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Alan Elliott 1921-2020: A Life Well Lived

This awful year has taken another toll:  I am mourning the loss of a friend and mentor whom I never actually met face to face. Alan Elliott passed away on Oct. 30, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia, surrounded by family.  He was a remarkable 99 years old and still active in the photographic community until the Covid lockdown confined him to the Napier Street Aged Care Home.  He had participated in the Analogue Photography Group for the Melbourne Camera Club in 2019 and he missed interacting with…


Added by Muriel Morris on November 9, 2020 at 17:00 — 3 Comments

Blog: Chris Killip and the V&A

BPH reported the death of Chris Killip recently. Mark Haworth-Booth, the former curator of photographs at the V&A Museum, has a written a blog which corrects that assertion in some of Killip's obituaries that he was not properly…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2020 at 18:50 — No Comments

Information request: H.M & S, photographer

A BPH correspondent has been trying to find a reference to a photographer whose glass negatives were found in a friend's loft. The negs are all apparently marked 'H.M. & S.' and appear to date from the late 1890s or early 1900s. Does anyone recognise the initials?…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2020 at 18:30 — 22 Comments

History: The Photographers' Gallery print sales

In 2021 The Photographers' Gallery, London, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. A new online resource looks at…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2020 at 18:00 — No Comments

Online resource: Whipple Collection

Cambridge University's Whipple Museum collections are now fully online. Like other museums, only a small proportion of our collection is on display at any one time and, in the current public health situation, physical access to museums has become very challenging. But now you can search and browse through records and images of close to 7,000 objects, as well…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2020 at 17:59 — No Comments

Online: public picture archive

A free new online picture archive from Reach plc, the owners of The Mirror and The Express newspapers, has been launched as the nation goes into lockdown. Despite events being cancelled nationwide the new tool allows people to celebrate and share historical moments like fireworks night, Remembrance Sunday. Memory Lane is backed by…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2020 at 17:30 — No Comments

Resource: South African photographers 1846 to 1915

A new resource describes the history of photography and photographic studios in South Africa. It is accompanied by a gazetteer of studios for the same period. The text and resource has been compiled by Carol Hardijzer



Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2020 at 17:27 — No Comments

Magazine: The Classic - issue 4 - now available

The latest edition of The Classic - a free magazine about classic photography is now available. In addition, the publishers have also launched The Classic Platform, an online resource with articles from Denis Pellerin and Richard Meara, and more due to go up shortly. Also available is an auction calendar. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2020 at 17:15 — No Comments

Auction: 19th & 20th Century Photography / Dominic Winter Auctioneers / 16 December 2020

Due to new lockdown restrictions Dominic Winter’s photography auction set for 18th November is rescheduled for Wednesday 16th December with a revised viewing period from Monday 7th December (strictly by pre-booked appointment and subject to any revised COVID-19 restrictions). Meanwhile the catalogue is viewable online in various…


Added by Chris Albury on November 7, 2020 at 17:00 — No Comments

Auction: Rev George Bridges early Calotype album / 3-17 November 2020

An early album of salt prints by Rev George Bridges is being offered in an online auction by Sotheby's from 3-17 November 2020. Bridges was a contemporary of Talbot and these show some of the first Calotypes of Greece, Turkey and Italy. It is estimated at £20,000-30,000. 

The lot description reads: 


Album of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 2, 2020 at 8:00 — No Comments

Online event: Anna Atkins: Botanical Illustration and Photographic Innovation / 10 November 2020

Join us for an online in-conversation with Prof Geoffrey Batchen and Dr Lena Fritsch, discussing the work of pioneering British photographer and botanist Anna Atkins (1799-1871). Her innovative use of new photographic technologies linked art and science, and exemplified the potential of photography in books.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 2, 2020 at 7:30 — No Comments

Online event: A celebration of stereoscopic 3D / 21 and 22 November 2020

Rachel Nordstrom from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, Victor Flores, from Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal, Denis Pellerin and Rebecca Sharpe, from the London Stereoscopic Archive, have joined forces to organise this free online Zoom event, a celebration of Stereoscopic 3D. They have invited photo historians,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 2, 2020 at 7:00 — No Comments

Image search for licensing: 17 historical people 1789 – 1984

Looking for images / illustrations of 17 historical people 1789 – 1984 - Tried most commercial photo libraries worldwide  - any suggestions appreciated Thanks - full list and details on my news site here:  …


Added by Will Carleton on October 30, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

Curator Sophie Gordon has left the Royal Collection Trust

Sophie Gordon, head of photographs at the Royal Collection Trust (RCT), Windsor, has now confirmed publicly that she is accepting voluntary redundancy. She has been at the Collection for 15 years. The RCT is undertaking a significant restructure following a fall in visitor numbers and revenues as a result of COVID-19. The Trust is also making compulsory…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2020 at 7:03 — No Comments

Publication: Steel–Oil–Steam by EVANS+HULF is now available

Taken by Evans+Hulf between 2016 and 2020 using a giant 15 x 12 inch camera made by J T Chapman of Manchester in the 1880s, the photographs explore the engineering that underpins a heritage steam railway and show the people who keep…


Added by Tom Evans on October 21, 2020 at 15:30 — No Comments

Peter E. Palmquist memorial fund for photographic research / call open until 23 November 2020

Considered one of the most important photo historians of the 20th century, Peter E. Palmquist (1936-2003) had a keen interest in the photography of the American West, California, and Humboldt County before 1950, and the history of women in photography worldwide. He published over 60 books and 340 articles and was a strong proponent…


Added by Rebekah Burgess on October 20, 2020 at 13:30 — No Comments

Publication: Photography of Protest and Community: The Radical Collectives of the 1970s

Thrilled to announce my book is out now!  During the 1970s, London-based photographers joined together to form collectives which engaged with local and international political protest in cities across the UK. This book is a survey of the radical community photography that these collectives produced.…


Added by Noni Stacey on October 19, 2020 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Resource: World's largest photographic archive of sugar-fed young Australians

There are always crumbs of information about photographs to be had in strange places, most recently in an article in the Guardian about this book The Biscuit: the History…


Added by Joanna Sassoon on October 19, 2020 at 7:30 — No Comments

Online talk: Picturing the West India Regiment 1860-1914 / 19 October 2020

In this talk I will discuss my work to draw to together the disparate photographic archive of the West India Regiments. Scattered across the Atlantic in public and private collections, photographs of the men who formed the first 'official' British Army regiment made up of men of African descent represent the men in contradictory…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 18, 2020 at 20:30 — No Comments

Hills and Saunders' Harrow negative archive being part sold off on eBay...but the majority is retained and preserved

A short post on BPH has drawn attention to the current owners of the Hills and Saunders negative archive selling off negatives individually on eBay. The collection is - or was - owned by Pete Boswell who posted on BPH about his acquisition…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 18, 2020 at 15:00 — 3 Comments

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