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Conference: Exchanging Photographs, Making Knowledge / 20-21 June 2014

Registration is now open for the PHRC's summer conference Exchanging Photographs, Making Knowledge. With keynote lectures by François Brunet (University of Paris) and Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyen University), and a plenery lecture by Chris Pinney (UCL), this conference brings together international contributions on…


Added by Kelley Wilder on April 18, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: John Ruskin: Draughtsman and Photographer

John Ruskin: Photographer and Draughtsman is the first museum exhibition to explore how the new medium of photography played a pivotal role in the evolution of this leading Victorian’s influential thinking. Bringing together daguerreotypes (unique copper photographic plates) –rarely on public display –…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2014 at 6:45 — No Comments

Workshop: Photography and Latin American Archaeology

PHRC and University of Manchester are co-hosting a one-day workshop on Photography and Latin American Archaeology, to be held on June 10th 2014 at the Royal Anthropological Institute, London. Supported by the Society for Latin American Studies, speakers include Jennifer Baird, Luciana Martins,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 16, 2014 at 20:22 — No Comments

Auction: Sotheby's London - 7 May 2014

Sotheby's London is to offer a stuning album of photographs by John Beasley Greene. Estimated at £100,000-150,000 the album contains views of Egypt and Algeria dating from 1852-1856.

John Beasley Greene's work has been called ‘proto-modernist’ and looking back it is evident today that his views of Egypt and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 16, 2014 at 7:24 — No Comments

Publication: Répertoire des photographes français d'outre-mer du XIXe siècle

This new and important publication from Héritage Architectural, Paris, presents a catalogue of French overseas photographers together with foreigners who worked within the French Empire of were members of the Association Française de photographie between 1839-and 1920.

The photographers are classified by…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 13, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Symposium: Seeing Observing Thinking - 17-18 May 2014

August Sander died in 1964 and at this event on Saturday, 17 May 2014, fifty years on, speakers will discuss his life and his work from various perspectives.This two-day event celebrating the work of two fascinating practitioners is jointly organised by the East Midlands Region and the Historical Group of The Royal…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 13, 2014 at 11:54 — No Comments

Auction: Photography - 29 April 2014

Sotheby's auction of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History in London on 29 April 2014 includes a number of lots of photographs. These include: sixty early photographs of Morocco (£45,000-50,000) and a newly-discovered very large 13-part panorama of Shanghai by Henry Cammidge, together with 25 photographs by…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2014 at 7:58 — No Comments

Identification: Early Kodak photographs

Can you help us identify where these photos are from? These are round pictures - scanned from the negatives. Eastman Kodak Company produced these in the late 1880's and they weren't long lived so we're assuming the photos are from that period. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated as we attempt to identify…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2014 at 16:26 — No Comments

Symposium: Platinum and Palladium Photographs – 21-24 October 2014

Platinum and palladium prints are among the most highly valued photographs in today's art and history collections. The wide tonal range and variety of surfaces provided photographers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century a broad palette with which to depict their most important…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

Lecture: Anne Lyden - 12 April

Anne Lyden is to give a talk at 1400 on 12 April 2014 at the National Media Museum, Bradford. She will be talking about Frederick Evans.

Lyden is the newly appointed International Photography Curator of the National Galleries of Scotland (see:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 9, 2014 at 8:20 — No Comments

cfp: Archives 2.0 - Saving the Past, Anticipating the Future / 25 & 26 November - UPDATED

The National Media Museum in Bradford is hosting a two-day conference on the challenges and opportunities around the acquisition and management of archives by cultural institutions. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2014 at 12:35 — No Comments

Henry Van Der Weyde, The Linked Ring and Papier Mache

I have this portrait of a lady signed by Henry Vanderweyde. I have a copy of Margaret Harker's book on The Linked Ring. The portrait is very finely done and of considerable age I estimate pre-1900. I know that Henry Vanderweyde exhibited in the 1870s and that he applied for patents for some of his unique…


Added by Geoff Stewart on April 7, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Online: Dallmeyer lens records

A new online resource reproduces the surviving record books in the Dallmeyer archive held at Brent Archives, covering the period 1863-1902. Although the pages are not searchable the photographs of the pages are relatively simple to search. If you are fortunate you will be able to locate a lens serial number, identify…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 6, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

Publication: The Nicholas Brothers & A. T. W. Penn

The Nicholas Brothers & A. T. W. Penn: photographers of South India 1855–1885 examines the successful studios established by John and James Perratt Nicholas and Albert Penn in Madras and Ootacamund. The text is illustrated with over 100 plates and 150 figures, the majority of which are published here for the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 4, 2014 at 21:00 — No Comments

Publication: Ruskin's lost daguerreotypes

The inspiration for this book was a remarkable purchase made by the authors at a small country auction in 2006 for £75,000 (See:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 4, 2014 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Selling Dreams: One Hundred Years of Fashion Photography

The Photography gallery at London's V&A is showing a special exhibition looking at the history of fashion photography which complements the V&A's major exhibition The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945-2014. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2014 at 13:48 — No Comments

Event: Wet Collodion lecture and demonstration / 10 May

In this lecture the artist/photographer Michael Schaaf will lead you through the wet-collodion process. He’ll discuss the history of collodion photography and its properties and practically demonstrate how it’s done; from the cleaning of the plates, coating with collodion, sensitising, capturing a picture,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Christina Broom - Britain's first female press photographer

In celebration of an important acquisition, the Museum of London is displaying a selection of Christina Broom's photography, highlighting Broom's images of the military in London and kick-starting a programme of events marking the centenary of World War One. The original…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 1, 2014 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Video: Cooke Optics, Leicester

Cooke Optics, formerly Taylor, Taylor & Hobson and then Rank Taylor-Hobson and Rank Optics has a history back to the 1880s. It is still based in Leicester where it continues to make outstanding lenses for still photography and cinematographic use. 

This video shows the process of manufacture and assembly.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 1, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: 'The Golden Age of Photojournalism' - the story of three photographic businesses 1930's - 50's

A fascinating new photographic exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council, tells the story of three Perth photographic businesses at a time when the demand for newspaper photography grew hugely.

The exhibition was put together by Paul Adair Photographic Officer at the…


Added by Will Carleton on March 31, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

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