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Information request: Identify the photographer of this portrait, Richard Chenevix Trench, 1857

I am seeking information about this albumen portrait. I believe this is Richard Chenevix Trench 1836-1861, one of the many children of Richard Chenevix Trench, Irish poet and Anglican Archbishop. The son tragically died at age 25. My main interest is the photographer. Does any member recognize a style or size that…


Added by David McGreevy on March 19, 2018 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

Conference and cfp: 15th Image and Research / November 2018

The Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) of the Girona City Council and the Association of Archivists of Catalonia, are calling the 15th Image and Research International Conference, which will be held in the …


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 17, 2018 at 8:25 — No Comments

The Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Curators’ Training Programme

Art photography collections are held at regional museums, libraries and archives across the country but often without specialist curatorial expertise and, subsequently, many photography collections tend to be 'dormant' and inaccessible to experts and audiences, and curators responsible for photography…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2018 at 19:20 — No Comments

Lecture: Recording history: Photographic collections at the Library / Edinburgh, 27 March 2018

The National Library of Scotland is undertaking the first major survey of its extensive photographic collections, to establish the breadth, depth and quality of the photographs. In this talk, Photographic Collections Curator Blake Milteer will provide insight into the survey project's goals,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2018 at 19:14 — No Comments

cfp: Stereo Photography: Images, Inventions and Advancements / St Andrews, 18-19 October 2018

The University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections Division will be hosting a conference on the broader themes surrounding Stereo Photography during 18-19 October, 2018. This is…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2018 at 19:07 — No Comments

Job: Visual Arts Curator, British Library

Working with one of the largest, richest and most diverse research collections, you will use your specialist knowledge of South Asian art history and archaeology to carry out cataloguing and collection management projects relating to prints, drawings and photographs and associated…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 13, 2018 at 11:37 — No Comments

Peter James MA ASICI FRPS (1958-2018)

The news of the death of Peter James from organ failure which has just been announced has shocked and saddened the world of photographic history. Photography has lost one of its most active and accomplished historians and a wider champion for photography. In a community which is not a large one Pete was a giant and the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 13, 2018 at 4:00 — No Comments

Information request: H G Crabtree

Over the past six weeks we at  Trinity Mirror central archive have reviewed our holdings from the Birmingham Gazette. A number of images have come to light by a photographer by the name of H G Crabtree. He appears to have worked for the paper from the early 1930s to the mid…


Added by John Mead on March 12, 2018 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Workshop: The All-Seeing Eye: Vision and Eyesight Across Time and Cultures / Sketty, 11 April 2018

This workshop will explore medical, social, and cultural meanings of the eye and vision in contemporary and historical perspective. Included is a paper from Colin Harding titled: Repairing War’s Ravages: Horace Nicholls’ photographs of prosthetic masks. 

Registration is free. 

For more information see:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2018 at 4:14 — No Comments

Symposium: Voice of Women in the Great War / 13-14 April 2018

The Women's History Network West Midlands is presenting a symposium on the Voice of Women in the Great War and its Aftermath on 13-14 April 2018 at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley. Included is a paper by Colin Harding titled Shooting the Messengers: Horace Nicholls’ photographs…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2018 at 4:09 — No Comments

New Early Women Photographers Blog

In celebration of International Women's Day 2018, I have started a new blog highlighting early women photographers.

Some have not been studied previously and the blog will focus on pre-1860 photographic activity.  It will hopefully build into a useful online biographical resource starting with the third female member of the Photographic Society, Mary Ann Boulton.

Any additional information regarding these pioneering women is welcomed.

My Lunchtime Lecture at the National…


Added by Rose Teanby on March 8, 2018 at 11:41 — 2 Comments

MA Course: Photography: History, Theory, Practice / Sussex, starts September 2018

This is a new MA starting September 2018, subject to validation, from the University of Sussex, led by Dr Ben Burbridge. It will engage you in the challenging task of making sense of the multitude of photographic images that shape the world today. It is claimed to be the first MA in the UK to combine the history and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2018 at 21:00 — No Comments

Job: Senior Curator, International Art (Photography)

The curatorial job at Tate Modern, previously occupied by Simon Baker is open to applicants. Since Tate Modern opened in 2000, its programme of major temporary exhibitions, collection displays, commissions, live performance, and film programme has developed in diversity, scope and profile. In 2016 Tate Modern opened…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

A blog about American pioneer photographers

A colleague of mine in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been conducting research on early American photographers for more than twenty-five years, and is now making it available on wordpress blog. As many of these photographers either trained in Europe or in Britain, or in some cases emigrated from Britain, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide the link to this important resource at…


Added by Jim Burant on March 6, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Last Samurai / London Photograph Fair, 19-20 May

On 19-20 May, the special edition of The London Photograph Fair returns to The Great Hall at King's College, adjacent to Somerset House. The fair, which coincides with Photo London, is the only established fair devoted to vintage photography in the UK.

For this year's edition, Daniella Dangoor will present a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 4, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Paper Promises: Early American Photography / Los Angeles, until 27 May 2018

The early history of paper photography in the United States is a formative but rarely studied aspect of the medium’s evolution. While Americans were at first slow to adopt Europe’s negative-positive photographic practices, the country’s territorial expansion and Civil War increased demand for images…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 4, 2018 at 12:00 — No Comments

Archive visit: Martin Parr Foundation / 23 April 2018

Join the Photographic Collections Network on Monday, 23 April, 2- 5pm, for a special afternoon with Martin Parr and his colleagues at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol. Attendees will get behind the scenes insights into the work of the Foundation, looking specifically at the material in its archives, and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 4, 2018 at 11:36 — No Comments

Masterclass: Paper, Glass, and Plastic: Identification and Care of Photographic Negatives / Rome, 3-4 May, 2018

This two-day masterclass course on the Identification and Care of Photographic Negatives will be held by Monique Fischer at the Photographic Archive of the American Academy in Rome (AAR). It offers an in-depth introduction to the preservation of negatives, focusing particularly on their identification,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 4, 2018 at 11:24 — No Comments

Death of Dom Angelico Surchamp on 1 March 2018

Many will not have heard of Dom Angelico Surchamp, because his name did not appear in the credits for his photographs. He was a monk at the abbey of La Pierre-qui-vire in Burgundy. He was the moving spirit behind the Zodiaque series of books on Romanesque, which on any measure is the largest collection of published photographs of Romanesque architecture and sculpture. As André Malraux observed, it was "a very big thing". It was the photographs that made the books, beautifully printed,…


Added by Philip Bovey on March 3, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

Seminars: Cultures of Photography, PHRC, Leicester / 12 March

On 12 March De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre will present two seminars which are open to the public:

  • Women Photographers, Institutional Practices and the South Kensington Museum from Erika Lederman. This paper will locate the career of 19…

Added by Michael Pritchard on February 25, 2018 at 9:12 — No Comments

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