British photographic history

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Collectors request.

Hello, my name is Julia Green and have just recently joined this group.  I am particularly interested in the cdv/cabinet world of photography and more specifically the work of two of my photographer ancestors.  I began collecting their works around 18 months ago and like most collectors search on-line daily in the hope of finding examples .... so, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask if anyone has any photographic works by R.V.GREEN, COVENTRY or his brother A.V.GREEN, ATHERSTONE, I would…

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Added by Julia Green on July 22, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

Research: Lock & Whitfield Daguerreotype case, large, odd size.

Hello, I am seeking information about this leather case, marked Lock & Whitfield, 178 Regent Street. It looks like an average daguerreotype case, but the size is very large, and doesn't seem to correlate to known sizes.

The exterior is 18.3cm x 15.8cm. (7-1/8 x 6-1/4 in.)

The glass inside is 16.5 x…

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Added by David McGreevy on July 19, 2018 at 22:00 — No Comments

Symposium cfp: The Camera, Social Networks and The Inaccessible, from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day / 9 April 2019

The National Trust for Scotland is inviting papers for the first Morton Photography Symposium, to be held on Tuesday 9 April, 2019 at Broughton House & Garden, Kirkcudbright: The Camera, Social Networks and The Inaccessible, from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day. This symposium is inspired by a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 18, 2018 at 20:17 — No Comments

Event: George Washington Wilson, Artist and Photographer / Aberdeen, 16 August

He may be best known as the guitarist for legendary band Queen but Brian May will visit Aberdeen in August to celebrate the work of another great who rose to fame thanks to a very different royal connection.

The musician and song writer will appear at the University of Aberdeen in his…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 18, 2018 at 20:09 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Sky Traveller The aerial photography of Captain Alfred G Buckham (1879-1956) / from 5 October

Dimbola Museum and Galleries, Isle of Wight, is to host the first major retrospective exhibition of the work of pioneering aerial photographer Captain Alfred G Buckham. 

Creating spectacular images in the face of technical and physical adversity the madcap daredevil Captain Alfred G Buckham (1879-1956) was the…

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Added by Tracy Mikich on July 18, 2018 at 19:30 — No Comments

Information request: F. W. Broadhead, photographer active between c.1865 and c.1925

My name is Matthew Broadhead, an artist and photographer based in southwest England. At present, I am enrolled on the new MA Photography program at UWE Bristol with course leaders Aaron Schuman and Angus…

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Added by Matthew Broadhead on July 16, 2018 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Conference: Stereo Photography: Images, Inventions and Advancements / 18-19 October

The University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections Division will be hosting a conference on Stereo Photography from 18-19 October, 2018 in conjunction with the St Andrews Photography Festival 2018: (Stereo)Views of Scotland.

The topics are broad reaching and will cover both the historic as well as the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2018 at 20:40 — No Comments

Job: Archive and Library Manager / NS+MM, Bradford

At the National Science and Media Museum, Insight is our unique collections facility, a 'treasure-trove' of over 26,000 library, archive and image collections. As a large, informal, learning centrethat is truly open to all, our…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2018 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Auction: Mervyn Heard magic lantern collection / 17 July 2018

Special Auction Services auction of Fine Photographica on 17 July includes the Mervyn Heard collection of magic lantern slides, optical toys and stereoscopy.Also included are photographs and cameras.  A respected collector and scholar of the popular visual culture and and the lantern Heard died last year.

The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 13, 2018 at 6:26 — 3 Comments

Job: Assistant Curator of Photographs / closes 23 July 2018

We are seeking an Assistant Curator to work in the Word & Image Department for 12 months. You will have responsibility for assisting with projects connected to the museum’s important and growing collection of fashion photographs. As a member of a curatorial team, an Assistant Curator provides curatorial…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 13, 2018 at 6:08 — No Comments

Help identify the subject of this Maull & Polyblank photo

Hello, I am looking for help in identifying this rather artistic looking man. Maull & Polyblank Albumen print. Circa 1855-8

I have searched the National Portrait Gallery, The Science Museum, The Getty, The Met collection, etc. , to no avail.

There doesn't seem to be a complete…

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Added by David McGreevy on July 11, 2018 at 18:00 — 4 Comments

Free eprints: 'Cyclo-Photographers', Visual Modernity and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s-1890s

50 free eprints of my article "'Cyclo-Photographers', Visual Modernity and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s-1890s", recently published in the journal History of Photography (42:1), for anyone who may be interested but doesn't have access to a subscribing library:…

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Added by Sara Dominici on July 9, 2018 at 9:30 — 4 Comments

New Exhibition: Modern Nature. Photographs from the Hyman Collection, Hepworth Wakefield

We are delighted that the Hepworth Wakefield (Museum of the Year 2017) have curated an exhibition from photographs in the Hyman Collection.

Hepworth Wakefield Press Release:

'From the deep indigo and black scarlets of the industrial heart we sailed through the unimaginable beauty of unspoiled countryside.…

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Added by James Hyman on July 9, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Publication: Secure the Shadow. Somerset Photographers 1839-1939

This new publication by Robin Ansell, Allan Collier and Phil Nichols is not just a dating guide to old photographs, but is also a celebration of Somerset’s photographic history, as seen through the lives and work of nearly 800 photographers. It will appeal to family, local, social and photographic…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2018 at 17:56 — 1 Comment

Job: Curator, Photoworks / closes 16 July 2018

Photoworks seeks to appoint a Curator. This post is an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual to work with the new Director to help shape the curatorial programme. Within the first six months of taking up the post, the successful candidate will help deliver Brighton…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2018 at 12:37 — No Comments

Discovery: Ackermann's Photogenic Drawing (April 1839)

For the last year or so a group of volunteers have been doing a stock-take of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science (PSNS) library held in Perth Museum. This is prior to the closure of the museum and removal of its contents to a new collection store to be built as part of Perth and Kinross Council’s proposed cultural…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2018 at 12:32 — No Comments

Video and exhibition: A step by step guide of the chlorophyll printing process

With the support of Arts Council England and the Artist Information Company, a-n, Almudena Romero has made a step by step film explaining the chlorophyll printing process.

The process also features in the Photofusion exhibition Growing Concerns. This unique body of work…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2018 at 12:13 — No Comments

Job: Postdoctoral post on experimental photo history

The Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg and the Hasselblad Foundation have a long-term partnership for the purpose of supporting the development of critical study and research on photography. As part of this shared programme of work, we are now seeking applications from photo-based artists, photo…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2018 at 11:57 — No Comments

Assistant Curator: Photographs (Art Fund)

With support from Art Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum runs a programme to help the development of curatorial expertise in the art and culture of photography, working with regional museum partners. The programme has been in place since 2014, and has resulted in collaborations with Nottingham Castle Museum…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 6, 2018 at 21:07 — No Comments

4800 Welsh portraits added to Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata

Over the last 4 years the National Library of Wales has worked with Wikimedia to provide open access to more than 10,000 public domain images. These include the Welsh Landscape Collection, photographs, maps and manuscripts. This partnership has led to more than 455 million views of Wikipedia articles containing…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 2, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

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