Event of Note – Photo History XIV, 2009


This is the premier Antique Photographic event in the country.  It has been held every three years at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY.  The only exception to this schedule is that there was so much interest in Symposium XIV that Symposium XV was held in 2011 only two years after number XIV.  Symposium XVI was held in 2014 back on the every three year schedule.  At this time there is no definitive information on Symposium XVII which would be held in 2017.  We will keep you posted on this site for information on the upcoming event should it be held.


The Symposium XIV weekend consisted of Presentations, a Banquet with Presentation, Displays, tours of George Eastman House and the Photo Museum and a trade show.


The details of the entire show including speakers and topics are shown below.  At the end of this article are some actual photos taken at the event. (John and I attended).



XIV Symposium on the History of Photography

Photo History XIV 

The 14th Triennial Symposium on the History of Photography

October 16-18, 2009 Rochester, New York

Join us to meet historians, collectors, photo experts, and dealers

from around the world, Tour George Eastman House (GEH) and the International Museum of Photography & Film.


This symposium, held every 3 years since 1970, is organized by The
Photographic Historical Society, the oldest such organization in the
world, founded in 1966.


Friday, October 16

Registration & Reception 7:00 PM–10:00 PM at Doubletree Hotel
Rochester (Hotel)

Saturday, October 17

Symposium 8:00 AM–5:30 PM at George Eastman House (Dryden Theatre

Banquet 7:00 PM at the Hotel

Sunday, October 18

Photographica Trade Show & Sale 9:00 AM–4:00 PM at the Hotel




BY MAIL: Send registration forms & checks ($US) to Photo History XIV, POBox 10342,
Rochester NY 14610 USA, http://www.tphs.org,PhotoHistoryXIV@frontiernet.net

IN PERSON: Dryden Theatre
Lobby, George Eastman House, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, New York; 7:30
AM, Saturday, October 17

FEE: $95 (includes
reception, symposium, box lunch, & trade show admission)

BANQUET FEE: $32 (at Hotel, Saturday eve)


photographic equipment, images, books, ephemera,
memorabilia, & more

DATE: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM, Sunday, October 18

LOCATION: Doubletree Hotel Rochester
 included in
the registration; $5 for the general public (free after 2:00 PM)

FOR DEALER INFORMATION: contact Tim Fuss, (585) 482-8963,

Photo History XIV

The 14th Triennial Symposium on the History of Photography

October 16-18, 2009 Rochester, New York

Presented by The Photographic Historical Society at George Eastman
House International Museum of Photography & Film

Photo History XIV, POBox 10342. Rochester, New York 14610






sessions are separated into two tracks: images & hardware)berry Bennett
 (Surrey, England),
“Early Photography in China, 1842-1870”Robert Bogdan
(Orwell, Vermont),“Photo Postcards: The People’s Photography,1905-1935”

Jerome “Pepper” Broad
(Pequea,Pennsylvania), “Tradesmen, Craftsmen and Laborers in Occupational Tintypes”

Andrew Davidhazy
(Honeoye Falls,

New York), “The Vanishing High-Speed

Motion Picture Cameras: A Lecture/ Demonstration”

Rolf Fricke
(Rochester, New York), “Eaton

Lothrop Remembered” (at banquet, 15


Todd Gustavson (GEH
Technology Curator,

Rochester, New York), CAMERA: A

History of Photography from the Daguerreotype

to Digital (GEH publication,

15 minutes)

Matthew Isenburg
(Hadlyme, Connecticut),

“The Many Faces of Daguerre—

in Advertisements, Engravings, Paintings,

and Daguerreotypes”

Steven Joseph
(Brussels, Belgium),

“Early Advertising Photography: a Well-

Kept Secret”

William Kraus
(Newtown, Pennsylvania)

and Takayuki Kawai (Saline,

Michigan), “Nikon Cameras: the Early


George Layne
(Flourtown, Pennsylvania),

“The Earliest Kodak Cameras with

String-set Shutters”

Nancy Martin (Rochester, New York),“The Kodak Historical Collection at the University of Rochester—a Resource for Photographic Historians” (15 minutes)Les Newcomer
(Farmington, Michigan),“How Folmer & Schwing’s Cameras Changed Photography”

Barret Oliver
(Glendora, California),

“The Woodburytype: Its History, Technology,

and Influence”

Linda Ries (New
Cumberland, Pennsylvania),

“J. Horace McFarland and the


Steven Sasson
(Hilton, New York), “The

Dawn of Digital” (banquet speech by

co inventor of digital camera)

Robert Shanebrook
(Rochester, New

York), “The 35 mm Film Story: Factors

that Created ‘135’—the Most Popular Film


Lorne Shields (Thornhill,
Ontario, Canada),

“History of the Bicycle Through the

Lens of the Camera”

Rachel Stuhlman
(GEH Librarian,

Rochester, New York), Imagining Paradise:

The Richard & Ronay Menschel Library

at George Eastman House, Rochester

(GEH publication, 15 minutes)

Sarah J. Weatherwax
(Curator of

Prints and Photographs, The Library

Company of Philadelphia,

Pennsylvania), “Catching a Shadow:

Daguerreotypes in
Philadelphia, 1839-1860”