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Course: Investigating the Archives: Photographic Collections of London

From the collections of the V&A and Royal Anthropological Institute to those at local libraries and in professional archives such as Magnum Photos, London plays host to a surprising variety of often unknown photographic collections and archives, all of which are kept for different purposes.

Using practical explorations, visits and thematic discussions this course arranged by the Photographers' Gallery and Birkbeck…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 24, 2010 at 5:30 — No Comments

Historic Process Workshops come to Lacock

If you’ve been looking for yet another good reason to come visit us at the Fox Talbot Museum in the historic village of Lacock, here it is! The Fox Talbot Museum is presenting a series of photographic workshops for next summer, comprising:

  • Dawn of Photography, with Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman
  • Wet and Dry Collodion on Glass, also led by Mark and…

Added by Roger Watson on November 23, 2010 at 12:30 — No Comments

Conference: Fay Godwin's Land Revisited - Mapping the Landscape

To mark the 25th anniversary of Fay Godwin's exhibition Land, the National Media Museum will be hosting a conference on Wednesday 2nd February 2011, exploring different approaches to landscape photography, with particular focus on Godwin's work. Academics, photographers and… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 22, 2010 at 15:04 — No Comments

Fenton saved for the nation - UPDATED

In a blog report earlier this year BPH noted that the National Media Museum was looking to save a rare photograph by pioneering 19th century British photographer, Roger Fenton, entitled 'Pasha and…


Added by Michael Wong on November 21, 2010 at 19:30 — No Comments

Raja Deen Dayal (1844–1905): The Studio Archives from the IGNCA Collection

L… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 19, 2010 at 23:37 — No Comments

Permanent new home for Mander & Mitchenson Theatre Collection

The world-renowned Mander & Mitchenson Theatre Collection is transferring to the University of Bristol Theatre Collection - an exciting move that will create one of the world's largest theatre history collection.… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 19, 2010 at 23:36 — No Comments

De Montfort University supports early daguerreotype research

Leicester's De Montfort University will be supporting the MA research of Brian Carr on 43 extremely rare daguerreotypes. The daguerreotypes are part of the collection of Maidstone Museum where Carr, a photography enthusiast, has been a long-standing volunteer.

The valuable collection of early photographs date back to 1851 and include stills of the King of Hawaii, his wife and the Royal entourage. They were brought to Maidstone by Julius…


Added by Michael Wong on November 18, 2010 at 15:00 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Portraits of Writers from 1850 to the present day

This exhibition of portraits features works taken from three Parisian collections. Photographs from the Maison de Victor Hugo collection evoke the early years of photography and the history of… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 17, 2010 at 19:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Charles Marville, 1813 - 1879

The renowned 19th-century French photographer, Charles Marville, has remained a mystery for so long partly because documents that would shed light on his biography were thought to have disappeared in a fire that consumed Paris' city hall…

Added by Michael Wong on November 17, 2010 at 18:44 — 1 Comment

Lens 6: Wales and the World - The Festival of Welsh Documentary Photography

LENS is held from 19-20 November 2010 at The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, which holds the largest photographic collection in Wales (over 800,000 photographs). The collection includes the earliest surviving Welsh photograph, a daguerreotype of Margam Castle taken by Calvert Jones in 1841.…


Added by Michael Wong on November 16, 2010 at 12:00 — No Comments

London Photograph Fairs 2011

The dates have been announced for the 2011 London Photograph Fairs which will take place on 20 February, 15 May, 11 September and 20 November 2011. The venue will be the Holiday Inn, Coram Street, London, close to Russell Square tube station and within walking distance of Euston, St Pancras and Kings Cross mainline stations. Admission is £3. For more information see

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 15, 2010 at 7:30 — No Comments

Picture Post Historical Archive

Launching in December, 2010 The Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957 is the complete, fully text searchable facsimile archive of the Picture Post, the iconic newspaper published in Britain between 1938-1957 that defined the style of photojournalism in the 20th century. It is primarily intended as a resource for academic institutions.

As the latest addition to Gale Historical…


Added by Sarah McDonald on November 12, 2010 at 18:01 — 6 Comments

Obituary: Geoffrey W. Crawley (1926-2010) (updated)

Geoffrey Crawley, one of Britain's best photographic editors and scientists, has died aged 83. Crawley was editor of the British Journal of Photography between 1967 and 1987 and worked there until 2000, when he joined Amateur Photographer as photo-science consultant. He wrote for the magazine until recently.

Crawley had a long career in photography and invented the developer Acutol which was sold by Paterson from 1963. He also investigated the Cottingley…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2010 at 18:00 — No Comments

Lecture: The Practice of Intimacy

Elinor Carucci‘s photographs have consistently explored the types and levels of intimacy, focusing on her own body, her parents, her husband, and more recently, her children. Often photographing in close-range, Carucci relies on bits and pieces, expressions and symbols to communicate joy, pain, and the sometimes-elegiac sentiments that accompany relationships.

Born 1971 in Jerusalem, Elinor Carucci graduated in 1995 from Bezalel Academy of Arts and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2010 at 6:30 — No Comments

Photographic History 1890-1900 / Henry Sutton

I am researching my great grandfather Henry Sutton who was an Australian inventor. In the 1890s Henry lived in London and was a member of The London Camera Club. Henry invented a halftone photographic process called Electro-Phototypy, He set up a Company called Sutton's Process Syndicate Ltd in 1891 which ran out of 4 Tokenhouse Buildings and the place of production was in Blackfriars Rd just around the corner from Fleet St. His process was used in two weekly newspapers and a…


Added by Lorayne Branch on November 11, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Photography Rocks! (updated with video)

What happens when Queen meets a Professor of Photography?

Well, firstly, w're not talking about royalty here, but Brian May, from the rock band, Queen. And the Professor is no other than Roger Taylor. Again, not that Roger Taylor. He also happens to share the same name as the Queen drummer! Confusing?…

Added by Michael Wong on November 10, 2010 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

National Media Museum signage

Back in October 2009 BPH reported on the National Media Museum's revised signage project and subsequently reported on the positive reaction to it. The London-based designers behind the project, Carter Wong, have published their own short report on the signage project. Click here to read it:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 10, 2010 at 11:35 — No Comments

National Media Museum website revamped

The National Media Museum, Bradford, has relaunched its website, improving the content and navigation. See

Added by Michael Pritchard on November 10, 2010 at 6:00 — 1 Comment

Auction: Peter Henry Emerson

Bonhams will be holding an auction of photographs on Tuesday 16th November which will contain a key group of 19th century platinum prints on the Norfolk Broads by British artist, anthropologist, scientist and historian, Peter Henry Emerson, including 'Gathering Water-Lilies',… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 9, 2010 at 18:22 — No Comments

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