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The great photographic adventurers of 19th Century India

I recently attended a meeting of the Historical Photographic Society andĀ  had the pleasureĀ  of seeing an image by one of my favourite Victorian adventurer-photographers. Samuel Bourne dragged his heavy wooden camera and tripod across rivers, deserts, up and down … Continue reading

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The most bizarre method of detection used to trace Jack the Ripper

So desperate were the police to track the mysterious killer known today as “Jack the Ripper,” they resorted to some unusual methods of detection. A letter to Sir Charles Warren, Commisioner of Police, was written by J.H. Ashforth of Nottingham … Continue reading

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Before photography was understood, people gave it supernatural powers

Above: Mary Todd Lincoln with the ghost of her husband. Do you know why all the victims of Jack the Ripper were photographed? At least partially because of an article in the British Journal of Photography which said that the … Continue reading

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