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It is little wonder the life of Hemi Pomara has attracted the attention of writers and film makers. Kidnapped in the early 1840s, passed from person to person, displayed in London and ultimately abandoned, it is a story of indigenous survival and resilience for our times.
Hemi has already been the basis for the character James Pōneke in New Zealand…Continue
Mr Weber's group of photographers posed with their cameras at Bidston. Sitting on the wall (from left to right): W Murray, Thomas Moore, Mr Twigge, E Whalley; middle row: Mr Pendlebury (standing), Mr Wharmby, Mr Bolton, Mr Wilson; front row: J H T Ellerbeck, Mr King, H J Palmer, Mr Kirkby. John Henry Townsend Ellerbeck,…Continue
Added by Keith Giles on June 29, 2020 at 20:30 — No Comments
In the 1960's I had left college and worked part time as an assistant to Adolf Morath photographing industrial subjects. Mainly running around and changing the flash bulbs in the multi fash heads he had specially designed for him. He sometimes used the Bowens heads but prefered the ones he had designed himself.
I remeber him taking portaits with these lighte and being amazed that he could aim the lights so accuratley. (with no modelling lights).
For his industrial work he set…Continue
Added by Gilly Read FRPS on June 29, 2020 at 12:00 — No Comments
This new publication asks and seeks to answer a number of questions. How is a historical photo collection established, and how does it then grow? What principles and ideas guide the people responsible for such a collection? What do we mean when we say that photographs carry more than their content that they represent, but are material objects at the same…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 29, 2020 at 7:46 — No Comments
We formed Document Scotland back in 2012. Since then, we have worked on photography projects which have been exhibited, published, broadcast and shared with friends and audiences both at home and abroad. Highlights over these years include shows at venues such as the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the many events we have staged across Scotland…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 28, 2020 at 14:30 — No Comments
Oxford University Press has just published a four-volume set The Collected Letters of Humphry Davy. Davy is a significant figure in both the history of science and literary history. One of the foremost chemists of the early nineteenth century, he was the first person to inhale nitrous oxide. He pioneered electrochemistry, using the Voltaic pile to…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 28, 2020 at 14:18 — No Comments
Following on from the pictures of Staffordshire Photo Club here are a couple of images of Bolton Camera Club which are of a similar age. The Bolton Camera club started in 1884 and continues till this day.
I am not associated with the club these pictures come from my collection of photographers using cameras.…Continue
Julia Margaret Cameron: Close Up is a new exhibition at Dimbola Museum and Galleries focusing on Cameron's astonishing close up portraits of great men. The selection was chosen by her son Henry for a volume of work he was compiling called Tennyson and his friends. Printed in large format, these images demonstrate Julia’s genius for…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 20, 2020 at 15:30 — No Comments
Photo London has released its recording of a panel discussion about Roger Fenton which was held in conjunction with the 2019 exhibition ‘The Essential Fenton’, curated by Bob Hershkowitz and shown at Photo London that year.
This discussion brought together experts on the pioneering photographer Roger Fenton. Dr Sophie Gordon, Head of…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 20, 2020 at 15:18 — No Comments
During the Covid-19 lockdown we’ve all become acutely aware of one of the most essential values of digital preservation: remote access. Most physical collections, libraries, and archives have been closed down for several weeks. Working from home is problematic, especially when we keep in mind that rather than working from home by design or choice, we are…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 20, 2020 at 15:06 — No Comments
I've been lurking for a while but this is my first post. I acquired a pair of painted salt prints stamped 'Mr. Kilburn 222 Regent Street'. I assume these are by William Edward Kilburn but I cannot find other examples of painted salt prints by him.
Can anyone point me in the direction of other examples or tell me more about the ones I have (date…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 13, 2020 at 7:40 — No Comments
In the first third of the twentieth century, two French publications -- VU, and Art et Médecine-- introduced a 'New Vision' in the use of photographs to tell stories... an emphasis on sharply-focused 'documentary' uses of the medium.
I was initially drawn to its 1950s-ish B&W compositional style of abstract lines and blocks of light and shade…Continue
Stafford Photographic Society was formed in 1895. It is one of the oldest photographic societies in the Midlands. A young man named Charles Fowke was primarily responsible for its formation, he gathered together other photographic enthusiasts and started the YMCA Amateur Photographic Society, so called because they met at the YMCA in Gaol Road. In 1898…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2020 at 20:03 — No Comments
This month, Photoworks begins a year of activities marking twenty-five years of Photoworks. To mark its anniversary year it commissioned Ibrahim Azab to create (PW)_H3RE N0W)//_SINCE TH3N, 2020, re-imagining the Photoworks…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2020 at 18:49 — No Comments
While in the Crimea, Roger Fenton took a portrait of Frederick Augustus Maxse. In the picture, Commander Maxse, who at the time held the rank of commander in the…Continue
Added by David Robert Jones on June 9, 2020 at 6:00 — No Comments
The Association of Photographers (AOP) launch a series of breakfast talks with the most influential figures from the photographic community. A number of the talks will be of particular interest to BPH readers.
Talk 2 – Tuesday 9 June 09:00-10:00 - Commissioning Editors
With the COVID-19 dominating the headlines, how are the…
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 20:30 — No Comments
PhD student, Rachel Maloney, the University of Brighton’s V&A Research Exchange Fellow, discusses how her research has had to adapt during lockdown. Rachel is an artist and researcher whose work focuses on memory and personal narrative within family photographs and archival collections. Her project outlined a practice-led research project that would…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 20:29 — No Comments
The Royal Society played an important role in recording the introduction and progress of photography from the 1830s onwards. A new resources from Google Arts and Culture brings some of the Society's archives relating to photography to the fore.
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 20:25 — No Comments