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October 2016 Blog Posts (32)

Resource: Transit of Venus 1874

The transit of Venus in 1874 has long been of interest to the photographic historians and the periodicals of the period. A newly released collection of digitised papers at Cambridge Digital Library has been added to the successful Board of Longitude Collection that was released in 2013. The Transit of Venus collection includes a selection of papers and photographs from the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2016 at 9:44 — No Comments

Job: Director, Australian Centre for Photography

The ACP is looking for a new Director with the vision, skills and capacity to lead the institution successfully through the next phase of its history.

The Director is ACP’s chief executive officer reporting directly to the Board and is responsible for leading the organisation strategically and operationally to achieve its goals and deliver its artistic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2016 at 9:37 — No Comments

China | 'Photographic Studies' Issue 1 Paper Call

'Photographic Studies' ( working title ) is a collection of scholarly essays in Chinese and partially English published on a flexible basis. Each issue centers around new trends in contemporary photography, approaching it from a historical and theoretical perspective. Through this, the publication seeks to dig deep into issues on the forefront of photography and further the discussion about them. The focus of "Photography and Culture Studies" is to emphasize the relationship…


Added by Yining He on October 12, 2016 at 5:00 — No Comments

Silvester's Household Brigade (stereoview)

This Alfred Silvester Stereoview puzzles me. I'm unable to understand its meaning. A goose (a Gallic cock, maybe ?) whose head is that of Napoleon III, is pushed or kept at bay by a group of maidens. Knowing that the relations between the French Emperor and Queen Victoria were reasonably good in the early 1860s,…


Added by Jose Calvelo on October 12, 2016 at 0:00 — 5 Comments

Lecture: Charles Wheatstone & the craze for the stereoscope / 19 October

Photo historians Brian May and Denis Pellerin will give a 3D talk on the birth and rise of the stereoscopic craze between 1832 and 1862, and on the prominent place held by King’s College London lecturer, Charles Wheatstone, in the history of 3D, then known as Stereoscopy. Professor Wheatstone was the first to demonstrate, using drawings and an optical instrument that he…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 8, 2016 at 10:00 — No Comments

Publication: The Swains. A photographic dynasty

The Swains involvement in photography spans over 150 years and encompasses the making of cameras and magic lanterns, studio, wedding, commercial, aerial and war photography, photographic retailing, photographic processing, photographic wholesaling, cinematography and much more.

Little has been written about the work of individual photographers in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 6, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Qing Dynasty Shanghai. The Photographs of William Saunders / 4-12 November

Life in Qing Dynasty Shanghai: The Photographs of William Saunders features a selection of over 35 original nineteenth-century albumen silver prints, most hand-tinted, by William Saunders from the Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection. This is the first exhibition devoted to Saunders’s work. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 6, 2016 at 19:56 — No Comments

Publication: The Keartons: Inventing nature photography

In 1892, brothers Richard and Cherry Kearton took the first ever photograph of a bird’s nest with eggs. Realising the camera’s potential to reveal secrets of the natural world, they resolved to make the best possible records of their discoveries in the habitats, habits and behaviour of birds and other creatures. The following three years of field work resulted in the first…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2016 at 19:34 — No Comments

Publication: Anthropology & Photography

The latest online publication from the RAI Photography Committee is now available. Volume 5 Carol Payne's Culture, Memory and Community through Photographs:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2016 at 18:45 — No Comments

Blue plaque will celebrate the first moving pictures to be taken in East Anglia.

In the summer 1896 two strangers to Gorleston walked along the South Pier and set up a tripod mounted wooden camera and pointed it inland towards the harbour bend (see: By then the locals must have been used to seeing photographers like Alfred Yallop and James Liffen with their cumbersome mahogany and…


Added by Paul Godfrey on October 4, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Robert Hellis (1835-1895), London photographer

Peter Brunning has written a short biography of the London studio photographer Robert Hellis. The piece was published in the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery newsletter. The newsletter containing the article can be downloaded here: newsletter87.pdf. The same newsletter…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 1, 2016 at 17:55 — No Comments

Job: Assistant Curator, Sound and Vision Galleries

The National Media Museum is looking for someone with a genuine passion for contemporary museum practice who can help us showcase some of our iconic objects in a way that is engaging and exciting to our visitors.

Using your knowledge of museum practice in collections, experience in research and excellent communications you will support the development of our new…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 1, 2016 at 17:32 — No Comments

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