Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Building our own photographic Legacy

It’s a fact!That the majority of the photographs you will have taken over the years using your own cameras will most likely be of other people and not of ourselves. Camera owners will very rarely take pictures of themselves. 

So if this is true then this means that the majority of the photographs we own are likely to be of other people and at the same time it’s probably true to say that other people own most of the photographs of you – get the picture?

If you don’t believe me, go and take a look at some of your own old photo albums and see for yourself. Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas and even summer holidays you will have taken lots of photographs but see just how many of your own photographs are actually of other people and not yourself!

Our old photos are an invaluable source of memories, not only for our family and loved ones but also of course of ourselves! As we all grow older we begin to reminisce about our life’s experiences. We come to realise just how important are the photographs of ourselves. Our own life story requires that we have copies of photographs of ourselves to include as part of our own photographic legacy.

I’m sure that many of those old friends depicted in your photographs would appreciate the opportunity to see them and maybe even own a copy for their own photo collections. The answer is simple and that is to start to share and exchanging your old photos with those old friends who shared those actual life moments with you.

The Photos Reunited Legacy Starter Package provides an affordable option for anyone who would like have their photos scanned, uploaded and ready to share. Our Legacy product not only offers hi-quality digital scanning quality, but also includes the transfer of a complete copy of every image scanned to DVD and also uploaded to your own secure online Photos Reunited Legacy account. Having a copy of your scanned photos stored for you online means that you will always have a backed-up copy of your photos should you lose or damage the originals. It is also simple and easy to share copies of your photos stored in your online Legacy account with friends and family or even on your Facebook page!

Encourage your family and close friends to do the same and you may be in for few surprises as you start to see for the first time, many photos of yourself that you had never realised existed.

Make sure your Photos are Reunited!

© Pete Boswell. All rights reserved


Sunday, 27 March 2011

Stunning photographic collection offers insight into years gone by

AN EXHIBITION of historical photographs from North East Lincolnshire Council's Hallgarth Collection is now on display at the Fishing Heritage Centre for the first time.

It will run until Friday, April 29, and gives many photographic insights into days gone by.
Each of the prints is accompanied by a description and background information about the subject or the time in which it was taken.

The Hallgarth Collection contains about 17,000 local photographs dating from the 19th and 20th centuries, originally collected by Bill Hallgarth.

Read Full Story: http://www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk/news/Fascinating-insight-years-gone/article-3375427-detail/article.html


Friday, 25 March 2011

Crowdsourcing history: European museums need your help to digitise World War One records

Time is running out. In just three years a century will have passed since the start of the First World War and with it thousands of irreplaceable records will have disappeared.

That is why Europeana (@EuropeanaEU), a Europe-wide digital archive consisting of over 1,500 museums, galleries, and institutions has launched a multinational drive to digitise pictures, memorabilia, letters, notes and other family heirlooms before they decay and are lost forever.

Through their website, http://www.europeana1914-1918.eu/en, Europeana wants users to submit scanned or photographed family objects, papers, records or other materials to be preserved in their web archive. Europeana will make each item available to the public on their World War One web archive.

Read full article: http://sociable.co/2011/03/24/crowdsourcing-history-european-museums-need-your-help-to-digitise-world-war-one-records/


Thursday, 24 March 2011

Old photos found - spark memories of the 1980's

A pile of photographs found during a refurbishment of an old music hall have sparked memories of 1980s Cardiff life – with residents coming forward with stories and information on times gone by.

A new Facebook page has been created for Cardiff residents to come forward with memories and stories relating to a unearthed pile of old photographs.
Jon Pountney, 32 from Roath, started the Cardiff Before Cardiff blog to showcase some of the portraits taken in the 1982 by photographer Keith S Robertson.
The prints were discovered while Pountney was busy renovating Warwick Hall – a music venue and recording studio in Gabalfa which we featured on the blog here. "I was instantly struck by the quality of the prints and the vibrant, positive atmosphere depicted," he said.

Read Full Article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/cardiff/2011/mar/23/cardiff-before-cardiff-1980s-photographs-facebook-page-old-photographs


Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Athena poster tennis girl' unveiled after 35 years

Athena's famous tennis girl turns the other cheek 35 years after she posed for the world-famous poster.

Fiona Walker, then Butler, has been reunited with the image to promote what organisers are billing as the first exhibition on lawn tennis as a subject in art.
More than two million copies of the sexy poster, which will appear in the exhibition, have been sold worldwide.
Walker, 52, who posed in the poster in tennis gear, hitching her skirt to reveal a bare bottom, said: ''I think it's the light that makes it so appealing.''
The model, who went on to become a mother of three and freelance illustrator, did not receive any royalties.
She said today: ''I was very naive and was paid nothing, and I think it's the biggest-selling poster ever.

Full Article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/8400118/Athena-poster-tennis-girl-unveiled-after-35-years.html



Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Collector pays newspapers millions to digitize vintage photos

For many newspapers, digitizing decades of photo archives is important, but not urgent; always a goal, but never a priority; a great idea, but a huge expense. That’s why so many editors over the last few years have been so eager to do business with John Rogers, a collector from Little Rock, Arkansas.

In 2008, Rogers paid $1.62 million for a Honus Wagner baseball card.  The next year, he began proving to the newspaper industry that he was equally serious about acquiring vintage photographs when he struck a deal to buy up the archives of the Detroit News. It was the first of several agreements Rogers would reach with newspapers over the coming couple of years, and he appears to be ready to do much more such business.

