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Job: Cataloguer - Photography Collections / closes 2 February 2020

The National Trust photography collections include around 550,000 objects located at 250 properties in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Dating from the 1840s through to today, they include prints, albums, cased objects, negatives, slides and photographic equipment. The in-situ nature of the collections sets them apart in the UK, offering rich…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 15, 2020 at 20:02 — No Comments

Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair / Sunday 12 April 2020

After the success of the first Photograph fair last December, I am organising a second one, which will take place once again at the Royal Photographic Society's HQ in Bristol. A wide range of fine early photography will be on offer, from some of the leading photograph dealers in the UK and Europe. Full details are on the fair website:…

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Added by Hugh Ashley Rayner on January 15, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

New Publication: Photo-­Objects. On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo Archives in the Humanities and Sciences

Photographs are not simply images but also historically shaped three-dimensional objects. They hold a physical presence, bear traces of handling and use, and circulate in social, political and institutional networks. Beyond their visual content, they are increasingly…

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Added by Costanza Caraffa on January 13, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

Job: Research Assistant - History of Photography / closes 27 January 2020

You will work as a research assistant on a Paul Mellon funded project conducted by the National Trust and the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London.  Your primary role will responsibility for co-ordinating a number of workshops involving academics and museum professionals, which are intended to explore approaches to the extensive…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 9, 2020 at 8:38 — No Comments

Conference: Capital/ Consumerism/Culture / Cardiff: 24 January 2020

In response to the exhibitions presented in the Photography Season at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, this conference will address the politics of photography in terms of its relationship to consumerism, capital and culture. The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 7, 2020 at 8:18 — No Comments

Edwardian Theatre/Circus Photos, Blackpool?

I recently acquired two small boxes of glass negatives, the first being magic lantern size plates are mainly of Blackpool landmarks,(will blog these shortly) the other is of figures in a range of costume, I know nothing about them and would love more information.…

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Added by Andrew Gillett on January 3, 2020 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

The Hyman Collection. British Photography. Annual Update. 2019

Four years ago we launched www.britishphotography.org to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have continued to develop the collection and the range of our activities. These include donations to public institutions, museum…

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Added by James Hyman on December 25, 2019 at 9:00 — No Comments

Valley of Inkerman Revisited

The Royal Collection Trust's online description of a James Robertson/Felice Beato’s image entitled Valley of Inkerman (see below) reads:

Photograph of the Valley of Inkerman. In the valley in the foreground there is a road to the right and a river in the distance to the left. Behind are steep cliffs with a row of huts near the base. The…

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Added by David Robert Jones on December 21, 2019 at 1:30 — No Comments

Help ID this military CDV.

I recently purchased this CDV, the identification said only  "British".

The back is blank. Can anyone help me figure out this scene?

Thanks, David…

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Added by David McGreevy on December 13, 2019 at 21:30 — 5 Comments

Lecture: Larry Schaaf / The Future of the Past: The Talbot Catalogue Raisonné / Oxford: 6 February 2020

Professor Larry Schaaf will deliver the Royal Photographic Society Historical Group's 2020 Colin Ford Lecture providing a fascinating insight to his work on The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné.

Schaaf has been examining and compiling information on Talbot images worldwide for more than four decades. Beginning in 2014, with the backing of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2019 at 7:30 — No Comments

Blog: Charles Frederick Moore (1837-1916)

A new blog by Jamie Carstairs who manages the Historical Photographs of China project draws attention to Charles F Moore, who was born in Manchester, photographed in China and married a local Chinese woman.  He was a member of the London Amateur Photographic Association. Some of his surviving negatives are held in collections in Canada. 

The blog can…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 8, 2019 at 15:52 — No Comments

Exhibition: Pages from Photographic History / Russia: Hermitage, until 11 October 2020

The exhibition Pages from Photographic History is running at the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre a the Hermitage, St Petersburg. It acquaints visitors with the most important stages in the development of photography and touches on the technical, documentary and artistic sides of its evolution.

The exhibition is…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 6, 2019 at 7:36 — No Comments

cfp: Out of the studio. Photographers and mobile studios / deadline 15 February 2020

Numerous references to travelling photographers and mobile studios are sprinkled throughout the literature dedicated to photography. Robert Taft refers to photographic studios on board ships that sailed American rivers in his book Photography and the American Scene (Taft, 1938, p. 65-67). He recounts an undated anecdote about a confrontation…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 3, 2019 at 8:23 — No Comments

Obituary: William 'Bill' Barnes (1920-2019)

BPH has just learnt of the death of Bill Barnes, the film history and collector who died in July at the age of 99 years. Barnes, along with his twin brother John, who died in 2008, was a collector and historian of early British cinema. For a time their outstanding collection was on display as as the Barnes Museum of Cinematography in St Ives. John managed the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 1, 2019 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Two exhibitions from the Mackinnon Collection / Edinburgh, until 16 February 2020

Just over a year since its acquisition, a taster of the vast MacKinnon Collection will be exhibited at the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG). The two institutions joined forces to purchase the collection — made up of more than 14,000 photographs dating from the 1840s to the mid-20th century in Scotland — in May…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 1, 2019 at 15:36 — No Comments

CfP: Teaching science with light projection: regimes of vision in the classroom, 1880-1940 / Bologna, 31 August-3 September 2020.

In the early 19th century, the ideas of reform pedagogues such as Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827) gave rise to a didactic turn towards the visual that criticized an exclusive textual mediation of knowledge through books and lectures (Depaepe 1999). The pedagogues and policymakers who strove for a more…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 30, 2019 at 8:00 — No Comments

Cambridge Cultural Heritage Data School / 16-20 March 2020

Hi, Thought this might be of interest to some of those interested in studying photo archives! Following the successful pilot of the Cambridge Data School in 2019, CDH is pleased to announce that it is extending its training in Digital Methods in an effort to meet the growing demand across academia, civil society, the public sector and industry. During the…

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Added by Andy Corrigan on November 28, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments

Source Magazine #99 - Autumn 2019

The current issue of Source magazine has a number of articles of interest to British photographic history. Sarah Macdonald, Heritage Collections Manager at the Royal Horticultural Society, looks at the RHS's photography collections. It includes over 400 cartes of horticulturalists.

Elsewhere, Richard West provides a useful overview…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 26, 2019 at 20:00 — No Comments

Photography Research Fellowships at the Rijksmuseum

Hans Rooseboom writes... On behalf of Mattie Boom I would like to bring your attention to our current research opportunities within the …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 26, 2019 at 19:27 — No Comments

Forgotten cache of RNLI pictures re-discovered

A forgotten cache of 13,000 Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) pictures has been rediscovered in an attic and is being "preserved for posterity". The photos were found earlier this year in a large dusty pile in the organisation's headquarters in Poole, Dorset. Work has been started to preserve the pictures, the earliest of which are from the 1920s,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 26, 2019 at 19:19 — No Comments

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