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Research: Curious Crimean War? Soldiers

Hello,I am looking for information on this albumen photo. I assume it is British, and also assume that these are 1850-1860 era uniforms.

A most curious photo: The gentleman seated on the cobblestones is wearing a fur hat, a paisley robe, and holding a dog! This group looks like it is about…


Added by David McGreevy on February 9, 2016 at 22:30 — No Comments

Gems of Photographic Art by Frith

Greetings all. I am hoping somebody might be able to help me. I am trying to ascertain an accurate printing/publishing date for a photographic album produced by…


Added by Steven Evans on February 6, 2016 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

Job: Collections Information Officer (National Media Museum)

Could you work confidently with historical artefacts, catalogues and collections in a museum or gallery setting? We are looking for a motivated individual who has relevant experience to join our Corporate & Collections Information team as a Collections Information Officer. 

The National Media Museum cares…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 5, 2016 at 18:29 — No Comments

Auction: Photography 1850-2000, Wednesday 7 April. Call for Entries

Dominic Winter Auctioneers now invites further entries for their spring Photography auction. We are still seeking good individual vintage photographs, both old and modern, and good Victorian and later albums, raw footage documentary films, vintage cameras, cased images, lantern slides,…


Added by Chris Albury on February 5, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments

ICON Photographic Materials Group – student bursary for ICON Conference 2016

The ICON Photographic Materials Group are pleased to announce that they will be providing funding for one student to attend the ICON Conference 2016 “Turn and Face the Change”. The bursary will cover the conference fee of £225 plus subsistence and travel expenses up to the value of £150.

To apply for funding…


Added by Sarah Peacock on February 5, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Impressions Gallery Archive to stay in Bradford

Following the announcement that part of the National Photography Collection is to be transferred to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Impressions Gallery confirms that the Impressions Gallery Archive will be staying in Bradford. 

The archive, of over 3,000 artworks and objects, is a significant…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 3, 2016 at 7:53 — No Comments

Livestream: Roger Watson, Curator, Fox Talbot Museum

Roger Watson, curator of the Fox Talbot Museum, is lecturing in the United States and can be seen in a livestream of his lecture on 4 February 2016 at 12.00AM GMT.

AAHD alumnus Roger Watson, BFA 1982, is a curator at Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum, in Lacock, England, Britain's birthplace of photography.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2016 at 15:08 — 2 Comments

National Media Museum changes direction as collections move to V&A London

An historic agreement between the Science Museum Group (SMG) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is set to create the world’s foremost collection on the art of photography according to a press release published by the V&A Museum.

  • World’s leading collection on…

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2016 at 10:30 — 9 Comments

Job: Learning Programme Developer – Interactive Gallery

The National Media Museum is developing an exciting new interactive gallery, in keeping with its core mission to explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies and their impact…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 30, 2016 at 12:57 — No Comments

Obituary: Sir Kenneth Corfield (1924-2016)

Sir Kenneth Corfield, the designer of the Corfield Periflex series and, later, the WA77 and Architect cameras, died on 11 January, aged 91 years. With Brian Gould he ensured that the Gandolfi company survived. He enjoyed a successful career in business as chairman and chief executive of STC. He was a life member of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2016 at 5:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: 'Julia Margaret Cameron' at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Another exhibition to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) from the same source (the Victoria and Albert Museum) as the exhibition I travelled up to Sydney to review last year.

I am always ecstatic when I see her work, no more so than when I view images that I have not seen before, such as that dark, brooding slightly out of…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on January 25, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments


Whilst researching for my proposed book on "Cuthbert Bede" I just happened to try John Moyer Heathcote on the 'net (although I have already a substantial amount of information on him; he was a friend of "Bede" whilst the latter was curate of the combined parishes of Holme-with-Glatton 1850-54) - and up popped, under the British Photographic History site, a quite indistinct photograph by JMH taken c.1852, which the blogger (or anybody else) had no knowledge of its locality - thinking it might…


Added by ALAN GEORGE CLARK on January 22, 2016 at 10:49 — No Comments

Symposium: Julia Margaret Cameron: Victorian Networks, Empire and the History of Photography today

The year 2015 marked the bicentenary of the birth of Calcutta-born photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.  In eight short statements, researchers and curators will reflect on the status of the Victorian photographer in the history of photography at large while also using her work as a springboard to think about the present and the future of an increasingly globally conceived historical field. Besides historiographical contributions, some speakers will contemplate on their previous research on…


Added by Mirjam Brusius on January 20, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Seminar: Photography at the South Kensington Museum

The science Museum has announced the latest in its series of Research Seminars. They are open to students, museum professionals and academics with an interest in the history of science, technology, engineering, medicine and maths; museums, their audiences and collections. Of particular note, on 15 March, Ella…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 14, 2016 at 19:30 — No Comments

Digitisation and the Question of Retouching

The opportunity to digitize a collection such as ours is an amazing thing. It allows for material of local and national interest to be preserved for posterity and to be shared on the internet with a whole world of people who would otherwise have no access to such a unique collection. For us, as researchers of the…


Added by Kath Shawcross on January 12, 2016 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Margaret Watkins - London in the 1930s - Glasgow Exhibition

The Hidden Lane Gallery, Glasgow is showing this work by the Scottish-Canadian photographer Margaret Watkins until the 21st February 2016. The gallery is open Tue-Sat 1100-1700. The work has not been seen before.

07760 669011

1081 Argyle…


Added by David Edge on January 12, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

The Photography Seminar, University of Oxford


Hilary Term 2016

Tuesdays (Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7) – 12:30pm -…


Added by Mirjam Brusius on January 12, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Bernard Alfieri query

I'm looking for some help to learn more about the two photographs pictured here. One is inscribed: "Photography by Bernard Alfieri / Fantastic Figures by S.M. Sulton" or possibly "Sutton."  Bernard Alfieri was a British photographer (1860-1839), mostly a Pictorialist, but these could also quite possibly be by his…


Added by Malcolm Daniel on January 8, 2016 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Conference: Julia Margaret Cameron at 200 / 15 January 2016

This one-day conference at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, will present new research on the pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron's social, religious, colonial and artistic contexts.

International speakers will explore themes such as Cameron’s experimental techniques and exchanges with other…


Added by Marta Weiss on January 8, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

New York Public Library releases 180,000 images in to the public domain

In a blog posting the New York Public Library announced that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections would be available as high-resolution downloads and, in its words 'No permission required, no…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 8, 2016 at 6:30 — No Comments

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