Thomas Nevin & Samuel Clifford’s partnership and identical views 1860s-70s

At some point during their long relationship, these two photographers signed the verso of several studio portraits “Clifford & Nevin, Hobart Town”, extant examples of which are held in private collections and at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. It is likely that they printed these scenes for the local and intercolonial tourist trade, sharing their stock of negatives and prints from as early as 1865, and that “authorship” was secondary to the successful turnover of the commercial product. Many of Thomas J. Nevin’s negatives were acquired and reprinted by Samuel Clifford in 1876 when Nevin sublet one of his studios, the former studio of Alfred Bock at 140 Elizabeth St, Hobart, to join the civil service full-time with the Hobart City Council as keeper of the Hobart Town Hall and police photographer with the Municipal Police Office, housed within the Hobart Town Hall. … More Thomas Nevin & Samuel Clifford’s partnership and identical views 1860s-70s

Mirror with a Memory Exhibition, National  Portrait Gallery 2000

A new National Portrait Gallery of Australia is under construction in Canberra. No doubt the new spaces will display photographic portraits of convicts transported to Australia, as part of the country’s rich history of migration. How will the National Portrait Gallery handle issues of attribution? Will the contradictions of the exhibition Mirror with a Memory … More Mirror with a Memory Exhibition, National  Portrait Gallery 2000