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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

Auction: John Thomson’s Views on the North River (Hong Kong, 1870) / London: Sotheby’s, 12 November 2019

Sotheby’s has announced that it will be offering a copy of John Thomson’s Views on the North River (Hong Kong, 1870) in its auction of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on 12 November 2019.

This is the rarest of all of Thomson’s photobooks on China, of which fewer than 10 copies are known and only 3 copies are located in institutional…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Jobs: Edward Chambré Hardman Photographic Collection / closes 1 October 2019

The National Trust has announced two new vacancies at The Hardmans’ House. The full time fixed-term Archivist and Digitisation Conservator roles will be based at Liverpool Central Library and Archives on a two year project that will focus on the cataloguing, digitising and rehousing of the Edward Chambré Hardman Photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 14:00 — No Comments

Call for work: Malde-Ware platinum/palladium printing-out process / deadline, 15 December 2019

For anyone practising the Malde-Ware platinum/palladium printing-out method of photography, there is a call for submission of work for possible inclusion in Pradip Malde's forthcoming book on this process.  The book will be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 14:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Unearthed: Photography's Roots / London, from 17 June 2020

In Summer 2020, Dulwich Picture Gallery will present the first exhibition to trace the history of photography as told through depictions of nature, revealing how the subject led to key advancements in the medium, from its very beginnings in 1840 to present day. Unearthed: Photography’s Roots will be the first major…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 13:44 — No Comments

Resources: Symposium on Photography: Reprinting Color Photographs as a Preservation Strategy

Four months ago, SFMOMA hosted a special symposium entitled, Reprinting Color Photographs as a Preservation Strategy. The full program, transcripts, and videos are now live on the website via the link below.



Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments

Kickstarter: Loupe magazine Issue 10

Loupe is a free photography magazine widely available across the UK. Launched in 2016 and now published on a bi-annual basis, it is best known for featuring a diverse range of contemporary photography. Over the years it has built a loyal following and has launched a Kickstarter funding call to to make Issue 10 the best and most widely available to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 12:16 — No Comments

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