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Slim Pickings

Popped into the local antiques fair today, slim pickings indeed, not even any crazily over priced photographic material.

There were the usual boxes of postcards, cabinet and cdv’s.

I found one uncased ambrotype and a Backyard cabinet card as an example of something I’m looking into.

Photo 20-08-2017, 14 31 15

James Clarke
Born Jan 21 1842
Died Jan 16 1915

Photo 20-08-2017, 14 31 32

I’m also looking for any essays or books that discuss the working practices of Victorian photographers. Not the processes or techniques but more the day to day workings of.

At the moment I’m reading The Victorians Photographic Portraits by Audrey Linkman, and The Wayward Genius of Henry Mayhew. Both have essays on the working Victorian photographer. I’m especially interested in the Itenerent photography and Backyard portraiture.

All research for a project next year.



  1. Charles Twist
    Posted August 23, 2017 at 5:07 AM | #

    A few books that need writing IMO: (i) itinerant and backyard photographers and (ii) a treatise on posing through the ages. Maybe there are books out there I don’t know of. If not, might be a good job for you.

  2. Posted August 23, 2017 at 12:31 PM | #

    Hi Charles,

    There does seem to be limited material.
    I do have a book on posing the sitter in a Victorian studio….. I’ll get the title next time I’m in the studio for you.
    Hope you are all well,


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