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London Stereoscopic Company - lecture dates

The London Stereoscopic Company has announced a series of UK lecture dates where Denis Pellerin, Dr Brian May and others will be giving talks on different aspects of stereoscopy. The tour commences in Manchester in September and will conclude in London in November. Further dates may be added .

Thurs 22…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 19, 2016 at 7:07 — No Comments

Research: Ruth Snowman

As part of my ongoing research on the life and work of Josef Breitenbach, I am trying to locate further information on a very significant pupil, Ruth Snowman. Snowman studied with Breitenbach in Paris during 1934, and later in England worked as his agent, placing his work in a variety of British and American publications. (During this time she lived on Acol Road, West Hampstead, NW6) From 1935-1939 she ran her own photographic studio in London, under the trading name of Ruth Antoni.…


Added by Helen Trompeteler on August 15, 2016 at 19:00 — No Comments

Michael Schaaf

BPH is saddened to report that Michael Schaaf, the photographer and teacher of collodion and other historic process, was found hanged in his camper van in Lacock on 16 July. He had not been in contact with his family for several days and was discovered by a National Trust employee. Schaaf had conducted a five day…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 14, 2016 at 8:00 — No Comments

Phd Studentship: Photography and/as Pedagogy at the University of Westminster

The University Archive provides ample evidence that the University and its predecessor institutions have been at the forefront of innovations in both the technologies of photography and in its pedagogical implications.

The Royal Polytechnic Institution housed the first photographic studio in Europe, and both…


Added by Sara Dominici on August 12, 2016 at 10:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis

The first-ever comprehensive exhibition to celebrate exclusively the life and work of pioneering British photographer Olive Edis (1876-1955) opens at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday October 8, 2016 and closes…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 10, 2016 at 19:51 — No Comments

Reunion: Polytechnic of Central London

A reunion will be held for all those photography students who attended the Polytechnic of Central London (Regent Street Poly) between 1960 and 1965.The free reunion will be held on Friday 26th August 2016 from midday onwards at Dolphin Square in London, for full details, please contact Tony Hilton at

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 10, 2016 at 19:41 — No Comments

Job: Project Coordinator - Opening up the Beaford Archive

The Beaford Archive - the work of James Ravilious and Roger Deakins  - is a photographic record of people and community in rural north Devon containing more than 80,000 images covering the 120-year period 1870 to 1990. However, few of these images are currently accessible to the public. 

Beaford Arts has…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 6, 2016 at 18:38 — No Comments

Research: My Big Project (Fixed)

The following is a rough draft describing my latest project, well late, as I have been working on this for quite a few years now. I would appreciate any comments you may have as I eventually, by year's end, to put it on the market. I hope I am not violating any rules here due to this being a commercial project, much the same as a book might be.

I get the sneaking suspicion…


Added by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS on August 3, 2016 at 19:30 — No Comments

World’s Largest Collection of Paper Peepshows Acquired for the Nation and Allocated to V&A

The world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of paper peepshows has been donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) under the Cultural Gifts Scheme. The Scheme was introduced by the Government in 2013 as a major…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 2, 2016 at 10:26 — No Comments

The Photographic Collections Network

Arts Council England has announced financial support for a new organisation supporting collections and archives of photography. The Photographic Collections Network will launch to provide research, knowledge exchange, events and advocacy. Its steering group is comprised of Redeye, the Photography Network, the Victoria…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 2, 2016 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Online Course: Stereoscopy: an Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography

Discover why the stereoscope and stereo photography mesmerised Victorians when they first appeared at 1851s This free online course, which starts 1 August, will examine the rise of stereo photography and the work of two pioneering photographers – the Scotsman, George Washington Wilson, and the…

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 28, 2016 at 19:59 — 1 Comment

Happy Birthday John Arthur Roebuck Rudge!

Today is the 179th anniversary celebrating the birth of the early pioneer of 'moving pictures', John Arthur Roebuck Rudge.…


Added by Alexia Lazou on July 26, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

Sarah Angelina Acland honoured

Sarah Angelina Acland, the pioneer colour photographer, was honoured yesterday with a blue plaque on the property at 10 Park Town, Oxford, where she was living at her death. The plaque was initiated by the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board and was supported by the Royal Photographic Society, Giles Hudson and others.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2016 at 7:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Camera Exposed at the V&A

This summer the V&A will present a display of over 120 photographs that explore the camera as subject. People are taking more photographs today than ever before, but as they increasingly rely on smartphones, the traditional device is disappearing from sight. 

The Camera…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2016 at 10:30 — 3 Comments

Vernon Heath Photograph

I have this Vernon Heath albumen photograph in my possession that I purchased about seven years ago here in New England. It's in its original frame and the photograph itself measures 19 1/4" h x 26 1/4"w. It's possible that this example is an enlargement from a smaller glass negative as I'm aware of…


Added by John Minichiello on July 21, 2016 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

St Andrews Photography Festival programme - download the brochure

The full programme for the St Andrews Photography Festival, Celebrating 175 years of Scottish Photography in the home of Scottish Photography, which takes place from 1 August-11 September can now be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 19, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

Early Photos of the Houses of Parliament

I'm working on a project with the architectural historian, David Blissett, who is currently writing a biography of the English Victorian architect Charles Barry.  Barry designed the Houses of Parliament in London and David is trying to locate any early photos of the Houses of Parliament (i.e. under construction…


Added by Pete James on July 17, 2016 at 11:30 — 9 Comments

Earliest Kodak film acquired

The George Eastman Museum recently purchased the only known box of Kodak Film for use in the Kodak camera (sometimes called American Film), introduced by the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company in 1888, and one of only three known boxes of Kodak…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

St Andrews Photography Festival programme revealed - UPDATED

The first annual St Andrews Photography Festival, which is set to celebrate the role and legacy of the town’s pioneers of photography from August 1, has revealed details of its headlining exhibitions and events.

UPDATED: The full programme can be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2016 at 21:00 — No Comments

cfp: Stereo and Immersive Media / Photography and Sound Research 2016

The International Conference Stereo & Immersive Media 2016 aims to gather researchers, artists, curators, and archivists working on visual and sound media renowned for their immersive features.

“Stereo” environments (stereoscopic and stereophonic) have been widening the fields of photography and sound since…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 12, 2016 at 19:42 — No Comments

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