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Apr 8, 2012 Changes in the sizes of cameras and equipment 
Cameras have declined in size over the years.
This is the kind of phrase often repeated but here is a selection of images that demonstrate the changes. 
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Exhibition: Changes in the sizes of cameras and equipment 
Apr 1, 2012 Photojournalism - Rise of the Picture Magazine 
Illustrated magazines and the rise of photojournalism had an immense impact of photographic styles and the sequencing of images to create photo-essays. This exbition brings together some examples from the most important illustrated magazines of the twentieth century.
Does anybody have scans of the front covers of The African Drum and Drum
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Apr 1, 2012 Transportation: Cars 
From studio props, car construction, racing and accidents each part of our addiction to the automobile is covered in this online exhibition. Here we see early images from a vast variety of public and private collections - enjoy. 
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Exhibition: Transportation: Cars 
Apr 1, 2012 People looking through windows 
A collection of photographs of people peering through windows - each searching for a better world outside perhaps. 
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Exhibition: People looking through windows 
Apr 1, 2012 Additional Contents pages available.... form out of chaos... well maybe.... 
 To improve navigation on Luminous-Lint I've added a number additional content pages today. At this point I'm concentrating on bringing together the visual evidence that supports the understanding of photo-history rather than writing one or more histories. The new contents pages take you to the online exhibitions and visual indexes that provide examples from all areas of the world, the significant techniques and processes used and the key themes. Once we have the visual material indexed we can plan the accompanying texts and that will be a long and complex task so feel free to join in at any time.
Here are some additional Contents pages I've just made public:
Contents - The default page gives a partial structure.
Contents - Alphabetical - A complete listing of topics (There are no thesaurus type "SEE" and "SEE ALSO" connections as yet but we will add those in later.)
Contents - Styles and movements - It can take vast amounts of time tracking down representative photographs for the different styles and movements within photography so this is a useful starting point for educators.
Contents - Articles - Over time we will include articles on specific topics and this is a starting point. The next step is to build up the visual evidence that will be used to support each topic prior to constructing the outlines and then prepare the draft texts so pass on your suggestions. At the moment I'm considering:
  • Allegorical photography
  • Amateur photography
  • Anonymous photography
  • Backgrounds
  • Camera clubs
  • Censorship
  • Cinema - Filmmaking and cinema
  • Collecting photography
  • Conservation
  • Fabricated realities
  • Fakes and forgeries
  • Humor and photography
  • Iconic reproductions
  • Itinerant photographers
  • Marine photography
  • Maritime
  • Night
  • Non-canonical photography
  • Photo festivals
  • Photographers who died in action
  • Photographic studios
  • Photographs assimilated into popular culture
  • Physique photography studios
  • Preservation of photographic archives
  • Propaganda
  • Sequences and series
  • Spirit photography
  • Staged photography
  • Subterranean photography
  • Surveillance
  • Wedding photography

These provide a starting point for discussion as we proceed. 
Mar 31, 2012 Robert Yarnall Ritchie: Commercial Modernist 
Robert Yarnall Richie (1908-1984) started his professional career in 1932 with aerial photographs of large East coast estates, which at the time was something of a novelty. From the beginning, he was creative in his approach to business and soon recognized that profit in photography came from repeat business. Richie also decided to diversify, particularly into advertising and industrial clientele. His work soon became in demand, and, by 1938, he was called, "…one of the foremost industrial photographers in the world."
Robert Yarnall Richie’s entire collection of some 98,000 negatives, 15,000 photographic prints, over 300 films and manuscripts are in the holdings of the DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
With grateful thanks to Anne E. Peterson, Curator of Photographs, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University for her assistance with this online exhibition. 
