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Photographing Light

Examples of different techniques for photographing light.

The Thomas Underwood Gallery

Selected reproductions from Thomas Underwood's "The Buildings of Birmingham Past and Present Sketched and Described” Published in 1866 and 1869.
New Street and High Street

Drake’s “Picture of Birmingham”

From Drakes 1834 book featuring twelve “newly engraved” views of public buildings.
Fig 5 - Market Hall from S E

A Host of Angels

A group of prints featuring angels, reproduced from Victorian lantern slides.
Towards the Glory Land

Tubes Ltd

Employees of Tubes Ltd, Aston in 1901
No. 4 - The Works Manager

Signatures of Artists

Signatures from C Hubert Letts “The Hundred Best Pictures" - 1901
Signatures 2

WWI in Birmingham

World War 1 photographs in Birmingham plus two coloured slides.
Review Canon Hill Park May 1st 1915 - 1

Photographs of London by WLFW

We know the photographer’s initials, WLFW, and we know the date, 1910, but that is all. An obvious ‘eye’ for a good photograph.
The March

Photographs by AGB

A selection from a stack of lantern slides by AGB found in a junk shop in Erdington. Those selected look to be from holidays in this country, and the Alps.
Castle Combe

Photographs by Marion Silverston

Probably Birmingham’s first female professional photographer. She had a studio in Edgbaston. Her name is written on a number of these lantern slides and they may have been exhibited at Birmingham Photographic Society.


Mostly lantern slides collected at random. The exposure times were a bit too long to get a sharp image of Princess Christian as she left New Street Station en route to open the General Hospital.
Colmore Row


Images taken from French glass stereo-positives. One looks as though it is taken from half way up Notre Dame and has an estimated date of 1855. Image 6 is included for the figure of a man on the roof of the hut!
Colonne de Juillet Place de la Bastille ca 1855

The Royal Family

The first group are cartes-de-visites of the Royal family taken by Mayall including some dated 1st March 1861. The second group shows the Prince of Wales and the Princess of Denmark, to become Princess Alexandra, and her family. The next group includes the official photograph released for the Diamond Jubilee. The last two photographs are from stereocards of the funeral procession of the Queen and show the German Emperor, the Kaiser, walking on the right of King Edward, and the veiled ladies of the court walking behind.
621 Prince of Wales with Alexandra and family.jpg

Famous People

Personalities of the period, from lantern slides, engravings, cartes-de-visites and woodburytypes.
725 Charles Darwin.jpg


A miscellaneous collection picked to show some of the contrasts of the day. The ‘Promenade’ might well be the Sunday afternoon parade at Scarborough.
London  The Tower