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Charles(Karl) Durheim Daguerreotype

Hello all,

I thought I would share with you an image of a daguerreotype by the Swiss photographer Karl Durheim.

Although he is well known for his albumen prints documenting"local" folk I have not seen any other daguerreotype by him apart from the one on the web in the Getty museum.

Any further information about Durheim daguerreotypes would be most welcome.

Kind regards,



Added by Meir Berk on February 23, 2010 at 19:31 — No Comments

John Dillwyn Llewelyn 1810-1882 bicentenary events

Richard Morris a descendent through his wife's family of John Dillwyn Llewellyn provides details of a series of events to celebrate the bicentenary of his birth in 1810.

12 January 2010 - Bicentenary of the birth of John Dillwyn Llewelyn (b. 12 Jan 1810)

5 February - Launch of the Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn Diaries online, a new resource of the Swansea University Library Historical…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 22, 2010 at 19:30 — 3 Comments

V&A Photographs department update

Pierre-Louis Pierson, Portrait of the Countess de Castiglione, 1860s (printed circa 1940), gelatin silver print. V&A Collection The latest V&A Photographs Section newsletter from Curator Ashley Givens includes details of new acquisitions, research, publication and exhibitions that the curatorial staff have been working on.

The annual re-display which opens on Friday, 14 May will present some of the new works and will focus on showcasing photographs from the Collection dating from the 1970s to today. The exhibition will be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 21, 2010 at 17:00 — No Comments

Victorian Photographer: Rev. Montague (Monty) Bird - Walton on the Wolds.

A friend, while playing with her sister in the Loft of there home - the Old Parsonage in the early 1950's - discovered many glass photographic plates taken by the Victorian Photographer, the Reverend Montague 'Monty' Bird.

He was a fine and enthusiastic photographer and pioneer motoring enthusiast - who took many images of local events and characters ....... and specialised in humorous PhotoMontages (skeleton dinner parties/ winged car flying over the Rectory (somewhat pre dated…


Added by Alan M. Preston on February 20, 2010 at 23:00 — 4 Comments

William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond photography (Thursday, 24 June to Saturday, 26 June)

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) is remembered primarily as a photographic pioneer and influential early voice on photographic aesthetics, but his activities as a Victorian intellectual and “gentleman of science” ranged widely across the natural sciences, classical scholarship and Assyriology. This interdisciplinary conference will approach Talbot’s work with this wider perspective in mind, bringing together art historians, curators, historians of science, and practitioners of the many… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 18, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

The Photography of Margaret Watkins - Annual Annan Lecture, 2010

The fifth annual Annan Lecture will be given by Joe Mulholland, who tells the extraordinary story of the highly distinguished and important photographer Margaret Watkins, who died in obscurity in Glasgow in 1969. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1884, Watkins was active in New York in the 1920s, where she had a studio in Greenwich Village and worked with Clarence White and the other great photographers of the period including Stieglitz and Strand. Her… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 17, 2010 at 11:46 — No Comments

London Tramway Installation 1906

Hello All,

Since stereo cards have been a discussion topic recently, I thought I would add some images from a collection of stereocards taken in 1906,between September and October 1906, all dated on the cards.

Would anyone know of the photographer?




Added by Meir Berk on February 16, 2010 at 9:20 — No Comments

Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage

Mention was made previously of this exhibition which is on at theMetropolitan Museum in New York. A member has posted a wonderful example of photocollage on this site here: There is a useful review of the show on the blog Gallery Crawl which is reproduced below. For those in the UK the catalogue is available on…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 14, 2010 at 7:41 — 1 Comment

Local press article on photo-history


The Derby Evening telegraph has now picked up on the 'Victorian stereoviews and forensic science' story.

