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this is an email based forum located at the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences of RIT dedicated to the topic of photographic history

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Photohist-L is a small mail list on the Internet, consisting of about 100 members, dedicated to providing a platform for the discussion of topics related to the history of photography and serving the students and faculty of the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences as well as interested others worldwide.

The objective is be an open forum for the free exchange and sharing of information for the benefit of everyone. The list is not moderated and it depends on the good will and civility of its members to maintain a friendly and constructive atmosphere.

Note that there is a much larger list dedicated to photographic history on Yahoo. This one here is more of a local project but anyone globally is welcome to join.

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  • While not directly associated with the Photohist-L mail list the HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY is a large directory of individuals interested in the study and/or collecting of images, artifacts & anything of a photographic nature. Owned and operated by Prof. William Allen it is an archive of individuals worldwide with an interest in ' the history of photography. You can add your data there as well and become a part of the list.

  • Another related site is that of The Photographic Historical Society located in Rochester, NY.

  • You will also find the George Eastman House located in Rochester, NY as well.

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