All posts by Alan D

THE READING ROOM – NEWS & THINGS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED (WEEK 19: 30TH NOV-6TH DEC)

Apols again as a tad behind once more. Much better week and these are some food for thought (just check for motor oil first ! As well as food we’ll see some classic cameras from the 60’s and 80’s. A great but cheap lens and a few films you might wanna know better. There also some potential storm clouds in developing land too.

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History of Photography by Objects – 8 – DIY Computer project 1975

1975 was a momentous year on many levels. The war ended in Vietnam, the Suez Canal re opened, Watergate hit the headlines and Britain voted to join the EU as just a few key events. Bowie was in full major Tom mode and Jaws made folk not want to go in the water for the first time. Technology leapt forward too and it would herald in the digital camera. But that might not be in the way you think. Continue reading History of Photography by Objects – 8 – DIY Computer project 1975

A Brief History Of Photography By Objects – 7 – The Edison Kinetoscope 1893

The Kinetoscope seems initially an odd choice.  This early motion picture viewer was not the first to  device to show moving pictures. However it’s development would help drive the founding of the motion picture industry and set standards that are still used in the movies and still photography. But it’s also a story of intrigue, a Scotsman and possible murder…. Continue reading A Brief History Of Photography By Objects – 7 – The Edison Kinetoscope 1893

A brief History of Photography by Objects – 6 – Oil Painting late 1700’s

Our subject today is probably better known to folk in the UK for his surname which used to be found on branches of opticians. But John Dollond not only founded company that would be part of the fabric of the UK until it sadly disappeared a few years ago but he was also canny businessman who managed to  get the credit (and profits) for an important lens design. But was he the first and why did this lead to legal action and a family feud ? Continue reading A brief History of Photography by Objects – 6 – Oil Painting late 1700’s