 on June 19, 2021, Hillary Haft Bucs said…

Hello! Thank you for the biographical information on my great, great, great grandfather, Jacob Katzman. What do you recommend as next steps on trying to track down any of his photography?

At 15:45 on August 3, 2017, Jack leonard Gordon said…

Don't you take any criticism on board. The present set up casts no credit on this organisation or myself.

It may be that somewhere on this site you have left some helpful instructions.If so I can't see it.

My telephone number is 020 8908 5124.


Jack Gordon

At 17:46 on April 21, 2017, jack leonard gordon said…

I am upset by the effects of my tiny pictures on my four entries .

Should I withdraw them as a whole and start again?

If so how do cancel anything of my submissions?


Jack Leonard Gordon

At 5:52 on November 15, 2016, Will Allen said…

The International Directory of Photo Historians has settled in a new home with hopes of stability in location, format, and function. The change coincides with the retirement from teaching of William Allen. At one may search the directory, add and edit one's entry, and communicate with other historians. The new directory protects the privacy of contact information (including email addresses) for participants. I hope that you and your colleagues will share this information. 

At 22:41 on January 5, 2016, David McGreevy said…

Dear Michael,

First, let me thank you for the BPH site, it has proven to be an invaluable resource for an American collector of British Photographs, and I have "met" many experienced and generous experts here.

I am however, a bit alarmed, do the "major changes" mentioned in your weekly update indicate that the site will soon be subscription based?  That is certainly the impression I got. It would be such a shame after Luminous Lint changed into a monetized site, rather than an open and free exchange of ideas and knowledge.


David McGreevy

At 11:52 on December 30, 2013, Richard Sambrook said…

Many thanks Michael - I'm delighted to have access to such a great site and resource. Is the Giles Duley talk open to the public? I'd love to come along if so. I am now Professor at the School of Journalism at Cardiff University. Until his recent retirement Daniel Meadows led our work on documentary photography - I'm looking for ways to continue to keep the School actively engaged...Best, Richard

At 19:09 on May 27, 2013, Salvador Tió said…

Dear Mr. Pritchard,

I am looking for information about the beginings of Automat Photography. In particular about the first who was take a British Patent E.J. Ball 16,136. Nov. 23, 1887: Automatic coin-freed apparatus.(“Patents for Inventions vol. II, Abridgments of Specifications, class 98, Photography Great Britain Patent Office, Reprint Edition 1979 Arno Press, A New York Times Company”).

This is all the information that I have about this inventor. I have also a patent from 1900  of the United States and that I believe is attached to the same inventor US657505%5B1%5D.pdf

Do you know more information about this inventor.

Thank you very much.


At 16:05 on September 24, 2012, Tom Ruffles PhD, ARPS said…

Thanks for the comment on the Turner post, Michael - I've amended it accordingly.

At 13:33 on July 6, 2012, Tony Hilton said…

Hi Michael,

It was lovely to catch up briefly in May. Sorry it was all so rushed.

You are doing a great job here ... and elsewhere! Well done! Keep it up

Tony Hilton

At 0:59 on May 15, 2012, M C Brown said…

Hallo Michael, Thanks for the regular Newsletter.  Is there any way of recalling earlier versions? A recent issue had a review of the Princeton University book by Roger Taylor on Lewis Carroll and I would be interested in reading it again.  Thanks. 

At 9:19 on October 16, 2011, Richard Brooks said…
Thanks for the suggestions. I succesfully completed the dissertation earlier in the year and I was pleased with the grade and feedback. 

Would you be interested in having a copy of the work? Perhaps I could publish it online if it was felt to be of interest. 
At 9:13 on October 16, 2011, Richard Brooks said…
Belated congratulations on succesfully you phd, sorry only just noticed. 
At 10:32 on October 5, 2011, Alan M. Preston said…

Hello Michael,

An update on the extensive Francis Frith negative find: I have been contacted by John Buck M.D of the Francis Frith Collection, and have passed on contact details to him - and hope they will find  a good home,  Alan M. Preston

At 8:10 on August 30, 2011, Jonathan Dore said…
Congratulations on your new appointment!   --  and many thanks for your continuing efforts on this blog.
At 22:14 on May 28, 2011, Irene Caesar said…
Great to meet you, Michael!  ::))
At 19:51 on March 20, 2011, Alan M. Preston said…

Hello Mchael,

With reference to the previusly mentioned Francis Frith negatives: I met the couple again last night, and they left a few of the negatives for me to see, They are NOT glass negatives BUT very thick excellent postcard size negatives in excellent condition (all in brown envelopes with the town printed on the front); also with the place name/street very neatly hand written 'onto' each negative, together with the FF Index reference)  He tells me he originally found them in an old barn which was full of boxes of the negatives (about 70.000) which were owned by an old lady, in Shropshire.

The are certainly very interesting, and If you can add any further information or know of anyone with a commercial interest, I will be pleased to help wherever possible.


Alan M. Preston

At 12:54 on January 8, 2011, Alan M. Preston said…

Hello Michael,

For your update: Through the BPH website - I have been able to make contact with BOTH the Rev. Monty Bird's (ref: my 'Victorian Photographer' Blog) Grand daughter in New York, and his Son in Zimbabwe (and a Great Nephew in Australia) AND have been able to supply them with biographies of BOTH Monty and his Father John (through a Publisher friend of mine). Many thanks for your help.

Watch this space.      Alan M. Preston.

At 5:53 on December 23, 2010, Alan M. Preston said…

Hello Michael,

I submitted details of my unusual Leica 250 DD for the interest of your BHP members and to try to find out some further information BUT now find that this Blog (and other relevant comments from BHP members) has been removed from the BHP site ................. ?

You particularly, seemed initially to be very helpful ................. ?

Many thanks.


At 18:27 on December 21, 2010, Alan M. Preston said…

Hello Michael,

Many thanks for your interest in this Leica 250 DD Blog:

for your further reference I have recently been given documentation that dates this Leica 250 DD specifically as 1932 - as Leica up until then were specifically using a high quality 2000 year old 'Niello' technique called 'Wismut' ........... this is another unusual charateristic of this particular Leica 250 DD 'Reporter'.

At 17:33 on October 26, 2010, Helen Trompeteler said…
Hi Michael.

I'm currently preparing a small display on H. Walter Barnett. He sold his London studio to Oscar Hardee in 1920, but having looked in business directories from the time, the studio was still trading under Barnett's name in 1922. I wondered if you might know when the studio stopped trading under Barnett's name? I will research this further over the next few days, but thank you in advance for any help you can provide.

With best wishes,

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