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Auction: Photography - 5 March 2015

Bloomsbury Auctions is holding an auction next week which includes a significant number of nineteenth century photographs from W H F Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, and other significant British and French photographers. The catalogue can be seen…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

History: Environmental Portraits Around 1981 London

Although more than a thousand of my Autumn 1981 Britain-taken photos went missing between 1981 and mid-1987, I still have enough of my Britain-taken images in my possession for a decent portfolio of work. Included in that portfolio are quite a few environmental portraits I took around…

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Added by David Joseph Marcou on February 28, 2015 at 1:00 — No Comments

History: The Day I Photographed Bert Hardy

I photographed Bert Hardy, the great Picture Post photojournalist, at the same time as our second-ever interview at his Surrey estate in late November 1981, as per the Hardy's wishes. I only have two remaining photo-portraits of him from among several I took of him that day. My second now ex-wife…

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Added by David Joseph Marcou on February 27, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Stereo Daguerrotype

I have a beautiful stereo Dag, written on the back in pencil is "Flight into Egypt". The subject is Mary and baby Jesus on an ass, the material is white, could be marble or porcelain and there is nothing to indicate scale. I have searched the internet for the subject without luck, but somebody thought it worth…

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Added by Don Baldwin on February 27, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Stereoscopic images today?

I have recently acquired a beautiful Gaumont Stereoscopic Camera, which seems to be in working order - the shutters click very satisfyingly, anyway.The camera comes with 12 plate holders which presumably held the unexposed film. Does anyone know what was loaded into the plate holders - sensitised glass plates or film? Can this be sourced today? I'd love to get the camera functioning again, and to capture a stereoscopic image. Is this possible?

Terry Pattison, Dublin, Ireland

Added by terry pattison on February 27, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Recollection: Photographing a London Children’s Day Centre,1981

Although I didn’t fully realize it in Autumn 1981 when I was a member of the Missouri-London Reporting Team and a London Sunday Times Intern, one assignment I chose for myself (not part of the regular writing program, which was directed by John H. Whale) was to photograph a children’s day centre in…

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Added by David Joseph Marcou on February 26, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Blog: Photography and the Science Museum

The Science Museum Group's Head of Photography, Kate Bush, looks at the history of the Science Museum Group’s photography collections.The blog can be found…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2015 at 19:46 — No Comments

'Last chance' export ban on Rejlander album

An album of seventy photographs by Oscar Gustav Rejlander, one of the most important photographers of the 19th century is at risk of export unless a UK buyer can be found. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on the album of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2015 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Photography's default history is told as art – it shouldn't be

We all think we know what photographs are, and why we have them...writes Elizabeth Edwards…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2015 at 21:00 — No Comments

Prototype Ticka camera

Houghton's Ticka camera is a well-known collectible made by Houghtons Ltd and introduced c.1905. Collector and Special Auction Services camera specialist Jonathan Brown recent came across a previously unknown prototype Ticka from c1929 in a local…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments

Research: Could these be Charles Dodgson Photos?

I am researching these 2 photos, mounted back to back, from a British album dated 1858-1860.  They appear to show a boy's prep school with many students, a curious tree/metal sculpture or scientific apparatus, and a military bridge- building structure.

Both are arch-topped albumen prints, 196 x 146…

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Added by David McGreevy on February 18, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments

Website: launch of britishphotography.org

Claire and James Hyman have launched their new website devoted to British Photography which presents British Photographs from the Hyman Collection. The website is intended as an educational resource that reflects our ongoing commitment to supporting and promoting photography in Britain.

Claire and I both…

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Added by James Hyman on February 18, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Publications: Photography in India

In November 2014 Christopher Penn published The Herklots folder of Photographs, his third book about photography in South India in the nineteenth century.  His first, In pursuit of the past, containing 333 A5 pages and 68 illustrations, starts like a ‘Who do you think you are?’ story…

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Added by Christopher Frederick Penn on February 18, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Library of Birmingham - an update

There have been reports in the press suggesting that the Library of Birmingham photography collections have been 'saved'.  This is not the case and the following statement helpful:

Dr Michael Pritchard, Director-General, The Royal Photographic Society commented: "Having sought clarification about the situation…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 16, 2015 at 19:00 — No Comments

Collaborative Doctoral Award: The History of the Photographic Picture Postcard

The Department of History, University of Nottingham, in partnership with the British Museum invites applications from suitably qualified UK/EU candidates for a full-time 3-year Collaborative Doctoral Award, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, to conduct research on the theme: ‘Site-Seeing: Postcards…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 15, 2015 at 22:38 — No Comments

Exhibition: Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography

New York Public Library's exhibition Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography is a fascinating history of photography based on its own holdings of books, printed materials and photographs. The exhibition includes plenty British material from Talbot's Pencil of Nature and an Anna Atkins album to Frith's…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 15, 2015 at 15:45 — No Comments

PhD scholarship: Photographic History Research Centre

A PhD research scholarship including stipend and tuition fee costs is offered within the Photographic History Research Centre in the School of Humanities. It is available to UK or EU students who are suitably qualified and have outstanding potential as a researcher.

Applications are invited for projects that…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 15, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Auction: Reports by the Juries / Talbot

Bonhams auction of Fine Books and photographs on 18 March 2015 includes a set of Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, 1851, including 154 mounted Calotypes. The nine volume set is a presentation set for Richard Cobden, one of the Commissioners. It is estimated at…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 11, 2015 at 19:44 — No Comments

Publication: Carrying Off the Palaces: John Ruskin's Lost Daguerreotypes

This long-awaited book from Ken and Jenny Jacobson will be published on 19 March. The inspiration for the book was a remarkable discovery made by the authors at a small country auction in 2006 (See:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 11, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Auction: Daguerreotype of The Monument, London

New York auction house Swann Gallery's upcoming auction of Fine Photography on 19 February 2015 includes a ninth-plate daguerreotype of The Monument in the City of London. 

The lot description is here: 

Sale 2374 Lot 3

(CASED IMAGE) 

Ninth-plate daguerreotype of London's iconic Monument…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 9, 2015 at 18:07 — No Comments

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