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Event: James Brimble - photographer and author of London’s Epping Forest / Chingford, 19 September 2019

Gary Stone will be talking about the photographer James A Brimble, author of London’s Epping Forest and owner of Brimble’s bookshop/newsagent in Chingford from the 1940s-70s. Brimble was a member of the Royal Photographic Society from 1941 and Associate from 1942. The talk takes place at Chingford Historical Society, on 19 September, in Chingford,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2019 at 17:30 — No Comments

Job: Chief Executive, The Royal Photographic Society / closes 2 September

The Trustees are seeking to appoint a new Chief Executive to lead the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). This prestigious Society, established in 1853, exists to educate members of the public by increasing their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of photography and in doing so to promote the highest standards of accomplishment in this art…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 17, 2019 at 13:27 — No Comments


I must firstly apologise that this is not a British photographic enquiry, but I would be very grateful to know whether any members might have ready access either to hard copies or to an online resource of French local trade directories - les annuaires commerciaux.  The localities concerned are specifically Le Touquet and Nice, covering the period between 1920 and 1940.  During this time a firm of street photographers - Philo-Ciné - took pictures of passers by, including…


Added by Peter Klein on August 14, 2019 at 18:51 — 3 Comments

Did Roger Fenton pose as a French Officer in one of his Crimean Group Portraits?

This is my third recent post that concerns Roger Fenton and his Crimean War connections. In the first, I showed…


Added by David Robert Jones on August 11, 2019 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Roger Fenton’s Second Photographic Van

Further to my last post to the blog, I would like to add that Roger Fenton sold the photographic van he took with him to the Crimea in 1855 for £35 just before he left Balaklava to return home. However, he commissioned another when he got back to England and in the summer of 1856 set off with it to photograph landscapes in Scotland.

This new van was…


Added by David Robert Jones on August 11, 2019 at 7:39 — 1 Comment

Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair / 1 December 2019

I am organising a Vintage Photograph Fair, to be held at the Bristol headquarters of the Royal Photographic Society. It will showcase a wide range of fine vintage photographs for sale, from leading photograph dealers in the UK and Europe.

Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair …


Added by Hugh Ashley Rayner on August 9, 2019 at 12:30 — No Comments

Roger Fenton’s Photographic Van discovered in more of his Crimean War Images

Many of us will be familiar with Roger Fenton’s much reproduced photograph of his photographic van, which features Marcus Sparling, his chief assistant the Crimea, sitting on the box seat (see right). The left side of the van also appears in Fenton’s group portrait of cavalry personnel in the image entitled Cooking House,…


Added by David Robert Jones on August 8, 2019 at 8:30 — No Comments

Job: Assistant Curator, Photographs / London: V&A, closes 9 September 2019

The V&A is advertising for an Assistant Curator, Photographs, to replace Catherine Troiano who has moved to a curatorial role at the National Trust. Applications are required by 9 September…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 6, 2019 at 15:56 — No Comments

Information: Searching for Photographer Paul Cordes

This Paul Cordes (1893-1979) photo and more info on the photographer has been sent to me from the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA who are also looking for any info the new details and continued…


Added by Will Carleton on August 6, 2019 at 6:30 — No Comments

News UK photo archive lands regular feature in The Times

PAN reader Michael-John Jennings the Picture Librarian at News UK is supplying a monthly from the photo archive to The Times newspaper online and tablet editions. MJ told PAN "The aim being to promote our superb archive but also provide some unique content which directly relates to the current news agenda. The readers…


Added by Will Carleton on August 5, 2019 at 9:00 — No Comments

Photography fair: Dialogue / Amsterdam, 21 September 2019

The Netherlands has until now lacked a meeting point for vintage photography. Inspired by the famous Frido Troost (1960-2013), whose Institute of Concrete Matter, offered a space where collectors, curators and photographers could meet and have extraordinary encounters and dialogues on photography, two curators and three collectors have…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 3, 2019 at 17:30 — No Comments

Search: Missing Sherlock Holmes films sought

UCLA Film & Television Archive, the second-largest archive in the U.S. after the Library of Congress, and the Baker Street Irregulars (BSI), the foremost Sherlock Holmes society in the U.S., are mounting a world-wide search for lost Sherlock Holmes films. Famed actor Robert Downey, Jr., who has portrayed Sherlock Holmes on screen in two films, with a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2019 at 11:28 — No Comments

Madeira Museum of Photography reopens after €1.7m refurbishment

The Madeira Museum of Photography - Atelier Vicente's - the only museum in Portugal entirely dedicated to photography, reopened on 29 July, after a five years and 1.7 million euros of work.

We are talking about a nineteenth-century photography studio, the oldest in the country, which has gone through four generations of the same family. We…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2019 at 11:21 — No Comments

Mike Ware donates his book collection to the John Rylands library

In a Facebook post the chemist and photographic historian Dr Mike Ware confirmed that he had donated his library to the John Rylands library, Manchester. Ware has applied his background as a chemist and scientist to photographic history, particularly on a series of projects at the then National Media Museum and most recently on the platinum process. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Theoretical Sharpness / Lauder, 5-8 August 2019

Thirlestane Castle will showcase a new photography exhibition featuring works by Frederick Maitland, the 14th Earl of Lauderdale (18658-1931), curated by Sam Cornwell. The exhibition will be displayed in a new event space, the 'Vaulted…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2019 at 10:17 — No Comments

cfp: The Post-photographic Apparatus / Lucerne: 14-15 November 2019, deadline 31 August 2019

Previous post-photographic discourses have primarily focused on the transformations of photographic images. In the framework of our research on post-photographic practices, we invite academics and practitioners to adopt a different approach here and assume that photography is not primarily a technique to produce images, but rather an entanglement with a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2019 at 10:00 — No Comments

Symposium: Science and Photography / St Andrews: 23 October 2019

A one day symposium on the topic of science and photography. It will look at how photographs are used in scientific research; how and why we have photographed the human body; what scientific innovations advanced the photographic medium in the early development of photography; and how historic processes are being applied to science and contemporary…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2019 at 9:45 — No Comments

Image search: Shenley Park House – The Field magazine feature 1936

A Press Photo History reader is wanting to get a print of the above image which includes Shenley Park House in the background shot in 1936. In fact any shot with the house around that date will be of interest …

We traced images shot....…


Added by Will Carleton on July 22, 2019 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

Newspaper photographer Tony Prime dies aged 80

Photographer Tony Prime who worked for various Fleet Street titles including The Sun newspaper from 1969 to 1981 has died. Read on here

Photo: May 1973. Paul and Linda McCartney at…


Added by Will Carleton on July 22, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

English Heritage blue plaque to Camille Silvy unveiled

At a ceremony today an English Heritage blue plaque to the photographer Camille Silvy (1834-1910) and the painter John Linnell (1792-1882) was unveiled on the outside of 38 Porchester Terrace, Bayswater, London W2. The building was Silvy's former studio.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2019 at 22:00 — No Comments

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