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'Lady' goes on World Tour

That's Lady Shallot to you and me! (not the gaga type).


Taken by one of Victorian pioneers of photography, Henry Peach Robinson of Tunbridge Wells, the image is made from two separate negatives illustrating a scene from a poem by Tennyson.


The Lady of Shallot is set to go on an international exhibition which…
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Added by Michael Wong on October 10, 2010 at 21:54 — No Comments

Online Launch: Johnston Collection

This unique collection represents the work of three generations of a local family of photographers who captured images of life in and around Wick between 1863 and… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 10, 2010 at 21:53 — No Comments

125 years of Kodak ...

Kodak recently celebrated 125 years of innovation at last month's Photokina in… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 10, 2010 at 21:52 — No Comments

When 21st century high-tech meets 19th century photography ...

The image was considered to be one of the finest examples, if not the most famous, in the history of
daguerrean photography. Taken in 1848 by Charles Fontayne and William Porter, it was a panorama spanning some 2 miles of the Cincinnati waterfront. They produced it using eight 6.5 by 8.5inch… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 7, 2010 at 23:27 — 1 Comment

Photomonth Photofair this weekend

As part of the East London Photography Festival, there will be a Photofair with over 100 stalls selling photographs, books, prints and other services. It will be held this coming Saturday 9th October at the Spitalfields Traders… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 7, 2010 at 18:00 — No Comments

Maurice Broomfield 1916-2010

The industrial photographer Maurice Broomfield whose work documented the inner landscape of industrial Britain from the 1950s to the 1970s has died. He succeeded through his striking photographs in revealing both the grit and beauty of the people, factories and processes which manufacture the everyday objects around us. The V&A have recently taken possession of the photographer's archive.

A full obituary can be…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2010 at 12:45 — No Comments

John Claude White: Tibetian Gems auctioned off

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Added by Michael Wong on October 6, 2010 at 20:08 — No Comments

Auction: Eaton S. Lothrop, Jr. Photographic Collection, Part II

If you'd missed out on the first installment of this auction as mentioned in an earlier blog, fear not, as the second lot is now online from today until 26th October. This second collection will… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 6, 2010 at 19:43 — No Comments

Irish Photohistorian: Sean Sexton

It has been said that Sean Sexton's collection of Irish photos is one of the greatest in the world. The critically acclaimed Sexton collection has been published in several books, including The Irish: A Photohistory (Amazon link on the right: ISBN-10: 0500510970)… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 5, 2010 at 11:48 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: First Photographs of Hong Kong

As mentioned in an earlier blog, part of The Hong Kong Photo Festival will feature an exciting new exhibition entitled "First Photographs of Hong Kong". It will showcase treasured photo collections of Hong Kong in the… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 5, 2010 at 11:47 — 1 Comment

Manchester and J T Chapman - exhibition

Following recent discoveries in the John Rylands Library Special Collections, UNDEREXPOSED is an exhibition in Collaboration withThe Museum of Science and Industry, celebrating the life of one of Manchester’s early photographic pioneers, J.T. Chapman.

Chemist, inventor and photographer, Chapman invented some of the processes that were to become standard in early photography. However, he…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2010 at 20:00 — No Comments

Early Photojournalism: 1855-1945

The development of early photojournalism paralleled advancements in reproductions of the printed page, cameras, and film technology. In 1855, photographs taken by Roger Fenton of the Crimean War were translated into wood engravings in order to be published in The Illustrated London News.



The same was true of Wood & Gibson as well as Timothy… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 4, 2010 at 15:23 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Central Axis of Beijing 1890-1960

For the benefit of those BPH members interested in old China photography, there is an interesting exhibition focussing on architecture in the city situated… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 2, 2010 at 22:55 — No Comments

Bourne Supremacy takes on Historic Delhi

No, not your 21st century CIA assassin, aka Jason Bourne, but our very own 19th century Staffordshire 'sharp shooter', Samuel Bourne (… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on September 29, 2010 at 19:33 — No Comments

Niépce - Now or Never!

As part of the 2-day Niépce in England Conference to be held next month in Bradford, participants will have a very unique and unprecedented opportunity (that may not be repeated in our lifetime) to view all three Niépce plates ‘out… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on September 28, 2010 at 17:30 — No Comments

Francis Galton and The Art of Composite Photography

Like his cousin, Charles Darwin, Francis Galton (1822 - 1911), worked on the study of heredity. He founded the science of eugenics (the study of improving human races), and in 1865 documented his findings in his best-known work "Hereditary Genius, its Laws and Consequences". In the history of photography, one attributes to Galton the development of… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on September 27, 2010 at 22:32 — No Comments

Exhibition: Memory of Place (1840-1870) featuring Roger Fenton

'Memory of Place' showcases a collection of images from the Musee d'Orsay's archives.…
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Added by Michael Wong on September 27, 2010 at 22:30 — No Comments

A Close-up: GR Lambert

I was fortunate enough to make a quick stop in Singapore last month to view the exhibition 'The Originals of GR Lambert' which is currently on show at the Philatelic Museum - as mentioned in an… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on September 27, 2010 at 21:30 — No Comments

NMeM under threat

The National Media Museum appears on a leaked list of public bodies under review for closure by the government. Incorrectly named as the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television the museum is directly funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as part of the National Museum of Science and Industry. Other bodies which are under review include the National Archives and eighteen other museums and galleries in the UK. The British Library is to be…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 24, 2010 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Paul Nadar: 19th Century Photo Reportage

Paul Nadar (1856-1939) was the son of the celebrated nineteenth-century French photographer Felix Gaspard Tournachon, aka Nadar. Between the two of them, they achieved a number of 'firsts' in the history of photography including aerial photography, artificial lighting, patented a projection… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on September 23, 2010 at 11:00 — No Comments

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