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December 2017 Blog Posts (10)

A series of lectures hosted by the Historical Group of the Royal Photographic Society

In my final months as Chair of the Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group – I am pleased to share two events that we have arranged which may be of great interest. 

The first event on Tuesday 23 January 2018, is the

Inaugural lecture  of…

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Added by Janine P Freeston on December 11, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Auction: Alfred Swaine Taylor - new discoveries

Just after last week’s weekly BPH blog reminder email had been sent out Lacy Scott and Knight (LSK), an auction house based in Bury St Edmunds, made contact to let me know that there were four lots of photographic interest coming up for auction on Saturday, 9 December. A quick look…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2017 at 23:30 — No Comments

Course: Preserving Historic Photographs / 17 May 2018

Photographic collections are found in libraries, archives and museums all over the world. Their sensitivity to environmental conditions, and the speed with which images can deteriorate present special challenges. This one day training session is led by Susie Clark, accredited photographic conservator. It is…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Webinars: Photographic prints, materials and identification / from 13 December

This webinar series, funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities, is free and open for all to attend. The first three webinars will discuss the various materials and technologies of photographic prints. The next two will teach a methodology and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

The Cult of the Camera: Noel Pemberton Billing and the Compass

Francis Hodgson's erudite, frequently opinionated and wide-ranging photography blog Writing about Photography carries a fascinating survey of Noel Pemberton Billing and the Compass camera. Although much of the history of the camera, P-B's other inventions and involvement with right-wind politics is known to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

Course: Conservation of Photographs / 19-22 March 2018

Photographs are found in large numbers in many institutions. These include museums, art galleries, libraries, universities, businesses and newspapers. They are also found in the collections of private individuals. They are a valuable historic, artistic and scientific resource made from many diverse materials and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

Auction: Alfred Swaine Taylor / 9 December

A group of four lots of daguerreotypes, cased images and two stereo-daguerreotypes showing the family of Dr Alfred Swaine Taylor and Taylor himself are being offered at auction on Saturday, 9 December by Lacy Scott & Knight LLP in Bury St Edmunds. The lots were consigned as part of a large estate from Thorne Court,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 6, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

Film: Don't Fence Me In. A Portrait of Photographer Fay Godwin / 11 January 2018

A premiere screening of the new documentary exploring the life of Britain's great photographers... Fay Godwin HonFRPS is perhaps best known for her captivating portrayal of the British landscape and collaborations with major writers such as Ted…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Research: Hill and Adamson Carbon print, 'Redding the Line'

Hello, I am looking for information about this carbon print of Hill and Adams's Redding the Line. I understand that these carbon prints were made around 1916 by Jessie Brown Bertram. Would any member know where I can find more information about Bertram? Where these made to be sold…

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Added by David McGreevy on December 4, 2017 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

Lecture: Magic Lanterns: or, a story of magic, science and the enchantment of objects / 5 December

Originally developed over 300 years ago, and widely used until the mid-twentieth century, magic lanterns were a spectacular tool of science. From Augustan coffeehouses and university lecture theatres to school classrooms and factory floors, magic lanterns were used to inform, educate and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 3, 2017 at 15:40 — No Comments

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