Posts Tagged ‘historical’

Julia Margaret Cameron: A Contemporary Photographer Stuck in the 19th Century

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In 1863, at the age of forty-eight, Julia Margaret Cameron received her first camera. A mother of six children, the gift quickly spawned a hobby that turned into a life-long passion, and her approach to photography is one that still influences photographers to this day. Read more…

Meet Conrad Heyer, Born 1749: The Earliest Born Person Ever to Be Photographed

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At the ripe old age of 103, New Englander Conrad Heyer, a veteran of the American Revolution, sat down to have his portrait taken. Maybe he knew this at the time, or maybe he didn’t, but the gruff, stern man staring defiantly out of the portrait above is believed to be the earliest born human ever photographed. Read more…

Fascinating Slideshow of Gang Members Throughout History

As the reader who send this video in to us said, “Buzzfeed isn’t the normal source of photo interest stories.” Case in point, the top photo-related article on BuzzFeed’s home page as of this writing is, “19 Celebrity Prom Photos That Are Actually Super Adorable.”

The video above, however, is a wonderful breath-of-fresh-air exception to the BuzzFeed rule. Read more…

My Photo Archiving Find Of A Lifetime

How I Found Hundreds Of Civil War And Old West Photos In An Attic In Vermont

Jan 14, 2014 · Terence Falk

The Most Honored Photograph

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Doesn’t look like much, does it? But, depending upon your definition, this photograph, a team effort by 9 men, is the most honored picture in U. S. History. If you want to find out about it, read on. It’s an interesting tale about how people sometimes rise beyond all expectations.
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Does This Photo Show an Iconic Photo In the Making?

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Gizmodo writer Attila Nagy was browsing through the Boston Public Library’s Flickr stream recently when the above photograph by Leslie Jones caught his eye. He noticed that the scene in the background looked strangely similar to another, much more iconic, photo: “Night View, New York” by Berenice Abbott.

That got him wondering: could the figure seen in the foreground of the photograph actually be Berenice Abbott on the night she made her famous image?
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The First Photo

A personal mission to see where and how it happened.

Oct 02, 2013 · Harald Johnson

Why Didn’t People Smile in Old Photos?

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Ever wonder why people in old paintings and photographs generally don’t have smiles on their faces? We explored this subject a little back in November 2012, and found that reasons may have included technical limitations, oral hygiene, and the seriousness of formal occasions.

Over at the Public Domain Review, Nicholas Jeeves has written up an in-depth piece on this subject that comes to some different conclusions.
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Colorizing Photoshoppers Put a New Spin on Old Historical Photos

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There’s an awesome little subreddit that has been getting a lot of press coverage as of late. It’s called ColorizedHistory, and is a 20,000+ person strong community of “Amateur Historians” who are interested in the idea of creating high quality colorized versions of historical black-and-white photographs.
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A Tour of Edinburgh Libraries’ Collection of Early Photography

If you have some time today, check out this video series by digital filmmaker and photographer Rich Ferguson, created for the Edinburgh Libraries in the capital of Scotland. It’s a brief tour through the collection of early Victorian photography held by the libraries.
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