Episode 101: Rediscovering an American Community of Color

Most photo collectors dream about stumbling upon a significant collection that changes our understanding of photo history. For Frank Morrill it was a series of connections that led to his purchasing a huge collection of glass negatives. Years later his granddaughter held one up and asked him about them.  That second look led to a…

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Episode 100: It’s a Celebration!

It’s the 100th episode of The Photo Detective podcast and we’re celebrating in a big way. From a scary first Facebook Live episode to the current audio only format, this show all about pictures. Guests from around the world shared their picture projects and photo stories. It’s the Photo Detective so topics are mostly photo…

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Episode 98: Collect Photo Stories with Storyglory

Have you ever wished that you could verbally tell the story of a photo and connect it to the image?  Suppose you could do that through an app or a phone call.  And it was FREE.  There is a company that offers a way to save those photo stories by putting pictures and words together.…

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Episode 97: So You Have a Mystery Photo? And Timeline Help

Perhaps you have a mystery photo and you’re wondering what a photo consult is like.  During the course of a photo consultation, I look at your photos and discuss what you know about the pictures in question.  It’s often a deep dive into your family history.Together we discover and discuss the clues in the photograph…

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Episode 96: Photo Fakes with Michael Medhurst

There are unscrupulous folks in every field. Even in historical photography.  Imagine going to the effort of learning historical photographic methods, buying appropriate materials all to dupe a buyer.  It’s unfortunately true.  When I heard my guest at a conference, my mouth fell open in disbelief.  Spotting the fakes requires sharp eyes and a knowledge…

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Episode 95: How to Save Your Family Archive on Permanent.org

Imagine being able to save your digital family archive without spending a lot of money. And being able to share it too.  That’s the premise behind Permanent.org.  I’m not sure how I missed my guest at two RootsTech conferences but I did.  Thank you to Nancy Desmond of MemoryWeb for reminding of of their service. …

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Episode 94: Dead Still: A Postmortem Photography and Crime Fiction Program

Postmortem images can cause quite a stir and for some it’s a fascination due to the disturbing subject. These photographs chronicle a family loss in a graphic manner. Often taken as a last attempt to capture an image of a loved one. There were photographers that specialized in the medium making the deceased as life-like as…

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Episode 93: 1918 Pandemic Fashion and Tips for Analyzing Clothing Clues

Fashion clues in pictures can document trends over a decade, but specific details can sometimes pinpoint an exact year or two.  Like the puffy large crown hats of circa 1910 or the Paul Poiret tapered narrow skirts of the circa 1912, supposedly influenced by bi-plane rides.  Or the Garibaldi shirt style popular in the early…

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Episode 92: What You Need to Know About Metadata

All those little details of a photo such as the who, what, where, when, and why can be embedded in your pictures with metadata.  Imagine never losing that data. Today metadata isn’t always transferable from product to product or website to website. There is room for improvement. Now there is a project called the Family…

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