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October 2011 Blog Posts (42)

PAGB archive with Birmingham

The archive of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain which contains  photographs and documents has been lodged with Birmingham Central Library and David Moore is working with the staff there to catalogue it. The PAGB archive has recently been joined by the donation by the Surrey Photographic Association of the collections of the defunct Central Association of Photographic Societies which includes the F J Mortimer Collection of prints. This will now form part of the PAGB Archive although…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2011 at 7:03 — No Comments

V&A Photographs Gallery: Have you got the Date in your Diary?

Just a reminder that on Tuesday, 25 October 2011, the V&A’s new Photographs Gallery will open to the public. The gallery will have an inaugural display of works by key figures of photographic history including Victorian portraits by Julia Margaret Cameron and significant works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Afred Stieglitz, Diane Arbus and Irving Penn.



Added by Michael Wong on October 16, 2011 at 18:30 — No Comments

Obituary: John Chittock OBE (1928-2011)

The Royal Photographic Society reports that John Chittock OBE FRPS has died.  John was a long-standing member of The Society joining in 1955 and gaining his Associateship in 1961 and Fellowship in 1966, remaining a member until his death. 

Born on 29 May 1928, John Dudley Chittock's career started as an editor at Focal Press, the leading imprint on books devoted to photography, film and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2011 at 8:00 — No Comments

Book: The Luminist

Fictionalising the bio of 19th-century photographic innovator Julia Margaret Cameron, David Rocklin creates, in Catherine Colebrook, a woman fascinated by the dawning of scientific photography. The novel opens in 1836 in South Africa, where Catherine is preparing to depart for Ceylon, a British colony off the coast of India (present-day Sri Lanka). Colebrook is fascinated by…


Added by Michael Wong on October 15, 2011 at 14:59 — No Comments

Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya

I attended a photo event at the Royal Geographical Society (London) a few weeks ago, and had a sneak glimpse of a new exhibition that the RGS was setting up.

Entitled "Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya", it provided a worrying insight into the impact of climate change in the Himalayan mountains. US photographer, filmmaker and mountaineer David…


Added by Michael Wong on October 15, 2011 at 14:44 — 1 Comment

Arthur Saltzmann - a UK collector?

I have recently acquired a few photographs from photographers such as Henri Cartier, Capa, Stichen, Avedon, Kertesz etc. They had been acquired from an individual who had himself acquired it over a decade ago from another individual and so it difficult to trace ownership.  However, behind most photos is a label which say "Art Collection - Arthur Saltzmann - Great…


Added by John Nunes on October 12, 2011 at 20:30 — No Comments

October 12th E-Photo Newsletter

The Latest E-Photo Newsletter is up online. It's nearly complete and will go out to our email readers tomorrow.  You can see it here: .

Here are some of the articles that you'll find there:

--George Eastman House Charity Auction results

--Daguerreian Society holds 23rd symposium on October 27-30 in St. Petersburg, FL

--Tokyo Photo 2011: a…


Added by Alex Novak on October 11, 2011 at 21:30 — 4 Comments

Book: China in Revolution: The Road to 1911

China in Revolution assembles a remarkable survey of historical photographs from leading collections around the world. The images stretch from the Second Opium War to the Boxer Rebellion and wars with Russia and Japan, the outbreak of revolution, through the rise and fall of Yuan Shikai and the ensuing warlord era.

The 1911 Revolution ended dynastic rule in…


Added by Michael Wong on October 11, 2011 at 18:56 — No Comments

The Kodak Catalogue Project @ The Photographic Historical Society

George Eastman is known for three major things in the course of his development of Eastman Kodak Company as the leader in the world of photography. One was mass production for which he introduced with his production of the Eastman – Walker roll holder in 1894. Second was his attention to research and chemistry, demonstrated by his millions of dollars donated to the…


Added by Michael Wong on October 10, 2011 at 21:57 — No Comments

Birmingham and photography's history

The Birmingham Post carries an interview with Peter James and a discussion about Birmingham's importance in photographic history in today's edition. The piece begins: Through October (6th-28th), the Birmingham School of Art's gothic splendour hosts a new exhibition, Perspectives, displaying images created by emerging and established photographers from Birmingham City University working with Chris Steele-Perkins, Magnum Photos, and representing one of the City's latest… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 10, 2011 at 19:41 — No Comments

