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Scott Archer - a website and future book

Writing elsewhere Marcel Safier describes a project which he and Stefan Hughes have joined forces on. The intention is to produce a biography of the neglected but important figure in photograpic history, inventor of the successful collodion photographic process Frederick Scott Archer.

Marcel states: "We became acquainted through our mutual friend, Archer enthusiast and contemporary wet plate practitioner Sean McKenna. Already fresh and interesting material has come to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 7, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Muybridge blog

Respected historian of cinema and pre-cinema, Stephen Herbert, has been running a Muybridge blog. The latest posting discusses a possible connection between Muybridge, the name Helios and Paris.

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 7, 2010 at 9:30 — No Comments

Photographers' Gallery to close in the Autumn

The Photographers' Gallery, London, is to close this Autumn 2010 as construction starts on the transformation of the Gallery's building on Ramillies Street, London. The conversion by architects O'Donnell+ Tuomey will create:

  • Three floors of galleries
  • A floor dedicated to learning for all
  • An improved Bookshop and Print Sales space
  • A brand new street level Café/Bar
  • An accessible building with a new lift

Although the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 4, 2010 at 19:35 — No Comments

Libraries and the preservation of early photography

The photo-historian Larry Schaaf writes in the The Magazine Antiques about the institutional collection and preservation of photographs within the context of the British Library and it's activities. The first paragraph is reproduced below. Click here for to see the full text (for free):…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 4, 2010 at 19:30 — No Comments

Points of View a popular success

The British Library's most visited temporary exhibition during 2009-10 was Points of View which attracted 108,989 visitors and surpassed, by far, the Henry VIII exhibtion. Points of View: Capturing the 19th Century in Photographs was the British Library’s first major photographic exhibition and examined the development and influence of photography from its invention in 1839 up to the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 3, 2010 at 20:02 — No Comments

Appeal for samples of original unexposed Platinotype or Palladiotype papers

Are there any collectors of photographica out there with original samples of William Willis's Platinotype Company papers, in an unexposed, unprocessed condition? These were marketed during 1879-1937 in sealed tins, like baked beans, but it doesn't matter if the tin has been opened. Please contact me privately if you have something to negotiate.
The background to this request is a major research project just initiated by a leading US Museum into the conservation of historic platinotypes and…

Added by Mike Ware on August 3, 2010 at 9:58 — No Comments

Ebay: Original 1846 Fox Talbot salt print

If your wallet has withstood the recent Government cutbacks, there is an original salt print of The Chess Players that was issued for inclusion in the 1846 issue of the Art Union magazine for sale on ebay. Starting at £1950. The item number is 400140871767, and details can be found… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on August 2, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

Book: Images from the Likeness House

On a winter’s day in 1889, Tsimshian Chief Arthur Wellington Clah went to a photography studio in Victoria to have his portrait taken. “Rebekah ask if I going likeness house,” Chief Clah wrote in his diary, “So I go, to give myself likeness. Rebekah stand longside me.”

In Images from the Likeness House, Dan Savard explores the…


Added by Michael Wong on August 2, 2010 at 18:33 — No Comments

Jobs: Professor of Photography & Lecturer in Photography

Any BPH bloggers fancy a job at Princeton University? - but you might need a green card first, I think!

If so, read on ....

Job Title: Professor

Department: Visual Arts - 213

Requisition No: 1000505

Position Summary:
The Visual Arts Program, under the aegis of the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 28, 2010 at 19:06 — No Comments

How to turn £50 to £128 million .....

Nope, I'm not turning to be a con-man, but if this story is true then I'll be heading to the car boot sale at Laycock soon.

It's been reported in the press that a Californian antique buff, Rick Norsigian, found some negatives in a stack of ageing manila envelopes at a garage sale in Fresno, California 10 years ago. He claims to have paid less than $70… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 28, 2010 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Classic British Motoring Prints from 1896 online

For the first time ever, a unique picture library of over 5,000 historic photographs, advertisements and other promotional material from the archives of the British motor industry have become available online.

At the heart of Motorgraphs is the extensive historic photographic archive of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT) along… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 26, 2010 at 22:07 — No Comments

John Mercer - the local, unsung hero ?

John who?, I hear you ask, if you are as ignorant as I am on this one.

John Mercer (1791 - 1866) of Great Harwood is one of Lancashire's unsung heroes. A Victorian man of science, his interests in chemistry, printing and dyeing raised the game for the Lancashire textile industry. He was also fascinated with the new concept of… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 25, 2010 at 15:00 — 2 Comments

Flickr turns royal blue in colour

You would have probably read about this one in your Sunday papers today.

Historic photographs from the current Royal Collection exhibitions at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle and on loan to museums and galleries around the UK are to go online tomorrow (26/7/2010) at the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 25, 2010 at 14:00 — No Comments

George Washington Wilson, James Valentine & John Thomson

What do these three early Scottish photographers, George Washington Wilson, James Valentine and John Thomson have in common ?

Well, they all visited Morocco at some… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 24, 2010 at 18:35 — 1 Comment

Ikon Gallery's Edgerton show featured on Radio 4

BBC R4's Front Row radio programme will be discussing Birmingham's Ikon Gallery Harold Edgerton show as part of a wider debate about ground-breaking photography. The show begins at 7.15pm and will be available on the BBC's Listen Again feature for a week afterwards. Click here to listen:

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 21, 2010 at 15:29 — No Comments

Scotland’s hidden photographic treasures go online

A huge slice of Scottish photographic history has been uploaded onto the internet in a bid to share the nation’s history with the world. Over 2,000 previously archived pictures were posted onto Flickr by the National Library of Scotland. The formerly hidden treasures include the World War One photographs and an image of the chilling order for the massacre of Glencoe.

Library bosses decided to post the pictures online using Flickr’s Commons licence, meaning anybody can use them…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 21, 2010 at 5:26 — No Comments

Niepce in England - the video...

The National Media Museum/Getty Conservation Institute conference being held in October has published a short video explaining the purpose of the conference (click below to play). The video features Dusan Stulik talking about Niepce and the importance of his work within the conference context.

For more information about the conference click here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 20, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

China In Those Days: An Historical Postcard Journey

Sorry ! - you can call me bias, but I just have to squeeze this one in for those BPH followers in the China Photography sub-group.

With an excess of over 1600 postcard images spanning from the late 1890s to the first decades of the 20th century, this recently published book is very likely the largest pictural collection of ancient images on China and… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on July 19, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

Job: NMeM Development Officer

Can you demonstrate solid experience and achievements in raising funds from trusts, foundations and public bodies? Would you like to apply this within one of the world’s most prestigious museums? Our ability to meet our funding targets is critical to the delivery of world-class projects, exhibitions and visitor attractions. For this reason, we’re looking for a Senior Development Executive at The National Media Museum. With your experience in raising funds in the cultural sector, we will look…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 19, 2010 at 5:00 — No Comments

Job: Pitt Rivers Museum: Project Scanning Technician

Better late than never ! Deadline is this Friday 23rd July 2010.

Project Scanning Technician

Salary Grade 3 £17,111 - £19,743

Full time fixed term appointment until 31 August 2011

The Pitt Rivers Museum is seeking a Project Scanning Technician to work with the Museum’s Photographic Collection scanning photographs from the Wilfred Thesiger Collection as part of a project funded…


Added by Michael Wong on July 19, 2010 at 0:13 — No Comments

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