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Auction: 'grey paper album' Fenton on sale / 3 December 2020

A print from an album likely to have been compiled by Roger Fenton is being offered by Chiswick Auctions online on 3 December. The anonymous portrait, by Fenton, comes from the notorious 'grey paper album'. The important album was disbound and each image was offered, and dispersed, individually, at auction between 1977 and 1984.

No record of the album…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 23, 2020 at 18:00 — No Comments

Signing 19th Century Lenses - A Common Practice?

My collection of Grubb Patent Aplanatic Lenses made in Dublin between the 1850s and the 1870s all have micro-engraving with a number at the very edge of the glass lens element to match the engraved or stamped number on the brass barrel of the lens. The purpose behind this is to indicate authenticity and avoid fakes.The writing (for that is what it is) is…


Added by William Fagan on November 22, 2020 at 14:00 — 7 Comments

The nineteenth century's largest glass plate negatives

The largest glass plate negatives produced in the nineteenth-century appear to have been made in Sydney, Australia, in 1875. They were made by the professional photographer Charles Bayliss with the help of a wealthy amateur photographer Bernhard Otto Holtermann, who also funded the project.

Only four of the colossal glass negatives produced by Bayliss…


Added by Geoff Barker on November 20, 2020 at 23:30 — No Comments

Exhibitions: Health and Well-being / Bristol, Arnolfini, from 4 December 2020-February 2021

Bristol's Arnolfini arts space is presenting two photography exhibitions as part of its Health and Well-being series, both come from the Hyman Collection. A picture of health presents a group of women photographers and Jo Spence: from fairy tales to phototherapy presents work held in the Collection. 

The first, brings together a group…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2020 at 11:00 — No Comments

Auction: Dickens daguerreotypes / 17 December 2020

Two daguerreotypes of Charles Dickens and his wife, Catherine, by the London photographer J. J. E. Mayall, are being offered at auction on 17 December 2020. Both are dated c.1853-55 and are estimated £50,000-70,000 and £10,000-20,000 respectively.

Dickens was regularly photographed by Mayall and he wrote about his experiences in his publication…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2020 at 10:59 — 1 Comment

Auction: James Hedderley photographs of London / 15 December 2020

Sworder's London auction is offering a lot of London photographs by James Hedderly. The eight photographs are estimated at £1000.

JAMES HEDDERLY (1814-1885)

a collection of seven photographs of Chelsea before the building of the  Embankment in 1871-3; Old Battersea Bridge (as depicted by Whistler); Chelsea Old…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 19, 2020 at 20:00 — No Comments

cfa: Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme / closes 14 January 2021

On behalf of Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom, Curators of Photography, we would like to bring to your attention our current research opportunities within the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 19, 2020 at 19:57 — No Comments

Auction: Pencil of Nature fascicle on eBay for £20k / closes 23 November 19.23 (GMT) (UPDATED)

If you have a spare £20,000 then one fascicle from William Henry Fox Talbot's The Pencil of Nature (1844-1846) - the first commercially published photographic book - can be yours. The fascicle is illustrated with two calotypes - including one view of Lacock Abbey, and one photogenic drawing of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 19, 2020 at 19:00 — No Comments

Online: Photographic Materials Group round table discussion / 10 December 2020

The Icon Photographic Materials Group is delighted to announce that this year’s fourth Round Table discussion will take place online. We hope that a virtual format will allow more people to attend, nationally and internationally. 

As in previous years, the event will consist of a series of five-minute presentations followed by questions and discussion.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 19, 2020 at 18:30 — No Comments

Website: Laelia Goehr - Photographer

I have recently launched a website about my grandmother, the photographer, Laelia Goehr. Laelia came from Berlin to the UK in 1932 having already been a refugee from Kiev to Berlin in 1921 at the age of 13.

She studied with Bill Brandt in the 1940s and had a successful career. She was published in Picture Post, Lilliput and the Jewish…


Added by Julia Crockatt on November 17, 2020 at 17:00 — No Comments

Publication: What Does Photography Mean to You?

