Helmut Gernsheim and his wife Alison contributed greatly to the
research in and preservation of early photographic works.
Together, they penned a number of books.
The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin
houses a particularly interesting Gernsheim find, the first
photograph ever taken. Go to the following link to read about
And, at the following addy, you will find a pdf copy of an
issue of Image Magazine Online in which Gernsheim discusses
his entry into the world of photographic collecting in 1944 after
much encouragement from Beaumont Newhall:
There, he describes his early methods of collecting, and how his
monographs of Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, and
David Octavius Hill evolved.
[I myself loved a sub-story in this article about a certain
Mrs. Duckworth, but I won’t reveal it, as you’ll have to
read it for yourself.]
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