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March 2011 Blog Posts (36)

From Talbot to Fox. 150 Years of British Social Photography.

James Hyman Photography is delighted to mark our presence at AIPAD Art Fair for the first time with a specially curated presentation of British social photography which also precisely coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the Museum of Modern Art Exhibition British Photography from the Thatcher Years. The 1991 MOMA exhibition, curated by Susan Kismaric, drew attention to a new wave of British photographers who were not only engaged with the transformation of British society during…


Added by Valérie C. Whitacre on March 16, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

eBay and C L Dodgson: a cautionary tale (UPDATED)

daguerreotype sold on eBay on 13 May for £3300. Under its cover glass was a typewritten label stating ‘Charles L. Dodgson / Christ Church 1858 (see illustration right)’. The case was gilt stamped with Claudet’s Adelaide Gallery address and had… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 16, 2011 at 7:00 — 5 Comments

Assessment Workshops - Lifetime of Colour Photographs in Mixed Archival Collections

Have you ever wondered about loss of information in archives caused by material decay? Or about what makes an archival photograph fit-for-purpose? I am Ann Fenech, a PhD student at the UCL Centre for Sustainable Heritage looking at degradation of colour photographs. I will be exploring these questions as part of my PhD. 

One of the questions the research project…


Added by Annuca on March 15, 2011 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

Research Seminar with Charlotte Cotton - 23 March

Long-tailed-crowd-sourced-socially-enterprising-game-playing-platform-sensitive-open-sourced-world. Charlotte Cotton is the creative director of the Media Space - a partnership between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum that will open in London in 2012.

Charlotte Cotton began her curatorial practice in the early 1990s, at the start of a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Early RAF Henlow photos discovered

An appeal has been launched after a donation of near 90-year-old negatives depicting the construction of one of  RAF Henlow airbase. A base spokesman said: “We would dearly like to reunite these rare photographic examples and bring the whole collection together. We are appealing to you to search your attics or your garden sheds to see whether you can help us to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 13, 2011 at 7:18 — No Comments

Sixth Annual Annan Lecture

The Sixth Annual Annan Lecture will take place on Thursday 24 March 2011 at 6pm in the Jeffrey Room, Mitchell Library, Glasgow. John Hume, Chairman of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, will talk about Unknown Scottish Photographers - the role of the works photographer. 

The events has been organised by the Scottish Society for the History of Photography  /

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 9, 2011 at 8:00 — No Comments

Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer,1908-74

Ida Kar died alone of thrombosis and penniless in a Bayswater bedsit in 1974, surrounded by boxes of negatives worth £50,000. Her funeral was a quiet affair, in stark contrast to the publicity attracted by an exhibition of her work fourteen years earlier.

Russian-born and of Armenian parentage, Kar arrived in Britain in 1945 with her second husband, Victor Musgrave, an art dealer. He founded Gallery One and the couple became a celebrated part of London’s post-war…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2011 at 12:55 — No Comments

Job: Historypin Project Officer

As reported in an earlier BPH blog, HistoryPin enables users share their archive photos by loading them up to a specific location on Google Maps or image on Google's modern Street View.  The site has ambitions to become the world’s largest user-generated archive of…


Added by Michael Wong on March 5, 2011 at 6:07 — No Comments

Vancouver 1911-1953: The Moore Panorama Digitisation Project

The City of Vancouver has just completed digitising a collection of 399 panoramic cityscapes from the early to mid 1900s by photographer W.J. Moore. Moore worked as a commercial photographer from 1911 to 1953. He specialized in panoramic photography of Vancouver, and covered a wide variety of subjects including street scenes, events, buildings, construction, recreational…


Added by Michael Wong on March 5, 2011 at 6:06 — No Comments

The Life and Times of Murray Dowding & Chipping Sodbury

Murray Dowding was a prolific photographer capturing hundreds of historic images of Chipping Sodbury during the early part of the 20th century. Now a new exhibition on the life and times of one of the area’s best known photographer has gone on display in Yate.

"Dowding bequeathed an immense collection of images from the earlier part of the 20th century, without which…


Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2011 at 18:16 — No Comments

Queen of yachting photography's archive saved

The work of the Queen of yachting photography, Eileen Ramsay, has been saved for posterity. The sailing archive, which records the explosion in dinghy and small boat sailing in Britain after the War, from early 1950s to 1970s, is filled with vintage dinghies and peaceful river sailing scenes. The archive also contains iconic pictures of offshore racing in the Solent, and…


Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2011 at 18:14 — No Comments

Stereoscope: A new student magazine to celebrate photography @ St Andrews

The name of this new magazine was chosen in honour of St Andrew's historic resident, Sir David Brewster, the inventor of the stereoscope. It is a student produced magazine that celebrates student photography in St Andrews while raising awareness about the photographs of the University's special collections, and its longstanding tradition with photography.

Working with…


Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2011 at 18:14 — 2 Comments

The Alkazi collection of photography

For those BPH followers who were interested in the Raja Deen Dayal (1844-1905) blog, whereby the exhibition received rave reviews, did you know that the Alkazi collection of photography is considered India's largest archive of 19th and early 20th century photographs? It… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments

Northern Lights light up early photography of the Karin and Lars Hall Collection

The collection of Karin and Lars Hall was started by Lars Hall during the 1970’s, when he was working as an art director and partner of a large advertising agency, Hall & Cederquist AB, in Stockholm. In 1977 he and his partners started the legendary gallery Camera obscura in Stockholm, the first photo gallery in Scandinavia to present fine art photography. The Irving Penn…


Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2011 at 11:15 — No Comments

Lost & Found: The Thuillier Collection - (UPDATED with video) one of the most important historical discoveries from WWI

A treasure trove of more than 3,000 World War I glass plate negatives of  British, Indian, French, Australians, and Americans, and even some of the Chinese Labour Corps and other allied troops have been found, sitting almost undisturbed for nearly a century, in three large chests in a dusty attic of a dilapidated farmhouse in Vignacourt in the Somme valley, some two hours…


Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2011 at 9:17 — 7 Comments

Exhibition: Sculpture & Early Photography

This exhibition - now showing in Zurich - provides an insight into the relationship between the history of photography and sculpture. Since its invention in the first half of the 19th Century, photography provided opportunities to study art and a method to document, interpret and evaluate. Sculpture was one of its first subjects.

A collection of more than 300… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on March 1, 2011 at 18:00 — No Comments

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