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Research enquiry: Sartorial Orientalism

I am looking for any kind of information relating to photographs of Western travellers pictured in costume while on their travels in Egypt. I know that several commercial studios based in Cairo and Alexandria, such as Schier & Schoefft (see image attached), Facchinelli and Dittrich, offered this service, but I am having trouble finding examples…


Added by Stéphanie Hornstein on May 24, 2022 at 21:30 — No Comments

Auction: 19th & 20th Century Photographs / 24 May 2022

Photography from daguerreotypes, through collodion and on to contemporary work is being offered at auction By Chiswick Auctions on 24 May. The sale includes one previously unrecorded portrait, part of a set of four by Julia Margaret Cameron (est £12,000-15,000), Beard studio daguerreotypes and work from Paul Strand, Rodchenko and others. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on May 22, 2022 at 17:53 — No Comments

Opportunity: Curatorial Fellow in Photography / closes 13 June 2022

The purpose of the Curatorial Fellowship is to further develop expertise in the history of photography by researching the collections of the V&A, while gaining vital curatorial experience working in a museum.  The Curatorial Fellow will divide their time between key curatorial duties (including cataloguing, collections care, display, exhibition and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 20, 2022 at 20:24 — No Comments

Online event: Trans Asia Photography relaunch & celebration / 26 May 2022

Join leading experts, curators, and photographers in the virtual re-launch of Trans Asia Photography, the world’s first and only open access journal devoted to research on Asian photography. Established more than a decade ago, the journal has moved its base to Toronto and relaunches this year with a new publishers, Duke UP, and new editors, Thy Phu, Deepali…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 20, 2022 at 20:18 — No Comments

Symposium: Women and early photography / 1 June 2022

A forthcoming symposium focuses on an often-neglected aspect of photography history - photographs of and by women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and more broadly, women and early photography around the world.

The project is inspired by our exploration of photographs taken by the Aberdeen-based photography studio of George…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 20, 2022 at 20:12 — No Comments

Online talk: Helmut Newton: Living to make pictures / 17 May 2022

Helmut Newton (1920-2004) was one of the most singular and successful photographers of his generation, known for his provocative fusion of fashion, portrait, and erotic subjects.

Philippe Garner, a 50-plus years veteran of the art auction world, has admired Newton’s work since he discovered it in the late sixties.

He met Newton in 1975 and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 15, 2022 at 16:27 — 1 Comment

Online talk: The Muse of the Lens / 19 May 2022

Although not photography, the related optical instruments of the microscope and telescope presented new ways of seeing, as did the camera. In the seventeenth century, human vision was technologically enhanced with the invention of the telescope and then of the microscope. Scenes of wonder emerged as the assisted eye traversed the night skies or delved into…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 15, 2022 at 15:43 — No Comments

Archive: Elisabeth Buchmeyer Lewis (1935-2018)

The archive of Elisabeth Buchmeyer Lewis (1935-2018) has been acquired by Hundred Heroines which will be staging a first look at it in June. After studying at the London College of Printing, Elisabeth soon gained a reputation as a modernist photographer.  By the time of her death in 2018, she had created a vast collection of images with immense social,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 15, 2022 at 15:30 — No Comments

Auction: 19th & 20th Century Photography / Dominic Winter Auctioneers / 19 May 2022

Dominic Winter’s first photography sale of 2022 comprises 253 lots, from the early to the nearly new. Highlights of the sale are two albumen prints by Julia Margaret Cameron, Alice Liddell as St Agnes and a portrait (see below) of Julia Jackson (Mrs Herbert Duckworth). The latter has interesting provenance and was gifted to the owner by the…


Added by Chris Albury on May 15, 2022 at 12:00 — No Comments

Conference: Photographic history without photographs / Leicester and online: 13-14 June 2022

What is the shape and size of a photographic history that is written from the point of view of having no photographs? When photographs are destroyed, lost, repressed, or never intended to be permanent, it leaves a gap in what we usually refer to as our main research material.

By chance or by design, photographs disappear every day. They might be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 15, 2022 at 9:30 — No Comments

Historic England launch interactive story map for Queen's Jubilee

Today, Historic England has launched an interactive education tool which will display hundreds of images of the Queen visiting key heritage sites across England during her reign. The story map resource has been created by Historic England’s Heritage Schools team to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and will help school children learn about some of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 10, 2022 at 1:00 — No Comments

Hybrid event: Isabella Bird's magic lantern slides from China / 12 May 2022

On 10 May 1897 Isabella Bird was engaged to lecture on Western China at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Jacki Hill-Murphy who has recently published The Life and Travels of Isabella Bird will recreate this lecture, using some of the original magic lantern slides, and talk about the rest of Isabella's solo world travels and how…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2022 at 17:35 — No Comments

Exhibition: Captain Shakespear and the Arabian Peninsula / opens 10 May 2022

A new exhibition titled The other Shakespear, which brings to life some of the earliest and finest images of the Arabian Peninsula is being launched this month at the Royal Geographical Society on Exhibition Road. This is the first time these photographs have been on public display for more than a century.  The photographs taken by Captain William…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2022 at 17:29 — No Comments

Interview request for Documentary Project - Edith Tudor-Hart

Dear members of British Photographic History,
I have recently been accepted by the Paul Mellon Centre to make a short documentary about the life and photography of Edith Tudor-Hart (here is a link to the project website for anyone's interest …

Added by Jude Parsons on May 7, 2022 at 13:00 — 2 Comments

Looking for photo by Frederick Hollyer

We are curating a small exhibition about the use of colour in late Victorian sculpture at the Henry Moore Institute this November.  We are trying to track down a good quality image of a sculpture taken by Frederick Hollyer, and wondered whether you might be able to help.…


Added by Nicola Jennings on May 7, 2022 at 10:00 — No Comments

Photography & Gender

If you are interested in gender related questions, photography and research, you are mostly welcome to join our new FB group "photography & gender". PS: Why are there just three ladies on this test chart?…


Added by Katharina Steidl on May 2, 2022 at 10:30 — No Comments

Paul Mellon Awards - Spring 2022

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art has made its Spring 2022 awards. Of particular interest to photographic historians are:

Mid-career Fellowship and Research Support Grant: 

  • Justin Carville (Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dun Laoghaire) for the project The…

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 1, 2022 at 9:30 — No Comments

Publication: The Classic / available now

The latest issue of The Classic - the biannual magazine of photography - has just been published in time for Photo London. This issue (no. 7 Spring 2022) features several articles of particular interest to BPH readers including a look at the Getty Archive in London, an interview with Julian Sander of the Sander archive, and the Musée du Quai Branly…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 1, 2022 at 9:02 — No Comments

Stereoscopy Day / 21 June 2022

Stereoscopy Day is an international celebration of the birth of stereoscopic 3-D. It celebrates the inventor of stereoscopy, British polymath Sir Charles Wheatstone, its pioneers and their successors up to the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2022 at 12:07 — No Comments

Seminar: Another Country - British documentary photography / 11 June 2022

The Martin Parr Foundation is holding a seminar day to launch a new major publication from Gerry Badger,  Another Country, British Documentary Photography since 1945  (thames & Hudson) which showcases the social and cultural history of Britain since the Second World War. Organised chronologically, each chapter spans a period of social and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2022 at 10:00 — No Comments

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