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A 'new' McGlashon stereoview of Melbourne

Edinburgh photographer Alexander McGlashon travelled to Australia in late 1854, remaining in Melbourne until May 1857, running a photographic business based in 7 Collins Street East. Sadly very few of his photographs from that period are known to survive. It was therefore with some excitement that I recently uncovered a “new” stereo.

Edinburgh Council…


Added by Alex. Sinclair on November 21, 2019 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2020 - Call for submissions

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards recognise outstanding original contributions to the literature, art or practice of photography and the moving image. Two winning titles published between 1 January and 31 December 2019 will be selected; one in the field of photography and one in the field of the moving image (including film, television and digital media). The…


Added by Alex Anthony on November 19, 2019 at 23:18 — No Comments

Obituary: Terry O'Neill CBE (1938-2019)

Terry O’Neill, the photographer who chronicled London’s 1960s culture by capturing the celebrities and public figures who defined the era, has died aged 81.

O’Neill, who was awarded a CBE last month for services to photography and was known for his work with the likes of Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor, died at home on Saturday night…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 17, 2019 at 17:30 — No Comments

Interior of the Redan Bastion at Sevastopol

The Redan Bastion was an integral part of the Russian defences of Sevastopol during the Crimean War. Many…


Added by David Robert Jones on November 17, 2019 at 4:30 — No Comments

Event: Early colour photography and the Rothschilds / London: 24 November 2019

International photographer, designer and lecturer Janine Freeston discusses colour photography in Britain before the First World War and the beautiful Autochromes of Lionel de Rothschild. Janine is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and currently undertaking a PhD on early colour photography at…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 16, 2019 at 17:42 — 1 Comment

Event: Collection Talk and Tour: National Science & Media Museum / Bradford, 29 November 2019

The Photographic Collections Network are running a series of events across the UK combining collection tours with talks aimed at anyone working with photo collections and archives in museums, libraries and…


Added by Debbie Adele Cooper on November 16, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: The forgotten showman - R W Paul / Bradford, from 22 November 2019

Discover how Robert Paul, the forgotten pioneer of cinematography, invented British cinema. The year is 1894—a time of competition and innovation. Young engineer Robert Paul is sitting in his workshop when two businessmen arrive with the proposition of a lifetime.

Discover the beginnings of a new industry, enter the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 16, 2019 at 9:03 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Scotland's PhotographyAlbum, The Mackinnon Collection / Edinburgh, from 16 November 2019

This exhibition celebrates an unparalleled collection of Scottish photography recently acquired and shared by the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland. The photographs were amassed by collector Murray MacKinnon and represent Scottish life and identity from the 1840s through the 1940s – a century of dramatic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 15, 2019 at 18:26 — No Comments

Exhibition: Bill Brandt | Henry Moore / Wakefield, Hepworth, from 7 February 2020

The photographer Bill Brandt (1904-1983) and sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986) first crossed paths during the Second World War, when they both created images of civilians sheltering in the London Underground during the Blitz. Taking these acclaimed ‘shelter pictures’ as a starting point, this major exhibition will trace for the first time the parallel and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 15, 2019 at 18:17 — No Comments

Fair: Vintage Photograph Fair / Bristol, 1 December 2019

Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair is a new event; offering for the first time in the West of England, an opportunity for collectors of early photography to meet the leading specialist vintage photograph dealers…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 15, 2019 at 18:11 — No Comments

Doctoral funding: the photographic history of the Paralympic community in Britain

The Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture (ICSHC), de Montfort University, in collaboration with the National Paralympic Heritage Trust (NPHT) are currently offering a PhD position on the photographic history of the Paralympic community in Britain.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 15, 2019 at 17:56 — No Comments

Blog: exploring industrial photographs

As part of Scotland's Season of Photography the University of Glasgow has published a blog which explores the photographs contained within its business collections, and considers their unique value in archival research. The blog uses the Scottish Business Archive, part of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 15, 2019 at 17:50 — No Comments

Television: Daniel Meadows at the Bodleian / 20 November 2019

Daniel Meadows, who's archive is now housed at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, is the subject of a short BBC film which was made at the launch of his Bodleian exhibition last month. In it Daniel and John Payne - the young boy holding the pigeon - are reunited after 45 years, John was one of Daniel's sitters at his photography bus in the 1970s.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 10, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Women Photographers from The AmberSide Collection / Edinburgh, from 15 November 2019

Stills gallery is to present a selection of photographs from The AmberSide Collection, a unique archive that continues to grow out of the documentary production, commissioning, exhibition and touring work of Newcastle-based Amber Film & Photography Collective. The group established itself in North East England in 1969 and opened Side Gallery in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2019 at 20:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: George Washington Wilson. Queen Victoria's Photographer in Scotland / Aberdeen and Holyrood, 2020

Famous for his portrait of Queen Victoria on her horse ‘Fyvie’, accompanied by her servant John Brown, George Washington Wilson was at the time among the best known of royal photographers. His picturesque images helped popularise a romantic view of the Scottish landscape. These were sold to the Victorian middle classes holidaying in Scotland, a pursuit…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2019 at 20:30 — No Comments

Event: Lens & Press: Photographs in Print / London: 18 November

Experts discuss the massive contribution to British photography by two Hungarians in the 1930s and after: Stefan Lorant and Andor Kraszna-Krausz. British photography in print owes a huge debt to two Hungarian immigrants. The founding editor of the influential photojournalist magazine Picture Post (1938-57) was Stefan (István) Lorant. The founding owner…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2019 at 20:25 — No Comments

Martin Parr Foundation membership scheme reaches year two

The second year of membership of the Martin Parr Foundation begins on 12 November and includes a signed print of a Martin Parr photograph - the new print will be unveiled on the 12th.⁣ These change each year and are only available to members.

Membership benefits also include guided tours of the …


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2019 at 20:15 — No Comments

British Culture Archive

Founded in 2017 British Culture Archive is a registered non-profit resource set up to document, highlight and preserve the changes in British society and culture through social and documentary photography.

Our mission is to educate, inspire and engage people by curating online galleries, events and exhibitions – highlighting the changes of everyday…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2019 at 7:21 — 2 Comments

New open-access article: "New mobile experiences of vision and modern subjectivities in Late Victorian Britain"

Abstract: The article looks at the relationship between two very popular middle-class activities in Late Victorian Britain, photographing and cycling, and explores the influence that the new technology of physical mobility had on visual experiences and related photographic practices. It focuses, in particular, on the significance that…


Added by Sara Dominici on November 1, 2019 at 17:00 — No Comments

Minna Keene photographs return to Europe

Stephen Bulger Gallery is pleased to be exhibiting a selection of vintage carbon prints by Minna Keene (b. 5 April 1861, Arolsen, Germany; d. November 1943, Oakville, Canada) at Paris Photo in booth A5.

Minna Keene, née Bergman, lived in Great Britain, South Africa, and Canada. She emigrated to the United Kingdom in approximately 1880 to become a…


Added by Stephen Bulger on October 31, 2019 at 14:30 — No Comments

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