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Exhibition: George Washington Wilson. Queen Victoria's Photographer in Scotland / Aberdeen and Holyrood, 2020

Famous for his portrait of Queen Victoria on her horse ‘Fyvie’, accompanied by her servant John Brown, George Washington Wilson was at the time among the best known of royal photographers. His picturesque images helped popularise a romantic view of the Scottish landscape. These were sold to the Victorian middle classes holidaying in Scotland, a pursuit…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2019 at 20:30 — No Comments

Event: Lens & Press: Photographs in Print / London: 18 November

Experts discuss the massive contribution to British photography by two Hungarians in the 1930s and after: Stefan Lorant and Andor Kraszna-Krausz. British photography in print owes a huge debt to two Hungarian immigrants. The founding editor of the influential photojournalist magazine Picture Post (1938-57) was Stefan (István) Lorant. The founding owner…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2019 at 20:25 — No Comments

Martin Parr Foundation membership scheme reaches year two

The second year of membership of the Martin Parr Foundation begins on 12 November and includes a signed print of a Martin Parr photograph - the new print will be unveiled on the 12th.⁣ These change each year and are only available to members.

Membership benefits also include guided tours of the …


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2019 at 20:15 — No Comments

British Culture Archive

Founded in 2017 British Culture Archive is a registered non-profit resource set up to document, highlight and preserve the changes in British society and culture through social and documentary photography.

Our mission is to educate, inspire and engage people by curating online galleries, events and exhibitions – highlighting the changes of everyday…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2019 at 7:21 — 2 Comments

New open-access article: "New mobile experiences of vision and modern subjectivities in Late Victorian Britain"

Abstract: The article looks at the relationship between two very popular middle-class activities in Late Victorian Britain, photographing and cycling, and explores the influence that the new technology of physical mobility had on visual experiences and related photographic practices. It focuses, in particular, on the significance that…


Added by Sara Dominici on November 1, 2019 at 17:00 — No Comments

Minna Keene photographs return to Europe

Stephen Bulger Gallery is pleased to be exhibiting a selection of vintage carbon prints by Minna Keene (b. 5 April 1861, Arolsen, Germany; d. November 1943, Oakville, Canada) at Paris Photo in booth A5.

Minna Keene, née Bergman, lived in Great Britain, South Africa, and Canada. She emigrated to the United Kingdom in approximately 1880 to become a…


Added by Stephen Bulger on October 31, 2019 at 14:30 — No Comments

Exhibitions: Photography Season 2019-20 / Cardiff

As part of the National Museum Cardiff's Photography Season 2019-20 three new exhibitions have opened presenting work by four of the most influential artists/photographers in the history of the medium: August Sander, Bernd and Hilla Becher and Martin Parr. The exhibitions predominantly comprise loaned photographs, a number of which have never been…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2019 at 14:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Heartfield : One Man's War / London, from 1 November 2019

A major exhibition of prints by the renowned photomontage artist John Heartfield opens at Four Corners Gallery this Autumn. 33 of Heartfield’s scathingly satirical artworks against war and fascism will be on display, bringing his inspiring imagery to a new generation.

This set of anti-Nazi photomontage posters was recently rediscovered in its original…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2019 at 13:18 — No Comments

Conference: The Institutional Life of Photographs / programme / London, 6-7 December 2019

The programme for this conference at the V&A Museum has been announced. How do photographs construct meanings in museums? Why are some photographs collected as ‘significant’ and others, of historical value, not Bringing together new work on institutional ‘photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2019 at 12:57 — No Comments

V&A unveils new Photography Centre commission by internationally-acclaimed artist Valérie Belin

The V&A has unveiled a major new photography commission by internationally-acclaimed artist Valérie Belin. Known for her monumental photographs exploring artifice, identify and representation, Belin has found inspiration in the V&A’s photographs collection for her new series Reflection. Ten of Belin’s resulting 173 x 130cm pigment prints are…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2019 at 12:31 — No Comments

Historic Muybridge Collection returns to Kingston

A highly significant collection of work by pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge is to be brought back to his home town thanks to a partnership between the Royal Borough of Kingston and Kingston University.

The unique material is part of the Victorian photographer’s own personal collection, which he bequeathed to Kingston Museum on his death. It…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2019 at 12:21 — No Comments

Auction: Photographica, London: 14 November 2019

Chiswick Auctions next sale of Photographica includes a large selection of historic and collectable photographs and cameras. Of particular note is a group of lantern slides of East London Types by 'KY' from c.1900. 

The full auction can be seen online here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2019 at 12:12 — No Comments

Scotland’s Season of Photography: A L Coburn talk / Edinburgh, 12 November 2019

As part of Photography Scotland’s Season of Photography which runs until the end of November Roddy Simpson, on the eve of the 2019 Robert Louis Stevenson Day, will be talking about the work of American-born twentieth century photographer Alvin Langdon…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

Conference: Light | Sensitive | Media / London: 1-2 November / Open for bookings

Bookings are now open for the academic conference -  Light | Sensitive | Media  - which takes place on 1-2 November at the University of West London, St Mary's Road, Ealing, London.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2019 at 10:29 — No Comments

Valleys of the Shadow of Death Today

As a follow-on to my last post, members might be interested in seeing how the two different 'Valleys of the Shadow of Death', one taken by Roger Fenton in April 1855 and the other by James Robertson/Felice Beato later in the same year, look today (at least in 2012 when I last visited the Crimea!).

The first colour photograph below shows the site where…


Added by David Robert Jones on October 26, 2019 at 2:50 — No Comments

Valleys of the Shadow of Death

On the Royal Collection Trust’s website concerning Robertson/Beato's Crimean War image entitled The Valley of the Shadow of Death ( (see right), there is the following description: -

Neither Robertson’s…


Added by David Robert Jones on October 23, 2019 at 3:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Auto-Memento by The Family Museum / Swindon, until 4 January 2020

Hello fellow BPH members. I am the co-founder of an archival project called The Family Museum, which is focused on the history and practice of amateur 'family' photography.

We are launching an exhibition at Swindon Museum & Art Gallery  next week, with a Preview taking place on the afternoon Wednesday 23 October. If any members are local to the…


Added by Rachael Moloney on October 20, 2019 at 17:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cartomania / Aberdeen, from 30 November 2019

Cartes-de-visite were the first form of affordable mass-produced photography. These images of families and friends, royalty and celebrities of the day were wildly popular during the Victorian era. Queen Victoria herself helped spread the craze by building her own collection. People collected photographs of their families and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2019 at 7:39 — No Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre - Autumn 2019 programme

London's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck has announced its autumn seminar programme. All events are free and open to all. 

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 6-7:30pm. Room 106, 46 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD.

Andrés Mario Zervigón (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Fully Visible and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 13, 2019 at 12:35 — No Comments

Screening and Panel: The Photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher / Cardiff: 25 October 2019

Join us for an afternoon of discussion and a film screening to mark the opening of the exhibition Bernd and Hilla Becher: Industrial Visions.

A distinguished panel of experts, chaired by Dr Russell Roberts (co-curator of Bernd and Hilla Becher: Industrial Visions) and including Max Becher (photographer and son of Bernd…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 13, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments

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