Talbot’s photographs cover so many areas of interest that we have enlisted the aid of volunteer specialists in a number of areas. This permits more intensive investigation of geographical and topical subjects than we could do on our own and we thank them.
If you are potentially interested in joining this crew, let us know where you are based and what your research interests are. In the past, Some have worked on-site in Oxford, some remotely through email. Prof L J Schaaf – email@example.com
Édouard de Saint-Ours. An art history student at the École du Louvre in Paris, Édouard specializes in 19th c photography. This year he is in the history of photography programme at the University of St Andrews, where he also researches travel photography and album making in the second half of the 19th c. In 2015, Édouard joined the Centre de recherche sur la conservation des collections in Paris as an intern researching the critical reception of the first colour photography process, invented by Edmond Becquerel in 1848. His Master’s dissertation explored the mid-1860s photographs of Beijing taken by French physician Georges Morache. Édouard is keenly interested in the earliest years of the medium and especially in the creation of the first photography-related networks between Britain and France. Deeply attached to his native city of Paris, Édouard is contributing to the Catalogue Raisonné by researching the photographs Talbot took there and elsewhere in France. He is particularly interested in positioning these images within Talbot’s endeavour to create a visual vocabulary for photography and in relation to the creations of French daguerreotypists at the time.
We hope that they will return some time in the future but in the meantime we would like to thank them for helping to make this project possible.
Allie Gressler. A Master’s student at the University of Oxford, Allie is studying the history of American photography. Her particular interests include early photographic processes and the transition of the photograph from amateur to fine art. She recently graduated from the History of Art department at Boston University where her senior thesis explored photographer Anne Brigman’s early 20th century work. Contributing to the Catalogue Raisonné, Allie will be identifying the original paintings and artworks in Talbot’s photographs. Expanding from this, she will explore placing Talbot’s role within the early Victorian market for photographic reproductions.
Ashley Lumb. Until her recent return to Australia, Ashley worked on converting the diverse and unruly digital image files into a standard format and naming convention. “I got getting a detailed look at the complete photographic works of Henry Talbot and helped to present this corpus of material to scholars and the general public. By working with Talbot images from collections around the world, and digging deeper to contribute to blog posts, I hope to be able to understand the evolution and accomplishments of Talbot’s work but also to help piece together missing pieces of information.” Prior to volunteering at the Macleay Museum in Sydney, Australia, Ashley earned her masters degree in the renowned history of photography programme at St Andrews in Scotland. She has been a Researcher for the Royal College of Art, a Curatorial Assistant for Prints and Drawings in the British Museum and a Curatorial Assistant for Autograph ABP. We look forward to her return to our flock.