Musings On Photography

Musing About Photographs, Photographers and The History of Photography

Intrigue in the World of Photography: The Case of the Fake Man Rays

Intrigue in the World of Photography: The Case of the Fake Man Rays

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: The Case of the Faked Hines

Intrigue in the World of Photography: The Case of the Faked Hines

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 that brought up some interesting questions to do […]

Photo History: Stanislaw Witkiewicz

Photo History: Stanislaw Witkiewicz

This is a little tardy compared to the swiftness with which I uploaded the other issues, but this piece sold really well at a photo auction in May and I wanted to talk a bit about the photographer because I didn’t know much about him. […]

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: The V&A, and  Roger Fenton and the Still Life

Photo History: The V&A, and Roger Fenton and the Still Life

Reading time: a comfortable 20 minutes or so, plus pauses, but I don’t know how fast you read… The V&A Bit So I took a trip to London to see a close friend last week. We met at the V&A and saw the Photography Centre […]

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: May 12th

Photo History: May 12th

It occurred to me last week that since today 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. This is mostly research I […]

Photo History: Feeling a Way Through Arbus

Photo History: Feeling a Way Through Arbus

So, having used the exhibition as a means by which to open up a conversation about Diane Arbus, I feel relatively comfortable in returning to talk about her words and some of her images because the first installment of this was becoming a little unwieldy […]