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Kresen Kernow makes digitised images of Cornwall's history available

Kresen Kernow holds hundreds of thousands of historic images of Cornwall and of people and events connected to Cornwall. Some of these images are glass negatives, others are engravings, prints and postcards. Some are glued into albums, others are loose in wallets and envelopes. 

Many of the pictures have came through individual family collections. We…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2019 at 17:18 — No Comments

Symposium: Collecting regions - Photography and a sense of place / Exeter: 18 September 2019

This one-day symposium at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter invites conversations on photography and photographic collections in the South West and wider UK in relation to aspects of place. Photographs relate to place in various ways including their documenting capacity and the direct inscription of the world on their surface. Therefore, photographs…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2019 at 17:02 — No Comments

Information request: The English Photographic Company

I would welcome any information about this company, set up around 1890 in Athens by Mr Shirley Clifford Atchley. Its photographs of architectural and archaeological sites were  commercially available via the firm of Beck and Barth, who had a shop in Syntagma Square and a link to the booksellers Eleftheroudakis (founded 1898). 

Email: Chris Stray …

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Added by Chris Stray on September 1, 2019 at 16:00 — No Comments

Blog: Electrifying daguerreotypes

In a new blog post 'from the vaults' Rachel Nordstrom, Photographic Collections Manager, at St Andrews University's special collections discusses the restoration of two daguerreotypes in the collections using the new technique of electro-cleaning which was first described in 2016. Two daguerreotypes subjected to the technique: one showing a man with a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2019 at 12:36 — No Comments

Workshop: Daguerreotype / St Andrews, 24-26 October 2019

Dr Mike Robinson is taking his highly acclaimed daguerreotype workshop to St Andrews, the birthplace of Scottish photography. Co-hosted by the University of St Andrews, the three-day daguerreotype workshop is the first time a mercury-based daguerreotype workshop has been held in the country.

The course is limited to six participants and each…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2019 at 12:18 — No Comments

Conference: The Institutional Life of Photographs / London, 6-7 December 2019

The V&A’s acquisition of the Royal Photographic Society collection from the Science Museum in 2017 has raised major questions about the place, role and nature of photography in museums, the shape of ‘collections’, the role and status of ‘non-collections’ of photographs, the practices and styles of history of photography, and the assumptions of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2019 at 11:43 — No Comments

David Johnson (1828 – 1901)

David Johnson was a Blackburn based amateur, later professional, photographer who was active in the 1850s and 1860s. Whilst examples of his later studio work survive as carte de visites, I’m interested in establishing whether more examples of his earlier topographical studies have survived the intervening years.

Some of his photographs were exhibited…

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Added by Rob Whalley on August 26, 2019 at 19:00 — 4 Comments

Publication/Exhibition: Now and Then, Daniel Meadows / Oxford, from 4 October 2019

Bodleian Library Publishing is publishing a new book Now and Then tying in with an exhibition of the same name. Daniel Meadows is a pioneer of contemporary British documentary practice. His photographs and audio recordings made over forty-five years, capture the life of England's ‘great ordinary’. Challenging the status quo by working…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

Identification: Walter Benington and friends photographer group

BPH member Rob Crow is seeking assistance to help identify the members of this group of eight photographers. Seated nearest the camera is Walter Benington (1872-1936) the Pictorialist photographer and leading member of the Linked Ring in its later years.  He was a member of the Ring’s “Hanging Committee” from 1907.  Margaret Harker (1979: 109) has a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2019 at 10:28 — 1 Comment

Publication: Tony Ray-Jones / pre-order

A new exhibition and book will mark the important contribution that Tony Ray-Jones (1941–1972) and his legacy, have made to British documentary photography.

The exhibition and book will focus on photographs taken between 1966–1969 as Ray-Jones, driven by curiosity, travelled across the country to document English social customs and what he saw as a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2019 at 10:20 — No Comments

Symposium: Charles Piazzi Smyth Bicentenery Symposium / Edinburgh, 2-4 September 2019

Registration for the Charles Piazzi Smyth Bicentenary Symposium at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and associated events, is open until 30 August. Smyth (1819-1900), the second Astronomer Royal for Scotland…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2019 at 10:00 — No Comments

Stereoscope viewer/Graphoscope variation

I received recently a purchase from an online auction site. It is in fair condition but has a very non-standard construction. See my photographs. Part of it seemed to be set up almost as Brewster style viewer with opaque screen and pop up mirror.

Any assistance with country of manufacture, date range for manufacturer, and manufacturer much…

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Added by Stephen Michael Barnett on August 25, 2019 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Prince Albert archive and collections published online

Thousands of photographs, prints and letters that reveal the private passions and public interests of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert have been published online to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth. 

The Royal Collection Trust has digitised 17,500 documents for a new website, the majority publicly available for…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 23, 2019 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Event: The history of photography in Birmingham's jewellery quarter / Birmingham, 29 August 2019

James Furnival sheds some light on the significance of the Jewellery Quarter and the developments of the photographic industry as we know it.  Birmingham and the Jewelllery Quarter played a very important role in the development of something that we all take for granted now. Through the evening, James will tell us about the key involvements of the JQ…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2019 at 17:44 — No Comments

Event: James Brimble - photographer and author of London’s Epping Forest / Chingford, 19 September 2019

Gary Stone will be talking about the photographer James A Brimble, author of London’s Epping Forest and owner of Brimble’s bookshop/newsagent in Chingford from the 1940s-70s. Brimble was a member of the Royal Photographic Society from 1941 and Associate from 1942. The talk takes place at Chingford Historical Society, on 19 September, in Chingford,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2019 at 17:30 — No Comments

Job: Chief Executive, The Royal Photographic Society / closes 2 September

The Trustees are seeking to appoint a new Chief Executive to lead the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). This prestigious Society, established in 1853, exists to educate members of the public by increasing their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of photography and in doing so to promote the highest standards of accomplishment in this art…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 17, 2019 at 13:27 — No Comments

Philo-Cine

I must firstly apologise that this is not a British photographic enquiry, but I would be very grateful to know whether any members might have ready access either to hard copies or to an online resource of French local trade directories - les annuaires commerciaux.  The localities concerned are specifically Le Touquet and Nice, covering the period between 1920 and 1940.  During this time a firm of street photographers - Philo-Ciné - took pictures of passers by, including…

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Added by Peter Klein on August 14, 2019 at 18:51 — 3 Comments

Did Roger Fenton pose as a French Officer in one of his Crimean Group Portraits?

This is my third recent post that concerns Roger Fenton and his Crimean War connections. In the first, I showed…

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Added by David Robert Jones on August 11, 2019 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

Roger Fenton’s Second Photographic Van

Further to my last post to the blog, I would like to add that Roger Fenton sold the photographic van he took with him to the Crimea in 1855 for £35 just before he left Balaklava to return home. However, he commissioned another when he got back to England and in the summer of 1856 set off with it to photograph landscapes in Scotland.

This new van was…

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Added by David Robert Jones on August 11, 2019 at 7:39 — 1 Comment

Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair / 1 December 2019

I am organising a Vintage Photograph Fair, to be held at the Bristol headquarters of the Royal Photographic Society. It will showcase a wide range of fine vintage photographs for sale, from leading photograph dealers in the UK and Europe.

Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair …

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Added by Hugh Ashley Rayner on August 9, 2019 at 12:30 — No Comments

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