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New stereoscopy from the London Stereoscopic Company

Our friends at the (new) London Stereoscopic Company have launched Victorian Gems a selection of high quality Victorian stereographs and viewer. It was shown at the National Stereoscopic Association convention last week so we've yet to see the set but based on the LSC's past products we're not going to be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Talks: National Gallery does photography

London's National gallery has a series of six interactive lunchtime lectures around the subject of photography designed to investigate how photography has shaped both the Gallery and the history of Western European painting.

Find out more here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2015 at 19:59 — No Comments

Exhibition: Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate - Photographs from the Edward Reeves archive

Edward Reeves took up photography c.1855. Today his great-grandson Tom is still running the business in the High Street in Lewes. The Edward Reeves Studio, situated at 159 High Street is believed to be the oldest continuously operated photographic studio in the world.

Today it houses an archive of over 100,000…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2015 at 19:39 — No Comments

Publication: The Photographs of Lewis Carroll. A catalogue raisonné

Renowned for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was also one of the most important amateur photographers of the Victorian era and the period's finest photographer of children. This new book by Edward Wakeling, perhaps the world's leading Carroll scholar, presents…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 24, 2015 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Dissertation on Bailey, Duffy and Donovan

Hi. I am a mature student studying Photographic Media at Blackburn University. I am starting my third and final year for my BA honours degree. I am writing my dissertation on the trio David Bailey, Brain Duffy and Terence Donovan, so any help and pointers would be much appreciated :-)

Added by shaun Richardson on August 23, 2015 at 19:35 — 1 Comment

Workshop: making negatives from digital files

The Royal Photographic Society's Archaeology and Heritage Group is holding a workshop on making negatives for printing by alternative processes or traditional methods from digital files. It is led by Peter Moseley. 

This introductory workshop  covers the essential steps in creating…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 19, 2015 at 8:06 — No Comments

Nordstrom appointed to St Andrews Special Collections role

Rachel Nordstrom has been appointed Photographic Collections Manager at the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections Division. She replaces Marc Boulay who returned to Canada earlier this year. She has taken on the leadership of the Photographic Collections team and will soon be recruiting for a new…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2015 at 19:30 — No Comments

Research help: Identify John Piper photographs

Thousands of pictures taken by British artist John Piper have been published by the Tate Archive. But while many of the locations were documented by Piper when Tate…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 12, 2015 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Pauline Heathcote Archive at Bromley House

Bromley House, a private members library in Nottingham City centre has an interesting photographic history. It was the home of one of the first commercial photographic studios in the country when Alfred Barber opened a daguerreotype studio in 1841 under licence from Richard Beard.

The late Pauline Heathcote…


Added by Eric Butler on August 12, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Digitisation: Olive Edis Collection secures £81,000 HLF grant

Olive Edis photographed people from all walks of life, was the first to capture Canada in colour and gave an incredible insight into the First World War. Now a new project made possible by National Lottery players is turning the…

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 12, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Daguerreian Society Annual - Call for Articles

The Daguerreian Society is seeking authors and articles for the next Daguerreian Society Annual. The mission of the Society includes all early photographic processes up to ca 1870, as well as contemporary Daguerreians. We are particularly interested in including more international content, and articles about photographic processes, personalities and events in addition to our traditional foundation of daguerreotypes to reflect our broader mission. Please contact Mark Johnson…


Added by Jeremy on August 10, 2015 at 15:42 — No Comments

2015 Daguerreian Society Symposium

The 2015 Daguerreian Society Symposium will be held November 5 – 9 in Los Angeles, California at the Pasadena  Hilton is on the horizon. Thursday is a tour of the Getty and the “In Focus: Daguerreotypes exhibition. The Getty will be hosting us for a lecture and public reception Thursday evening.


Friday is our presentation day with sessions by Sarah Allen, Cybele Gontar, Michael Lehr, Grant Romer, John Stauffer, and Jack and Beverly Wilgus. See the program for…


Added by Jeremy on August 10, 2015 at 15:41 — No Comments

Publication: Photography for Eveyone: The Cultural Lives of Cameras and Consumers

With the summer holidays upon us it's time to catch up on some reading. This new publication which BPH came across by chance a few weeks ago and purchased is a much needed study of an overlooked subject, from a country which has done so much to influence photography.Highly recommended!

The Japanese passion for…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 10, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Audio or video recordings of lectures

Is it possible for organisers or planners of conferences and lectures to have the speakers recorded on video? For the many readers who cannot attend these events it would be a way to keep updated. The lecture by Prof. Scharf recently was absolutely superb and I am sure there are ways to do this. Thanks, Vivienne Silver-Brody

Added by Vivienne Silver-Brody on August 10, 2015 at 11:11 — 1 Comment

Icon PhMG event - Photography: A Victorian Sensation in Focus

Icon Photographic Materials Group, Icon Scotland Group and National Museums Scotland are proud to present:

Photography: A Victorian Sensation in Focus

An afternoon of talks exploring the challenges addressed in the curation, conservation and design of a major exhibition of photographic material.

Date: 15th September 2015

Time: 12.45 – 17.00 (+ optional Icon PhMG AGM: 10.30; exhibition ticket pick-up from 10.00 onwards)



Added by Sarah Peacock on August 8, 2015 at 8:27 — No Comments

Icon Photographic Materials Group AGM 2015

Icon Photographic Materials Group will be holding its AGM on the morning of the 15th September 2015 at the National Museum of Scotland. If you would like to attend, then please email us at and reserve your place as spaces are limited.

Please note, the venue for the event, the Dunfermline Room, is set out in a lecture room layout. While there is lift access to the floor where the room is located, the banked seating…


Added by Sarah Peacock on August 8, 2015 at 8:25 — No Comments

Tempest Anderson: Pioneer of Volcano Photography

The Public Domain Review carries an interesting article on photographs from the collection of Tempest Anderson, the pioneering Victorian volcanologist. It is written by Pat Hadley, Sarah King and Stuart Ogilvy from The Yorkshire Museum (York Museums Trust) which holds a collection of 5000 lantern slides which…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 7, 2015 at 15:47 — No Comments

Exhibition: Bloom

Rare folios of cyanotypes by 19th century British naturalist and early photographer Anna Atkins, held in the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ collection, have inspired a new display by artist and academic Edward Chell.

Chell’s fascination with collecting and classification led him to these folios and in Bloom…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2015 at 19:19 — No Comments

Research: Mourning photo.

Hello, I was hoping someone here can help me identify or understand this recently acquired albumen photo.I believe it is British, and shows a man, a dog, and a dead bird. Can't really tell what's going on here...Was the bird a pet-parrot perhaps? did the dog kill it? or is this a hunting photo?

Is the man…


Added by David McGreevy on July 31, 2015 at 18:00 — 14 Comments

Review: Alvin Langdon Coburn by Pam Roberts

This beautifully bound, large-format, 296 page hardcover book was written by Pamela Roberts to accompany her exhibition based on the unique contribution to the developing photographic aesthetics made by the pioneering artistic photographer Alvin Landon Coburn. Having been unveiled at Fundacion Mapfre in Madrid, the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 29, 2015 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

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