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BREAKING NEWS: Dr Kelley Wilder awarded Professorship in Photographic History

Dr Kelley Wilder, Director of the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University has been awarded a Professorship in Photographic History at the same university. Details of her inaugural lecture will be announced in due course.

More to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2020 at 13:00 — No Comments

Fair: Classic Photograph Fair / London: 16 May 2020

A new photography fair which will be held during Photo London has been announced. The Classic Photograph Fair London will offer a wide range of images from early paper negatives and daguerreotypes to press photographs documenting the stormy 1960s.  

The fair will take place on 16 May 2020 from 0900-1800 at the Arcade, Bush House, 60 Aldwych, London…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2020 at 7:16 — No Comments

Exhibition: Your Stonehenge 150 years of personal photos / until August 2020

A new exhibition at the Stonehenge Visitor’s Center, is celebrating the nation’s memories of visiting the prehistoric site. A 1875 snapshot of Isabel, Maud, and Robert Routh, who made the journey there by horse-drawn carriage was unearthed by descendants of the Rouths in response to English Heritage’s request for family photographs taken at Stonehenge over…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 19, 2020 at 8:49 — No Comments

Symposium: Telling our tales through ambiguous photography: Decolonizing the visual library of the African continent / Cambridge: 31 January 2020

Cambridge School of Art has announced a symposium Telling our tales through ambiguous photography: Decolonizing the visual library of the African continent as part of the Stories of Kalingalinga exhibition programme at the Ruskin Gallery. The symposium is designed to trigger conversations between academics, practitioners and students and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 19, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

cfp: Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography / deadline, 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 January 18, 2020 at 17:24 — No Comments

cfp: Beyond the Back Page: Readings of Sports Photography / deadline 28 February 2020

Sport in its modern form developed contemporaneously with photography, and the growth of sport into a global phenomenon has been decisively influenced by its mediation in visual culture and photography. Photographs of sport, and of its most popular athletes, have long been essential not only to sports reporting but also to the commercial exploitation of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 18, 2020 at 17:01 — No Comments

Job: Cataloguer - Photography Collections / closes 2 February 2020

The National Trust photography collections include around 550,000 objects located at 250 properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Dating from the 1840s through to today, they include prints, albums, cased objects, negatives, slides and photographic equipment. The in-situ nature of the collections sets them apart in the UK, offering rich…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 15, 2020 at 20:02 — No Comments

Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair / Sunday 12 April 2020

After the success of the first Photograph fair last December, I am organising a second one, which will take place once again at the Royal Photographic Society's HQ in Bristol. A wide range of fine early photography will be on offer, from some of the leading photograph dealers in the UK and Europe. Full details are on the fair website:…


Added by Hugh Ashley Rayner on January 15, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

New Publication: Photo-­Objects. On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo Archives in the Humanities and Sciences

Photographs are not simply images but also historically shaped three-dimensional objects. They hold a physical presence, bear traces of handling and use, and circulate in social, political and institutional networks. Beyond their visual content, they are increasingly…


Added by Costanza Caraffa on January 13, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

Job: Research Assistant - History of Photography / closes 27 January 2020

You will work as a research assistant on a Paul Mellon funded project conducted by the National Trust and the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London.  Your primary role will responsibility for co-ordinating a number of workshops involving academics and museum professionals, which are intended to explore approaches to the extensive…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 9, 2020 at 8:38 — No Comments

Conference: Capital/ Consumerism/Culture / Cardiff: 24 January 2020

In response to the exhibitions presented in the Photography Season at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, this conference will address the politics of photography in terms of its relationship to consumerism, capital and culture. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 7, 2020 at 8:18 — No Comments

Edwardian Theatre/Circus Photos, Blackpool?

I recently acquired two small boxes of glass negatives, the first being magic lantern size plates are mainly of Blackpool landmarks,(will blog these shortly) the other is of figures in a range of costume, I know nothing about them and would love more information.…


Added by Andrew Gillett on January 3, 2020 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

The Hyman Collection. British Photography. Annual Update. 2019

Four years ago we launched to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have continued to develop the collection and the range of our activities. These include donations to public institutions, museum…


Added by James Hyman on December 25, 2019 at 9:00 — No Comments

Valley of Inkerman Revisited

The Royal Collection Trust's online description of a James Robertson/Felice Beato’s image entitled Valley of Inkerman (see below) reads:

Photograph of the Valley of Inkerman. In the valley in the foreground there is a road to the right and a river in the distance to the left. Behind are steep cliffs with a row of huts near the base. The…


Added by David Robert Jones on December 21, 2019 at 1:30 — No Comments

Help ID this military CDV.

I recently purchased this CDV, the identification said only  "British".

The back is blank. Can anyone help me figure out this scene?

Thanks, David…


Added by David McGreevy on December 13, 2019 at 21:30 — 6 Comments

Lecture: Larry Schaaf / The Future of the Past: The Talbot Catalogue Raisonné / Oxford: 6 February 2020

Professor Larry Schaaf will deliver the Royal Photographic Society Historical Group's 2020 Colin Ford Lecture providing a fascinating insight to his work on The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné.

Schaaf has been examining and compiling information on Talbot images worldwide for more than four decades. Beginning in 2014, with the backing of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2019 at 7:30 — No Comments

Blog: Charles Frederick Moore (1837-1916)

A new blog by Jamie Carstairs who manages the Historical Photographs of China project draws attention to Charles F Moore, who was born in Manchester, photographed in China and married a local Chinese woman.  He was a member of the London Amateur Photographic Association. Some of his surviving negatives are held in collections in Canada. 

The blog can…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 8, 2019 at 15:52 — No Comments

Exhibition: Pages from Photographic History / Russia: Hermitage, until 11 October 2020

The exhibition Pages from Photographic History is running at the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre a the Hermitage, St Petersburg. It acquaints visitors with the most important stages in the development of photography and touches on the technical, documentary and artistic sides of its evolution.

The exhibition is…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 6, 2019 at 7:36 — No Comments

cfp: Out of the studio. Photographers and mobile studios / deadline 15 February 2020

Numerous references to travelling photographers and mobile studios are sprinkled throughout the literature dedicated to photography. Robert Taft refers to photographic studios on board ships that sailed American rivers in his book Photography and the American Scene (Taft, 1938, p. 65-67). He recounts an undated anecdote about a confrontation…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 3, 2019 at 8:23 — No Comments

Obituary: William 'Bill' Barnes (1920-2019)

BPH has just learnt of the death of Bill Barnes, the film history and collector who died in July at the age of 99 years. Barnes, along with his twin brother John, who died in 2008, was a collector and historian of early British cinema. For a time their outstanding collection was on display as as the Barnes Museum of Cinematography in St Ives. John managed the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 1, 2019 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

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