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June 2015 Blog Posts (29)

Publication: Lewis Carroll's 'Dressed as a New Zealander'

A recent paper in the Journal of Museum Ethnography discusses Lewis Carroll's photograph 'Dressed as a New Zealander' and discusses the props use by Carroll and the wider context around the image, the sitters and its subsequent history.

The full paper reference is available here: Jeremy Coote and Christopher Morton, 'Dressed as a New…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 7, 2015 at 13:52 — No Comments

Conference: Photography in Print - 22-23 June 2015: last call to register

The 2015 PHRC Annual International Conference addresses the complex and wide range question of ‘photography in print.’ The conference aims to explore the functions, affects and dynamics of photographs on the printed page. Many of the engagements with photographs, both influential and banal, are through print, whether in newspapers, books, magazines or advertising.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 7, 2015 at 13:43 — No Comments

Publication: Thomas Annan of Glasgow

Open Book Publishers have published Thomas Annan of Glasgow: Pioneer of the Documentary Photograph by Lionel Gossman. It is claimed to be the first account of Annan’s full achievement as a photographer. 

The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, Thomas Annan’s photographic record of the slums of the city prior to their demolition in accordance with the City…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 7, 2015 at 11:37 — No Comments

Auction: British cameras and a Talbot telescope

Special Auction Services is holding an auction of cameras on 1 and 2 July 2015 which includes a large collection of British cameras, especially brass and mahogany. Also included is a telescope reputed to be the former property of William Henry Fox Talbot.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 7, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Campaign: the face of a photographer on the new £20 bank note (UPDATED)

The Royal Photographic Society is encouraging everyone interested in photography to nominate an individual connected with photography to become the face of the new £20 banknote. The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has announced that the next £20 note will celebrate Britain’s achievements in the visual arts and The RPS believes a UK photographer or photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2015 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift until 24 January 2016

The works in these two component displays are drawn from around 2500 photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries generously donated by Terence Pepper, Senior Special Adviser on Photographs. Curators’ Choice is a tribute to his skills of detection and identification, and his eye for an overlooked or mis-identified sitter or photographer, as well as…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 3, 2015 at 8:52 — No Comments

Conference: Julia Margaret Cameron - A bicentenary conference / 3-5 July

The 2015 bicentennial anniversary of Julia Margaret Cameron’s birth is a timely opportunity for a reappraisal of the interdisciplinary significance of her work. The last twenty years have witnessed growing art-historical and literary interest in this pioneer of Victorian photography, yet much remains to be said about the range and import of her cultural influences, as well as…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 3, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

e-Publication: early Portuguese photography

Olhares sobre a fotografia is a new e-book by Nuno Pinheiro, free to download from It is a collection of texts, mostly published in the extinct Lisbon daily A Capital dealing with early Portuguese photography. One of them is "Gramophones da Luz" a 1990's academic paper, which is the first try on having photography seen by a social history point…


Added by Nuno de Avelar Pinheiro on June 2, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Camera Ottomana. Photography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire 1840-1914

Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) in Istanbul hosts the exhibition Camera Ottomana: Photography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire, 1840-1914 between 21 April and 19 August 2015. Curated by Zeynep Çelik, Edhem Eldem and Bahattin Öztuncay, the exhibition mainly consists of albums and archival materials from Ömer M. Koç Collection as well as…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 2, 2015 at 8:26 — No Comments

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