TSR Imaging

At the start of the summer I began carrying out Infra-red Reflectogram work for TSR Imaging and thought I’d put up some brief details and a link to anyone who may be interested.

Tager Stonor Richardson (TSR) has been in operation since 2002, widening access to infrared reflectography for paintings that cannot easily travel, such as those in historic houses and private collections; delicate works undergoing conservation treatment; and important works on display in museum collections.

The Infrared reflectogram imagery is carried out using the high resolution OSIRIS camera which is capable of rapidly producing composite images of up to 16 mega pixels. It uses an InGaAs array detector with an operation wavelength of 0.9-1.7μ and so has far greater penetration than infrared photography using an adapted digital camera.

If you would like to look at the work TSR has carried out or are generally interested in using Infra-red imagery or contact details please take a look at their website.


All the best, Colin.

The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography annual conference 2013


The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography annual conference 2013 takes place on Thursday 14th November. If haven’t already got a ticket you may need to hurry. There are very few tickets remaining.

There is a really strong set of presentations this year covering a variety of aspects of photography in the cultural heritage sector. If you have an interest in this field I suggest you book asap, the last time I looked there were fewer than 10 tickets remaining.

The full list of speakers can be found at the link below:


2013 AHFAP UK Conference – Call for papers

The 2013 AHFAP UK Conference will be held on Thursday 14 November in the Starr Auditorium at Tate Modern, London.

Innovating out of Austerity

For the first time, the conference will have a broad theme, and this year it is ‘Innovating out of Austerity’. We have now had three years of austerity, so how are image-makers in the UK cultural heritage sector adjusting to these changes, what new practices are being introduced and what innovations made?
The theme is not exclusive and papers on other topics and techniques relevant to our sector are equally welcome.
It is planned that the timetable will accommodate papers of 15-, 30- and 45-minute durations. Please submit your proposals to info@ahfap.org.uk by Monday 30 September.

For further information and to book a place at the conference see http://www.ahfap.org.uk/conferences/2013-uk-conference/

Recontres d’Arles Discovery Award 2013

Congratulations to Rozenn Quere and her co-contributor Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh for winning the Recontres d’Arles Discovery Award 2013 earlier this month with their series “Possible and Imaginary Lives”.

Rozenn worked with me at the National Gallery for a while whilst she was a student in Paris and it’s good to see she is still working successfully.

If you want any information regarding the Recontres d’Arles Festival please follow the following link:



China Madness?

Guangzhou Power Station 2010
Guangzhou Power Station 2010

I’ve been going through some old photographs I took in China a few years ago and thought I’d share the picture above. Not because it is a particularly great photograph, although it does remind me a little of the poster for Tarrantino’s Reservoir Dogs taken from the rear rather than the front, but more for how it perfectly illustrates to me China’s economic ambitions whilst still trying to maintain the social structure of the state. Three of the people in the picture are the Director and Deputy Director of the Guangdong Art Museum in Guangzhou and their architect. They are showing guests around a disused coal powered power station on the outskirts of Guangzhou that they are planning to turn into a modern art gallery along a similar vein to Tate Modern. So why is this picture of interest? well at the time of taking the picture we were informed that the bulldozers were to move in within 6 weeks. 6 weeks? look at the trees and the hedge, look at the roadway swept of leaves, just the general cleanliness. The hedges were cut to represent the dragon and there were a team of gardeners working all around in gardens that were to be flattened in 6 weeks. Madness? who knows, employment is maintained and workers appear to have pride in their work, but is it worth it?

As a postscript I never knew if the Gallery ever opened, at the time I thought it was an ambitious plan. The Guangzhou power station could have accommodated at least 2-3 Tate Moderns but they certainly had self belief and veryy ambitious plans.

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