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The Case of The Mysterious Roving Moustache

We'd appreciate comments and suggestions regarding this mystery.

Added by Kath Shawcross on November 18, 2015 at 14:42 — No Comments

James A. Sinclair : biographical information sought

I am researching some photographs by the British camera manufacturer and dealer James A. Sinclair, FRPS. (d.1940).  A great deal seems to be known about his famous cameras; very little about himself.   It may well be that his life is more familiar to specialists in cameras and the camera industry than to specialists in photographs themselves.  I suspect, for example, that as an eminent dealer in the heart of London – and as the author of distinguished how-to books – Sinclair may well have…


Added by Francis Hodgson on November 16, 2015 at 18:11 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Sir Charles Wheatstone

Physicist, inventor and businessman, Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-75) was professor of experimental philosophy at King’s College London for over 40 years, during which time he invented the electric telegraph, the stereoscope and a number of musical instruments. He embodied in his career and accomplishments…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 15, 2015 at 17:49 — No Comments

Appointment: Dr Kelley Wilder to direct PHRC

Dr Kelley Wilder, currently Reader in Photographic History, has been appointed director of De Montfort University's Photographic History Research…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 10, 2015 at 5:30 — No Comments

Symposium: Women in Photography - 21 November 2015

To coincide with the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron, The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with the National Media Museum and the University of Westminster presents a day of lectures that celebrate women in photography from both sides of the lens.

The talks reflect on the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2015 at 14:06 — No Comments

Review: 'The road less travelled' / Exhibition: 'Julia Margaret Cameron

It was a flying visit to Sydney to see the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The trip was so very worthwhile, for I had never seen JMC's large contact photographs "in the flesh" before, let alone over 100 vintage prints from the Victoria and Albert Museum collection.…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on November 9, 2015 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition review: 'Photography - A Victorian Sensation' / NMS, Edinburgh

In our contemporary image-saturated, comprehensively mediated way of life it is difficult for us to understand how "sensational" photography would have been in the Victorian era. Imagine never having seen a photograph of a landscape, city or person before. To then be suddenly presented with a…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on November 9, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Workshop: Bromoil - 5 March 2016

Learn the photographic art of bromoil printing from negative to finished print, and leave with a finished bromoil, plus transfer demonstration. Arranged by The Bromoil Circle of Great Briatin. Places are limited to 15. 

The cost is…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Online resource: European History of Photography network

Nuno Pinheiro writes...Thank you for the warm reception on the idea of creating a Network for European History of Photography. I believe this is a project which will help us all.

I hope in the future to have better web housing and better designed site, however the most important is to have a place to share information, to get connected to each other, to have discussions, to present our work, to search for connections. Now we have such a place: A blog, a Facebook page and an e-mail.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2015 at 2:00 — No Comments

London Photograph Fair... 8th November

Only a week till the London Photograph Fair which is next Sunday, 8 November, at the Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury. There will be a lot of exhibitors selling vintage photographs and albums. I will be displaying about 35 of my Grandfather S.D.Jouhar's original black and white prints dating from approx.…


Added by Kelvin Jouhar on November 1, 2015 at 21:30 — No Comments

Auction: Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History, London 17 November 2015

Sotheby's next auction of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History, will take place in London on 17 November 2015. Viewing will be 12, 13, 15 and 16 November or other times by appointment. The auction includes photographs of Spain, Polar Exploration, the Middle East, Latin…


Added by Richard Fattorini on October 31, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Easter Rising 1916 from the Sean Sexton Collection

To mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, The Photographers' Gallery, London, presents The Easter Rising 1916, an exhibition drawn from Sean Sexton's photographic collection and curated by Luke Dodd.

This exhibition investigates the significant role played by photography in informing the national consciousness…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2015 at 8:15 — No Comments

Seminars: Birkbeck History and Theory of Photography

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced a series of new events and seminars which are open to all. They are free and take place at 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD.

Collecting Our Past: Photographs, History and the Free Public Library…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: On the Camera Obscura

On the Camera Obscura. The obsession with capturing images is an exhibition curated by Montserrat de Pablo. It exhibition shows the work process followed in a research project carried out by Montserrat de Pablo at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin over the course of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2015 at 10:24 — No Comments

Exhibition Review by Janine Freeston ARPS: Who is afraid of Women Photographers?

Who is afraid of Women Photographers? 1839-1945 Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie 14 October 2015-24 January 2016. The first of its type in France it pulls together histories of photography that, re-evaluated the contribution women made to the medium's development. It displays the singular and progressive…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2015 at 10:14 — No Comments

Exhibition: Centenary - Hurter and Driffield

Centenary describes two landmark exhibitions supported by The RPS Historical Group, which commemorate the lives and times of two 19th century photographic pioneers. In 1915, the Royal Photographic Society’s Council initiated a surviving three-part tribute to honour the memory of Ferdinand Hurter and Charles Vero…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2015 at 10:11 — No Comments

Exhibition and lecture series: The Eye of the Shah

The Eye of the Shah: Qajar Court Photography and the Persian Past presents some 200 photographic prints, a number of vintage photographic albums, and memorabilia that utilized formal portraiture of the shah, the exhibition shows how photographers—many of them engaged by Naser al-Din Shah Qajar (r. 1848-1896), the…


Added by Mirjam Brusius on October 26, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

Publication: Catalogue on XIXth Architecture Photography

Published by Spanish National Library as a catalogue for the exhibition Mirar la Arquitectura – Fotografia Monumental en el Siglo XIX  included in the 2015 Photo España (3 July-4 October 2015) , this book edited by researchers, Delfin Rodriguez Ruiz, Helena Perez Gallardo, and with texts by the two…


Added by Nuno de Avelar Pinheiro on October 20, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Exhibition and Symposium: P H Emerson

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery is opening a new exhibition P.H. Emerson: Presented by the Author on 20 November 20, 2015  at 6 pm. The following day there will be a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 19, 2015 at 18:45 — No Comments

Exhibition: D. Amelia e a Fotografia (Photographs of the last Queen of Portugal)

D. Amélia e a Fotografia. The last 20 years (1890/1910) of Portuguese Monarchy were the subject for a wide number of photographers, ranging from the best known professionals to several members of the Royal Family. 

This exhibition collects 130 of those images from the collections of "Museu-Biblioteca da…


Added by Nuno de Avelar Pinheiro on October 16, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

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