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A salted paper print in brown and white shades of a man sitting at the base of a large ash tree

WHF Talbot, Man seated beneath an ash tree in Ugbrooke Park, Devon, salt print, c. 1843, Gaisford Collection, Bodleian Libraries


About collecting

A conversation with Bill Zachs and Hans Kraus

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 Friday 17 March 2023


 At the Weston Library

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About the event 

Curator Phillip Roberts talks to photography collector Bill Zachs and dealer Hans Kraus about the afterlives of historic photographs, the art market, archives, and the scattered pieces of our shared photographic heritage.


Hans P. Kraus Jr. has been established in New York since 1984 as a dealer in nineteenth and early twentieth century photographs. From 1980 to 1983 he worked for Christie’s in London and New York. He has represented and placed a number of significant collections, including the Rubel Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Fox Talbot Archive from Lacock Abbey at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The gallery publishes monographs on early photographers, and catalogues under the series title Sun Pictures and occasionally collaborates with contemporary artists who are influenced and inspired by the work and techniques of the earliest photographers.

Dr William Zachs is the Founder and Director of The Blackie House Library and Museum, Edinburgh. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Edinburgh in 2013 for his contributions to bibliographical studies and book curation, and is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and the National Library of Scotland. His collections and exhibitions of books, art, photographs, furniture and other objects tell stories, especially about Scotland and its place in the wider world.  Repatriating cultural artifacts is an important part of Bill’s mission.  In August 2022, The Blackie House Library and Museum became a registered Scottish charity.

Dr Phillip Roberts is the Bern & Ronny Schwartz Curator of Photography at the Bodleian Libraries.

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Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford.

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.

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