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Photographs of American Revolution Veterans

Ever wanted to see photographs of American Revolution veterans? Good news. Utah-based journalist Joe Baumam, spent three decades researching the names of soldiers and then tried to find images of them. It's amazing that he found any at all considering the revolution was fought from 1775-83 and photographs did not exist for another 60+ years.


Atkins at the Royal Society in London

We talked about Anna Atkins just last week in the History of Photography. This Tuesday, which is Photo History day in my world, the online show, Objectivity, visited the Royal Society in London, to look at their copy of Anna Atkins book, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, created in 1843.

Anna Atkins is considered the first woman photographer, and the first person to publish a book of photographs, although they are actually photograms. Atkins was an English botanist, and knew there was a real need for scientific illustrations of plants. Her books are also considered the first use of photography for scientific illustration.

For my students, William Henry Fox Talbot's book, The Pencil of Nature, is the first commercially published book of photographs. Atkins' books were handmade for her friends and fellow scientists, and truly a labor of love.

Enjoy the video, it is a rare treat to watch Rupert Baker casually flip through the pages. For more info, read this article at Peta Pixel.



History of Photography

I just stumbled onto this site while researching Dorothea Lange and the FSA, for my lecture at the Amarillo Public Library on Saturday. LOVE IT.


Giant Wetplates Attack Yosemite

SILVER & LIGHT from Ian Ruhter on Vimeo.

This is an awesome video about a guy who is making giant tintypes in Yosemite with a camera truck. I love it.

A Kodak Moment

The headline reads: Eastman Kodak Files for Bankruptcy - NYTimes

Sadly, this is not shocking news.

For the entire 20th Century, Kodak owned photography, but as digital came onto the scene in the early 90's, they seemed to have lost their ability to remain competitive. What is perhaps most ironic - since the  inception of photography it was, and is, a technology race - How did they lose that winning edge?

Photo Credit: Picnic - Kodak No. 2 (ca. 1916). One of a set of 12 early Kodak No., Found on Flickriver


Afghanistan Box Camera

Cool viddie and slide show about the Afghanistan box camera tradition, and the photographer Lukas Birk efforts to raise money and document the last vestiges of it before digital technology takes over.


Darkroom trays of Fame

John Cyr is documenting developer trays from photographer's darkrooms. The one featured above was my favorite from the group. The silver discoloration on the bottom is literally silver from the prints. I have always thought this was beautiful and really makes tangible the notion that it is silver that creates images. When I was a student at TCC we used to scratch our initials on the silver and see how long it would take for it to vanish... not long in a group lab.

Photo Credit: John Cyr, Silvia Plachy's Developer Tray


Lumiere Brothers - Serpentine Dance

A sneak preview from this weeks lecture in photo history about 19th century advancements in photography!

Film Credit: Lumiere Brothers, Serpentine Dance, b/w film with each frame hand-colored, 1899.


Women's Equality Day

90 years ago today women gained the right to vote in America!

Photo Credit: Photo shows suffrage hikers who took part in the suffrage hike from New York City to Washington, D.C. which joined the March 3, 1913 National American Woman Suffrage Association parade. (Source: US Library of Congress)


Girls and Guns

For Memorial Day: A slide show of women in uniform.

Photo Credit: Library Of Congress via Women’s Memorial Foundation

Serious time killer: look at more images in the Library of Congress' Photo Archive.