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Online talks from the AoP

The Association of Photographers (AOP) launch a series of breakfast talks with the most influential figures from the photographic community. A number of the talks will be of particular interest to BPH readers.

Talk 2 – Tuesday 9 June 09:00-10:00 - Commissioning Editors

With the COVID-19 dominating the headlines, how are the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 20:30 — No Comments

Blog: A Research Fellowship on a detour

PhD student, Rachel Maloney, the University of Brighton’s V&A Research Exchange Fellow, discusses how her research has had to adapt during lockdown. Rachel is an artist and researcher whose work focuses on memory and personal narrative within family photographs and archival collections. Her project outlined a practice-led research project that would…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 20:29 — No Comments

The Royal Society and early photography

The Royal Society played an important role in recording the introduction and progress of photography from the 1830s onwards. A new resources from Google Arts and Culture brings some of the Society's archives relating to photography to the fore.

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 20:25 — No Comments

Asahi Camera ceases publication with the July 2020 issue

Asahi Shimbum, the publishers of the Japans oldest photography magazine Asahi Camera which started publication in 1926 have announced that it will cease with the July 2020 issue. A reduction in advertising caused by COVID-19 and economic factors are cited as the reasons for the closure.  

Since its…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 20:00 — No Comments

Online: The Indestructible Lee Miller / 12 June, 1800 BST

The curators of the Lee Miller archives, Lee Miller's and Sir Roland Penrose's son Antony Penrose and his daughter Ami Bouhassane will narrate a short film about Lee's work and life. 

The narrated film is called 'The Indestructible Lee Miller' and lasts approx 45 minutes. A question and answer session will follow. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 19:59 — No Comments

Charles Dickens colourised

The Charles Dickens Museum is releasing the first of a new collection of colourised photographs of the great author, ahead of the 150th anniversary of his death on 9th June. The image shows Charles Dickens in 1859, aged forty-seven, with a warm expression, looking directly at the camera and sporting a bright yellow, green and blue Clan Gordon tartan…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2020 at 19:30 — No Comments

Publication: Being There / picture journalism from 1923-2012

Being There is a new publication from Michael Hallett. It consists of fragments of biographies that collectively follow the progress of picture journalism from the advent of the miniature camera through to the arrival and impact of the digital age. It covers a ninety-year period from c1923 to 2012 and provides a critical compilation of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2020 at 12:20 — No Comments

Online: Kenneth Mees and Kodak research

The latest issue of the free, online, Science Museum Journal (Spring 2020, issue 13) includes two articles of particular interest to British photography. Jeffrey Sturchio writes about Kenneth Mees, Eastman Kodak and the challenges of diversification and Jason Bate writes about Projecting soldiers’ repair: the ‘Great War’ lantern and the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2020 at 11:57 — No Comments

Online exhibition: Cecil Beaton

Huxley-Parlour has launched an exhibition of over 40 vintage and early Cecil Beaton photographs in its dedicated online viewing room. The site is populated with in-depth essays and a range of detailed imagery, bringing context and information to each work. The photographs survey Beaton's career, ranging from portraits of the 'Bright Young Things' in the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2020 at 11:35 — 1 Comment

Online exhibition: Shirley Baker. A Different Age / 22 June-24 July 2020

James Hyman Gallery presents an online exhibition of largely unseen photographs by Shirley Baker selected from the British photographer’s estate. The exhibition, which goes live from 22 June to 24 July via the Gallery’s website , includes her rare colour work as well as a selection of iconic black and white images.

Focusing on Shirley Baker’s…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2020 at 11:27 — No Comments

Webinar: Drawing: The Muse of Photography / 31 May 2020 at 1900 (BST)

Drawing: The Muse of Photography is a webinar from Drawing America and presents a conversation on the relationship between drawing and photography with Hans P. Kraus Jr., Malcolm Daniel, Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and moderated by Allison Wucher, Director of Master Drawings New York. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

Auction: Gandolfi workshop collection

Bonhams is to auction a collection of material, including cameras, tripods, workbench and woodworking tools, and the sign from the Gandolfi camera makers workshop in Borland Road, London, in a single lot on 29 July 2020. The property was originally offered by Christie's by private treaty in 1994 and is offered by that buyer, a Swiss collector. The collection…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2020 at 11:36 — 1 Comment

Video: Lai Fong - photographer of China

Lai Fong (c.1839-1890): Photographer of China is the first exhibition devoted to a nineteenth-century Chinese photographer. Unfortunately, the exhibition at Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art is inaccessible due to current circumstances. To share a view of the exhibition, Stephan Loewentheil, one of the principal supporters of the exhibition,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2020 at 11:00 — No Comments

Information request: William Lynden, Plymouth

Hello, I am doing some research on UK…

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Added by John Campbell on May 23, 2020 at 1:30 — 7 Comments

Obituary: Richard Sadler (1927-2020)

Dr Richard Sadler FRPS, one of British photography's important post-war figures, has died aged 92 years after a short illness. Originally from Coventry, Sadler was in his home city during the Coventry Blitz of 1940 and later documented the reconstruction of the city and the iconic Coventry Cathedral, becoming its official photographer. He was also the heavily involved with the city's Belgrade Theatre from 1958 until 1994 and part of his work there has now been digitised. 

He began…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 17, 2020 at 13:30 — No Comments

Visualising spaces, objects (and a daguerreotype)

The John Rylands Library in Manchester has a wonderful collection of historic and contemporary photography. Tony Richards from its imaging team is using COVID-19 lockdown as an opportunity to experiment with very modern imaging techniques to visualise spaces and objects from its collection. One of the objects visualised is a daguerreotype which presents its…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2020 at 14:30 — No Comments

Exhibition. In Sickness and in Health. Heather Agyepong, Anna Fox, Jo Spence / online until 19 June 2020

James Hyman Gallery presents a specially curated online exhibition that addresses physical and mental well-being entitled In Sickness and in Health: Heather Agyepong, Anna Fox and Jo Spence. Originally, conceived for the cancelled Paris Photo New York fair in New York in March, the themes of this three person exhibition have taken on a new resonance in the…

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Added by James Hyman on May 15, 2020 at 5:00 — No Comments

Mistakes in the Titles of Crimean War Photographs held in Collections Revisited

In a post to this blog on 18 April 2020, the author described differences in the titles of three Roger Fenton images in Crimean War photographic collections at the Library of Congress (LoC) and the Royal Collection Trust (RTC). This is still unresolved because of ‘lockdowns’ caused by the coronavirus, but Micah Messenheimer at LoC informs me that he is…

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Added by David Robert Jones on May 12, 2020 at 8:22 — 1 Comment

TV: The World's Most Photographed - Queen Victoria / BBC4, 13 May at 2200

Queen Victoria's accession to the throne in 1837 coincided almost exactly with the invention of photography. She would be the first woman in the world to live both her private and public lives in front of the camera.

At first, photography was a private pleasure, a way of capturing images of herself and her family for their own personal amusement. But…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 11, 2020 at 19:12 — No Comments

Help identify this strange French optical viewer

This is a device that is new to me, I don't even know what to call it. 6 x 6" box, it has a concave mirror and slots to fit photos. Not at all like a Graphoscope. You position yourself behind the photo and view the enlarged image in the mirror. Rather clever, as you can see both the front and back of a CDV at the same time.

Does anyone know what this…

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Added by David McGreevy on May 8, 2020 at 20:00 — 5 Comments

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