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Photographic Collections Network appoints staff

The newly formed Photographic Collections Network has appointed staff who will be taking the PCN forward over the next 15 months, supported by the steering committee. They are:

  • Paul Herrmann, Manager…

Added by Michael Pritchard on February 20, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

Events: Helen Muspratt, photographer

There are a number of events, talks and exhibitions taking place across the United Kingdom that include the photography of Helen Muspratt throughout 2017. 

Glasgow School of Art: 4 March - 27 May: Exhibition: Franki Raffles “Observing Women at Work”

Two of Helen Muspratt’s photographs of women…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2017 at 11:36 — No Comments

Exhibition: Shadows of War Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855

Shadows of War is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Roger Fenton's pioneering photographs of the Crimean War, taken in 1855. Fenton was already an accomplished and respected photographer when he was sent by the publishers Agnew's to photograph a war that pitched Britain, France and Turkey as allies…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2017 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Tracking down a Wet Plate Camera for a University Filmmaking Project

Hello everyone, I am a Kingston University filmmaking student in my third year and I am trying to track down a wet plate camera for my final project. We are making a film inspired by these portraits of hidden mothers. (linked below)

The film is about these beguiling sittings. We plan to…


Added by Flo Wallace on February 17, 2017 at 10:00 — 4 Comments

Course: Preservation of Photograph Collections / 29-31 March

During this 3-day workshop participants will learn about the deterioration affiliated with the various photographic processes. Storage, housing and exhibition guidelines will be discussed for negatives, 19th Century photographs and for modern and contemporary processes. During course practicals participants will view…


Added by Clara von Waldthausen on February 13, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Workshop: Magic Lantern and Science / 17 March 2017

The Constructing Scientific Communities ( and the Million Pictures projects ( are pleased to announce a special workshop, hosted at…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 10, 2017 at 19:19 — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: William Henry Fox Talbot catalogue raisonné beta available

The pre-launch beta version of the William Henry Fox Talbot catalogue raisonné is now available in advance of the formal launch announcement on Friday, 10 February - the day before what would have been Talbot's 217th birthday on 11 February.

At the time of writing there are some 1345 searchable records but this…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 8, 2017 at 6:58 — No Comments

Hill and Adamson's Rock House, Edinburgh, sold

BPH reported in September 2016 that Rock House, Edinburgh, was up for sale. After an extended period Rock House has finally sold for more than £1.7 million. The new owner wishes to remain…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 8, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Course: Shooting War: Photography, History, Representation / 21 February

From the sepia-toned mass graves of the American Civil War to today’s drone shots of the destroyed Syrian city of Aleppo, war photographs have shaped and continue to inform our understanding of human conflict.  Far from neutral, war photographs challenge our sense of humanity in a complex exchange between ‘taking’ and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2017 at 10:08 — No Comments

Publication: Making KODAK Film, 2nd Edition is available for a limited time

Books from the fourth printing are now available.  Demand for the book has been much greater than expected. Since it was first offered in October, 2016, three printings have been totally sold out. The quality of the books from the four printings are indistinguishable. I personally inspect, sign,…


Added by Robert Shanebrook on January 30, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Britain in Focus: A Photographic History / 17 March-25 June 2017

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History is a major new exhibition at the National Media Museum, exploring the fascinating and remarkable history of British photography; from everyday snapshots to world-renowned iconic images. It partners a three-part…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2017 at 19:59 — No Comments

The Spirit of Rex - or Jiggery-Pokery?

I am in the process of cataloguing a very large - c.4500 - collection of medium format negatives that, I believe, were taken by Mr. J. G. Combes of Lincoln, and have discovered one negative in particular that is puzzling me.

The image is that of two ladies, one seated, one standing, posing on a garden path at an…


Added by Michael Holden on January 26, 2017 at 9:00 — 6 Comments

Photobooks: Developing Photopoetry

A project organised by the University of St Andrews, 'Developing Photopoetry brings together more than 60 photographically illustrated poetry books from 1856-1921, spanning more than half a century of interactions between poets and photographers from both Britain and America.

"By digitising and…


Added by Tom Ruffles ARPS on January 23, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

DVD: Fay Godwin: Don't Fence Me In

Don't Fence Me In provides an entire career retrospective, made with the enthusiastic cooperation of Fay Godwin, filming from 2001 until 2005, which turned out to be the last five years of her life. She graduated from taking family snaps to documenting Camden social services, followed by a remarkable sequence of literary portraits, before moving on to landscape photography for a series of walkers' books which evolved into photographic collaborations with major writers, notably Ted…


Added by Paul Hill on January 23, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Exhibition and event: Fay Godwin - The Drovers' Roads of Wales and other photographs

Fay Godwin - The Drovers' Roads of Wales and other photographs is being shown as MOMA MACHYNLLETH opening at 11am on Saturday, 18 February 2017 and runs until 1st April,…


Added by Paul Hill on January 23, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Conference: Photo Archives VI: The Place of Photography / 20-21 April 2017

This conference investigates photographs and photographic archives in relation to notions of place. In this context, place is used to explore both the physical location of a photograph or archive, as well as the place of photography as a discursive practice with regard to its value or significance as a method of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2017 at 14:54 — No Comments

Research: Dr John Lee FRS, FRAS astronomer, Hartwell House, unrecorded ambrotypes?

I am researching these two ambrotypes, recently acquired through eBay. They appear to be images of John Lee, Astronomer, Numismatist, 1858 and 1861, antiquarian, philosopher, et al. of Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire.

I can only find one actual photographic image of Dr. Lee, an apparent albumen, via the…


Added by David McGreevy on January 21, 2017 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

cfp: Photographs Beyond Ruins: Women and Photography in Africa / 14 July 2017

This symposium marks the opening of ‘Usakos – Photographs Beyond Ruins: The Old Location albums, 1920s-1960s’, an exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London. The exhibition centres on three private collections of historic photographs preserved and curated by four women residents of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2017 at 8:24 — No Comments

cfp: Images, Copyright, & the Public Domain in the 19th Century

A combination of technological, cultural, and economic factors during the “long” nineteenth century made images more readily available in a wider range of media than ever before. These transformations raised new questions about the ownership and use of images.

Working in the new field…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Photohistory 'long reads' daily to your door On This Date In Photography.

On This Date In Photography presents an event that happened, or is happening, on the date of posting. Journalistic, not necessarily academic, it aims to broaden the interests of devotees of photography, with some posts specifically on British photo history, others more wide ranging.

Written on the day, of the day, your news of upcoming items for potential content, or other input, is most welcome.

(It's a 'labour…


Added by James McArdle on January 16, 2017 at 22:24 — 3 Comments

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