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September 2019 Blog Posts (25)

Church of St Peter and St Paul in Sevastopol

When Sevastopol was abandoned by the Russians on the night of 8-9 September 1855 during the Crimean War, the city became accessible to the Allies and artists/photographers were able to document the destruction wrought by numerous bombardments by British and French siege batteries. The first to enter Sevastopol were the British war artist William Simpson, the…


Added by David Robert Jones on September 30, 2019 at 8:00 — 3 Comments

Auction: John Thomson’s Views on the North River (Hong Kong, 1870) / London: Sotheby’s, 12 November 2019

Sotheby’s has announced that it will be offering a copy of John Thomson’s Views on the North River (Hong Kong, 1870) in its auction of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on 12 November 2019.

This is the rarest of all of Thomson’s photobooks on China, of which fewer than 10 copies are known and only 3 copies are located in institutional…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

Jobs: Edward Chambré Hardman Photographic Collection / closes 1 October 2019

The National Trust has announced two new vacancies at The Hardmans’ House. The full time fixed-term Archivist and Digitisation Conservator roles will be based at Liverpool Central Library and Archives on a two year project that will focus on the cataloguing, digitising and rehousing of the Edward Chambré Hardman Photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 14:00 — No Comments

Call for work: Malde-Ware platinum/palladium printing-out process / deadline, 15 December 2019

For anyone practising the Malde-Ware platinum/palladium printing-out method of photography, there is a call for submission of work for possible inclusion in Pradip Malde's forthcoming book on this process.  The book will be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 14:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Unearthed: Photography's Roots / London, from 17 June 2020

In Summer 2020, Dulwich Picture Gallery will present the first exhibition to trace the history of photography as told through depictions of nature, revealing how the subject led to key advancements in the medium, from its very beginnings in 1840 to present day. Unearthed: Photography’s Roots will be the first major…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 13:44 — No Comments

Resources: Symposium on Photography: Reprinting Color Photographs as a Preservation Strategy

Four months ago, SFMOMA hosted a special symposium entitled, Reprinting Color Photographs as a Preservation Strategy. The full program, transcripts, and videos are now live on the website via the link below.



Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments

Kickstarter: Loupe magazine Issue 10

Loupe is a free photography magazine widely available across the UK. Launched in 2016 and now published on a bi-annual basis, it is best known for featuring a diverse range of contemporary photography. Over the years it has built a loyal following and has launched a Kickstarter funding call to to make Issue 10 the best and most widely available to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 12:16 — No Comments

Celebrating 30 Years of Photography in Scotland

September 2019 marks the 30th anniversary since the establishment of Street Level Photoworks. To celebrate this landmark anniversary it will be looking back on the history of those who have helped shape Street Level Photoworks. But it also means celebrating the present and in looking forward to the future of what photography offers diverse audiences and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 12:01 — No Comments

Online course: The Living Picture Craze: An Introduction to Victorian Film

The Living Picture Craze: An Introduction to Victorian Film. Film takes a starring role in this free online course from the British Film Institute exploring the emergence of a new medium that was set to capture the world's imagination. 

Explore the birth of film…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 11:29 — No Comments

Meeting: William Crookes (1832-1919)

This year marks the centenary of the death of William Crookes. Journalist, chemist, photographer, spiritualist, businessman, sometime Secretary of the Royal Institution and President of the Royal Society of London, Crookes was a key figure in the science of the second half of the nineteenth century and beginning of the twentieth. This meeting, which is part…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2019 at 11:22 — No Comments

Exhibition: We Called to See You...can still be seen

The College of Optometrists has updated its museum website to provide a legacy page for its temporary exhibition on Victorian cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards of people wearing spectacles or showing signs of visual impairment.…


Added by Neil Handley on September 25, 2019 at 18:30 — No Comments

Auction: Photography: From West to East / Dominic Winter Auctioneers / Thursday 3 October

Photography in China is the dominant theme in Dominic Winter’s 320-lot photography sale on 3rd October.

Highlight among the 50 China lots is the notoriously rare Views on the North River (1870) by John Thomson (1837-1921), estimated at £15,000-20,000. But with only 4 copies in…


Added by Chris Albury on September 22, 2019 at 0:00 — No Comments

Research request: A street telescope

I am looking for any information on this stereo view, a street telescope, View Saturn and Jupiter! No information on the back. I have no Idea about the origin, England, France, Italy?

Does anyone recognize this image or…


Added by David McGreevy on September 17, 2019 at 23:30 — 4 Comments

Exhibition: Notre-Dame of Paris: Photographs and images from the Conway Library at the Courtauld.

Lindy Grant, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Reading and Tom Nickson, Senior Lecturer in Medieval Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, have created an online exhibition of images of Notre-Dame de Paris from the collections of the Conway Library of the Courtauld Institute of Art.

This exhibition consists of texts and…


Added by Philip Bovey on September 12, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments

Information request: What uniform?

This albumen print is a portrait of captain WH Barten. Identified on a separate paper. 

Does someone know more about this type of uniform? I bought it with UK provenance. 

Print ca. 16 x 12,8 cm. 



Added by Wouter Lambrechts on September 11, 2019 at 19:00 — 6 Comments

Vintage photography fair in Amsterdam: Dialogue / 21 September 2019

Until now, the Netherlands lacked a meeting point for Vintage Photography.

Inspired by the famous Frido Troost (1960-2013), whose Institute of Concrete Matter, offered a space where collectors, curators and photographers could meet and have extraordinary encounters and dialogues on photography, two curators and three collectors…


Added by Wouter Lambrechts on September 11, 2019 at 13:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Color Mania / Winterthur, to 24 November 2019

Fotomuseum Winterthur and the FilmColors research teams of …


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2019 at 7:37 — No Comments

Festival: St Andrews / 4-27 October 2019

The interplay between scientific studies and the photographic medium is the theme for this year's St Andrew's Photography Festival. The programme includes a symposium, exhibitions and public events all taking science and photography which draw on the rich collections of the University of St Andrews. A number are of particular interest to those interested in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2019 at 17:46 — No Comments

Course: A concise history of photography / London: 9-10 November 2019

Investigate the fascinating history and theories of photography in this weekend-long course hosted by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and delivered by Professor Mark  Rawlinson. 

In 1859, Charles Baudelaire famously described photography as “art’s mortal enemy” and argued its proper function was to be the “very humble…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2019 at 17:25 — No Comments

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…


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

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