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Alex Novak commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Auction perils
"Roben, I don't want to frighten people off, but just to have them take just a bit more care before they jump off the cliff. All of these and other such fakes were quickly uncovered and dealt with by the largely honest photo community.  We…"
Aug 4
Roben Antoniewicz commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Auction perils
"Thank you Alex for the link to your fascinating iphotocentral article. I was previously oblivious that the counterfeit world existed to such an extent and was so pervasive."
Aug 4
Alex Novak commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Auction perils
"Michael, we have already seen fakes  dags by Bisson, Le Gray and Daguerre at Swann (https://www.iphotocentral.com/news/article-view.php/3/253/241/1581/0/0/0/Daguerre ) and enough fake photos of Jessie James and his gang to fill the Tate. Look…"
Aug 3
michaelg commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Auction perils
"Here in the UK we seem to be somewhat behind the curve, set by the Billy the Kid carpetbaggers. One wonders when he, Billy, found time to shoot anyone - given that he spent so much time posing for dags and ambros: they should be cheap as chips.…"
Aug 3
Alex Novak commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Auction perils
"I'm amazed that this is news to people that auctions are highly inaccurate with many of their listings. I saw this listing and just laughed.  Most auctions depend on consignors for their listing information, and we know how that goes. And,…"
Aug 3
Roben Antoniewicz commented on Michael Pritchard's blog post Auction perils
"Ebay perils also apply - buyers should be aware of counterfeit carte de visites being sold on eBay. A recent example of a suspected counterfeit CDV (a man with head bowed and showing the ghost of his wife) attributed to T.F. McFarlane photographer…"
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Online talk: Florence Nightingale’s iconic photographs / 13 August 2020

The rare photographic images of Florence Nightingale are so famous and familiar – iconic even – that we tend to take them for granted. But what do we actually know about them, about the circumstances in which they were made, distributed and, more importantly maybe, about the photographers who took them? Come and discover the truth behind the iconic pictures of a British…See More
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Auction perils

At an estimate of £60-100 a stereoscopic daguerreotype of Fox Talbot by Antoine Claudet could be yours. The lot is being offered by Kings Russell Auctioneers in London's Knightsbridge in an auction as lot 172 on 18 August 2020. The description is here: Antoine Claudet (French, 1797-1867), Portrait of William Fox Talbot, stereoscopic daguerreotype, mounted with…See More
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Online talk: Florence Nightingale’s iconic photographs / 13 August 2020

The rare photographic images of Florence Nightingale are so famous and familiar – iconic even – that we tend to take them for granted. But what do we actually know about them, about the circumstances in which they were made, distributed and, more importantly maybe, about the photographers who took them? Come and discover the truth behind the iconic pictures…

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Posted on July 31, 2020 at 7:30

Auction perils

At an estimate of £60-100 a stereoscopic daguerreotype of Fox Talbot by Antoine Claudet could be yours. The lot is being offered by Kings Russell Auctioneers in London's Knightsbridge in an auction as lot 172 on 18 August 2020. 

The description is here: 

Antoine Claudet (French, 1797-1867), Portrait of William Fox…

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Posted on July 29, 2020 at 7:30 — 6 Comments

Colin Jones and The Black House series 1973-76

The Black House was a hostel founded in the early 1970s by Herman Edwards, a charismatic Caribbean immigrant, better known to his community as Brother Herman. It aimed to provide accommodation and support for disillusioned black adolescents in Islington, London, many of whom had experienced prejudice, unemployment, and problems with the police.

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Posted on July 26, 2020 at 15:30

Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2020 shortlist announced

The 35th Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards have announced the long and shortlisted titles. The books in the running for the 2020 Photography Book Award and Moving Image Book Award address diverse global issues related to race, justice, identity, and the construction of truth, history and memory.

