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National Trust appoints Troiano as national photography curator

Catherine Troiano has been appointed by the National Trust as Project Curator - National Photography Collections. The position was advertised in March. The role provides oversight of the Trust's…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Holy Rood and Noiseless Noise by Norman McBeath / Edinburgh, until 22 June

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh presents Holy Rood, an exhibition of black and white photographs by Norman McBeath of branches,…


Added by Norman McBeath on June 17, 2019 at 17:05 — No Comments

In Conversation: John Stezaker at the National Portrait Gallery, 21 June 2019, 7pm

Since the 1970s, the celebrated artist John Stezaker (b. 1949) has created distinctive collages using found photographs and illustrated ephemera, particularly mid twentieth-century film stills, press and publicity portraits. His minimal, but impactful interventions in these works – cutting out, slicing and splicing images – create uncanny and psychologically…


Added by Constantia Nicolaides on June 17, 2019 at 13:00 — No Comments

Research throws new light on to the science of daguerreotype plates

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) and The University of New Mexico have announced the groundbreaking findings of a two-year study of the plasmonic properties of daguerreotypes. Using atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, together with numerical calculations, the team of scientists from The Met and UNM, in collaboration with Century…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2019 at 11:11 — No Comments

Video resource: photographic process of developed gelatino bromide

The Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) - Girona city Council (Catalonia) presents a new audiovisual product for a better understanding of the photographic process of developed gelatinobromide. This process was created by Richard Leach Maddox in 1871 and improved by Charles Harper Bennett in 1878. It has been very successful as it is the main…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Photographs of 19th century lawyers / Angelo Lewis

I am researching the life of Angelo Lewis who, before be became a full-time author, was at the Bar from about 1861 to about 1876.  Photographs exist of Lewis in later life, but I am trying to find one when he was a practising lawyer. His Inn of Court does not have any such photographs.

Could anyone suggest a resource that I could try?

Added by Peter Brunning on June 14, 2019 at 8:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Coming Soon, Film Posters from the Dwight M. Cleveland Collection / from 12 July

Coming Soon is the largest museum show of movie “Coming Attraction” Glass Slides & Movie Posters. Included in the exhibition are works from famed British actors such as Charlie…


Added by dwight cleveland on June 10, 2019 at 18:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cindy Sherman: Early Works, 1975-80 / Edinburgh, from 28 June 2019

The exhibition will present, Untitled (Murder Mystery People), some of Sherman’s earliest self-portrait photographs that were made in 1976, the year she graduated from the art department at the State University College at Buffalo, USA. The exhibition will also include the 16mm film, Doll Clothes, (1975) and a selection of works…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Photographer Terry O'Neill honoured

Photographer Terry O'Neill has been awarded a CBE for 'services to photography' in the Queen's birthday honours list published today. O'Neill joins a select group of photographers to be given the honour, including Don McCullin, Harry Benson and David Bailey. 

O'Neill is represented by Iconic Images. See: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 8, 2019 at 6:00 — No Comments

Correct date of Roger Fenton’s 'Council of War' photograph

One of Roger Fenton’s (right) more popular images from the Crimean War is entitled Council of War held at Lord Raglan’s Head Quarters the Morning of the successful Attack on the Mamelon, Portraits of Lord Raglan, Maréchal Pélissier, and Omar Pacha (below). It was originally shown under this title at an exhibition of Fenton’s Crimean pictures held in…


Added by David Robert Jones on June 6, 2019 at 6:00 — No Comments

The Life and Work of William Russell Sedgfield, Pioneer Photographer by Hardwicke Knight.

The Life and Work of William Russell Sedgfield, Pioneer Photographer by Hardwicke Knight was published in New Zealand during 1998 as a two volume limited edition of 200 copies. Does any member of this forum own a copy of this work? I am particularly interested in Sedgfield’s visits to the Norfolk seaside town of Great Yarmouth and his…


Added by Paul Godfrey on June 4, 2019 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

York Calotype Trail and events / Autumn 2019

Autumn 2019 will see a commemoration of the 1844 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in York at which Hill and Adamson Calotyped many of the participants. To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the meeting York Philosophical Society, York Museums Trust (YMT) and York Explore (YE – formerly York Central Library) will present…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 2, 2019 at 11:09 — No Comments

Resource: Alfred Stieglitz Key Set

In 1949, Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Estate donated 1,311 photographs by Alfred Stieglitz to the National Gallery of Art and placed on deposit an additional collection of 331 portraits of O’Keeffe, which were later given to the Gallery in 1980. This collection, known as the Key Set, is an unparalleled selection of Stieglitz’s photographs,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 2, 2019 at 10:29 — No Comments

Exhibition: Bloom...away, early botanical photography / London: 10-19 June 2019

Showcasing works from the 19th and 20th centuries, Bloom..away explores the different ways in which photographers have chosen to document plants with their cameras. The exhibition is the first from the Sarah Wheeler Gallery. 

Two large format cyanotypes of ferns - the blueprint process used to such good effect by Anna Atkins - will be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 2, 2019 at 10:00 — No Comments

Date of birth of Frederick Scott Archer / new information

Confirmation of date of birth of Frederick Scott Archer. The website for him notes that he was baptised together with his siblings the same day in 1822. This website seems to be updated to 2013.

In case it hasn’t been recorded since, the true date of birth of FSA…


Added by James Edward Packer on May 30, 2019 at 12:00 — 4 Comments

Historian Alan Barnes

I have just heard that ALAN BARNES, a former friend and colleague from the University of Derby died last week. He was an original thinker and researcher in the history of art and was particularly interested in the history of photography. The funeral is at 12.30 on 10 June at Trent Valley Crematorium near Derby. Can you please pass on this sad news to those you think should know. Thanks.

Added by Paul Hill on May 29, 2019 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Pauline Heathcote Archive at Bromley House Library- update

Pauline Heathcote's Archive of her research notes and letters for her publications is temporarily unavailable. The archive was stored in the attics at Bromley House and has had to be removed and stored off site while the library roof is repaired and the floors strengthened. We expect to reopen early in 2020.  

Until then some of Pauline's published…


Added by Eric Butler on May 28, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

NS+MM: Associate Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology appointed

Phillip Roberts, previously a researcher at Birmingham Museums and a researcher working with the National Science and Media Museum, has been appointed Associate Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. Phillip completed his PhD at the University of York which was titled The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2019 at 13:34 — No Comments

Lecture: Brunel and Stephenson, a Portrait of Iron Fellowship / London, NPG, 4 July 2019

Photo historian Rose Teanby discusses how engineering giants Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Robert Stephenson have been represented in visual media, both photography and art. How does their visual legacy reflect both individual achievement and resilient professional friendship throughout their eventful but prematurely curtailed lives?

Rose Teanby is an…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2019 at 12:45 — No Comments

European pictorialism from Amateur Photographer magazine

The Niépce Museum has made available online a selection of about 300 Amateur Photographer covers and plates that were presented on a screen in Julien Faure-Conorton's exhibition on French…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 25, 2019 at 20:36 — No Comments

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