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November 2012 Blog Posts (31)

Rejlander honoured and his grave marked

At a ceremony on 3 November Oscar Gustave Rejlander's previously unmarked grave in Kensal Green cemetery had a new stone placed upon it just in time for the 200th anniversary of his birth in 2013. 

The project has been fully funded from Woverhampton Photographic Society funds and from personal donations from members of WPS Historical Group.The project has taken…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 11, 2012 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Photomonth Exhibition: Out of the Box! Vestry House Museum, London, E17

I’d like to draw members’ attention to a small exhibition in Walthamstow, East London - the original home of one of the largest camera factories in Europe. The emphasis is on popular photography rather than the historical - though there are historical references.

The space is divided into nine sections; 'small people', 'just a bit cut…


Added by Julia Spicer on November 10, 2012 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Job: Senior Research Fellow Photographic History

The Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) at De Montfort University is seeking a dynamic and committed photographic historian specialising in twentieth century photographic history to join their…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 10, 2012 at 8:10 — No Comments

Messrs Hughes Bros., photographers of Madras, India

Does anyone know anything about the Indian photographers named Messrs Hughes Bros.?

I am interested in the photographer Charles Henry Manning who was born in London in 1848 and worked for Messrs Hughes Bros., of Madras, India. He later claimed to have photographed the King of Siam while in India.…


Added by Tony Rackstraw on November 9, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

Event: Light from the Middle East: Artists in Conversation

Join artists featured in the exhibition Light from the Middle East: New Photography for a virtual exhibition tour and conversation with Dr Marta Weiss (Curator of Photographs, V&A) and Dr Venetia Porter (Curator of Islamic and Modern Art, British Museum).

Artists participating in the discussion include: Manal Al-Dowayan, Jowhara AlSaud, Abdulnasser Gharem, Nermine…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 6, 2012 at 20:26 — No Comments

Re-creation of Beard's Mirror Camera (1840)

Alexander S. Wolcott and John Johnson constructed the first mirror camera which was patented in America in 1840 (patent number 1582). It used a large concave mirror rather than a lens to produce a bright image which was then processed using the daguerreotype process.  William Johnson (John Johnson’s father) came to England to market the camera and found that Richard Beard was…


Added by Roger Wesley Smith on November 5, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

The London Photograph Fair November 11th

The next London Photograph Fair takes place on November 11th. More than 50 dealers are expected to take part for the first time - full details are in our Newsletter. Please click here to read it:…


Added by James Kerr on November 2, 2012 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

Symposium: 100 years of Photography: Either/And Symposium

This year marks the centenary of the study of photography at Newport. With a number of events, projects and activities planned to celebrate the long-standing reputation of this discipline at the institution, the University is…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 2, 2012 at 6:00 — No Comments

Media Space: opens June 2013 and details released (UPDATED)

Following on from BPH's exclusive posting, here, in early October and here in September the Science Museum has announced…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 2, 2012 at 6:00 — No Comments

Symposium: Futureland Now

Photographers, curators and historians explore contemporary photographic practices and the post-industrial sublime on 16 and 17 November 2012. The symposium will look both forwards and backwards, surveying some of the territories of new photographic landscapes that have emerged since the late 1970s, and addressing the challenges facing photographers today.



Added by Michael Pritchard on November 1, 2012 at 19:17 — No Comments

Media Space, Science Museum, London

Perhaps the most exciting element of the new Media Space is how it realises the original vision for South Kensington to be a place where the two cultures of art and science coincide. This vision was common to other initiatives of the period, inspired by the Great Exhibition of 1851 and supported by HRH Prince Albert. Most particularly, in this context,' The Photographic Society [of London] will accordingly be hailed with pleasure by artists; good is sure to result from the unreserved…


Added by Robert Alexander Albright on November 1, 2012 at 17:42 — 2 Comments

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