Ranging from illuminating artist monographs and anthologies to…

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Posted on July 25, 2020 at 19:39

Online seminar: The Political Geographies of the Archive / 17 and 24 September 2020

This two-part online research seminar event raises questions about how archives of ‘vernacular’ photographs inform and shape our understanding of both the present and the past. During the presentations, each speaker will examine how archives are re-activated within contemporary photographic practice as potential sites of critical political significance.…

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Posted on July 25, 2020 at 9:33

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At 15:45 on August 3, 2017, Jack leonard Gordon said…

Don't you take any criticism on board. The present set up casts no credit on this organisation or myself.

It may be that somewhere on this site you have left some helpful instructions.If so I can't see it.

My telephone number is 020 8908 5124.

Regards

Jack Gordon

At 17:46 on April 21, 2017, jack leonard gordon said…

I am upset by the effects of my tiny pictures on my four entries .

Should I withdraw them as a whole and start again?

If so how do cancel anything of my submissions?

Regards,

Jack Leonard Gordon

At 5:52 on November 15, 2016, Will Allen said…

The International Directory of Photo Historians has settled in a new home with hopes of stability in location, format, and function. The change coincides with the retirement from teaching of William Allen. At http://classyarts.com/photohistorians/photohistorians.php one may search the directory, add and edit one's entry, and communicate with other historians. The new directory protects the privacy of contact information (including email addresses) for participants. I hope that you and your colleagues will share this information. 

At 22:41 on January 5, 2016, David McGreevy said…

Dear Michael,

First, let me thank you for the BPH site, it has proven to be an invaluable resource for an American collector of British Photographs, and I have "met" many experienced and generous experts here.

I am however, a bit alarmed, do the "major changes" mentioned in your weekly update indicate that the site will soon be subscription based?  That is certainly the impression I got. It would be such a shame after Luminous Lint changed into a monetized site, rather than an open and free exchange of ideas and knowledge.

Respectfully,

David McGreevy

At 11:52 on December 30, 2013, Richard Sambrook said…

Many thanks Michael - I'm delighted to have access to such a great site and resource. Is the Giles Duley talk open to the public? I'd love to come along if so. I am now Professor at the School of Journalism at Cardiff University. Until his recent retirement Daniel Meadows led our work on documentary photography - I'm looking for ways to continue to keep the School actively engaged...Best, Richard

At 19:09 on May 27, 2013, Salvador Tió said…

Dear Mr. Pritchard,

I am looking for information about the beginings of Automat Photography. In particular about the first who was take a British Patent E.J. Ball 16,136. Nov. 23, 1887: Automatic coin-freed apparatus.(“Patents for Inventions vol. II, Abridgments of Specifications, class 98, Photography Great Britain Patent Office, Reprint Edition 1979 Arno Press, A New York Times Company”).

This is all the information that I have about this inventor. I have also a patent from 1900  of the United States and that I believe is attached to the same inventor US657505%5B1%5D.pdf

Do you know more information about this inventor.

Thank you very much.

 

At 16:05 on September 24, 2012, Tom Ruffles PhD, ARPS said…

Thanks for the comment on the Turner post, Michael - I've amended it accordingly.

At 13:33 on July 6, 2012, Tony Hilton said…

Hi Michael,

It was lovely to catch up briefly in May. Sorry it was all so rushed.

You are doing a great job here ... and elsewhere! Well done! Keep it up

Tony Hilton

At 0:59 on May 15, 2012, M C Brown said…

Hallo Michael, Thanks for the regular Newsletter.  Is there any way of recalling earlier versions? A recent issue had a review of the Princeton University book by Roger Taylor on Lewis Carroll and I would be interested in reading it again.  Thanks. 

At 9:19 on October 16, 2011, Richard Brooks said…
Thanks for the suggestions. I succesfully completed the dissertation earlier in the year and I was pleased with the grade and feedback. 

Would you be interested in having a copy of the work? Perhaps I could publish it online if it was felt to be of interest. 
 
 
 

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