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The Pencil of Nature, published between June 1844 and April 1846, was the first commercially published book to be illustrated with photographs. As such, it is a landmark not only in the history of photography but in the way that we view our world. Cover of fascicle 1…

My books mean a lot to me – can I put it more simply than that? The first photo-history book I ever purchased for myself, in 1979, is considered a classic. That book is called Photography and the American Scene; a Social History, 1839-1889. It was first published in 1938 by Macmillan. My own copy […]

 Eugène Atget, Place de la Bastille, Albumen silver print, negative 1910-11; courtesy of the Getty Open Content Program There are many wonderful books available on the history of photography, on photographic processes and identification. You can purchase them, or refer to them in or check them out of a library. But there are also free and inexpensive […]

Vienna News, 26 March 1902 page 4; Digital Library of GA South GA Historic Newspapers For the last few years, when I have the time, I have been researching a man named F. P. Pepper (Fremont P, and I believe the “P” may stand for Philip; born about 1855). He is a man who was an […]

Two Metalworkers, Daguerreotype by unknown photographer, 1855; digital images courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program  Click on any image to enlarge It was quite a month! Late in the January our crazy weather kept me iced-in for two days, but that Thursday I was able to get to Athens to spend three days attending […]

A newspaper cut by Earnest S. Wilkinson of the elephant Nemo, renamed Clio, made from a photograph by Kuhns (W.T. and/or J.H.); Aug. 10, 1890 Atlanta Constitution Here are the current statistics for my ongoing, and self-titled, Georgia Photographers Documentation Project. All that Hunting & Gathering for lo these many years surely adds up. Total records = […]

Man Reading a Newspaper, daguerreotype by John Plumbe, Jr., ca. 1842; J. Paul Getty Museum, Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program For this Tuesday’s Tips I have listed some newspapers and indexes to newspapers that are available online for free, but are not found in the “usual” free newspaper sites (Digital Library of Georgia or Chronicling America, […]

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