Brand new and hot-off-the-press in January 2017, is my colleague Frances Osborn Robb’s book on the photographers of Alabama, Shot in Alabama – A History of Photography, 1839-1941 and a List of Photographers (University of Alabama Press in cooperation with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, 2016). Wow, what a wonderful book. A new book on photographers in any state […]

Carrollton, Georgia, panorama, gelatin silver print by O.V. Fowler, for C.F. McDannell, copyright claimant, ca. 1912; Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, PAN US GEOG - Georgia no. 1 (F size)

Wow, the tail end of 2016 was full of news and goodies related to photography and photographers! To begin, here are a few updates to my series Researching Photographers Working in the South, starting with the recent news of an incredible gift. The Alabama Media Group has given 3 million images (most in the form of film negatives […]

Scene in a Library, by William Henry Fox Talbot, before March 22, 1844; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, accession number 2005.100.172.

One of my favorite book purchases in the last few years is edited by photo curator and author Marvin Heiferman, and called Photography Changes Everything (co-published by aperture foundation and Smithsonian Institution, 2012). The book is “a provocative rethinking of photography’s impact on our culture and our daily lives” — it is an “exploration of the […]

Illustration, probably by Henderson, for article [Atlanta] "Constitution will Flash Returns at Five Points; Room for 20,000 ..." (Nov. 3, 1912 p. 1B)

When I was doing a great deal of research using the Atlanta newspapers on microfilm many years ago, I stumbled upon articles, the first I had ever seen, related to Atlanta citizens gathering downtown to view election results — together — on a screen. This interesting gathering was worth examining and thinking about – did other […]

It is Halloween 2016 and, unlike previous years, my post this year will be brief. I recently spoke before a county historical society and told them that I began taking photographs when given my first camera at four years of age, and that I immediately knew it was some kind of magic that made a photograph […]

Sheet number one of the two descriptive drawings attached to the text for G.A. Laura's patent no. 172.328, granted Jan. 18, 1876.

The above carte made by a Wisconsin photographer is one I bought a few years ago at a going-out-of-business antique store in Cartersville, Georgia. I think it is a fine image, and the object on a stand to the right of the gentleman really intrigued me. At that time I asked others on the Photo […]

"Building up an Underwood Patent Extension Stereograph Cabinet, in a home Library" [recto]; Carl Sandburg's Collection of Stereographs,
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site carl_stereo106247_0075a

A slightly belated happy new school year, it’s time for lessons and another Tips post ! There is great access to the thousands of images produced by the United States Government, and I will touch on a few of the newer ones. I also have some updates related to my series on Photographers Working in the South, […]