Finding a photo more than a few years old had always been an adventure at best, according to Bob Houlihan, Detroit News director of photography. “We’d hoof it up to the fourth floor, get through somewhere on the order of 25 filing cabinets, scan it, caption it and go about our merry business.”

Digitizing the archive was something the News had always wanted to do, Houlihan says, but by his estimate, it would have cost between $1 and $5 per photograph to do it right.

Read Full Article: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/124435/collector-pays-newspapers-millions-to-digitize-vintage-photos-they-can-access-more-easily/


Wednesday, 16 March 2011

How the West was REALLY won: Early settlers on the coach to Deadwood and in pow-wows with the natives revealed in 19th century photographs

The Wild West as it really was rather than how Hollywood has imagined it is revealed in this extraordinary collection of pictures.
The grainy photographs, taken in the late 19th century in and around the notorious gold mining town of Deadwood, provide a unique, sepia-toned glimpse of the Wild West. The images were published in American papers this week after being released by the U.S. Library of Congress.
Deadwood — recently brought to life in an acclaimed TV drama series of the same name, starring Ian McShane — has gone down in legend as a riotous and lawless town that was home to the likes of ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok, Calamity Jane and Wyatt Earp.

Striking it rich: Washing and panning for gold in Rockerville, Dakota. Three old timers named Spriggs, Lamb and Dillon are pictured in 1889


80's Madonna covers Out Magazine - 24 years old Madonna photos

After the incendiary pictorial with Britney Spears published in March, OUT magazine came back with some pictures in  premiere with Madonna, made ​​in 1982 which will appear on the cover in April 2011.
Out magazine will not make another profile of Madonna, they will present a  photo portfolio of the young singer, a  year before she begins her ascent to the legendary figure that we all know today.

Besides Madonna photos, Corman talks in the new issue about how he came to realize that pictorial.Corman`s mother was Cis Corman who was a known casting director in New York City. In the summer of 1982 she was in charge of casting for the film The Last Temptation of Christ, directed by Martin Scorsese, and she called him and said to him that she saw a girl for the role of the Virgin Mary. She said to her son: 'You gotta see this girl - is absolutely original. "He got her phone number and called her. It was Madonna.In the same interview now-famed photographer speaks about his first impression on Madge:"She was so alive and unpretentious. She was fierce, determined. Nothing was going to stop her."


Sunday, 13 March 2011

Vintage Photos: how to restore old pictures quickly and cheaply

'Glass plates getting harder to find than they were even just a few years ago,' Alan says. 'But you can still findthem if you go to the right places.'
Alan visits boot sales, antique shops or markets such as that in Covent Garden where merchants often sell glass plates in bulk. 'Recently I bought a couple boxes at Covent Garden, which each contained 50 glass plates,' he says. 'I spent £140 in total, but that still works out to £1.40 each, which is less than a pint of beer or even a birthday card. Other times I can often get boxes for £20. eBay is great too, where the average price for a single glass plate is about £2 to £5.'



Thursday, 10 March 2011

Historic images of English life

Alan McFaden, recently retired as a studio photographer after 48 years with IPC Media, has been collecting glass plate negatives and other old pictures from the early days of photography for the past nine years. Earlier this week we shared with you his techniques for digitising these vintage photos quickly and cheaply.
What started as a modest pastime to occupy the winter months has now blossomed into a full-time hobby, Alan says. A regular at markets, boot sales and in eBay auctions, Alan has built up a portfolio totalling in the thousands.
In the gallery above, Alan shares some of his favourite early pictures of English life. To see more from his archive, as well as his own stunning portfolio of work following a 48-year career in photography, be sure to visit Alan's website.

Read more: http://www.photoradar.com/news/story/early-pictures-31-historic-images-of-english-life#ixzz1GBu3051h


Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Google donates to Mandela archive

Google donates to Mandela archive

Nelson Mandela 
Nelson Mandela at the opening of his Johannesburg law office in 1952.
Google is to donate $1.25m (£770,000) to a project that aims to create an archive of Nelson Mandela's life.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation Centre of Memory is digitising photographs, letters and other documents relating to the former South African president.
A similar project, chronicling the life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will also receive $1.25m.
The money will be used to help collect documents and to ensure that poor, rural communities can access them.
In addition to the funding, Google will contribute expertise in document digitisation and archiving.
The company has spent the past seven years scanning millions of texts as part of its Google books initiative.



Monday, 7 March 2011

Old Fashioned Costumed photography

 An Arrowtown entrepreneur has merged her passions for history and photography.
Photographer Karen Reid launched her business, Old Fashioned Costumed Photography, last December.
She operates from the area in front of the Lakes District Museum.
Ms Reid said she had photographed scores of visitors dressed as elegant ladies and gentlemen, grizzled gold-miners, saucy bar girls and musicians. Those being photographed would hold props such as parasols, tools, guns, instruments and baskets of bread and flowers.
The visitors choose to pose in front of a store, steam engine or wagon for a straight-faced Victorian style portrait, a normal smiling picture and a photograph where they just have fun.
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Ms Reid, of Arrowtown, stands in the forecourt of the Lakes District Museum with one of the backgrounds and some of the props and costumes she uses in her portraits. Photo by James Beech.
Ms Reid, of Arrowtown, stands in the forecourt of the Lakes District Museum with one of the backgrounds and some of the props and costumes she uses in her portraits. Photo by James Beech.
They choose which sepia-toned photographs they want mounted on a souvenir card designed as a period newspaper and giving a brief history of Arrowtown. The cost is $25.

Read Full Story HERE