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Identification: Walter Benington and friends photographer group

BPH member Rob Crow is seeking assistance to help identify the members of this group of eight photographers. Seated nearest the camera is Walter Benington (1872-1936) the Pictorialist photographer and leading member of the Linked Ring in its later years.  He was a member of the Ring’s “Hanging Committee” from 1907.  Margaret Harker (1979: 109) has a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2019 at 10:28 — 1 Comment

Publication: Tony Ray-Jones / pre-order

A new exhibition and book will mark the important contribution that Tony Ray-Jones (1941–1972) and his legacy, have made to British documentary photography.

The exhibition and book will focus on photographs taken between 1966–1969 as Ray-Jones, driven by curiosity, travelled across the country to document English social customs and what he saw as a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2019 at 10:20 — No Comments

Symposium: Charles Piazzi Smyth Bicentenery Symposium / Edinburgh, 2-4 September 2019

Registration for the Charles Piazzi Smyth Bicentenary Symposium at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and associated events, is open until 30 August. Smyth (1819-1900), the second Astronomer Royal for Scotland…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2019 at 10:00 — No Comments

Stereoscope viewer/Graphoscope variation

I received recently a purchase from an online auction site. It is in fair condition but has a very non-standard construction. See my photographs. Part of it seemed to be set up almost as Brewster style viewer with opaque screen and pop up mirror.

Any assistance with country of manufacture, date range for manufacturer, and manufacturer much…

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Added by Stephen Michael Barnett on August 25, 2019 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Prince Albert archive and collections published online

Thousands of photographs, prints and letters that reveal the private passions and public interests of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert have been published online to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth. 

The Royal Collection Trust has digitised 17,500 documents for a new website, the majority publicly available for…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 23, 2019 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Event: The history of photography in Birmingham's jewellery quarter / Birmingham, 29 August 2019

James Furnival sheds some light on the significance of the Jewellery Quarter and the developments of the photographic industry as we know it.  Birmingham and the Jewelllery Quarter played a very important role in the development of something that we all take for granted now. Through the evening, James will tell us about the key involvements of the JQ…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2019 at 17:44 — No Comments

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,…

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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…

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

Philo-Cine

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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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,…

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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…

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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 ....read the new details and continued…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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