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Monday, February 11, 2013

Vintage Photography Again!

Frames for use with enlarging plates

Digital Photography is everywhere now which is wonderful as new photographers are discovering the joy that capturing images can bring.
Photography has been around for a long while though.
I have in my collection of old things a magazine compendium from 1899 called "Black and White Magazine."
It is a magazine full of short stories,poems, news items,theatre reviews,sports events,politics, advertisements,drawings,art reproductions and photographs.
It is a wonderful record of the life of England and the British  Colonies of v1899.
The pages are almost A3 size and the volume is about 2" thick.
It clearly shows in that year that drawings, painting and art had been king but the new and wonderful technology of photography was taking over.
A bit like how analogue has been replaced by digital over the last 10 years.
The magazine has lost it's front and back cover and some of the early pages are missing or damaged but it is till nonetheless an amazing record of the times.
The ads are just amazing reading and viewing in themselves.
As I learn how to get the best out of it with digital recording I will publish some of it on this blog.
I do offer today a glimpse of what photography was achievable in about that time using very basic equipment by today's standards.
These shots are from some scans I have just done.
They are from glass plate negatives. 
They were scanned on an Epson Perfection V700 scanner.
I am in the process of tracking down the original photographer's details and who the subjects were.

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