Top Ten Paintings

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Rising to a Facebook challenge during lockdown, I am posting a ‘top ten’ of paintings which influenced me over the years, each with a few notes. One of the first art books that I ever owned was The Picture History of Painting, by H.W. and Dora Jane Janson. This was first published in 1957, and appeared in a concise edition …

Scanning Old Photographs

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I have archives going back to when i started with photography, the 1960s. The first 35mm camera I could afford was a Prinz Mastermatic III, a re-branded Halina Paulette, purchased in 1969 just before I started at the university of Leeds. Here’s a 1973 advert – and note the difference in price with a Spotmatic, then one of ‘the’ cameras …