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Celebrating 30 Years of Photography in Scotland

September 2019 marks the 30th anniversary since the establishment of Street Level Photoworks. To celebrate this landmark anniversary it will be looking back on the history of those who have helped shape Street Level Photoworks. But it also means celebrating the present and in looking forward to the future of what photography offers diverse audiences and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 12:01 — No Comments

Online course: The Living Picture Craze: An Introduction to Victorian Film

The Living Picture Craze: An Introduction to Victorian Film. Film takes a starring role in this free online course from the British Film Institute exploring the emergence of a new medium that was set to capture the world's imagination. 

Explore the birth of film…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 11:29 — No Comments

Meeting: William Crookes (1832-1919)

This year marks the centenary of the death of William Crookes. Journalist, chemist, photographer, spiritualist, businessman, sometime Secretary of the Royal Institution and President of the Royal Society of London, Crookes was a key figure in the science of the second half of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth. This meeting, which is part…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 11:22 — No Comments

Exhibition: We Called to See You...can still be seen

The College of Optometrists has updated its museum website to provide a legacy page for its temporary exhibition on Victorian cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards of people wearing spectacles or showing signs of visual impairment.…

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Added by Neil Handley on September 25, 2019 at 18:30 — No Comments

Auction: Photography: From West to East / Dominic Winter Auctioneers / Thursday 3 October

Photography in China is the dominant theme in Dominic Winter’s 320-lot photography sale on 3rd October.

Highlight among the 50 China lots is the notoriously rare Views on the North River (1870) by John Thomson (1837-1921), estimated at £15,000-20,000. But with only 4 copies in…

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Added by Chris Albury on September 22, 2019 at 0:00 — No Comments

Research request: A street telescope

I am looking for any information on this stereo view, a street telescope, View Saturn and Jupiter! No information on the back. I have no Idea about the origin, England, France, Italy?

Does anyone recognize this image or…

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Added by David McGreevy on September 17, 2019 at 23:30 — 4 Comments

Exhibition: Notre-Dame of Paris: Photographs and images from the Conway Library at the Courtauld.

Lindy Grant, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Reading and Tom Nickson, Senior Lecturer in Medieval Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, have created an online exhibition of images of Notre-Dame de Paris from the collections of the Conway Library of the Courtauld Institute of Art.

This exhibition consists of texts and…

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Added by Philip Bovey on September 12, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments

Information request: What uniform?

This albumen print is a portrait of captain WH Barten. Identified on a separate paper. 

Does someone know more about this type of uniform? I bought it with UK provenance. 

Print ca. 16 x 12,8 cm. 

(wouter.lambrechts@kdg.be)…

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Added by Wouter Lambrechts on September 11, 2019 at 19:00 — 6 Comments

Vintage photography fair in Amsterdam: Dialogue / 21 September 2019

Until now, the Netherlands 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…

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Added by Wouter Lambrechts on September 11, 2019 at 13:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Color Mania / Winterthur, to 24 November 2019

Fotomuseum Winterthur and the FilmColors research teams of …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2019 at 7:37 — No Comments

Festival: St Andrews / 4-27 October 2019

The interplay between scientific studies and the photographic medium is the theme for this year's St Andrew's Photography Festival. The programme includes a symposium, exhibitions and public events all taking science and photography which draw on the rich collections of the University of St Andrews. A number are of particular interest to those interested in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2019 at 17:46 — No Comments

Course: A concise history of photography / London: 9-10 November 2019

Investigate the fascinating history and theories of photography in this weekend-long course hosted by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and delivered by Professor Mark  Rawlinson. 



In 1859, Charles Baudelaire famously described photography as “art’s mortal enemy” and argued its proper function was to be the “very humble…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2019 at 17:25 — No Comments

Kresen Kernow makes digitised images of Cornwall's history available

Kresen Kernow holds hundreds of thousands of historic images of Cornwall and of people and events connected to Cornwall. Some of these images are glass negatives, others are engravings, prints and postcards. Some are glued into albums, others are loose in wallets and envelopes. 

Many of the pictures have came through individual family collections. We…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2019 at 17:18 — No Comments

Symposium: Collecting regions - Photography and a sense of place / Exeter: 18 September 2019

This one-day symposium at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter invites conversations on photography and photographic collections in the South West and wider UK in relation to aspects of place. Photographs relate to place in various ways including their documenting capacity and the direct inscription of the world on their surface. Therefore, photographs…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2019 at 17:02 — No Comments

Information request: The English Photographic Company

I would welcome any information about this company, set up around 1890 in Athens by Mr Shirley Clifford Atchley. Its photographs of architectural and archaeological sites were  commercially available via the firm of Beck and Barth, who had a shop in Syntagma Square and a link to the booksellers Eleftheroudakis (founded 1898). 

Email: Chris Stray …

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Added by Chris Stray on September 1, 2019 at 16:00 — No Comments

Blog: Electrifying daguerreotypes

In a new blog post 'from the vaults' Rachel Nordstrom, Photographic Collections Manager, at St Andrews University's special collections discusses the restoration of two daguerreotypes in the collections using the new technique of electro-cleaning which was first described in 2016. Two daguerreotypes subjected to the technique: one showing a man with a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2019 at 12:36 — No Comments

Workshop: Daguerreotype / St Andrews, 24-26 October 2019

Dr Mike Robinson is taking his highly acclaimed daguerreotype workshop to St Andrews, the birthplace of Scottish photography. Co-hosted by the University of St Andrews, the three-day daguerreotype workshop is the first time a mercury-based daguerreotype workshop has been held in the country.

The course is limited to six participants and each…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2019 at 12:18 — No Comments

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

The V&A’s acquisition of the Royal Photographic Society collection from the Science Museum in 2017 has raised major questions about the place, role and nature of photography in museums, the shape of ‘collections’, the role and status of ‘non-collections’ of photographs, the practices and styles of history of photography, and the assumptions of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2019 at 11:43 — No Comments

David Johnson (1828 – 1901)

David Johnson was a Blackburn based amateur, later professional, photographer who was active in the 1850s and 1860s. Whilst examples of his later studio work survive as carte de visites, I’m interested in establishing whether more examples of his earlier topographical studies have survived the intervening years.

Some of his photographs were exhibited…

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Added by Rob Whalley on August 26, 2019 at 19:00 — 4 Comments

Publication/Exhibition: Now and Then, Daniel Meadows / Oxford, from 4 October 2019

Bodleian Library Publishing is publishing a new book Now and Then tying in with an exhibition of the same name. Daniel Meadows is a pioneer of contemporary British documentary practice. His photographs and audio recordings made over forty-five years, capture the life of England's ‘great ordinary’. Challenging the status quo by working…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

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