Every week we ask a photographer to describe what photography means to them in less than 5 minutes as a piece of audio. This is then included within the weekly A Photographic Life podcast, presented by Grant Scott. The 88 contributions in this book are edited transcriptions of that audio. Including UK based photographers Paul Trevor, Daniel Meadows,…


Added by Grant Scott on November 16, 2020 at 7:00 — No Comments

Reece Winstone Archive call for volunteer digitisers

The Reece Winstone Archive is planning to become a charitable trust in order to ensure the corpus remains intact...writes John Winstone. We also have a policy of seeing continuing growth. The Archive presently holds 100,000 images of Britain from the 1930s to the 1980s and, in particular, on Bristol. Included in this tally are some 10,000 collected…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 14, 2020 at 16:49 — No Comments

Cinema Museum crowdfunds after government COVID fails to deliver

The Cinema Museum, established three and a half decades ago by Martin Humphries and Ronald Grant, is at once a visitor attraction, heritage site and sporadic cinema. While this means it carries broad appeal to a range of audiences, straddling several sectors has posed a problem when emergency pandemic funding programmes are staunchly siloed.

The venue,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 14, 2020 at 16:45 — No Comments

Kraszna-Kraus Book 2021 Awards call open

The annual Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards recognise individuals or groups of individuals who, in the opinion of the Judges, have made an outstanding original or lasting contribution to the literature of or concerning the art and practice of photography or the moving image. Two winning titles are selected; one in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 14, 2020 at 16:38 — No Comments

Video: On Alinari. International perspectives and methodological reflections study day

The long history of the renowned Alinari photographic firm, founded in 1852 in Florence, reached a turning point in December 2019 as the regional government Regione Toscana acquired the company's millions of photographic objects, documents, specialized publications and historical technical equipment; the acquisition of the digital assets will soon…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 14, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Online talk: Bringing Empire Home: St Andrews and the Global Networks of Victorian Photography / 18 November 2020

The University of Edinburgh's Centre for Global History's seminar series is hosting Dr Luke Gartlan of the University of St Andrews who will be presenting a paper Bringing Empire Home: St Andrews and the Global Networks of Victorian Photography on 18 November at 1600. Registration is free and open to all.  …


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 14, 2020 at 16:17 — No Comments

Online talk: The scoundrel Harry Larkyns and Muybridge / 18 November 2020

Rebecca Gowers uncovered a fascinating story within her family tree - that of Harry Larkyns. She learnt that Harry was an attractive cad who lived a charmed life right up until the moment he fell in love with the wife of noted photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Rebecca will discuss the scoundrel Harry Larkyns and will be joined by our The National Archives…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 13, 2020 at 7:57 — No Comments

Online talk: Roger Fenton and Stonyhurst / 17 November 2020

An online event with Dr Jan Graffius, curator of collections at Stonyhurst College, who will be talking to Gilly Read FRPS about Roger Fenton and his photographs of Stonyhurst and the surrounding countryside.  

Although Roger Fenton (1819-1869) is best known for his images of the Crimean War, he trained as a painter and photographed many varied…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 13, 2020 at 7:51 — No Comments

Auction: Treasure trove of Nasa photos including first selfie in space

“The collection is the most comprehensive private collection of Nasa photographs ever presented at auction, and spans every visual milestone of the space program, from the early days of Mercury, the technical advances of Gemini and lunar orbiter, to the triumphs of Apollo,” Christie’s said …


Added by Joanna Sassoon on November 11, 2020 at 23:30 — No Comments

Video: Photography of Protest and Community' launch

If you missed the launch of 'Photography of Protest and Community' with myself and Wendy Ewald last week you can watch a recording of the event below, courtesy of Street Level Photoworks.…


Added by Noni Stacey on November 11, 2020 at 15:00 — No Comments

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