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Historic Muybridge Collection returns to Kingston

A highly significant collection of work by pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge is to be brought back to his home town thanks to a partnership between the Royal Borough of Kingston and Kingston University.

The unique material is part of the Victorian photographer’s own personal collection, which he bequeathed to Kingston Museum on his death. It…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2019 at 12:21 — No Comments

Auction: Photographica, London: 14 November 2019

Chiswick Auctions next sale of Photographica includes a large selection of historic and collectable photographs and cameras. Of particular note is a group of lantern slides of East London Types by 'KY' from c.1900. 

The full auction can be seen online here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2019 at 12:12 — No Comments

Scotland’s Season of Photography: A L Coburn talk / Edinburgh, 12 November 2019

As part of Photography Scotland’s Season of Photography which runs until the end of November Roddy Simpson, on the eve of the 2019 Robert Louis Stevenson Day, will be talking about the work of American-born twentieth century photographer Alvin Langdon…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

Conference: Light | Sensitive | Media / London: 1-2 November / Open for bookings

Bookings are now open for the academic conference -  Light | Sensitive | Media  - which takes place on 1-2 November at the University of West London, St Mary's Road, Ealing, London.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2019 at 10:29 — No Comments

Valleys of the Shadow of Death Today

As a follow-on to my last post, members might be interested in seeing how the two different 'Valleys of the Shadow of Death', one taken by Roger Fenton in April 1855 and the other by James Robertson/Felice Beato later in the same year, look today (at least in 2012 when I last visited the Crimea!).

The first colour photograph below shows the site where…


Added by David Robert Jones on October 26, 2019 at 2:50 — No Comments

Valleys of the Shadow of Death

On the Royal Collection Trust’s website concerning Robertson/Beato's Crimean War image entitled The Valley of the Shadow of Death ( (see right), there is the following description: -

Neither Robertson’s…


Added by David Robert Jones on October 23, 2019 at 3:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Auto-Memento by The Family Museum / Swindon, until 4 January 2020

Hello fellow BPH members. I am the co-founder of an archival project called The Family Museum, which is focused on the history and practice of amateur 'family' photography.

We are launching an exhibition at Swindon Museum & Art Gallery  next week, with a Preview taking place on the afternoon Wednesday 23 October. If any members are local to the…


Added by Rachael Moloney on October 20, 2019 at 17:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cartomania / Aberdeen, from 30 November 2019

Cartes-de-visite were the first form of affordable mass-produced photography. These images of families and friends, royalty and celebrities of the day were wildly popular during the Victorian era. Queen Victoria herself helped spread the craze by building her own collection. People collected photographs of their families and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2019 at 7:39 — No Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre - Autumn 2019 programme

London's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck has announced its autumn seminar programme. All events are free and open to all. 

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 6-7:30pm. Room 106, 46 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD.

Andrés Mario Zervigón (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Fully Visible and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 13, 2019 at 12:35 — No Comments

Screening and Panel: The Photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher / Cardiff: 25 October 2019

Join us for an afternoon of discussion and a film screening to mark the opening of the exhibition Bernd and Hilla Becher: Industrial Visions.

A distinguished panel of experts, chaired by Dr Russell Roberts (co-curator of Bernd and Hilla Becher: Industrial Visions) and including Max Becher (photographer and son of Bernd…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 13, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments

Lecture: George Mind: 'The fair abode of femininity' / London: 9 October 2019

From the late 1880s there was a marked increase in the number of British women becoming professional photographers. Drawing on archival documents and photographs in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

This talk examines the dynamics of women photographers’ studios to better understand how they became competitors in a male-dominated…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 8, 2019 at 7:50 — No Comments

‘Trenches before the Redan’ by Robertson/Beato

As a follow-on from yesterday’s post, blog readers may be interested in another James Robertson/Felice Beato…


Added by David Robert Jones on October 7, 2019 at 11:48 — No Comments

Robertson/Beato’s Crimean War photograph entitled '8 Gun Battery'

One of James Robertson (see portrait right)/Felice Beato’s Crimean War images that has fascinated me is entitled 8 Gun Battery (see below). The description accompanying this photograph on the Royal Collection Trust (RTC) website states:

Photograph of an eight gun battery in front of Sevastopol. A wall created from earth and sandbags runs…


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

Early New Zealand stereo. Information sought on photographer

Purchased yesterday from rural South Australia , a stereo view from a British Commonwealth neighbour, New Zealand.

Having quickly Googled with the information to hand, one of the subjects may well be Sophia Hinerangi…


Added by Stephen Michael Barnett on October 6, 2019 at 5:00 — 8 Comments

cfp: History of stereoscopic photography / proposals by 2 March 2020

Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography is a conference within a conference, hosted by the National Stereoscopic Association at the 46th annual 3D-Con in Tacoma, Washington. 

In the last thirty years, scholarship on stereography has moved from the margins to a more central position in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2019 at 17:45 — No Comments

Lecture: Famous and Anonymous Victorians in the Stereoscope / London, 11 October 2019

The stereoscopic craze that swept over France and Britain from the mid-1850s to the 1862 Exhibition led to the production of millions of binocular photographs that are an invaluable help for anyone who wishes to study and understand the Victorian era. Among those images, so precious for the historian of the period, are hundreds of portraits of famous and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2019 at 17:30 — No Comments

cfp: Camera Education: Photographic Histories of Visual Literacy / by 7 January 2020

Photography has been entangled with education processes for nearly two centuries. For much of that time, photography has been used to communicate information, cement knowledge, and train individuals, groups, and machines alike in visual literacy and the meaning of cultural customs. In the late twentieth century, photography became absorbed into academia…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2019 at 17:10 — No Comments

Event: IPhMG photo conservation round table / London: 29 November 2019

The Icon Photographic Materials Group is delighted to announce the third photo conservation round table, taking place on Friday 29th November at the Science Museum in London. The event will consist of five-minute presentations and discussion, and aims to promote collaboration and knowledge sharing among conservators, as well as other professionals interested…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2019 at 16:52 — No Comments

Exhibition: Diableries: Stereoscopic adventures in hell / London: 28 October 2019

For the first time since 1860 Diableries will exhibited in London, just in time for Halloween. The exhibition coincides with the publication of a new edition of Brian May, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming's Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell which now includes all of the original stereocards, the missing cards having been found.



Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2019 at 16:30 — No Comments

Church of St Peter and St Paul in Sevastopol

When Sevastopol was abandoned by the Russians on the night of 8-9 September 1855 during the Crimean War, the city became accessible to the Allies and artists/photographers were able to document the destruction wrought by numerous bombardments by British and French siege batteries. The first to enter Sevastopol were the British war artist William Simpson, the…


Added by David Robert Jones on September 30, 2019 at 8:00 — 3 Comments

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