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Sarah Angelina Acland honoured

Sarah Angelina Acland, the pioneer colour photographer, was honoured yesterday with a blue plaque on the property at 10 Park Town, Oxford, where she was living at her death. The plaque was initiated by the Oxfordshire Blue Plaques Board and was supported by the Royal Photographic Society, Giles Hudson and others.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2016 at 7:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Camera Exposed at the V&A

This summer the V&A will present a display of over 120 photographs that explore the camera as subject. People are taking more photographs today than ever before, but as they increasingly rely on smartphones, the traditional device is disappearing from sight. 

The Camera…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Vernon Heath Photograph

I have this Vernon Heath albumen photograph in my possession that I purchased about seven years ago here in New England. It's in its original frame and the photograph itself measures 19 1/4" h x 26 1/4"w. It's possible that this example is an enlargement from a smaller glass negative as I'm aware of…

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Added by John Minichiello on July 21, 2016 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

St Andrews Photography Festival programme - download the brochure

The full programme for the St Andrews Photography Festival, Celebrating 175 years of Scottish Photography in the home of Scottish Photography, which takes place from 1 August-11 September can now be…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 19, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

Early Photos of the Houses of Parliament

I'm working on a project with the architectural historian, David Blissett, who is currently writing a biography of the English Victorian architect Charles Barry.  Barry designed the Houses of Parliament in London and David is trying to locate any early photos of the Houses of Parliament (i.e. under construction…

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Added by Pete James on July 17, 2016 at 11:30 — 8 Comments

Earliest Kodak film acquired

The George Eastman Museum recently purchased the only known box of Kodak Film for use in the Kodak camera (sometimes called American Film), introduced by the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company in 1888, and one of only three known boxes of Kodak…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

St Andrews Photography Festival programme revealed - UPDATED

The first annual St Andrews Photography Festival, which is set to celebrate the role and legacy of the town’s pioneers of photography from August 1, has revealed details of its headlining exhibitions and events.

UPDATED: The full programme can be…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2016 at 21:00 — No Comments

cfp: Stereo and Immersive Media / Photography and Sound Research 2016

The International Conference Stereo & Immersive Media 2016 aims to gather researchers, artists, curators, and archivists working on visual and sound media renowned for their immersive features.

“Stereo” environments (stereoscopic and stereophonic) have been widening the fields of photography and sound since…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 12, 2016 at 19:42 — No Comments

cfp: Women in cinema 1895-1920

The 11th Seminar on the Origins and History of Cinema will have the theme of: Presences and Representations of Women in the Early Years of Cinema 1895-1920 and will take place in Girona, on Thursday 30th and Friday 31st of March, 2017. Details of the call for papers can…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 12, 2016 at 19:35 — No Comments

Research: South Kensington Museum Albumen photo

Greetings. I am looking for information about this albumen photo, a student art room at the South Kensington Museum, which became part of the V&A. It has a Letterpress description, and the blindstamps of both the museum (Loan), and of the photographers Cundall and Downes.

The V&A has an exact copy, and…

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Added by David McGreevy on July 12, 2016 at 0:30 — 11 Comments

Obituary: Beryl Vosburgh née Roques (1932-2016) - UPDATED 2

Beryl Diana Vosburgh, who for many years ran Jubilee Photographica, a shop selling old photographs and photographic equipment, in Pierrepoint Row, Camden Passage, London, died on 6 July 2016.

Beryl was a familiar face at the early auctions of photography and the name 'Jubilee' would be heard repeatedly in the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2016 at 7:00 — 5 Comments

Call for Applications: 2016 DGPh History of Photography Research Award

The History and Archives section of the German Photographic Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie, DGPh) has recognised scientific research in the history and theory of photography since 1978.

The DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2016 will be open for all elements of research into…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2016 at 7:00 — No Comments

Robert Howlett Biography

In 2015 I rediscovered the grave of Victorian photographer Robert Howlett and started researching his short life with the intention of producing his comprehensive biography.  As a consequence of his early death he left no will, diary, family documents or artefacts so this has been a considerable uphill…

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Added by Rose Teanby on July 5, 2016 at 19:00 — 2 Comments

Research: James Valentine and Daguerreotype photography

I am researching the Scottish photographer James Valentine (1815-1879) with the goal of a publication in mind. I would therefore welcome information on James Valentine specifically related to his earliest involvement in photography. Of particular interest to me is a comment in one of his…

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Added by Ken Hall on July 4, 2016 at 8:30 — 6 Comments

Auction: Mike Simkin Magic Lantern Collection / 7 July 2016

This remarkable collection grew from Mike Simkin’s fascination with the pre-cinema moving image, with many fine rarities in every area: optical toys, magic lanterns, illuminants, books, catalogues and ephemera rounded off by the huge slide collection. Predominantly mahogany-mounted and hand-painted, it…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 4, 2016 at 7:04 — No Comments

St Andrews Photography Festival: events

St Andrews Photography Festival has announced several events of interest to BPH readers. First up, on 1 August Dr Alison Morrison-Low will discuss the work of Dr John Adamson. View this and others at the Festival's Facebook page: …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 1, 2016 at 7:47 — No Comments

Radio: The Invention of Photography / 7 July 2016

BBC Radio 4's In Our Time programme will look at the invention of photography on 7 July 2016. Melvyn Bragg and guests, Elizabeth Edwards, Alison Morrison-Low and Simon Schaffer, will discuss the development of photography in the 1830s, when techniques for 'drawing with light' evolved to the stage where, in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2016 at 19:20 — No Comments

Auction: Arthur E Morton early colour and kinematography

Special Auction Services of Newbury is to auction a group of material relating to Arthur E Morton FRPS, a pioneer of early colour photography, both still and moving. He was an exponent of Autochrome and Paget colour process and Kinemacolour.  

The full catalogue which also includes the exceptional Mike Simkin…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2016 at 7:03 — No Comments

Bourne & Shepard Kolkata studio closes

I have just found out that the Bourne and Shepard Photo studio in Kolkata has closed. For more information:…

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Added by Eric Butler on June 26, 2016 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

Vintage Photo Books

Several months ago, I acquired a number of very old British photo books at auction.  Plan to donate them to the library at Southern Methodist University.  Problem is that I have no way of ascertaining their value as can find no listings anywhere.  Any help or suggestions on how to proceed would be appreciated.  They include:

Yearbook of Photography 1867; G. Warton Simpson, editor; Office of Photographic News, publisher.

Yearbook of Photography 1881; H. Barden Pritchard, editor;…

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Added by Jerry Comer on June 25, 2016 at 19:11 — 1 Comment

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