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
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.
Gavin Stamp, the noted architectural historian, is an independent scholar and honorary professor at the Universities of both Glasgow and Cambridge. He taught for a decade at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art. He has long had an interest in early photography, considering its potential for architectural history ridiculously under-exploited. His book, The Changing Metropolis (1984) illustrated many of the earliest photographs of London and was one of the first to highlight Talbot’s contributions to recording the built environment. Other of his books include studies of the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Robert Weir Schultz and members of the Gilbert Scott dynasty. More recently he published The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme and Gothic for the Steam Age: An Illustrated Biography of George Gilbert Scott.
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.
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.