Intrigue in the World of Photography III: The Helene Anderson Collection

Intrigue in the World of Photography III: The Helene Anderson Collection

I’ve enjoyed the research that has so far culminated in issues I (Lewis Hine) and II (Man Ray) of this mini-series, Intrigue in the World of Photography within TFG. So, when I found some printouts whilst combing through the various papers on my desk I …

Intrigue in the World of Photography II: The Fake Man Ray Prints

Intrigue in the World of Photography II: The Fake Man Ray Prints

To continue sort of fluidly from my last article about the fake Lewis Hines, this issue will look at another incredibly famous figure from the History of Photography (yes, it does require capitalisation today) whose photographs were forged and sold. His name is Man Ray …

Intrigue in the World of Photography I: The Fake Lewis Hine Prints

Intrigue in the World of Photography I: The Fake Lewis Hine Prints

This is completely unrelated to anything I’ve written about previously and has nothing to do with anything going on in the real world (I’m not very current-affairs-minded) but there was a recent episode of Fake or Fortune on the telly that brought up some interesting …

Photo History: Stanislaw Witkiewicz Photographic Portraits

Photo History: Stanislaw Witkiewicz Photographic Portraits

So this episode of TFG is about an artist who was also a photographer (or the other way around). I was spurred to look at Stanislaw Witkiewicz by Phillips’ May Photographs sale because one of his prints sold really well. I’d never seen a photograph …

The Ritual of Reading

The Ritual of Reading

Given that this will plug a gap between what came before and what comes next there’s no reason for it to be particularly intense or structured. I suppose it’s more a stream of consciousness than anything else and although I had the kernel of the …

Photo History: Roger Fenton and the Victoria & Albert Museum

Photo History: Roger Fenton and the Victoria & Albert Museum

Reading time: a comfortable 20 minutes or so, plus pauses, but I don’t know how fast you read… It’s about maybe the most well-known photographer of the early Victorian year: Roger Fenton. The V&A Bit So I took a trip to London to see a …

Photobook Talk: Pictures From the Surface of the Earth

Photobook Talk: Pictures From the Surface of the Earth

I bought Pictures From the Surface of the Earth following last year’s May Photo auctions. I was completely bowled over by this one print and when I was researching it I discovered that it had been published in a book. It’s nice to have photobooks …

Photo History: Wedgwood Beyond the Porcelain

Photo History: Wedgwood Beyond the Porcelain

So. I just discovered that I share a birthday with a relatively major historical figure. I’m not talking about Che (born May 14th, not June, at least according to his mother). No. Imma talk ’bout Thomas Wedgwood. And before you go off on one, no …

Photo History: Mass Observation, May 12th, and Humphrey Spender

Photo History: Mass Observation, May 12th, and Humphrey Spender

It occurred to me last week that since today is May 12th, which is Mass Observation day, I should probably coincide it with another issue. Fortunately, for the sake of this blog’s integrity, Mass Observation can be partially viewed through its contact with photography, and …