Friday, 29 April 2011

Harrow School Glass Plate Collection

A unique collection believed to be the biggest collection of its kind in private ownership the Harrow Photos collection spans a period from the 1860s to the 1970s Hills & Saunders were photographers to the elite of society of their day - based in Harrow / Eton / Oxford / Cambridge / Aldershot / Sandhurst and of course with a couple of branches in London they focused on the top schools / top universities / the military / the cream of society. Yet of all those studios, it is believed that the negatives have all been destroyed - except for the Harrow Photos collection - the single remaining social collection from that 100 year period.

The collection has been through a number of stages in its life eventually being left stacked in industrial shelving for nearly 30 years. It was rescued in 2009 by its current owner and the last year has been a time looking at the options. It had been hoped to find a means of preserving the photos as a whole, putting them into proper archive conditions and finding a way to scan and share the images.

However, as with all things this costs a lot of money and it has not proven possible to find a way of doing that. As a result and with the advice of a number of the world's leading experts in this type of material the collection is being split and sold off. It is believed that by selling it those buying the individual photos will preserve them and therefore history will be retained.

The alternative (at the time when the collection was rescued) was the skip which was their destiny and it is believed that preserving the images, even across many new owners, will be a better way of dealing with these historic images.

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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Erie artist creates unique work with historic photos, wood

Zach Wincik initially wasn't sure what he wanted to do after graduating from college.

A few classes had triggered his interest in photography. He also enjoyed woodworking, often building shelves and cabinets for himself.

Wincik, 25, decided to merge the two into his own art form.

He set up a studio in the attic of his Erie home and gathered old photos of landmarks in Girard, his hometown. By fusing copies of the photographs onto wood, he created a unique, vintage look.

"It's something pretty cool that you don't see every day," he said.

Wincik's work will be on display Saturday at an exhibit at Lake Erie Lodge 347, 8 Penn Ave., Girard.

Wincik studied film production at Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla. In December, he moved back to Erie after a brief stint in Oklahoma.

For his first major project, Wincik perused the archives of the Hazel Kibler Museum in Girard for photographs of old landmarks. The photo exhibit, "Girard Legends Series," features 12 sites claimed to be haunted.

Wincik's mother, Stephanie Wincik, helped him select the haunted locations. Stephanie Wincik volunteers for the museum and has written books exploring paranormal activity in Erie County.

The Gudgeonville Bridge, Girard Hotel, Universalist Church, Girard Cemetery and the Battles' Yellow House are a few of the sites they selected. The photos, taken in the late 1800s or early 1900s, had been mostly untouched for years.

Zach Wincik does most of his work in the attic of his Erie apartment. A string of lights hangs from the rafters in the dimly lit attic, with Zach Wincik's workbench near a wall.

He begins the process by scanning the photos and performing touch-up work on a computer. Printouts are then fused with plywood using a heat press.

To finish off a project, Zach Wincik carefully sands the wood and sprays on a layer of clear coat to add contrast. The wood's texture seeps through the image, giving each piece an antique feel.

"I'm kind of going for a worn-out, old look," Zach Wincik said.

The original photos are scanned and not altered.

Zach Wincik said he does not know of any other artists who have fused copies of photos onto wood. He developed the process when hunting for apartment decorations in Oklahoma. Nothing seemed to appeal to him, he said, so he decided to design his own artwork.

"I didn't have any expectations," he said. "I just wanted to see what I could come up with."

Zach Wincik, who primarily works as a freelance photographer, plans to take orders for wood photos and further his art with different wood textures.

"I'm still coming into the process," he said. "There's a lot to experiment with."



Sunday, 24 April 2011

Rare snaps discovered in old suitcase

ONG-lost photos of Anzacs in action at Gallipoli have emerged to set the scenes of our boys on the beaches and in the trenches almost a century after the legend was created. 
Priceless pictures show soldiers with pants rolled up as they hauled guns on to sand in the sun while others capture snow blanketing the trenches and the freezing misery they faced far from home.

The historically significant images were stuffed in an old suitcase and hidden in a Melbourne cellar by a war widow 77 years ago.

She had become dejected that her late husband's photographs had been rejected for publication to mark Anzac Day, 1934.

Diana Cousens discovered the fragile photos stuffed inside the battered, old suitcase while cleaning out her family home. The photos belonged to her late grandfather, Brigadier Water Cass, a highly decorated soldier who served at Gallipoli, Egypt and the Western Front.

"As I opened them and saw the images, I sensed they were significant. There is a very personal quality to them," Dr Cousens said.

Historians said the shots helped transport Australians back to stand alongside our Anzac heroes.

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Monday, 18 April 2011

Schools lifetime of memories

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 Deputy head Lesley Martin and administrator Pat Peel look through old school photos

AROUND her, other girls had moved on.