Daguerreian Society symposium 27-30 October, St Petersburg, FL

The Daguerreian Society's 23rd annual meeting will be held in St. Petersburg, FL, Oct. 27-30.  Attendees from around the world will attend lectures, daguerreotype viewings, an auction and a trade fair that is open to the general public.  The events will be held in the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront (333 First Street South, the symposium headquarters) and the city's…


Added by Alex Novak on October 9, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments

Job: Photography Collection Cataloguer (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston)

• Work with Curator, Manager of Works on Paper and Photography Collections, Conservation, and Registrar departments to implement guidelines for TMS to bring level of cataloguing photographs up to highest standards

• Continue to review policies and procedures for cataloguing the photography collection to be included in the MFAH-TMS Style Manual; and update…


Added by Michael Wong on October 9, 2011 at 17:58 — No Comments

Job: Executive Director (International Center of Photography)

The Executive Director, ICP’s Chief Executive Officer, reports to the Board of Trustees and must be an inspiring, bold, and collaborative leader with a passion for photography and digital media. The Director oversees all professional staff and programs, and provides strategic leadership, management expertise, and financial oversight for ICP. In carrying out…


Added by Michael Wong on October 9, 2011 at 9:37 — No Comments

Publication: 19th Century photography in Persia

Nineteenth-century Persia in the photographs of Albert Hotz / images of the Hotz Photograph Collection of Leyden University Library, the Netherlands, by C Vuurman, Rotterdam 2011. Hard cover[oblong] 22,5 x 30,5 cm. 200 pag. with 150 photo’s by Hotz. The Hotz collection is described: around 1200 photo’s of which 650 by Hotz, the rest by contemporary photographers. ISBN / EAN… Continue

Added by Peter van de Kamp on October 9, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Hereford Photography Festival 2011

Now entering its 21st year, UK’s longest running photography festival will be returning next month with 40 exhibitions featuring more than 75 artists from across the globe. One of the highlights for this year will be an exhibition at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, co-curated by Simon Bainbridge, editor of the British Journal of Photography. The exhibition Time and…


Added by Michael Wong on October 6, 2011 at 10:21 — No Comments

What do John Llewelyn & Thomas Henry Winterbourn have in common?

Well, apart from being pioneering Victorian photographers, they both seem to be on a lucky streak! After the report of Llewelyn's £2 million grant here, there is now news of the…


Added by Michael Wong on October 5, 2011 at 11:48 — No Comments

Jim Dine photo query

I am an art historian, currently completing an article on an illustrated book - Jim Dine's photographic illustrations for Apollinaire's 'Le Poète assassiné', published in 1968. In one of the photographs included in the book, there is what I thought initially might be an acrylic paint tube - it is rather crumpled and it is hard to read the label properly. However some conservation experts agree that it is not any paint that they recognise and have suggested that it may in fact be a…


Added by Caroline Levitt on October 4, 2011 at 22:06 — 1 Comment

Latest activities

I have been involved in two projects recently which might be interesting to some of the members of this community. Over the past few years I have been compiling a bibliography, with excerpts and annotations, of articles about photography published in America and in England from 1839 to 1869; describing its practitioners and practices, and displaying the impacts of those activities and events upon the general culture of that time. I have reviewed more than 800 magazines and newspapers…


Added by William Stanley Johnson on October 4, 2011 at 5:30 — 1 Comment

When Aladdin meets the auction house

A rare presentation album containing 42 sepia toned salt and albumen prints of Persia in 1860 by pioneering photographer Luigi Pesce fetched an impressive £39,000 (or £44,850 including premium) - more than double the estimate - at a Norfolk auction house last week. It drew bidders from afar, including France and the United States, before the hammer came down to a London…


Added by Michael Wong on October 2, 2011 at 21:07 — No Comments

Resource: Middle Eastern Photography

The Arab Image Foundation's (AIF) photographic collection spans over a century (1880 to 1990) and includes 400,000 original images from across the Middle East, which range from amateur family portraits to professional studio shots. It's core collection (80 percent of their images) consists of photographs taken in Lebanon from 1920 through the 1960s, where photography was…


Added by Michael Wong on October 1, 2011 at 18:53 — 1 Comment

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