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My name is David Silver. Antique and classic cameras, vintage photographs, general photography and all areas of the history of photography are my expertise.

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I've been a professional photographer and a student of the history of photography for nearly 30 years. During that time my collection of vintage cameras and photographic paraphernalia has grown beyond 2000 significant pieces. I've published nearly 70 articles in the field, including 16 in the popular "Buying Classic Cameras" series for PHOTO SHOPPER MAGAZINE from 1995 to 1997, I'm currently a contributing editor for CAMERA SHOPPER MAGAZINE and McKEOWN'S PRICE GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AND CLASSIC CAMERAS, and I've written numerous entries for WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA. Portions of my collection have been displayed in museums and special exhibits in the past two decades, and many of the items were photographed as illustrations for books. In 1985 I founded the International Photographic Historical Organization (InPHO), which eventually evolved into its intended purpose as the best first resource for information on the history of photography. I'm also a founding member of several e-mail forums dedicated to specialized areas of photography, and I'm the moderator of the Internet Directory of Camera Collectors (IDCC), which remains the largest and most successful such group in the world. For more information about the International Photographic Historical Organization and its many services, please visit its web pages at:

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Usuff Omar07/01/06101010Thanks, not the easiest of questions.
Craig Siphers04/06/06101010Thanks, David.
April08/27/05101010Oh, thank you so very much, David .....
Marshall Miller05/14/05101010you are ausome
Jennifer Whitaker07/16/04101010I am indebted

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2006-06-30 Why Does Macrophotography entail higher exposure?:

Hello Usuff,    Just as Newtonian physics, which is so applicable to normal observable phenomena, cannot explain activities at quantum or atomic levels, using an idealized model of photography by pinhole

2006-04-05 Update:

 Wonderful!  Sounds like he's already reaping the rewards of four years well spent in the pursuit of his dream!  A real portfolio, a proper paid internship with some real photographers on his resume,

2006-03-07 Convex portraits.:

Hi Chris,    No, not under "pressure".  The paper they used was very thin, so when it was wet it was very easy to simply lay it across a pre-curved backing material (depending on the size and quality,

2005-05-12 career:

Hello Marshall,    I don't earn a "salary".  I'm a totally independent contractor who makes money through a number of different applications of my knowledge and expertise.  For example, I'm a free lance

2004-10-04 Cameras:

Hi Jennifer,    That's a VERY complex question, and it would require a VERY long answer to cover the MANY different effects.  However, I believe there is one effect in particular that had the most impact


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