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Springtime Tuesday Tips

Happy Springtime! This Tips column has something for everyone, or so it seems to me. So much news about images and related items of interest. So, without further ado….. World War One Centennial There is a lot to be found online recently about WWI, because this year marks the centennial of the United States entry […]

Off My Shelf – New! Shot in Alabama

Brand new and hot-off-the-press in January 2017, is my colleague Frances Osborn Robb’s book on the photographers of Alabama, Shot in Alabama – A History of Photography, 1839-1941 and a List of Photographers (University of Alabama Press in cooperation with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, 2016). Wow, what a wonderful book. A new book on photographers in any state […]

Tuesday Tips, Photo News for a Brand New Year

Wow, the tail end of 2016 was full of news and goodies related to photography and photographers! To begin, here are a few updates to my series Researching Photographers Working in the South, starting with the recent news of an incredible gift. The Alabama Media Group has given 3 million images (most in the form of film negatives […]

Flash! Election Returns and the Stereopticon

When I was doing a great deal of research using the Atlanta newspapers on microfilm many years ago, I stumbled upon articles, the first I had ever seen, related to Atlanta citizens gathering downtown to view election results — together — on a screen. This interesting gathering was worth examining and thinking about – did other […]

For Exhibit Only – Some Serendipity

The above carte made by a Wisconsin photographer is one I bought a few years ago at a going-out-of-business antique store in Cartersville, Georgia. I think it is a fine image, and the object on a stand to the right of the gentleman really intrigued me. At that time I asked others on the Photo […]

Tuesday Tips, Back to School

A slightly belated happy new school year, it’s time for lessons and another Tips post ! There is great access to the thousands of images produced by the United States Government, and I will touch on a few of the newer ones. I also have some updates related to my series on Photographers Working in the South, […]

A Mountain of Connections: Georgia – Tennessee Photographers, Part Two

I am reaching across that invisible Georgia – Tennessee state line again. Although there are many Georgia photographers with roots in all parts of the state of Tennessee, my two-part post, A Mountain of Connections, highlights Georgia photographers with Chattanooga-area connections. There are those photographers who worked in the nearby Dalton and Rome, Georgia areas to discuss, […]

Hot July, Cool Tuesday Tips

It is July, and here in Georgia, it is hot, hot, hot, but I have some cool news for this first Tuesday in July. To begin, I have posted a July 2016 update to my Checklist of Early Georgia Photographers, 1841-61  Each time I think I will not find, or hear of, a new Georgia photographer […]

Friday Faces: One Family, Three Photographers

It is always a pleasure to hear from my readers, but it is especially nice when they share something with me. In this particular case, it is a dozen family photographs that a reader of this blog saw no further reason to keep. She had made scans of the images, and no one in the […]

A Mountain of Connections: Georgia – Tennessee Photographers, part one

Recently I read the short story by raconteur Donald Davis, called “See Rock City” in the book by the same name (subtitled “A Story Journey Through Appalachia”; August House, 1996). It made me laugh out loud, and I decided this is the right time to write about those photographers who have that Tennessee-Georgia connection. In this […]