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Inheritance Tax on estimated value of photo negatives left behind? WUTT?

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]
posted by spock on Sep 10, 2014 - 24 answers

Visual references for armor?

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.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Feb 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Books on the history of photography?

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.
posted by Lorin on Jan 25, 2013 - 5 answers

What would it take to make a photograph in 1910?

What would it take to make a portrait photograph in 1910? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Nov 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Spirit Photography Techniques

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?
posted by naturalog on Sep 18, 2012 - 11 answers

Historical ephemera... worth keeping?!

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]
posted by markkraft on Dec 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Hi Res History, San Fran in 1851...

Historical Photo / Daguerreotype Gurus, how might I download or purchase this particular panorama of San Francisco in 1851 in extreme hi-resolution? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Oct 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Is the woman in the picture Queen Victoria?

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]
posted by Kattullus on Jun 29, 2011 - 12 answers

photo google-fu

I am teaching an undergraduate photography class. What are the most amazing, resource intensive websites that the students should be exposed to? [more inside]
posted by archivist on Mar 22, 2011 - 15 answers

Can you identify this esoteric film/photography theory quote?

"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]
posted by Alterscape on Oct 24, 2010 - 5 answers

Enlistees in uniform, photographed

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]
posted by liketitanic on Apr 19, 2010 - 8 answers

Where to find copyright free historical images?

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.
posted by LarryC on Sep 25, 2009 - 9 answers

Vernacular Photos, not made in America

What websites are the European (any non-English speaking, actually) equivalents of Square America? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Jun 14, 2009 - 1 answer

How do I make my travel memories better?

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]
posted by bodywithoutorgans on Apr 8, 2009 - 19 answers

They're just pictures!

A history of the camera and its' effects on modern society in five paragraphs. [more inside]
posted by Northwest on Jan 22, 2009 - 8 answers

Hey, the grafitti on the rooftop of 111 S. Anderson, is the most creative in town!

What are some places "off the beaten path", I can explore in urban environments? For photography, and my own amusement. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Dec 15, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me think of Reenactment Photos for Cosplay

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]
posted by Del Far on Apr 14, 2008 - 18 answers

Non-crash course in art photography?

What are the best online (or offline) 'textbooks' for learning about the history of fine arts photography? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Apr 3, 2007 - 8 answers

Any bicycle historians in the house?

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]
posted by bondcliff on Dec 19, 2006 - 28 answers

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