Dr Mirjam Brusius
Mirjam Brusius specialised in the history of photography and collecting in Victorian Britain and the Middle East. Currently a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in London she held postdoctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute and Harvard University. In 2014 she came to the University of Oxford as A.W. Mellon Fellow where she helped set up ‘The Photography Seminar’. As a PhD candidate Mirjam had catalogued Talbot’s rich scholarly notebooks at the British Library whilst also completing a PhD on his antiquarian interests at Cambridge in 2011. This resulted in a conference William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography, held at the University in June 2010 and published in 2013. She is an Early Career Fellow for TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and has a new Talbot publication, currently in German with an English translation forthcoming.
John Falconer recently retired as the Lead Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs in the British Library, where he was responsible for the curation of the Talbot Collection of photographs. Donated by the family in 2006 and formerly deposited in the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock, this collection is rich in documentary material as well as original Talbot photographs. Mr Falconer’s main specialism is in 19th century photography in Asia, on which he has published extensively. He has also curated exhibitions of Asian photography both in the UK and internationally. He is one of two active photographers on our board. He is currently a Museum Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Institute.
Dr Anthony Hamber
The independent photographic historian Anthony Hamber trained as an art historian at University College London. For more than a decade was Director of Visual Resources for Birkbeck College’s Department of Art History. In 1996, his PhD thesis became the subject of an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum and was published as A Higher Branch of the Art” Photographing the Fine Arts in England 1839-1880. His research interests include the rise of photographically-illustrated publications and early architectural photography. Anthony has acted as a technical reviewer for European Commission IT and e-learning projects and managed the design and production of the first fully e-commerced online picture library based on content from UK cultural institutions. He is currently at work on a book on photography and the 1851 Great Exhibition.
Sandra Maria Petrillo
Sandra M. Petrillo’s SMP Photoconservation, based near Rome, is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of fine art and historic photographs, concentrating on 19th century photography. She has worked as a freelance professional conservator in France, Luxembourg and the USA. She was awarded a MA in Art History from the Sapienza University of Rome and a MA in Art Conservation, with a specialization in Photography, from the conservation department of the Institut National du Patrimoine of Paris. Sandra Petrillo regularly conducts seminars and workshops and she teaches courses in the conservation of photographic materials at the Tor Vergata University of Rome. She is the Italian representative of the Daguerreobase project, and the creator of the online quarterly The Daguerreotype Journal.
Meredith Reiss is the Collections Manager for the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She earned a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in Photographic Preservation & Collections Management from the joint program between Ryerson University and George Eastman House. Prior to the Met, Meredith held positions at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the New York Public Library, and Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs in New York.
Since 2010, Dr Paul-Louis Roubert has been the president of the Société française de photographie, where before he was a founding member of their journal, journal Etudes photographiques. He is an associate researcher at the Laboratoire d’histoire visuelle contemporaine and a senior lecturer in photography at the University of Paris. His thesis was on “L’Introduction du modèle photographique dans la critique d’art en France.” He is an author and curator of exhibitions, including one with Sylvie Aubenas, Le calotype en France, 1843-1860.
Over the past forty years Roger Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Photographic History, De Montfort University, has nurtured his special interest in the emergence of photography in Britain, 1839-1865, and its place with the social, economic and cultural contexts of the period. As the Senior Curator of Photography at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford (now the National Media Museum), one of his responsibilities was for their extensive Talbot collection, then comprised of the holdings of the Science Museum and the former Kodak Museum. At De Montfort University Mr Taylor developed a number of web-based resources about 19th century photography that continue to advance the understanding of the field. In recent years he has been an independent curator and the author of several significant books. One of his seminal works derives from 19th century photographic exhibition catalogues.
Dr Mike Ware
Dr Mike Ware is a chemistry graduate of the University of Oxford, where he researched Raman spectroscopy. He is a Chartered Chemist and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Following an academic career at the University of Manchester, since 1992 he has been independently committed to studying the science, history, art and conservation of early and “alternative” photographic processes. His consultations for the National Media Museum at Bradford resulted in the publication of his books: Mechanisms of Image Deterioration in Early Photographs: the sensitivity to light of W.H.F. Talbot’s halide-fixed images 1834-1844, and Cyanotype: the History, Science and Art of photographic printing in Prussian Blue. His research in early photography is published in the academic periodical History of Photography, and the processes invented by Sir John Herschel are the subjects of his monographs Gold in Photography and The Chrysotype Manual. He maintains an active and informative website which contains not only technical information but also showcases many of his fine photographs.
Roger Watson has been the Curator of the Fox Talbot Museum on the grounds of Lacock Abbey since 2007. Watson was the founder of the Historic Process Workshop at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, and an international advocate for the revival of historic process practice. His diverse experience includes working as a photographic conservator; database designer, lecturer and expert on the daguerreotype. From 2000-2005 he catalogued the 25,000 items in the WHF Talbot Trust collection of letters, images and ephemera, now in the British Library. Watson is the co-author of the 2013 Capturing the Light, a comparative biography of WHF Talbot and Louis Daguerre and their roles in the birth of photography. He has also written numerous articles and chapters for photo historical journals and books.
Dr Kelley Wilder
Kelley Wilder is Director of the Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester. She is the author of Photography and Science (Reaktion, 2009) and co-author with Gregg Mitman of Documenting the World: Film, Photography and the Scientific Record (Chicago, 2016). From 2000-2003, Wilder was Assistant Editor of The Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot project and in 2004 as the co-editor of Roger Fenton’s Crimean Letterbooks (2004 and 2013). She continues to research photographic practices in the sciences and remains dedicated to bringing photographic research resources to the web.