They were the daughters of miners, labourers, coal trimmers, seamen, about to embark on the next important stage of their lives – senior school, mostly.

But for one little lass, called Evaline, it wasn’t to be. Aged just 10, with her mother listed as a widow, she exchanged the cheery rumpus of the classroom for the sanatorium.

Was it because of tuberculosis, the ‘white plague’ that scythed through communities like South Shields in the 1920s and 1930s? It’s doubtful we’ll ever know.
Evaline drops out of the records of Stanhope Primary School in the town at that point.
But like the ‘footprint’ of the old school, which will be left when its £4.5m replacement opens nearby this September, she remains indelible on the pages of its history.
Evaline would be in her 80s now, and it would be lovely to think that she may actually still be out there, just one of thousands of pupils who have passed through the school since it opened two years before the commencement of the First World War.

It means, sadly, that when it closes at the end of the summer term, for the 249 pupils, aged from three to 11, to make the transfer, it will fall one year short of achieving its centenary.
But events surrounding the closure of the old school and the opening of the new will be as much about celebration as valediction, with plans by head John Vasey and his staff, to invite former pupils and teachers etc back for a farewell reunion in July.
“What we would like is for people who’ve attended the school over the years to come in, possibly with photographs and other memorabilia that they can put up on boards that we’ll have divided into decades,” said deputy head Lesley Martin.
“There will be light refreshments, and it’ll be an opportunity for them to have a last look around the building before it’s pulled down.”

What they will find is recognisably 21st-century classrooms and corridors with the dimensions and appurtenances, still, of the post-Edwardian era.
Narrow stone stairs go off at steep angles; nooks and crannies harbour original cast-iron fireplaces, and there are cupboards of proportions akin to the gateway to Narnia.
Outside, stone architraves above the doors recall what were originally separate entrances for boys and girls – features which will be saved, after demolition, to become part of the aforementioned ‘footprint’ that will record where the old school stood.

Most fascinating of all, though, is that a number of admissions registers for the school have also survived.

The earliest date back to within a decade of its opening, when the school, in Gresford Street, sat at the heart of a populous area bounded by Tyne Dock on one side and West Park on the other.

Registers listed fathers’ occupations at that time, so in all the dads who were rail clerks, engine drivers and locomotive firemen, for instance, it’s possible to find a reflection of the community, at Tyne Dock, that depended for its employment on the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) and the great coal lines that served the dock itself.

Certain names and professions catch the eye for other reasons, however, like George Curry, who left the school in 1928 and whose father, Thomas Curry, is recorded as having been a professional footballer; also Harriet Freeman, whose father was a showman and whose address is given as ‘show ground, Barnes Road.’ Harriet is another who drops out of history at that point, ‘left the town’ the only clue to her departure.
The open event for former pupils and staff will take place on Thursday, July 7, between 4pm and 7pm.


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Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Civil war photos Digitized

The digital archives of centuries-old photographs from the Civil Ware are extensive, thanks to the tremendous efforts of digital archivers, who usually work at non-profits or as volunteers.
But on Tuesday, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, a several organizations have converted old Civil War photos into digital anaglyphs (red/cyan) that add depth, dimension, and additional insight into the years 1861-1865.
The Library of Congress and non-profit Center for Civil War Photography each both launched 3D Civiil War photo exhibits rendered in anaglyphs, those blurry red/cyan photos that pop out when you put on a pair of those chic anaglyphic red/cyan 3D glasses (or by simply crossing your eyes).
“While 19th-century photographic technology could rarely capture action shots of the war, many stereos show the careful preparation for battles, the aftermaths, and close-up scenes in camps and forts,” writes Carol Johnson, a photography curator at the Library of Congress, in a blog post. “Now through digital technology, you can zoom in to see details.”

Apple iPad users can also purchase History 3D: Civil War for $0.99 instead of $1.99, until April 16. The app’s two dozen 3D photos pulls up stories for every photo as you swipe through. According to developer IggyCo, all the 3D photos will be donated to the Library of Congress.
Click on the link below to view six of our favorite 3D Civil War photos. You can also browse the full exhibits at the The Center for Civil War Photography and the Library of Congress.


Monday, 11 April 2011

Orphaned Photos Find a Home with Project SAVE

Hekimian family of Dikranagert representing writer’s family

Sometimes it’s right there under your nose, in places you wouldn’t think to look like an attic or basement.
While it may not be gold bullion coins or a cache of diamond-studded jewels, it could be something else holding its value—a box full of old family photographs laying idle in unsuspecting places bearing a lifetime of fond memories.
Such was the case when I moved from an old home I occupied for 40 years to a condo. Suddenly, I stumbled across pictures that have outgrown the annals of time.
Or so I thought.
In their original boxes they stood, dating back a generation or two, handed down from heirs I never met and those who had little regard for old photos. Many were falling from the albums to which they were attached. Others were strewn about carelessly and with little regard.

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