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Institute for Photography in Scotland

The Institute for Photography in Scotland is a newly formed association between The National Galleries of Scotland, The University of Glasgow, The University of St Andrews, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, and Stills, Edinburgh.

It aims to enable awareness of and engagement with Scotland’s photography, both…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2016 at 8:49 — No Comments

giant wet plates

Might anyone know about gigantic wet plate negatives 5 by 8 feet held in Fort St Cyr, France possibly of the new Paris Opera of 1875  or   a  4 by 6.5 feet set in  Berlin?


Added by Gael Newton on May 21, 2016 at 10:47 — 1 Comment

Cherry Kearton camera on BBC Antiques Roadshow (15/05/2016)

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow featured an English Pattern wooden cine camera believed to have been owned by Cherry Kearton. Expert Hilary Kay identified the camera as being made by the Williamson Kinematograph Co Ltd but this was based on the star trade mark that was on the lower film magazine. The upper magazine was different to the lower one. The camera had large hinges that I would not associate with a Williamson product. I wonder if any member of this forum can offer an expert…


Added by Paul Godfrey on May 16, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Quaritch photography at PhotoLondon

Quaritch will be exhibiting a number of important examples British photography in Room C6 at PhotoLondon which runs from 19-22 May 2016 at London's Somerset House. This year Quaritch's exhibition will highlight the richness of the contribution of early Scottish photographers through the work of D. O. Hill &…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 15, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Original 1867 photo of Stephen Talkhouse Pharoah found.

Greetings…In late 2013 I posted on BPH that I was researching the 1867 portrait photograph of Montauk (USA) Indian Stephen Talkhouse Pharoah that is in the 1869 Shindler Catalogue at the Smithsonian. The British connection was that it was William Henry Blackmore who funded Shindler to do the copying and that I thought perhaps the original prints or glass plates may somehow wound up in England at his Salisbury museum. It seems that they didn’t.

However, three original prints were found…


Added by Kevin J. McCann on May 12, 2016 at 18:30 — No Comments

Study day: Around the world in 8 papers /

As histories of photography are increasingly taking into account photographic practices beyond the Western canon, it remains unclear which methodological tools scholars should take on that journey.

Categories and concepts such as colonial photography (including ‘the colonial gaze’) and cultural difference are…


Added by Mirjam Brusius on May 11, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Conference: Photography: Between Anthropology and History / 20-21 June 2016: Registration now open

On the occasion of Professor Elizabeth Edwards’ retirement, the 2016 PHRC Annual International Conference will address themes from her complex and wide ranging scholarship on the cultural work of current and historical social photographic practices. Thus, Photography: Between Anthropology and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 10, 2016 at 8:57 — No Comments

Research - Press Photography in the mid 20th century

The Daily Herald: The anatomy of a newspaper photographic archive. I am working on a Collaborative Doctoral Award (with the PHRC at De Montfort University, and the National Media Museum) researching the image making practices of the Daily Herald newspaper. Using the original…


Added by Rebecca Smith on May 9, 2016 at 21:30 — No Comments

The Hyman Collection. Annual Update. 01. Spring 2016

A year ago, in Spring 2015, we launched to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have acquired several hundred additional photographs by, among others, Ian…


Added by James Hyman on May 9, 2016 at 21:30 — No Comments

NPG acquires a rare album from Rejlander 'the father of art photography'

An extremely rare and important album of photographs by the celebrated early Victorian photographer, Oscar Gustav Rejlander, most of which have never been exhibited before, has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, it was announced today, Monday, 9 May 2016. BPH reported on the original auction sale and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: London, Paris, New York, 1930s-60s / 20 May-27 August 2016

Ben Uri is delighted to announce its first exhibition to bring together three major twentieth century photographers - Wolfgang Suschitzky, Dorothy Bohm and Neil Libbert - presenting their artistic responses to three great world cities across three crucial decades.

Today, London, Paris and New York are so familiar…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2016 at 11:10 — No Comments

SSHoP Annan Lecture / 26 May, Glasgow

The Scottish Society for the History of Photography has been active since 1983 and has organised the annual Annan Lecture series since 2006. Its next lecture takes place on 26 May in Glasgow and will be given by Dr Roberta McGrath who will consider the importance of other histories - and theories - and what…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2016 at 10:59 — No Comments

Mike Ware to receive prestigious AIC special recognition award

Dr Mike Ware is to be awarded the prestigious 2016 Allied Professionals Special Recognition Award at the annual meeting of the American Institute for Conservation of Art and Historic Works (AIC) in Montreal, Canada. 

Ware has been a dedicated and prolific contributor to the science and practice of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2016 at 8:54 — 3 Comments

Professor Steve Edwards moves to Birkbeck

Professor Steve Edwards will be taking up a new post from 1 September as Professor of History & Theory of Photography at Birkbeck, University of London. The job was noted on BPH in December…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 7, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

Job: Partnerships and Learning Projects Manager / NMeM, Bradford

Driven to make a difference & looking for opportunities to lead? At the National Media Museum, we are looking for a creative and driven Partnerships and Learning Projects Manager, to take the lead in developing significant new external partnerships, enabling us to reach new and underserved audiences and collaborate…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 7, 2016 at 6:16 — No Comments

Panel discussion: Photographic Portraiture / 18 June 2016

With particular focus on photographers of the First World War, such as Olive Edis and Christina Broom, this panel discussion will consider women as photographers and subjects in portrait photography, and the effects of social and technological changes on this photographic medium over the last 100 years. Speakers…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 7, 2016 at 6:06 — No Comments

Job: Curator of Photographs, Royal Collection Trust, Windsor

It's knowing that you might uncover a unique snapshot of history / It’s…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 6, 2016 at 16:48 — No Comments

Job: Research Project Assistant, Talbot Catalogue raisonne project

The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonne project requires a Research Project Assistant to assist the project director, Professor Larry J Schaaf, in bringing together the collection of this revolutionary inventor and photographer’s work.

Talbot was one of the earliest pioneers of photography in the 19th…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 4, 2016 at 17:58 — No Comments

Publication: Crinoline. Fashion's most magnificent disaster

A compelling, visually striking 3-D exploration of one of fashion’s most disastrous yet most celebrated garments, the Crinoline, featuring contributions from Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes – has been published to coincide with the V&A’s highly anticipated exhibition, Undressed: 350 Years of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

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