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Webinar: Drawing: The Muse of Photography / 31 May 2020 at 1900 (BST)

Drawing: The Muse of Photography is a webinar from Drawing America and presents a conversation on the relationship between drawing and photography with Hans P. Kraus Jr., Malcolm Daniel, Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and moderated by Allison Wucher, Director of Master Drawings New York. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

Auction: Gandolfi workshop collection

Bonhams is to auction a collection of material, including cameras, tripods, workbench and woodworking tools, and the sign from the Gandolfi camera makers workshop in Borland Road, London, in a single lot on 29 July 2020. The property was originally offered by Christie's by private treaty in 1994 and is offered by that buyer, a Swiss collector. The collection…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2020 at 11:36 — 1 Comment

Video: Lai Fong - photographer of China

Lai Fong (c.1839-1890): Photographer of China is the first exhibition devoted to a nineteenth-century Chinese photographer. Unfortunately, the exhibition at Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art is inaccessible due to current circumstances. To share a view of the exhibition, Stephan Loewentheil, one of the principal supporters of the exhibition,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2020 at 11:00 — No Comments

Information request: William Lynden, Plymouth

Hello, I am doing some research on UK…

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Added by John Campbell on May 23, 2020 at 1:30 — 7 Comments

Obituary: Richard Sadler (1927-2020)

Dr Richard Sadler FRPS, one of British photography's important post-war figures, has died aged 92 years after a short illness. Originally from Coventry, Sadler was in his home city during the Coventry Blitz of 1940 and later documented the reconstruction of the city and the iconic Coventry Cathedral, becoming its official photographer. He was also the heavily involved with the city's Belgrade Theatre from 1958 until 1994 and part of his work there has now been digitised. 

He began…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 17, 2020 at 13:30 — No Comments

Visualising spaces, objects (and a daguerreotype)

The John Rylands Library in Manchester has a wonderful collection of historic and contemporary photography. Tony Richards from its imaging team is using COVID-19 lockdown as an opportunity to experiment with very modern imaging techniques to visualise spaces and objects from its collection. One of the objects visualised is a daguerreotype which presents its…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2020 at 14:30 — No Comments

Exhibition. In Sickness and in Health. Heather Agyepong, Anna Fox, Jo Spence / online until 19 June 2020

James Hyman Gallery presents a specially curated online exhibition that addresses physical and mental well-being entitled In Sickness and in Health: Heather Agyepong, Anna Fox and Jo Spence. Originally, conceived for the cancelled Paris Photo New York fair in New York in March, the themes of this three person exhibition have taken on a new resonance in the…

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Added by James Hyman on May 15, 2020 at 5:00 — No Comments

Mistakes in the Titles of Crimean War Photographs held in Collections Revisited

In a post to this blog on 18 April 2020, the author described differences in the titles of three Roger Fenton images in Crimean War photographic collections at the Library of Congress (LoC) and the Royal Collection Trust (RTC). This is still unresolved because of ‘lockdowns’ caused by the coronavirus, but Micah Messenheimer at LoC informs me that he is…

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Added by David Robert Jones on May 12, 2020 at 8:22 — 1 Comment

TV: The World's Most Photographed - Queen Victoria / BBC4, 13 May at 2200

Queen Victoria's accession to the throne in 1837 coincided almost exactly with the invention of photography. She would be the first woman in the world to live both her private and public lives in front of the camera.

At first, photography was a private pleasure, a way of capturing images of herself and her family for their own personal amusement. But…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 11, 2020 at 19:12 — No Comments

Help identify this strange French optical viewer

This is a device that is new to me, I don't even know what to call it. 6 x 6" box, it has a concave mirror and slots to fit photos. Not at all like a Graphoscope. You position yourself behind the photo and view the enlarged image in the mirror. Rather clever, as you can see both the front and back of a CDV at the same time.

Does anyone know what this…

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Added by David McGreevy on May 8, 2020 at 20:00 — 5 Comments

Public asked to identify images of Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has asked the public to help identify over 5,000 archive images which are now available online for the first time. In 2019-20, over 170,000 archive items from the HES archives were digitised, with the images now being added to Canmore – the online catalogue of HES archives. The new online records include digitised copies of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2020 at 11:45 — No Comments

Online: British Museum collections available

The British Museum has revamped its website and made 1.9 million images of, and from, its collection - including photographs - available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. Commercial use…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2020 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

The Great Exhibition virtual tour

For a number of reasons the 1851 Great Exhibition and the Crystal Palace hold a particular interest for photographic historians for whom it is familiar through the photographs of T R Williams, Negretti and Zambra, P H Delamotte and others. For the first time, visitors can take a 360 tour around The Crystal Palace, the venue of the formidable 1851 Great…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2020 at 9:22 — No Comments

Crimean War Images in Private Collections

Over the years searching for online digital copies of images taken by the James Robertson/Felice Beato photographic team in the Crimea in 1855-56, I have come to the conclusion that there must be many in private collections that are not available to people like me who would find them useful historically. I first became aware of this when I found three under…

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Added by David Robert Jones on May 6, 2020 at 5:29 — No Comments

V-E Night Impression

This week sees the 75th Anniversary of VE, so I thought I would just post this picture called “ V-E Night Impression” which was taken by my Grandfather in a West End pub on VE night. The picture was subsequently displayed at The London Salon.

In his notes, he writes :- “ Created by ‘time and flash’ exposure. The camera held in one hand with the…

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Added by Kelvin Jouhar on May 5, 2020 at 18:00 — No Comments

Research: The National Archives digital resources go free

In the light of the closure of The National Archives at Kew due to COVID-19 the decision has been taken to provide free access to digital records available on its website for as long as TNA remains closed to visitors. Registered users can now order and download up to 10 items at a time, up to a maximum of 50 items over a rolling 30 day period. The limits are…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 2, 2020 at 10:30 — 3 Comments

Blog: The Mackinnon Collection - Dawn of Light and Liberty

When the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland jointly acquired the MacKinnon Collection of historic Scottish photography, they knew it contained many exceptional…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 2, 2020 at 10:27 — No Comments

Chevreul process

I wonder if anyone can shed light on the possible existence of a Chevreul photographic process. I’ve come across the following announcement in the Lynn Advertiser of 28th March 1857.

"W. Taylor begs to announce that he has completed his arrangements for carrying out the beautiful system of pure, untouched Photography, so successfully practised by M. Chevreul, of Paris, – producing Portraits equal in richness to the highest finished Mezzotint Engravings, and leaving…

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Added by Robert Pols on April 30, 2020 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Online talk: Lost Glasgow: Oscar, Bravo!

Recording of a Facebook Livestream, first broadcast on Thursday 23rd April 2020. Whether self-isolating or with the family, this special live stream event with Lost Glasgow’s Norry Wilson is a must for all to gather round. In this presentation Norry offers his take on Oscar Marzaroli’s incredible photographic record of the city and the legacy his work gives, as well as looking at the photographers who preceded Oscar and those who were…

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Added by Street Level Photoworks on April 30, 2020 at 14:00 — No Comments

Stolen: Historic cameras and photographs, London, 9 April, 2100-2300

The following vintage cameras and photographs were stolen from a house in north-east London on 9 April. If you are offered them or have sight of them please contact: CONTACT:CMS@MET.POLICE.UK

1.Detective camera disguised as a pair of binoculars c.1890.

2.Another detective camera disguised as a pair of binoculars c.1900.

3.A Ticka detective camera disguised as a pocket watch, hands at seven minutes past eleven.

4.Dr.Kreugner…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2020 at 8:00 — No Comments

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