Added by John Bradley on February 13, 2010 at 10:00 — No Comments

Photo history on ITV Central News

Those of you who live in the East Midlands and receive ITV Central News will have the opportunity to see me being interviewed in a piece due to be broadcast on Monday evening (15th February). This stems from some work I have mentioned here before, where I worked with a forensic…


Added by John Bradley on February 13, 2010 at 9:55 — No Comments

Broadlands Archives

The University of Southampton has launched a major fundraising campaign to acquire a key collection of manuscripts that span major political and historical events of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Broadlands Archives, which have been on loan to its library since 1989, contain rare papers and photographs including letters from Queen Victoria and Mrs Oscar Wilde and… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 12, 2010 at 17:22 — 1 Comment

Talbot's Birthday

It's worth noting that today is the 210th anniversary of WHF Talbot's birth. We're celebrating in Lacock tonight.

It's also the 175th anniversary of the Latticed Window negative. We'll be celebrating that later in the year.

Added by Roger Watson on February 11, 2010 at 17:07 — 1 Comment

The Endurance: Shackleton's legendary Antarctic adventure

Merseyside Maritime Museum, 16 July 2010 - 3 January 2011

A landmark exhibition about an incredible real life tale of survival, the epic story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 Endurance expedition.

The exhibition features about 150 compelling photographs of the expedition's ordeal taken by ship photographer Frank Hurley, who dove into frigid waters to retrieve his glass plate negatives from the sinking Endurance. The photographs,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 10, 2010 at 10:43 — No Comments

A brief History of British Photography - A Short Course

In conjunction with, and taking place at, The Photographers’ Gallery, this short course will introduce some of the key movements, developments and figures in photography in Britain, from the beginnings to the present day.

What is the course about?

This course examines the origins of photography starting from before its formal invention in the 1820s up to the present.

Technical developments to the present day.

What photography has been used for in the past and today,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 2, 2010 at 10:26 — No Comments

World’s 'first' camera at auction

WestLicht Photographica ( is to auction off one of the first commercially produced cameras, a Giroux Daguerréotype, which is expected to fetch at least half a million euros. The Giroux Daguerréotype was made in Paris from 1839 in limited numbers from original plans drawn up by its inventor, Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, by his brother-in-law, Alphones Giroux. The camera… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on February 1, 2010 at 16:25 — No Comments

Reverend William Ellis

Hello All,

Going through my photo collection recently I discovered a scrap book with three calotype photos pasted in it. I then realised that this was a book where quite a few young ladies added

~$VEREND WILLIAM ELLIS 1795.docx their signature and the name of the… Continue

Added by Meir Berk on January 31, 2010 at 15:38 — No Comments

Camille Silvy, 1834-1910

Just to add a little more to the Silvy thread: Camille Silvy died on 2 February 1910, so next Tuesday is the centenary of his death. A number of Silvy aficionados I know will be raising a glass in his memory on that day. Please join us virtually. The Silvy centenary retrospective runs at the National Portrait Gallery, London, 15 July-24 October.
Mark Haworth-Booth

Added by Mark Haworth-Booth on January 28, 2010 at 16:50 — 2 Comments

Changes to NMeM foyer

The latest National Media Museum blog reports on the progress with the redevelopment of the museum foyer. The box office has been moved closer to Pictureville and is nearing completion and the former shop space is being turned in to a games lounge. This will have historic video games for visitors to play. The former box office space will feature a Welcome Wall - an electronic orientation and information screen. The works which are costing £400,000 are due to be complete in time for… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 28, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

NMeM job: Assistant Registrar

Award winning, visionary and truly unique, the National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and the web. Part of the NMSI family of museums, we aim to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.

With thousands of highly significant items encompassing television, cinematography, photography and new media, the National Media Museum’s diverse… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2010 at 7:00 — No Comments

Early Derbyshire stereoviews

A few days ago I had a phone call from a friend in another town. “Do you still collect those stereoscopic pictures?” he asked, “because there is a bundle of them in the local auction this morning”.

With 15 minutes to go before the start of the auction, no on-line options, and only my friend’s comment - “they look pretty scruffy to me”, I faced a dilemma. I placed a blind telephone bid and yesterday received the lot – which indeed was very scruffy, for the winning price of £20. As I… Continue

Added by John Bradley on January 26, 2010 at 12:37 — 4 Comments

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