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The Photo Detective

Maureen Taylor

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The Photo Detective

The Photo Detective

Maureen Taylor

4
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11
Plays
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**About Maureen Taylor:** Maureen is a frequent keynote speaker on photo identification, photograph preservation, and family history at historical and genealogical societies, museums, conferences, libraries, and other organizations across the U.S., London, and Canada. She’s the author of several books and hundreds of articles and her television appearances include The View and The Today Show (where she researched and presented a complete family tree for host Meredith Vieira). She’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Boston Globe, Martha Stewart Living, Germany’s top newspaper Der Spiegel, American Spirit, and The New York Times. Maureen was recently a spokesperson and photograph expert for MyHeritage.com, an internationally known family history website and also writes guidebooks, scholarly articles and online columns for such media as Smithsonian.com. Learn more at https://maureentaylor.com.

Latest Episodes

Rediscovering an American Community of Color

Most photo collectors dream about stumbling upon a significant collection that changes our understanding of photo history. For Frank Morrill, it was a series of connections that led to his purchasing a huge collection of glass negatives. Years later his granddaughter held one up and asked him about them. That second look led to a collaboration with a historian at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, an exhibit and an award winner catalog for the show. Those negatives documented the African American community in that city, a group of individuals studied by Janette Greenwood for a project on migrations. She never thought she’d see the faces of those individuals nor did the descendants of many of the people in the photographers. It was a case of photographic kismet.

30 min6 d ago
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Rediscovering an American Community of Color

The 100th Episode Celebration

It's the 100th episode of The Photo Detective podcast and we're celebrating in a big way. From a scary first Facebook Live episode to the current audio only format, this show all about pictures. Guests from around the world shared their picture projects and photo stories. It's the Photo Detective so topics are mostly photo related but watch out I'm a fan of historical fiction so authors talk about writing too. The show is a combination of my two loves--history and photography.

32 min1 w ago
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The 100th Episode Celebration

The Nation's Photo Collection with Curator Shannon Perich

Stuck at home during this pandemic looking for something fun to do? Look no further than the National Museum of American History’s Photographic History Collection and the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

40 min2 w ago
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The Nation's Photo Collection with Curator Shannon Perich

Collect Photo Stories with Storyglory

Have you ever wished that you could verbally tell the story of a photo and connect it to the image? Suppose you could do that through an app or a phone call. And it was FREE. There is a company that offers a way to save those photo stories by putting pictures and words together. It’s pretty amazing. It’s called Storyglory.me

30 minSEP 23
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Collect Photo Stories with Storyglory

So You Have a Mystery Photo? And Timeline Help

During the course of a photo consultation, I look at your photos and discuss what you know about the pictures in question. It’s often a deep dive into your family history.Together we discover and discuss the clues in the photograph and look at connections to your family history.

10 minSEP 16
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So You Have a Mystery Photo? And Timeline Help

Photo Fakes with Michael Medhurst of the Daguerreian Society

There are unscrupulous folks in every field. Even in historical photography. Imagine going to the effort of learning historical photographic methods, buying appropriate materials all to dupe a buyer. It’s unfortunately true. When I heard my guest at a conference, my mouth fell open in disbelief. Spotting the fakes requires sharp eyes and a knowledge of historic images.

40 minSEP 9
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Photo Fakes with Michael Medhurst of the Daguerreian Society

How to Save Your Family Archive with Permanent.org

Imagine being able to save your digital family archive without spending a lot of money. And being able to share it too. That’s the premise behind Permanent.org. And listeners can receive 10GB of permanent storage.

27 minSEP 2
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How to Save Your Family Archive with Permanent.org

Dead Still: A Postmortem Photography and Crime Fiction Program

Imagine a postmortem photographer as a central character in a television series set in 1880s Dublin. That's Dead Still on Acorn TV. Over six episodes the characters –a postmortem photographer, his assistant and niece as well as a police detective (interested in photos of crime scenes) track down a mysterious and gruesome photo album.

36 minAUG 19
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Dead Still: A Postmortem Photography and Crime Fiction Program

1918 Pandemic Fashion and Tips for Analyzing Clothing Clues

Fashion trends can be influenced by politics, wars, people , technology and even pandemics.

