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April 2011 Blog Posts (36)

Booths at London Photograph Fair

We're introducing booths at the London Photograph Fair for the first time. On May 15th we will have a dozen booths, allowing dealers to exhibit their best material in the appropriate environment. We've got a record level of bookings - with  more than 40 tables also reserved, and dealers coming from the UK, Europe and North America. As with our last fair, we are also offering free entry after 2pm on production of a voucher. Full details are on the website. Look…


Added by James Kerr on April 12, 2011 at 14:54 — 2 Comments

Photography in the "Sixties" by William Strudwick

Few of the process workers of to-day can remember the year 1860, and those who remember it were not then process workers – they must have been nestling in their mothers’ arms, or filled with a laudable ambition to form correct pothooks and hangers at the school desk, or perchance they were still in the dark room undeveloped. Besides, at that time there were no processes to work in the way we understand to-day. At most a method of surface printing in the nature of lithography was practised,…


Added by Tony Rackstraw on April 11, 2011 at 0:00 — No Comments

John Henry Gear - 1896 Photographic Award

For sale at - is a bronze plaque awarded to John Henry Gear by  l’Association Belge de Photographie at their 1896 Exposition.

John Henry GEAR was born 1859 at Yeovil, Somerset, England. He was listed as a teacher at the 1881 Census at Gloucester,…


Added by Tony Rackstraw on April 10, 2011 at 2:30 — 1 Comment

Photographic Society membership lists 1853-1900

I am completing a project to create a searchable database of Photographic Society of London, later the Royal Photographic Society, members from 1853-1900. The database will be made publicly and freely available through the internet by De Montfort University in the Summer. If it is well received then its coverage may be extended. The project is well advanced with some 2200 unique names, addresses, membership category(ies) and relevant dates.

The data has been sourced from published…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 9, 2011 at 17:20 — 2 Comments

Turkish DeLIGHT

A new exhibition which explores the birth of Turkish photography has been curated by Bursa-born Engin Özendes. Entitled “Kez Gı Sirem İstanbul/Seni Seviyorum İstanbul” (“I love you İstanbul”), the exhibit will display over 100 images and documents showing how İstanbul has changed through the eyes of Armenian photographers, based on three different periods over the past 150…


Added by Michael Wong on April 9, 2011 at 6:05 — No Comments

Kraszna-Krausz 2011 Book Awards short lists

Founded in 1985 by the Hungarian publisher Andor Kraszna-Krausz, the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards showcase excellence among books on the still and moving image. The foundation awards two prizes of £5,000 per year to books offering the most significant contribution to photographic and/or moving image scholarship, history, criticism, science and conservation. The Kraszna-Krausz…


Added by Michael Wong on April 9, 2011 at 6:00 — No Comments

Salt Print: Rich Pickings .....

If you're feeling rich or have some loose change in your pocket after the cuts, how about an early original salt print of Daguerre made by Whipple in 1855? Apparently used to illustrate the February 1855 issue of The Photographic and Fine Art Journal, only 4 other examples are know to exist!

All this for a mere US $100,000 (or approx. £61,500 in good old English…


Added by Michael Wong on April 6, 2011 at 10:49 — 1 Comment

Birmingham Library Acquires Francis Bedford, Tour in the East, 1862

Birmingham Library and Archive Services has acquired a rare set of the suite  of  3  portfolios  entitled  "Photographic  Pictures Made By Mr. Francis Bedford  During  the  Tour in the East in which, by command, he accompanied His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales" , published by Day & Son, 1862. These contain 172  prints, each  approximately 8 3/4x11 inches (22.2x27.9  cm.), many with Bedford's credit in the negative with a single photograph mounted to each leaf.  The portfilios were…


Added by Pete James on April 6, 2011 at 8:47 — No Comments

America Remembers: Civil War - 150th Anniversary

To coincide with the start of America's observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, which began 150 years ago on 12th April, a new exhibition featuring 400 haunting images will be held at the Jefferson Building, Library of Congress. Entitled “The Last Full Measure: Civil War Photographs from the Liljenquist Family Collection,” these are striking images, especially of…


Added by Michael Wong on April 5, 2011 at 17:43 — No Comments

Book: A Guide to Victorian & Edwardian Portraits

An introduction to Victorian and Edwardian portraits (Peter Funnell and Jan Marsh) selected by the National Portrait Gallery and the National Trust. From the revolutionary ideas of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the mid-nineteenth century to outstanding society portraits of the early twentieth century, this guide encompasses the invention of photography,…


Added by Michael Wong on April 5, 2011 at 17:42 — No Comments

Exhibition: Eugène Atget - Paris, 1898 – 1924

Eugène Atget was not a trained photographer. Instead he only turned to this medium having been unsuccessful in other vocations. Having to earn a living, he took up photography and started out in the provinces but soon arrived in Paris where he lived for the rest of his life. Atget worked anonymously and was considered a commercial photographer who sold what he called…


Added by Michael Wong on April 4, 2011 at 17:42 — No Comments

Elizabeth Edwards is Research Professor of Photographic History

De Montfort University, Leicester, has appointed Dr Elizabeth Edwards as Research Professor in Photographic History. She joins the De Montort team from her previous role as Senior Research Fellow at University of the Arts, London, on 1 June 2011. Her research interests are noted here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

Eastman House plans

Although the following is a little outside of BPH's main areas of interest it does fall in to the category of material that is of wider interest... The Rochester, NY, City Newspaper carried a feature on Eastman House which looked at future plans. Details are Here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2011 at 14:47 — No Comments

Royal Society: Turning the Pages of Herschel & Captain Scott

Since 1660, the Royal Society has been collecting documents sent to it from all over the world which includes travel journals, diaries and letters. These have been digitised and published on a regular basis by the Royal Society on their website. So far, the Royal Society has digitised and released fewer than 20 documents from its archive of more than 250,000.

Of interest…


Added by Michael Wong on April 2, 2011 at 6:10 — No Comments

Exhibition: Through the Colonial Lens: Photographs of 19th and 20th Century India

Through the Colonial Lens will feature more than 70 images, looking at the history of photography in India from its early adoption dating from the 1840s through the early 1900s and will explore themes of the subjective view, consumption of images and photography’s growing prominence over earlier forms of visual media. Drawing from local private collections, Through the…


Added by Michael Wong on April 2, 2011 at 6:07 — No Comments

Victorian Photography the Paxman way

Some of you may have caught the BBC series last year. But for those who missed it, here's a reminder of an entertaining clip of Jeremy Paxman doing Victorian photography ..... The clip features the Reeves of Lewes photographic, established 1855 which still has its negatives back to its founding.


Added by Michael Wong on April 2, 2011 at 6:00 — No Comments

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