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Bursary: MA Photographic History

De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Taylor Bursary for its MA in Photographic History. The Bursary offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International.

To apply for the Taylor Bursary, please submit…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2015 at 8:14 — No Comments

Exhibition: Anna Atkins and Margaret Watkins

Edinburgh's Stills' presents a two-person exhibition showcasing historically important work by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) and Margaret Watkins (1884-1969), who made pioneering photographic work in the 19th and 20th …


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Publication and event: Isabella Bird - Photographic Travels Through China 1894–96

Debbie Ireland will talk about Isabella Bird and how she - the nineteenth century’s most renowned woman travel writer - became a photographer. The talk takes place at The Royal Photographic Society in Bath on 5 May 2015 and coincides with the publication of Debbie's new book of the same tile. A student of John Thomson,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Richard Beard studio addresses...

HELP!!  I'm hoping that someone could give me more info on Richard Beard's studio addresses, dates in particular. I'm also looking for info on Beard & Foard's Photographic Institutions. I have not had much success online! Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Added by Douglas S Gulledge on April 13, 2015 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Symposium: Seen through the Collector’s Lens: 150 Years of Photography / 8-9 May 2015

This two-day symposium will feature presentations by experts from England, France, and across the United States. Topics will include the art form’s early patronage by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the reasons why collectors of American Modernism also collected photographs, photography’s changing fortunes on the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2015 at 10:56 — No Comments

Research: Dante Gabriel Rossetti by Lewis Carroll

Hello, I am researching this photo of Rossetti by Carroll. Sorry for my bad quality pics. I believe it's an albumen print, on very thin paper, 5-3/8 x 4 inches. I know the original was taken in 1863, however, the back has a faint pencil inscription: 1873 Life photo. There is an identical print with the oval…


Added by David McGreevy on April 11, 2015 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

Website: Historical Printing Process

New website launched: Ken Keen & Light from the Darkness is a comprehensive cover of the book “Christian Art and Places of Worship”. A collection of pictorial, handcrafted images to illustrate the subject. The website gives a comprehensive description of Ken’s routine and method for making photographs…


Added by Chelin Miller on April 10, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Outcry as Royal Society for Asian Affairs sells off historic books and photographs

The Royal Society for Asian Affairs (RSAA), a registered charity with Royal Charter, with a mission 'to promote greater knowledge and understanding of Central Asia and countries from the Middle East to Japan' and the specific objective 'to conserve all of the Society’s valuable archives, photographic and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 8, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments

Public Lecture by Larry J Schaaf,- 15 June 2015

To kick off the 'Rethinking Early Photography' conference, the University of Lincoln is hosting a free public lecture by distinguished photo-historian Larry J. Schaaf. Professor Schaaf will be talking about the controversy that was sparked in 2008 over his identification of the now-infamous 'Quillan Leaf' as possibly…


Added by Owen Clayton on April 7, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Moose on the Loose Biennale of Research - 5-22 May 2015

PARC launches its second Moose on the Loose Biennale of Research. Highlights this year include Martin Parr and Nicholas Barker talking about making films, Paul Lowe's remarkable panoramic photographs from the Siege of Sarajevo, Sara Davidmann on the new film about her family archive 'To be Destroyed', British Council…


Added by val williams on April 6, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Web resource: Captain Linneaus Tripe

The National Gallery of Art’s web feature for the exhibition Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860 aims to preserve the exhibition as an online resource for the artist and includes additional material on the photographic practices of Tripe and his contemporaries.



Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2015 at 17:55 — No Comments

Publication: Paper Peepshows The Jacqueline & Jonathan Gestetner Collection

Peepshows were introduced in the mid-eighteenth century by Martin Engelbrecht in Augsburg. They called for a long wooden cabinet designed for purpose incorporating a viewing lens and sometimes a mirror. In the 1820s peepshows made entirely of paper appeared on the scene more or less at the same moment in Vienna, London…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2015 at 17:49 — No Comments

Auction: Photography 1850-2000, Friday 17 April, Cirencester

Dominic Winter's spring Photography auction comprises 225 lots and is strongest on 19th-century material with good albums and collections featuring Asia, India, Africa and Europe. Highlight of the sale is an album of 79 Hugh Owen photographs (lot 370, slideshow link available on request). The albumen prints…


Added by Chris Albury on April 3, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Auction: Charles Clifford, Photographs and Photographic Books. 15 April, Barcelona.

Session 1: Charles Clifford: 83 photographic views of Spain from between 1853 and 1863. These views are studio experiments made by Charles…


Added by Rachel Bullough on April 2, 2015 at 19:00 — No Comments

NPG Curatorial Internship – Photographs

The Photographs collection consists of more than 250,000 original photographic images of which at least 130,000 are original negatives. They date from the 1840s to the present day. The department is also responsible for the upkeep of records pertaining to the Photographs Collection as well as records relating to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2015 at 19:29 — No Comments

Conference: Photography in Print - 22-23 June 2015

Leicester's De Montfort University Photographic History Research Centre's (PHRC) Annual International Conference will address the complex and wide ranging question of ‘photography in print.’ The conference aims to explore the functions, affects and dynamics of photographs on the printed page. Many of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2015 at 5:49 — No Comments

Auction: Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History (including Photographs) 30 April

Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History…


Added by Richard Fattorini on March 27, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Exhibition and Conference: ICON PhMG presents "Sharing Photographic Collections: Digitisation and Display"

Icon Photographic Materials Group is pleased to announce that we will be co-hosting a one day event with Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales on the theme of digitisation and display to coincide with their exhibition, Historic Photography Uncovered and the recent launch of their online database of images from their…


Added by Sarah Peacock on March 27, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Identification: Salt prints

Can anybody identify these images please? They are possibly salt prints but have no identification. Thank you…


Added by John B Turner on March 27, 2015 at 6:30 — 4 Comments

Information: Photos identification and questions

Can anyone help with the three photographs below and the questions posted? 

Date of Photo and age of man…


Added by Peter Leonard on March 23, 2015 at 21:00 — 10 Comments

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