10 minAUG 12
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1918 Pandemic Fashion and Tips for Analyzing Clothing Clues

What You Need to Know About Metadata

All those little details of a photo such as the who, what, where, when, and why can be embedded in your pictures with metadata. Imagine never losing that data. Today metadata isn’t always transferable from product to product or website to website. There is room for improvement. Now there is a project called the Family History Metadata Working Group that is trying to standardize the way this information is represented in your pictures (and make it easier to understand). Fingers crossed that this will happen soon. Believe me when I say that this will change our research lives.

31 minAUG 5
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What You Need to Know About Metadata

Latest Episodes

Rediscovering an American Community of Color

Most photo collectors dream about stumbling upon a significant collection that changes our understanding of photo history. For Frank Morrill, it was a series of connections that led to his purchasing a huge collection of glass negatives. Years later his granddaughter held one up and asked him about them. That second look led to a collaboration with a historian at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, an exhibit and an award winner catalog for the show. Those negatives documented the African American community in that city, a group of individuals studied by Janette Greenwood for a project on migrations. She never thought she’d see the faces of those individuals nor did the descendants of many of the people in the photographers. It was a case of photographic kismet.

30 min6 d ago
Comments
Rediscovering an American Community of Color

The 100th Episode Celebration

It's the 100th episode of The Photo Detective podcast and we're celebrating in a big way. From a scary first Facebook Live episode to the current audio only format, this show all about pictures. Guests from around the world shared their picture projects and photo stories. It's the Photo Detective so topics are mostly photo related but watch out I'm a fan of historical fiction so authors talk about writing too. The show is a combination of my two loves--history and photography.

32 min1 w ago
Comments
The 100th Episode Celebration

The Nation's Photo Collection with Curator Shannon Perich

Stuck at home during this pandemic looking for something fun to do? Look no further than the National Museum of American History’s Photographic History Collection and the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

40 min2 w ago
Comments
The Nation's Photo Collection with Curator Shannon Perich

Collect Photo Stories with Storyglory

Have you ever wished that you could verbally tell the story of a photo and connect it to the image? Suppose you could do that through an app or a phone call. And it was FREE. There is a company that offers a way to save those photo stories by putting pictures and words together. It’s pretty amazing. It’s called Storyglory.me

30 minSEP 23
Comments
Collect Photo Stories with Storyglory

So You Have a Mystery Photo? And Timeline Help

During the course of a photo consultation, I look at your photos and discuss what you know about the pictures in question. It’s often a deep dive into your family history.Together we discover and discuss the clues in the photograph and look at connections to your family history.

10 minSEP 16
Comments
So You Have a Mystery Photo? And Timeline Help

Photo Fakes with Michael Medhurst of the Daguerreian Society

There are unscrupulous folks in every field. Even in historical photography. Imagine going to the effort of learning historical photographic methods, buying appropriate materials all to dupe a buyer. It’s unfortunately true. When I heard my guest at a conference, my mouth fell open in disbelief. Spotting the fakes requires sharp eyes and a knowledge of historic images.

40 minSEP 9
Comments
Photo Fakes with Michael Medhurst of the Daguerreian Society

How to Save Your Family Archive with Permanent.org

Imagine being able to save your digital family archive without spending a lot of money. And being able to share it too. That’s the premise behind Permanent.org. And listeners can receive 10GB of permanent storage.

27 minSEP 2
Comments
How to Save Your Family Archive with Permanent.org

Dead Still: A Postmortem Photography and Crime Fiction Program

Imagine a postmortem photographer as a central character in a television series set in 1880s Dublin. That's Dead Still on Acorn TV. Over six episodes the characters –a postmortem photographer, his assistant and niece as well as a police detective (interested in photos of crime scenes) track down a mysterious and gruesome photo album.

36 minAUG 19
Comments
Dead Still: A Postmortem Photography and Crime Fiction Program

1918 Pandemic Fashion and Tips for Analyzing Clothing Clues

Fashion trends can be influenced by politics, wars, people , technology and even pandemics.

10 minAUG 12
Comments
1918 Pandemic Fashion and Tips for Analyzing Clothing Clues

What You Need to Know About Metadata

All those little details of a photo such as the who, what, where, when, and why can be embedded in your pictures with metadata. Imagine never losing that data. Today metadata isn’t always transferable from product to product or website to website. There is room for improvement. Now there is a project called the Family History Metadata Working Group that is trying to standardize the way this information is represented in your pictures (and make it easier to understand). Fingers crossed that this will happen soon. Believe me when I say that this will change our research lives.

31 minAUG 5
Comments
What You Need to Know About Metadata
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