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William Edward Kilburn - Painted salt prints

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…

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Added by Martin John Last on June 15, 2020 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Artist talks from Street Level Photoworks

Glasgow's Street Level Photoworks has released a series of online photographer/artist talks from recently events. They comprise: 

  • Recording of an artist talk by Peter Kennard at the book launch of 'Visual Dissent', Street Level Photoworks 2nd October 2019. See: …
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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 13, 2020 at 7:40 — No Comments

Early Photojournalism and the 'lost works' of Andre Kertesz, Germaine Krull, Man Ray, and Brassai

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.

VU Magazine…

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Added by Robert Enteen on June 13, 2020 at 1:00 — 1 Comment

Woman at the Great Window (Photographer unknown)

I bought this framed photograph (print 283 x 232 mm) a week or so before Covid-19 locked us down and it has been propped against a wall in my study waiting for me to decide what to do with it.

I was initially drawn to its 1950s-ish B&W compositional style of abstract lines and blocks of light and shade…

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Added by Graham Barnes on June 10, 2020 at 17:00 — 13 Comments

Staffordshire Photographic Society celebrates 125 years

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…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2020 at 20:03 — No Comments

Photoworks celebrates 25 years

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…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2020 at 18:49 — No Comments

Maxse Brothers Mix-up

This is another post to the blog concerning mistakes I have found in the titles and descriptions of Crimean War photographs in collections that I hope will come to the attention of curators.

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…

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Added by David Robert Jones on June 9, 2020 at 6:00 — No Comments

Online talks from the AoP

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…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 20:30 — No Comments

Blog: A Research Fellowship on a detour

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…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 20:29 — No Comments

The Royal Society and early photography

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.

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 20:25 — No Comments

Asahi Camera ceases publication with the July 2020 issue

Asahi Shimbum, the publishers of the Japans oldest photography magazine Asahi Camera which started publication in 1926 have announced that it will cease with the July 2020 issue. A reduction in advertising caused by COVID-19 and economic factors are cited as the reasons for the closure.  

Since its…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 20:00 — No Comments

Online: The Indestructible Lee Miller / 12 June, 1800 BST

The curators of the Lee Miller archives, Lee Miller's and Sir Roland Penrose's son Antony Penrose and his daughter Ami Bouhassane will narrate a short film about Lee's work and life. 

The narrated film is called 'The Indestructible Lee Miller' and lasts approx 45 minutes. A question and answer session will follow. 

See more details: …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 19:59 — No Comments

Charles Dickens colourised

The Charles Dickens Museum is releasing the first of a new collection of colourised photographs of the great author, ahead of the 150th anniversary of his death on 9th June. The image shows Charles Dickens in 1859, aged forty-seven, with a warm expression, looking directly at the camera and sporting a bright yellow, green and blue Clan Gordon tartan…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Publication: Being There / picture journalism from 1923-2012

Being There is a new publication from Michael Hallett. It consists of fragments of biographies that collectively follow the progress of picture journalism from the advent of the miniature camera through to the arrival and impact of the digital age. It covers a ninety-year period from c1923 to 2012 and provides a critical compilation of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2020 at 12:20 — No Comments

Online: Kenneth Mees and Kodak research

The latest issue of the free, online, Science Museum Journal (Spring 2020, issue 13) includes two articles of particular interest to British photography. Jeffrey Sturchio writes about Kenneth Mees, Eastman Kodak and the challenges of diversification and Jason Bate writes about Projecting soldiers’ repair: the ‘Great War’ lantern and the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2020 at 11:57 — No Comments

Online exhibition: Cecil Beaton

Huxley-Parlour has launched an exhibition of over 40 vintage and early Cecil Beaton photographs in its dedicated online viewing room. The site is populated with in-depth essays and a range of detailed imagery, bringing context and information to each work. The photographs survey Beaton's career, ranging from portraits of the 'Bright Young Things' in the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2020 at 11:35 — 1 Comment

Online exhibition: Shirley Baker. A Different Age / 22 June-24 July 2020

James Hyman Gallery presents an online exhibition of largely unseen photographs by Shirley Baker selected from the British photographer’s estate. The exhibition, which goes live from 22 June to 24 July via the Gallery’s website , includes her rare colour work as well as a selection of iconic black and white images.

Focusing on Shirley Baker’s…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2020 at 11:27 — No Comments

Webinar: Drawing: The Muse of Photography / 31 May 2020 at 1900 (BST)

Drawing: The Muse of Photography is a webinar from Drawing America and presents a conversation on the relationship between drawing and photography with Hans P. Kraus Jr., Malcolm Daniel, Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and moderated by Allison Wucher, Director of Master Drawings New York. 

The talk will…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

Auction: Gandolfi workshop collection

Bonhams is to auction a collection of material, including cameras, tripods, workbench and woodworking tools, and the sign from the Gandolfi camera makers workshop in Borland Road, London, in a single lot on 29 July 2020. The property was originally offered by Christie's by private treaty in 1994 and is offered by that buyer, a Swiss collector. The collection…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2020 at 11:36 — 1 Comment

Video: Lai Fong - photographer of China

Lai Fong (c.1839-1890): Photographer of China is the first exhibition devoted to a nineteenth-century Chinese photographer. Unfortunately, the exhibition at Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art is inaccessible due to current circumstances. To share a view of the exhibition, Stephan Loewentheil, one of the principal supporters of the exhibition,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2020 at 11:00 — No Comments

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