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December 2019 Blog Posts (9)

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 — 6 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

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