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National Science+Media Museum appoints Head Curator

The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, has appointed Dr Geoff Belknap as its Head Curator, effective from 1 November. Belknapp joined the museum in June 2017 as Curator of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 11, 2018 at 17:56 — No Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / London, Autumn/Spring 2018/2019

The History and Theory of Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck has announced two seminars. Admission is free and open to all. 


Wednesday 21 November 2018, 6-7:30pm

Room TBC

Anna Dahlgren, Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University

i-D and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 11, 2018 at 17:33 — No Comments

Events: The face of suffrage / Birmingham, Nov-Dec 2018

The Face of Suffrage is a new large scale art installation created to celebrate 100 years of Votes for Women by Helen Marshall The ‘Face of Suffrage’ artwork is a floor-based, 200 metre square photo mosaic consisting of more than 3,500 images of females from across the West Midlands.   

It will be located on the concourse of Birmingham New…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 11, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

Martin Parr Foundation launches a membership scheme

The Martin Parr Foundation (MPF) which runs a gallery and archive in Bristol, based on Parr's own work but extending to British documentary photography, has launched its new membership scheme. The aim of the scheme is to open up access to the Foundation’s library and huge archive collection, as well as giving members discounts on talks, screenings, workshops…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 11, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

Identification: 'The Widow's Mite' cdv

I am looking to find the photographer of this image, a British cdv labeled 'The Widow's Mite'. It reminds me of Rejlander's genre scenes, but I have been unsuccessful in finding anything about it. No back mark. I have blurred out the…


Added by David McGreevy on November 10, 2018 at 22:00 — 5 Comments

Event: Photographing and Cycling in Late Victorian Britain / London, 14 November 2018

This talk presents new research looking at the relation between camera and cycle technologies in late Victorian Britain. Despite the challenges of carrying heavy and fragile glass-plate cameras on likewise heavy and laborious to ride machines, in this period combining cycling and photography was felt so close that contemporary commentators could write of…


Added by Sara Dominici on November 9, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Information: Cook Salvator Mundi

BPH member Ben Lewis is trying to find more details about this photograph and the London photographer William E Gray who worked independently and was also associated with the company of Henry Dixon and Son Ltd which absorbed his business in 1931.

The photograph was taken for the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 6, 2018 at 12:09 — No Comments

Seminar: Nita Harvey's Archive / London: 9 November 2018

Four years ago Ellen Nolan inherited a suitcase. Inside was an archive of hundreds of images and documents belonging to her Great Aunt, Nita Harvey, an English actress on the brink of Hollywood success in the 1930s. In 1933 Nita was discovered through a beauty contest, summoned to Hollywood and signed to Paramount studios.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2018 at 2:01 — No Comments

Early Career Academic Fellow: Photographic History

Newly qualified PhDs in photographic history may be interested in two Early Career Academic Fellow (ECAF) positions at De Montfort University. The position will ultimately lead to tenure in 2020. DMU is home to the Photographic History Research Centre and runs a MA history of photography programme. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2018 at 2:00 — No Comments

1860s stereo images: Help to try to identify photographers

I returned to my one local antique store this week and traded some images I had for scores of English stereoviews. One is easy to identify  in terms of place as its written on the back in copperplate "Royal York Crescent, Clifton. Bristol." I wonder if this view attached could be by William Harvey Barton, who was…


Added by Stephen Michael Barnett on November 1, 2018 at 4:30 — 3 Comments

Auction: Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History / London: 13 November

This auction includes many photographs from the mid-19th century through to the mid-20th century, covering many parts of the globe. Of great rarity is a group of glass plate negatives of China by Thomas Child, which are the only known negatives by Child to survive and were made in Beijing in the 1870s and 1880s (lot…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2018 at 3:23 — No Comments

Auction: Fine books and photographs / London; 27 November

Bonhams' auction of fine books and photographs includes, amongst other photography lots, a pair of albums 'Presented to the Rev. Robert Vaughan Pryce... by his father George Pryce, F.S.A. on his Birthday, December 15, 1866", containing

Also ncluded is a picture of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, flanked…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2018 at 3:16 — No Comments

V&A Photography Centre: a message from the curatorial team

The photographs section at the V&A Museum have issued a newsletter following the launch of the Photography Centre.

We are delighted to be in touch with an update about the exciting activity that has been taking place at the V&A these past months.

 Phase One of the V&A…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2018 at 3:01 — No Comments

Events: Photography and Collecting, and the Art Market

Dr Juliet Hacking is speaking at two upcoming events: 

Saturday 3rd November, afternoon

Workshop: An Insider’s Guide to Photography and the Art Market…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2018 at 2:57 — No Comments

Auction: Early French Masterworks from the Hyman Collection / 1 November 2018

Early French Masterworks from the Hyman Collection showcase rare, important works from the 1840s to 1850s by the first practitioners of negative-positive photography in France. This exceptional selection of 12 lots comprises 11 salt prints, of which three are accompanied by their unique paper negatives, and one…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 24, 2018 at 20:27 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer / Ottawa, until 3 February 2019

Oscar Gustaf Rejlander (1813-1875) was a Victorian artist whose innovations in both the production and conceptual aspects of photography have secured him a place within the history of the medium. Surprisingly there has never been a major examination of his career ….until now.

The Canadian…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 22, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

Talk: The Poor Man's Courtauld Gallery / London, 31 October 2018

There will be a London Stereoscopic Company 3D talk at the Courtauld Institute on 31 October. Titled The Poor Man's Courtauld Gallery it will examine how artists and stereo photographers explored the same themes with the advantages and limitations of their respective medium. 

Admission is free but…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 22, 2018 at 6:30 — No Comments

Symposium: Anna Atkins / New York: 3 November 2018

On 3 November 2018 New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Celeste Auditorium, hosts the first international symposium dedicated to the pioneering photography of Anna Atkins (1799-1871). Scholars in the fields of photography, conservation,…


Added by Rose Teanby on October 21, 2018 at 19:30 — No Comments

Blog: Conserving Talbot’s ‘The Pencil of Nature’ for display

Lauren Ashley-Irvine, Conservator of Photographs and Paper, at the Victoria and Albert Museum has published a blog describing how one of the fascicles from Talbot's Pencil of Nature (1844) was conserved and prepared for exhibition in the museum's new photography galleries. The publication…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 20, 2018 at 13:42 — 1 Comment

Daily Mirror Photographers and the Great War

As the 100th anniversary of the Armistice is looming I am asking for help to contact any living relatives of former Daily Mirror photographers who served in WW1 or worked for the paper in the UK during the conflict. 

I am particular interested in Bernard, Thomas and Horace Grant  who had all covered conflicts…


Added by John Mead on October 17, 2018 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

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