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 of historic images.  I’ve seen some at Brimfield, the huge antique market in Massachusetts.  In this age of electronic purchases and auctions it really is buyer beware.  

If you love early images like I do you might want to join the Daguerreian Society. It’s a group of individuals passionate about daguerreotypes and nineteenth century photography. This year they’ve gone virtual with a program of outstanding lectures by experts in the field.  

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Episode 60: Finding Pictures of Your Civil War Ancestor 


About My Guest:

Mike Medhurst has been actively buying and selling antique photography for more than 30 years. He is currently the President of the Daguerreian Society and an avid collector.

Graduating with a B.S. from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, he was soon dealing in historic photography, documents and autographs of the 19th century.  Mike later completed his M.S. from Southern Illinois University and by the early 1990’s the business had become more keenly focused on 19th century photography.

Mike buys and sells images at numerous national Civil War and photography shows each year. His business entity, Medhurst & Co., has the largest inventory of daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes in the Midwest and is well known for selling high quality images of every variety. These can be found on his website mikemedhurst.com.

Many of the top collectors of 19th century photography count Mike as a valuable resource to supply them with outstanding material. Images acquired though him can often be seen on display at noted museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago Art Institute, Nelson-Atkins and the Library of Congress. In addition, he is a source for many of the nation’s top private and public collections.

Mike’s appraisal services were a major part of a multi-million dollar purchase made by the National Park Service.

About Maureen Taylor:

Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London and Canada.  She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira).  She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at Maureentaylor.com

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