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British waxed paper users

I am in the early stages of a project designed to establish a database of British users of Gustave le Gray's waxed paper process in the 1850s and would delighted to hear from collectors and curators who might have contemporary salt or albumen prints from waxed paper negatives in their collections. A low res thumbnail of any image would be a very useful addition.

I am interested in the work of any UK-born photographer who used the process, wherever in the world he or she might have…


Added by John Hannavy on September 18, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Auction: Camera obscura 'associated' with Story-Maskelyne

Christie's is to offer a Jones camera obscura associated with Nevil Story-Maskelyn in an auction of Travel and Science on 8 October 2014. It is estimated at £4000-6000. The camera obscura was previously offered by Christie's in 2012 when it sold for £15,000 ($24,180) including buyer's premium and VAT.and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2014 at 7:17 — No Comments

Website: London photography exhibitions and events

Hemera, a London based curatorial collective specialising in photography, has just launched the London Photography Diary,  a website dedicated to listing photography exhibitions, events, and conferences in London:…


Added by Ashley Lumb on September 12, 2014 at 21:30 — No Comments

Derby Studio discovers cache of unseen negatives

The Derby Telegraph reports  that the Winters studio, Derby, has discovered a cache of previously unknown negatives and is looking for volunteers to helps conserve and digitise them, as it makes its archive available. It notes: Thousands of glass plate negatives are stacked in a cold, damp cellar – but even the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 12, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Auction: J D Llewelyn album

Sotheby's New York is to offer an album of photographs by John Dilwyn Llewelyn from the collection of Paul Walter on 30 September. This album comes originally from the collection of the photographer’s granddaughter, the ‘Mrs. Crichton’ referenced on the title page (née Emma Charlotte Llewelyn).  It was among a rich…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 12, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

Auction: Rejlander album (UPDATE 2)

Following on from the recent BPH exclusive news of the auction of a Rejlander album of 70 prints the complete album is now available to view online as a page-turning version. Click the link here to access it:

The auction viewing is Tuesday…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 12, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Black Chronicles II

Autograph ABP presents Black Chronicles II, a new exhibition exploring black presences in 19th and early 20th century Britain, through the prism of studio portraiture – continuing its mission of writing black photographic history. 

Drawing on the metaphor of the chronicle the exhibition…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Honoured: Gordon and Pepper receive RPS Awards

The Royal Photographic Society presented two British curators and photo-historians with awards last night at a ceremony in London. Dr Sophie Gordon, Senior Curator of Photographs at Royal Collection Trust, received the Colin Ford Award which is given to honour an individual who has contributed in a major way to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 10, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Fair: London Photograph Fair, 14 September 2014

The next London Photograph Fair takes place on Sunday, 14 September, at the Holiday Inn, Coram St, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1HT from 11am to 4pm. Admission: £5; tickets on the door. For a full exhibitor list and further information go to …


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2014 at 7:01 — No Comments

Auction: Art of Imperial India. Photographs of Imperial India and Southeast Asia, 8 October 2014

Sotheby’s is to auction a magnificent collection of 31 albums, containing over 2,000 photographs of India and Southeast Asia, assembled by the distinguished Indian art historian, collector, and dealer, Sven Gahlin during the 1960s.Apart from 8 individual photographs which were exhibited at the Photographers’ Gallery in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection (UPDATED)

Treasures from the world’s oldest surviving photographic society are to go on display in South Kensington, the site of one of the UK’s first ever public exhibitions of photography. Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection  will show at the Science Museum's Media Space gallery from 2 December…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2014 at 16:26 — No Comments

Exhibition: Make Life Worth Living: Nick Hedges’ Photographs for Shelter, 1968-72

A hard-hitting collection of photographs taken by Nick Hedges for Shelter between 1968 and 1972 are to be shown together for the first time in a new exhibition in the Virgin Media Studio, Media Space, London, from 2 October 2014-18 January 2015. 

Commissioned by housing…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 5, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Essay Prize for photographic history announced

The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group has announced an essay prize for younger photographic historians. The competition has been funded to promote interest in the history of photography amongst students and researchers and is open to anyone who will be aged under 25 years on 28 February…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

Aboriginal image identification

Hello. A group of us in Australia are trying to work out the identity of this Aboriginal girl, location in Australia, date of this tin type, photographer/studio ...  - all thoughts/information very welcome. 

Currently haven't obtained any further information than the article - link…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2014 at 12:49 — 1 Comment

Coxhead Bros.

This carte de visite by the Coxhead Brothers of Dunedin and Invercargill, New Zealand shows a subject type I have not seen before from this era. It shows a doll in period costume posed with miniature furniture, perhaps Catherine of Aragon or her daughter Mary I of England.  

The brothers Frank Arnold…


Added by Tony Rackstraw on August 30, 2014 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Event: Platinum and Palladium Photographs Symposium and Tours!

Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to learn from an interdisciplinary and international team of distinguished photograph historians, scientists, and conservators who will present groundbreaking information about historic and contemporary platinum and palladium photography in Washington, D.C. at the…


Added by Alisha Chipman on August 28, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Research: Archive accessions

The National Archives (TNA) keeps a year-by-year track of UK (+ Channel Islands) accessions to archives, categorised by subject. There were two directly photo-history related accessions in 2013: 

Kingston Museum and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 27, 2014 at 17:58 — No Comments

Consultancy: Print Sales Feasibility Study

The Northern Photography Consortium (NPC) is a group of 6 organisations funded by Arts Council England’s Catalyst programme: Impressions Gallery, Open Eye Gallery, Amber Side, Redeye, Look Festival and North East Photography Network. A key aim of the Catalyst programme is to support arts organisations to diversify their…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 27, 2014 at 17:45 — No Comments

Iago is Art Everywhere

BPH reported in July about the project to put art in to public spaces. Julia Margaret Cameron's Iago is one of the artworks to be featured (see: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 27, 2014 at 7:02 — 2 Comments

Call for Papers: Photography and Migration Conference at Colby College

On April 24-25, 2015, scholars, artists, students, and members of the Waterville community will come together at Colby College to interrogate the relationship between photography and migration. This conference is one of many events taking place at Colby that address the college-wide humanities theme in 2014-2015,…


Added by Tanya Sheehan on August 26, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

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