Marcel Safier

Photographic Historian and Photographica Collector - Brisbane, Australia


Biography and research interests

a bit about me and my photographic research

Photographers of Australia 1842-1920
still under construction
- Was your ancestor a photographer? If so, please get in contact as I would be happy to share information. This forthcoming site will replace the regional photographer listings I previously maintained.

The Gem and Carte de Visite Tintype
history of an under-researched and often derided photographic form

Brisbane Cameraholics Web Site
Brisbane based group of camera and photographica collectors who meet monthly

Queensland Card Collector's Society Home Page
I collect old postcards and am a long time member of the Queensland Card Collectors Society which is a club for collectors of postcards, cigarette cards and trade cards. 

Photographers of Great Britain & Ireland 1840-1940
The most definitive listing of photographers assembled anywhere based on the massive photograph collection of Ron Cosens, augmented by directory research by Sandy Barrie with census and biographical input from myself.

Family History
Research on my Perry, Andrews, Thomas, John, McMorran, Watson, Falconer and Safier families

19th and early 20th century Australian,
New Zealand and Pacific photographs
(especially cartes de visite plus tintypes, daguerreotypes, stereoviews, magic lantern glass slides, glass negatives, old family and other photo albums
and old postcards.

WANTED: Dallmeyer, Ross, Beck, Wray, Optimus and other brands of brass camera lenses, wood bellows cameras by British manufacturers such as Meagher, George Hare, W. W. Rouch, Houghtons, Ensign, Butcher, Sanderson, Thornton Pickard, Dolland, Sands and Hunter, Perken, Son and Rayment, Chapman and magic lantern projectors

ALSO: old (pre 1930) British photographic catalogues, photographic journals, books and British Journal of Photography almanacs

Gold Coast (Queensland) photographs and postcards sought from the 19th century up to the 1970s.

I welcome offers of old and interesting photographic items for sale including single items, collections, accumulations and deceased estates. 

Donations of unwanted photographs, postcards, albums and camera gear gratefully accepted. Postage paid.

Last updated 4 February 2014.  You can e-mail me at: