Don’t Take Pictures’ editors take a moment to reflect on some of the news stories we have shared this past year from the quirky to the criminal to the mysterious, and acknowledge the great photographers who have passed away.
200 Glass Negatives Found in Condemned Illinois House
Nearly 200 glass negatives from the turn of the last century have been found in a condemned home in Peoria, Illinois. Bill Sullivan, a salvage company owner, discovered the archive earlier this year prior to the home’s demolition. Photo restoration expert Chris Traugott Coulter noticed the negatives in Sullivan’s shop and purchased the entire lot. Coulter has been digitizing and restoring as many as possible. The negatives depict life in Illinois in the late 1800s and early 1900s including 1st Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry training and a fire at the German Fire Insurance Company building. Coulter is tentatively crediting some of the photographs to Dallas R. Sweeny, a commercial photographer who once lived at the same address.
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Photographer’s Lens Hood Falls Onto Hockey Ice and Is Confused for Puck
During a recent Ontario Reign hockey game, a sports photographer dropped his lens hood onto the ice. The round, black plastic lens hood accidently fell through a cutout in the glass around the ice rink where it was thought by the players to be a puck. The hood was in play for a brief time before the game was stopped and referees returned the hood to the photographer.
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French Mechanic Purchases Unknown Renior Online for $700
Ahmed Ziani, an unemployed mechanic in France, has been paying his bill by buying and selling low-priced artworks until he gets back on his feet. Recently, he purchased a painting listed in the classifieds site Le Bon Coin for $700. Ziani believed the work to be an unsigned painting by Vernet, but when the piece arrived, Ziani’s 11-year-old son discovered a barely legible signature and date on the canvas: A. Renoir, 1864. Records show the painting had been exhibited in 1865, but all future records have disappeared. Experts are now examining the work to confirm authentication, which if true, could put the painting’s value in the tens of millions.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)
Filmmaker Replaces His Eye With a Camera
Toronto filmmaker Rob Spence lost his sight in one eye in a shotgun accident at the age of 9. Twenty-six later, Spence replaced the dysfunctional eye with a digital camera. Calling himself the Eyeborg, Spence uses his eye-cam in his documentary work. The camera is embedded in a prosthesis and is not connected to the optic nerve, meaning that Spence cannot see out of it, he can only make recordings. The technology has raised ethical issues regarding privacy and safety concerns.
Read the full story (New York Post)
Oldest Known Nikon Sells at Auction for $406,000
The third Nikon 1 rangefinder ever made is the oldest surviving Nikon camera. This past week it was auctioned by Westlicht with an estimated value of $200,000 and sold for $406,000 (including the buyer’s premium). The camera came from the collection of famed camera collector Tad Sato and is one of two made in April 1948 and comes with the original Nikkor-H 2/5cm lens—the 11th lens ever made.
Read the full story (Peta Pixel)