My Favourite Slides

'Mr O'Tooles Adventures with his Umbrella' as an expression of British exceptionalism by Digital Humanities student, Anna Vennonen

I have recently been working on digitising magic lantern slides as part of my study in Digital Humanities. The project which introduced me to this type of media, consisted of researching, photographing, transcribing and cataloguing the century old artefacts. I chose to work on a set of 8 slides and their script, which tells the story of “Mr O’Toole’s Adventures with his Umbrella”. They were likely made between the years of 1903-1907 by W. Butcher & Sons, in London. I was attracted to this set because of its vivid artwork and humorous story. Coming from a background in Anthropology I was...

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Ali Baba's Colourful Treasures and Sumptuous Textiles in Chromolithography by Digital Humanities student, Claire Holland

It was difficult to choose my favourite magic lantern slide, the pictures from the Ali Baba collection in their bright jewel tones colours are all eye catching and intriguing in their intricacy. However, if pressed, my favourite would be the second one in the collection, not only because of the fascination its image holds over me but also because it was the first slide I took photos of. The image in question is the second in a series of twelve telling the story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and depicts a man (our protagonist Ali Baba) standing in the middle of a cave surrounded by bags...

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'History calling', Discussed by Sydney University Museums' Curator of Ethnography, Rebecca Conway

My job involves contact with thousands of people. They variously go about their business or stare out at me from photographs, most taken more than a century ago. Some faces and images stay with you, continuing to remind you of their presence. It can be intimate and often feels like a form of communication across time. The joyful exuberance of this young Durom girl as she calls to a friend across a valley in the Rigo District, New Guinea caught my attention. I can’t play favourites, but her image in particular is one of a number featuring people that I have wanted to return to and know more...

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‘The only means of instruction I was ever pressed to repeat’ - Discussed by Chief Investigator Jane Lydon

‘The only means of instruction I was ever pressed to repeat’ - Discussed by Chief Investigator Jane Lydon I must start by admitting that I have been struggling with this assignment because I love so many magic lantern slides and it is very hard to choose just one. In a kind of provisional and reluctant way I decided to write about a magic lantern slide I bought in London at the start of this project, showing scenes from the life of African missionary extraordinaire, David Livingstone (1813-1873). My souvenir is brightly, if crudely, painted. It shows key scenes from the famous explorer and...

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An Edwardian dinning room in autochrome - Discussed by Lorenzo Iozzi, Senior Collection Manager of Images for History and Technology, Museums Victoria

An Edwardian dinning room in autochrome - Discussed by Lorenzo Iozzi, Senior Collection Manager of Images for History and Technology, Museums Victoria My favourite lantern slide is an autochrome taken around 1925. It is an image of a humble sitting room in an Edwardian home. I love it because it is a celebration of light and as such, a celebration of life. The room is bursting with colour. And what colour! Deep reds, greens, blues, yellows and mauves. This is no accidental combination of colour. Autochromes were created by the additive colour process, whereby the combination of two primary...

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'I first held a lantern slide in my hand in 1966' - Discussion by contemporary artist, Brook Andrew

Contemporary artist Brook Andrew incorporates actual magic lantern slides into his large-scale installations. He also uses magic lantern slide imagery in some of his two dimensional work. His most recent major Australian exhibition was The Right To Offend is Sacred, at the National Gallery of Victoria from 3 March to 4 June 2017. He is Lead Investigator on the Monash University Australian Research Council project Representation, Remembrance and the Monument that is interrogating the potential for memorials to become powerful public spaces where the history of the Frontier Wars can be...

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Recollections of a Central Australian Lantern slide performance - By Associate Professor David Hansen, curator of the NPG’s current exhibition 'Dempsey’s People'

Recollections of a Central Australian Lantern slide performance - By Associate Professor David Hansen, curator of the NPG’s current exhibition 'Dempsey’s People' At the end of 1973 my brother and I spent some time at the Aboriginal settlement at Yuendumu, some 350 km. north-west of Alice Springs. There was a bit of a family connection. My Baptist minister grandfather Norman had been a friend and contemporary of Rev. Tom Fleming, the missionary at the settlement since 1950, and who my father had visited back in 1953. Tom’s son Jolyon was the same age as my brother. Through these links, and...

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