Had a fabulous visit with two members of Document Scotland today who were exploring aspects of our collection and discussing details about making the most of our collaborations. Full press release on this coming soon! In the meantime, check out their fabulous Scottish photography on the collective’s free app/magazine!
The Special Collections Rare Books Team coordinated a preview of selections of the Photographic Books Collection at Martyrs Kirk today. In attendance were School of Art History lecturers Natalie Adamson and Luke Gartlan, Visual Resources Curator Andrew Demetrius, several postgraduate PhD and Masters students from the History of Photography Programme as well as members of the Photographic Collection Team. A great dialogue was had and it is clear that the collection is going to see increasing use for research and teaching!
Every year the university Publications Dept. creates and commissions photography about the University of St Andrews and its students. This is a screenshot of a milestone for the university’s archiving of its photographic production and legacy. In short, the Special Collections Division have built a comprehensive digital infrastructure which manages the storage, documentation and use of photographic resources, and very importantly, the automatic transfer of the Publications Dept.’s digital photographs to Special Collections at the flick of a switch. What used to take months to process now takes about 40 seconds! This screenshot shows the confirmation of the first transfer of material from their department to ours!
It’s not much to look at, but with all the time it saves, the Photographic Collection team can focus on cataloguing more great treasures from our collection for the public to enjoy.
Fanny and Donald Playfair. This calotype is actually a composite with Donald pasted sitting next to his mother. It is a rather convincing example with only the slight variation in tone and fading. (ALB19-24-2)
Another fun find in The David Russell Papers. Remembering those creative and interesting pre-Photoshop image processing days. The pins have now been removed and a new housing found for this sweet panorama landscape made up of three individual albumen print.
Having a 3-D look at a stunning hand tinted stereo daguerreotype through a rather modern Owl-Viewer. This is from one of our exciting new deposits at Special Collections. We are currently digitising several cased images and a few dozen albums to be available in our online database in the next few months. - RN
Here is a peek at the latest addition to our growing Photographic Books Collection. A 1933 1st edition of the seminal text “Paris de Nuit” by Brassai. The quality of the photogravure reproductions must be seen! A catalogue record will be available on the online library catalogue SAULCAT very shortly.
For those of you wishing for sun and sand, this photograph by George Cowie surfaced in our collection today. “Sand Yachting on West Sands” in St Andrews. On the verso of the print it states that this sport was first introduced to the West Sands by the son of Principal Sir James Irvine.