Judging the Authenticity of Photographs
by David Rudd Cycleback
© Cycleback, 2001, 2005-, all rights reserved

Frances Farmer, 1937
























1) Introduction
2) A brief overview of photographs and how they are identified
3) What is authenticity?
4) What is a photograph and what isn't and how to tell the difference
5) 'Original,''printed later' and a few other important concepts
6) Identifying standard photographic processes: introduction
7) Albumen prints: the most common 1800s photograph
8) Gelatin-silver prints: the most common 1900s black & white photograph
9) Chromogentic print: the most common true color photograph
10) Early mounted photographs : cartes de visite, cabinet cards, stereoviews, imperial cabinets, etc
11) Real photo postcards
12) Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes
13) Other metal and glass photographs
14) Rarer paper proceses: dye transfer, cyanotype, platinum print, salt print, etc
15) Stamps
16) Judging if the image was made from the original negative

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17) Press and publishing photos
19) A brief historical overview
20) Stamps and paper tags
22) Wirephotos
23) Production marks
24) Later generation and 'printed later' press photos
25) Assorted notes

26) Miscellaneous photos
27) Black light
28) Provenance
29) Photomechanical (not photographs) prints
30) Final notes

about fashion potographs

Dating baseball photos by player uniforms
Famous sports photographers

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