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Exhibition: Robert Yarnall Ritchie: Commercial Modernist 
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Mar 31, 2012 Dmitry Ermakov: Georgia at the crossroads of Modernity (1870-1905) 
The collection of Dimitry Ermakov (1846-1916) held at the Georgian National Museum consists of approximately 128 albums, 17,434 prints, 14,100 glass plate negatives and 3,000 stereo cards, as well as registers and sales catalogues that Ermakov used in his shop. The collection depicts a great variety of ethnic groups, people, cities, architectural monuments in the Caucasus and Asia Minor of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Dimitry Ermakov was a leading photographer in Georgia and the wider Caucasian and Asian Minor during an interesting period in the history of the region. He documented places and groups of people that have undergone major changes in Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia as well as in Turkey and Persia. Dimitry Ermakov traveled and photographed also in Samarkand and Bukhara in Central Asia, in the Russian Republics of Dagestan, Circassia, Chechnya and Ingushetia and in the Crimea. This collection is a resource of considerable cultural and historic importance in understanding the region during a period of immense changes.
With thanks to the Georgian National Museum for their assistance. 
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Exhibition: Dmitry Ermakov: Georgia at the crossroads of Modernity (1870-1905) 
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Mar 31, 2012 Drawing and optical devices 
There are a number of distinct online exhibitions on specific devices and techniques on Luminous-Lint that cover the inappropriately termed prehistory of photography.
Camera obscura
Camera lucida
Each of these will be improved as we proceed. This new online exhibition brings together some of the most notable illustrations in a single location. 
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Exhibition: Drawing and optical devices 
Mar 25, 2012 The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography - An International Call for Entries 
Copyright © 2012 Mads Nissen, Denmark. "José Parra Zape" from "No Shelter From Fear"
News from The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography
We are very pleased to announce our second annual call for entries. Following in the footsteps of our very successful first season which astonishingly garnered nearly 200 entries from some 45 countries around the world and culminating in our $5000 USD grant recipient Mr. Mads Nissen of Denmark (photo above), The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography is once again seeking entries for outstanding work in global and social documentary photo reportage. Covering such pressing issues as health, poverty, oppression, war, famine, religious/political persecution and upheaval, human migration and immigration, the landless and much more, photographers of all nationalities who are 18 years of age or older are encouraged to apply. Entries must be submitted no later than May 31, 2012, to be eligible. Please visit for entry rules and submission details found under our "Grant 2012" header on our website. The photographer whose proposal is selected to receive the $5000 USD grant will be immediately contacted, followed by a public press announcement to be made sometime in late July.
Send your submission to We look forward to receiving your work. 
Mar 25, 2012 Francis Bedford - exhibition in Toronto (4th-28th April, 2012) 
Francis Bedford, "Miner's Bridge at Betws-y-Coed, North Wales", 1859 (negative exposed), Mounted albumen silver print, 15.2 x 21.0 cm
Drawn from the extensive private collection of the architectural photographer Steven Evans, Seeking Solace: Francis Bedford’s Framing of Victorian Ideals celebrates the work of English photographer Francis Bedford (1816–1894). A master draughtsman and lithographer in the 1840s and 1850s, Bedford took up photography and positioned himself as one of the premier landscape and architectural photographers of his time. He successfully marketed his photographs in the form of albums, stereo cards, cartes de visite, and prints and was included in all but two exhibitions held at the London Photographic Society during the 1860s. His work comprised picturesque landscapes and ecclesiastical ruins found in the British countryside, as well as impressive cathedral architecture. These subjects suited the tastes of Victorian society, which sought solace within the countryside, away from over-crowded and unhealthy urban centres. Seeking Solace presents this theme in the first solo exhibition of Bedford’s work since the 1860s, introducing this photographer to a North American audience.
The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated publication. Both the exhibition and the publication were researched and produced by second-year, graduate students in the Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, Master of Arts programme, Ryerson University, under the direction of Professor David Harris. The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Charitable Foundation and the Ryerson Image Centre have generously supported the project. The exhibition is on view at the I.M.A Gallery, located at 80 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, from April 4th–28th. An opening reception will be held on April 5th from 6–9 pm. 
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