My brother recently showed me some old family photos that show my great-grandfather wearing a dress. My question is: was this a light-hearted thing to do in the times or was my great-grandfather a cross-dresser? [more inside]
Please help me find photos of poor to middle class living space interiors, in everyday condition vs. spiffed up for the photographer, from the Victorian era through the 1940s? American settings primarily, Western Europe okay too. Stipulation: no corpses. [more inside]
An acquaintance's brother-in-law, a retired photojournalist (Newsweek, Time), has left specific instructions to destroy his negatives after his death so his family won't be hit by US inheritance taxes on the estimated market value of the collection. He sells through Getty and Polaris so this is a valid financial threat (he believes). Kinda sad, I think. He did a close up and personal pictorial project with a young Bob Dylan living in New York, and these rare shots would be destroyed, along with... [more inside]
I'm looking for visual references for medieval / faux-medieval armor. Bonus points for something lightweight / leather and I'm really looking for rear views but anything would be useful. I've tried a bit of googling but haven't really found what I want.
I only really have time to read a single book on the origins of photography. What do you recommend? Think Daguerre and Talbot, no need for hundreds of pages devoted to the camera obscura. I'd also prefer something heavier on text than actual photographs.
What would it take to make a portrait photograph in 1910? [more inside]
Do we know how William Mumler created his images? If not, what are the most popular theories today, and what do we know about other spirit photographers?
I'm cleaning out my storage, and wanted to find out whether two objects are worth keeping / selling: A nautical insurance policy from Sept. 21, 1802 (front, back), and a B&W photograph, on a 14"x20" piece of Kodak paper, of Mt. Saint Helens erupting, photographer unknown (photo). More details inside. [more inside]
Historical Photo / Daguerreotype Gurus, how might I download or purchase this particular panorama of San Francisco in 1851 in extreme hi-resolution? [more inside]
Blogger Steerforth of The Age of Uncertainty found an old picture which intrigued him, especially the figure in the center. He wonders in his blogpost if it might be Queen Victoria. Some commenters dissent. I'm curious about it myself. Can anyone shed further light on the image? [more inside]
I am teaching an undergraduate photography class. What are the most amazing, resource intensive websites that the students should be exposed to? [more inside]
"The gunsight frames an image for destruction, whereas the camera's viewfinder frames one image for preservation, and all other possible images for destruction." Help me find the source of this paraphrased quote? [more inside]
Where can I find photos (portraits) of veterans in uniform, taken during their enlistment? Is this the kind of thing that's kept on file in military records? [more inside]
What are the best searchable sources for copyright-free historical and other images? I know about Wikimedia Commons, about searching for Creative Commons licensed material on Flickr, and about some regional repositories such as the Washington State Digital Archives (where I work). What other good sources are out there? Google searches lead me to subscription databases of stock photos.
What websites are the European (any non-English speaking, actually) equivalents of Square America? [more inside]
I want to know how to remember my future travels better. I look back at some old travel pictures and think it was all a dream. What do YOU do? [more inside]
A history of the camera and its' effects on modern society in five paragraphs. [more inside]
What are some places "off the beaten path", I can explore in urban environments? For photography, and my own amusement. [more inside]
Creative Ideas Filter: I need ideas of Famous and Memorable Photographs or Paintingsor famous and memorable scenes from History, Movies, or Television that can be Reenacted on the spot without planning by 3-6 people for me to photograph for a final project for school. [more inside]
What are the best online (or offline) 'textbooks' for learning about the history of fine arts photography? [more inside]
Going by the style of clothing, the age of the man, and the make/model of the bicycle can you help me date a picture? [more inside]