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Pitt Rivers receives £70,500 grant

In an announcement made today the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford has received £70,500 from the DCMS Wolfson Fund. The funding will be used to realise a project, Engaging the senses: activating the Pitt Rivers Museum’s Photograph and Sound Collections through digital audio-visual technology

The Pitt Rivers Museum has has…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 14, 2019 at 6:30 — No Comments

Workshop: Van Dyke Brown / 27 January 2019

Make exquisite rich brown images using this 19th century print technique.  Led by local photographic artist Catriona Gray who specialises in alternative processes, this short, three-hour workshop, will show you all you need to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2019 at 18:08 — No Comments

Auction: 1839 photogenic drawings by William Salvin at auction / 31 January 2019

Edinburgh auction house Lyon and Turnbull is offering a group of photogenic drawings dating from May 1839 in its forthcoming auction of books and photography. The group are believed to have been made by William Thomas Salvin of Croxdale Hall, County Durham. They are estimated at £2000-3000. 

The catalogue description is below: 



Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2019 at 18:01 — No Comments

Exhibition: A L Henderson's 1904 Holiday Snaps from Athens / Athens: Benaki Museum, until 5 May 2019

Alexander Lamont Henderson (1838-1907) was a photographer who was distinguished for his services by Queen Victoria of Britain and a member of the Royal Photographic Society. The information related to his life and work is poor as his "royal" images were destroyed after the death of Queen Victoria and his "commercial" work which was donated to the library of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2019 at 17:45 — No Comments

Exhibition: Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey / New York, from 30 January 2019

Opening on 30 January, 2019 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey presents masterpieces of early 19th-century photography by one of its unsung pioneers. A trailblazer of the newly invented daguerreotype process, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804–1892) travelled throughout the Eastern…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2019 at 17:34 — No Comments

UK photographs at Bazar Nadar

We at Bazar Nadar added a chapter 'UK photographs' to our 'Collections'. You can find anonymous masters and photographs from Fenton, Rejlander, Polyblank, Cameron and others. We will add more items soon. 

Feel free to check our inventory or ask your questions. …


Added by Wouter Lambrechts on January 13, 2019 at 16:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Hubert Weston King (1931-2018)

Hubert Weston King, the owner of the W. W. Winter studio in Derby has passed away on Xmas day 2018, just shy of his 87th birthday. The Winter studio is the longest operating photographic studio business in the UK, if not the world and second longest operating from the same address in the UK, after the Reeves studio in Lewes, Sussex. The business was…


Added by Marcel Safier on January 11, 2019 at 23:30 — No Comments

Funded PhD: the history of independent film exhibition in Leeds / 9 January deadline

The University of Leeds and Leeds Film are partnering to offer a funded PhD to produce an analysis of the history of independent cinema exhibition in Leeds. This collaborative doctoral project seeks to break new ground by enabling a student to carry out an analysis on independent film exhibition in Leeds informed by both academic scholarship and practical…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 6, 2019 at 21:25 — No Comments

Event: Pioneering Women Photographers in the Royal Collection / Woking: 28 March 2019

The Royal Collection contains a significant body of work which reveals the historical and contemporary importance of women photographers. Join Catlin Langford, Assistant Curator at the Royal Collection Trust, as she discusses key moments in photographic history, from the development of accessible camera technologies to the advent of colour…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 6, 2019 at 18:21 — No Comments

Lecture: Anthony Geffen 'From Attenborough to Hawking, the challenges of pioneering immersive storytelling in VR and AR' / London, 6 February 2019

The 2019 Royal Photographic Society Hurter & Driffield Memorial Lecture will be given by award winning…


Added by Richard Fattorini on January 4, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments

Symposium: Women, work and commerce in the creative industries, Britain, 1750-1950 / 8-9 February 2019

Registration is opwn for the symposium Women, work and commerce in the creative industries, Britain, 1750-1950 which takes place on 7 and 9 February 2019 in London.

This two-day conference adds to the growing body of feminist scholarship that is deconstructing the male-dominated history of commercial and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 4, 2019 at 12:30 — No Comments

Cameron illustrated Idylls of the King acquired by St Andrews

One of the most famous nineteenth-century collaborations between a poet and a photographer has found a home at the University of St Andrews Special Collections.

Poet Laureate, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, and Other Poems, 1875, photographically illustrated by Julia Margaret Cameron, one of the most celebrated women…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 4, 2019 at 6:30 — No Comments

Information sought: Ian Smith, British photographer for LIFE magazine

Ian Smith (life dates unknown) photographed for the American magazine LIFE in 1945/6 and was listed on the masthead as a staff photographer. Numbers of his images of British politicians of the period, of movie stars, directors and producers, and his reportage of life in England in the aftermath of WW2, are held by Getty…


Added by James McArdle on January 1, 2019 at 22:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Everyone a Photographer. The Rise of Amateur Photography, 1880-1910 / Amsterdam, from 15 February 2019

The Rijksmuseum’s curator of photography, Mattie Boom, has for the last few years been studying hundreds of photographs for her doctoral research into the emergence of amateur photography in the Netherlands. The results of her work will be on show from 15 February 2019 in Everyone a Photographer, an exhibition of more than 130…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 1, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

Five for 2019

Welcome to 2019. During the forthcoming year BPH will continue to report on news, exhibitions, publications, jobs and events relevant to British photographic history. It now has over 3000 subscribers and more than 3000 blog posts have been made since 2007, plus, of course, events, forum posts and images. 

To kick off 2019 here are five events that we have to look forward to:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 1, 2019 at 1:00 — No Comments

Royal Mail criticised for D-Day stamp mix-up

Royal Mail has withdrawn a stamp design marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day - after BBC News pointed out it showed US troops landing in what was Dutch New Guinea, nearly 8,500 miles from France.

For the full article see…


Added by Joanna Sassoon on December 30, 2018 at 4:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: 'Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins' / New York, until 17 February 2019

What is interesting to me is not just Atkins choice of the new medium of photography to describe, both scientifically and aesthetically, the beauty and detail of her collection of seaweeds; but within that new medium of photography, she chose not the photogenic or calotype process, but the graphic cyanotype process with its vivid…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on December 26, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Kennington and Bourlet Ltd / Kenprinter

Just after World War 2 the UK Developing and Printing (Photofinishing) trade was still mainly printing amateur snapshots by contact methods. But by the mid 1950s automatic projection printers had been developed and the so called “enprint” was born. At this time, in the UK, Kodak Limited had brought out their Velox Projection Printer and Ilford Limited…


Added by Paul Godfrey on December 21, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Identification: Crimean war officer

Looking to identify this Officer. 6 x 4 inch albumen print with no ID.  Grenadier Guards? I think that's a cap with plumage, and a sword hilt.

Many thanks in advance,

David McGreevy…


Added by David McGreevy on December 19, 2018 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

CFP: Photography and power - 'Daguerreotype. Studies in the history and theory of photography'

In one of his recent statements, Noam Chomsky presented a truly pessimistic diagnosis of our times: the very beginning of the 21st century led us towards the crisis of democracy. Nowadays, we need to confront the system in which property relations play a decisive role in our social network. Power, according to Chomsky, is inevitably associated with wealth. In…


Added by Weronika Kobylińska-Bunsch on December 18, 2018 at 20:00 — No Comments

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