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March 2017 Blog Posts (23)

Photographica 2017, 21 May 2017 / London.

It's that time of year again and the date for Photographic 2017 is closing fast, as usual it will take place at the regular venue The  Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Hall, 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PB on the 21 May 2017. Public entry is from 10am-4.00pm and admission is £5. This year…

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Added by Nigel Richards on March 31, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Job: Conservator, Photographs and Paper / V&A

The V&A is the world's leading museum of art, design and performance. We enrich people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world. The Conservation Department has a worldwide reputation for the excellence of its practical work, for…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 28, 2017 at 19:08 — 2 Comments

New Text on Platinum-Palladium nears publication

The following announcement by the PMG-AIC may be of interest to some; at the end is a link which contains a full Table of Contents and list of contributors, as well as ordering information:-

The Photographic Materials Group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works is proud…

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Added by Mike Ware on March 28, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

V&A talks about its future plans and the RPS Collection

The Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group held a series of talks at the V&A Museum on 25 March. One of these provided the first opportunity for the Society and the public to hear about the museum’s plans for the RPS Collection…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Permanent Olive Edis galleries open at Cromer Museum

A new display celebrating the life and artistic legacy of Olive Edis officially opens at Cromer Museum on Wednesday 29 March, following the success of of a major exhibition at Norwich Castle. The same day a new touring exhibition, The Road to Ypres, exploring Edis’ war photography opens at the North…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2017 at 18:07 — No Comments

Publication: Stefano Lecchi, pupil of Daguerre: The last biography

An international study by Roberto Caccialanza of Stefano Lecchi, has been published by the European Society for the History of Photography (ESHPh), based in Vienna. The text, unreleased, was selected for publication by the ESHPh: the article is available in open access and…
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Added by Roberto Caccialanza on March 24, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

TV: Smile! The Nation's Family Album

Smile! The Nation's Family Album is a BBC TV documentary which was shown earlier this week looking at the family photograph album. Gil Pasternak was academic consultant and the programme aso features Colin Harding. It is available to watch on iPlayer or more freely on Youtube here: …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2017 at 7:45 — No Comments

Exclusive: National Science and Media Museum website (UPDATED)

The new National Science and Media Museum website and new branding will be revealed on the 23 March. The website holding page can be seen here: www.scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk. BPH can also reveal that the museum's new website domain name was first registered on…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 19, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Larry Scaaf discussed

All, a very nIce article re Larry Scaaf (seen in the image, right) and how he got into his various Talbot projects came out recently.  It can be found at: …
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Added by Lee Eltzroth on March 16, 2017 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Research: Strange Image of the planet Mars, Royal Observatory

This is a real puzzle. a 10 x 10 inch silver print of an early illustration of Mars. At the bottom,  "H. Spencer Jones". He was the British Royal Astronomer from 1933-1955 at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich.  

I have no Idea why his name would be printed below a clearly earlier illustration of Mars. My Idea…

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Added by David McGreevy on March 15, 2017 at 20:30 — 3 Comments

Reversible plate holders w “a vertical cut-off board”, c1920s Australia?

I am a curator currently researching half-plate size (approx. 4.75 x 6.5 inches) cameras and accessories available in Sydney, Australia, from the early 1920s that might have been used to create a series of portraits on dry plate negative held in our collection.

While half-plate was a common size, I am wondering…

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Added by Holly Schulte on March 15, 2017 at 3:00 — 5 Comments

Exhibition of paper negatives survey - response requested

I am currently writing an article on the history of the exhibition of paper negatives, to present in a conference late this year. One of my goals is to evaluate which light sources conservators are using, especially when the negatives are backlit.

Although…

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Added by Lénia Fernandes on March 14, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

State of the art, British camera, 1862

I am trying to find out more about the camera Spanish photographer Rafael Castro y Ordóñez, member of the Comisión Científica del Pacífico, used during his expedition to America (1862-1865). He used a Dallmeyer lens of his own but the camera was purchased in London by British photographer Charles Clifford in early 1862. References suggest that it was a state of the art field stand camera. The plates produced are 26 x 31 (10 x 12") and 16 x 21 (6 x 8 "). The lens was probably a…

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Added by sara badia on March 14, 2017 at 12:00 — 8 Comments

Exhibition: Sit. Pose. Snap. Brisbane Portrait Photography 1850–1950 / 24 March-30 July 2017

Sit. Pose. Snap. Brisbane Portrait Photography 1850–1950 explores the phenomenon of portrait photography in Brisbane, and shows how the process of capturing and sharing a portrait evolved from the formal studio sittings of the 19th century through to more candid and relaxed photographs of the 20th…

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Added by Marcel Safier on March 13, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

Exhibitions: Roger Mayne

There are several exhibitions of the work of British photographer Roger Mayne taking place. His vintage London and Paris photographs to be shown at Quaritch in May and will comprise small-format vintage prints, from iconic images of children playing to views of Paris photographed the year before his renowned Southam…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2017 at 14:04 — No Comments

Conference presentations: Stereo & Immersive Media 2016

BPH publicised the International Conference Stereo & Immersive Media 2016 last year. The conference organisers have made the presentations available on Youtube…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Obituary: Barry Lane (1944-2017)

Barry Lane, who has died aged 72, was the first, and only, photography officer at the Arts Council and was later Secretary-General of the Royal Photographic Society between 1995 and 2001. As a champion for photography at the Arts Council Lane played a pivotal role in supporting a new wave of emerging British…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

Exclusive: National Science and Media Museum logo revealed

and as a reminder...

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 9, 2017 at 21:41 — No Comments

A new museum in Bradford: National Science and Media Museum

National Science and Media Museum is the new name of the former National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (June 1983) and National Media Museum (December 2006), according to the Guardian newspaper.

The re-named museum is due to reveals it's new…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 9, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Barry Lane (1944-2017) UPDATED

Barry Lane, who has died aged 72, was the first, and only, photography officer at the Arts Council and was later Secretary-General of the Royal Photographic Society between 1995 and 2001. As a champion for photography at the Arts Council Lane played a pivotal role in supporting and exhibiting a new wave of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 5, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

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