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The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

Frank Hurley, The Endurance in the garb of winter, 1915. © Royal Collection 2 October 2009 – 11 April 2010, The Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh

This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Ponting’s extraordinary images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910-13, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole. Hurley’s dramatic icescapes were taken during Ernest Shackleton’s… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2009 at 20:37 — No Comments

2010 And/or Book Awards: Call for Entries

The And/or Book Awards, the UK’s leading prizes for books published in the fields of photography and the moving image (including film, television and new media), are inviting publishers to submit titles for the 2010 awards. With prize money of £10,000 divided between the Best Photography Book Award and the Best Moving Image Book published in 2009, the And/or Book Awards celebrate excellence in photography and moving image publishing.



Established in 1985 by Andor… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2009 at 20:00 — No Comments

Midley history of early photography due to close early 2010

R. Derek Wood published a series of important and carefully researched papers between 1970 and 2008 on early photographic history. His interests lay mainly in the early pioneers of photography, with a focus on dioramas and early experiments between 1830 and 1850 including William Henry Fox Talbot and Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre and topics such as patents. His website http://www.midley.co.uk/ collated these papers and made them available,… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2009 at 21:30 — No Comments

Captain Sweet (1825-1886)

I am keen to hear from anyone who has encountered the South Australian photographer Captain Sweet, or any of his UK work. He is the subject of my PhD research and little is known about his early days in England, or what happened to the photographs and albums of views that were sent back to England from Australia (to World Fairs or to freinds and families of migrants).
Cheers,
Karen
captainsweet.com.au

Added by Karen Magee on October 1, 2009 at 10:53 — No Comments

Lectures on early British photography at the Royal Society

The Royal Society is holding two lectures that will be of interest to blog readers:



'Photographing ancient Mesopotamia: Talbot, Fenton and the British Museum'

Friday 23 October, 1-2pm

Mirjam Brusius




Around 1850 A.H. Layard excavated several ancient Mesopotamian sites, the artefacts of which were brought to the British Museum. Here the trustees discussed the use of photography in the field and in the museum. W. H. Fox Talbot, inventor of the Calotype… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2009 at 23:40 — No Comments

Exhibition: Where Three Dreams Cross from 21 January 2010

A landmark exhibition of photography from 1840 to the present day from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh is an unprecedented survey of South Asian photographers and their presentation of culture and modernity. Historic early photographs from the important Drik Collection in Bangladesh and the Alkazi Collection in Delhi are given a rare platform on the world stage, while images from private, familial records will be seen for the very first time. The exhibition includes over 300 works by more than… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2009 at 23:25 — No Comments

BL Points of View - Events

The British Library has announced a series of events around its major autumn exhibition Points of View which takes place from 30 October 2009 to 7 March 2010. These include a whole day of lectures and workshops on 7 November as well as one-off events including Brian May talking about the photographer T. R. Williams and Larry Schaaf on William Henry Fox Talbot. Below is a exclusive, handy print-out and keep guide to these. Most of the events are free but have limited availability so… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2009 at 23:00 — No Comments

Practical Ambrotype Class in London

Scully & Osterman will offer an Ambrotype Class in London at Minnie Weisz Studio under the Victorian Arches, King's Cross, 123 Pancras Rd London NW1 1UN between 7-8 October 2009.



The class will provide an introduction to the wet-plate collodion process and participants will make ambrotype portraits and still-lifes. The class size is limited to six students with two instructors: Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman



For more information visit:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2009 at 21:59 — 1 Comment

Crown and Camera exhibition online

The Royal Collection has put it's first photograph exhibition online. The 1987 exhibition, Crown and Camera, curated by Roger Taylor and Frances Dimond, and shown at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, is now available online on the Royal Collection’s website. The exhibition presents a survey of the 19th century photographic material in the Royal Collection, from 1842 to 1910. It includes the earliest photograph in the collection – a… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2009 at 6:48 — No Comments

Martin Parr to pass his collection to a British institution?

The Art Newspaper reports that British photographer Martin Parr is in talks with Nicholas Serota of the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum to leave his collection of historic and contemporary British photographs to the nation. Neither institution would confirm the story. Parr claims he is not looking to make a profit on any deal.



Over the over the last twenty years Parr has assembled an important survey of 700 British documentary photos and book dummies. This… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2009 at 21:00 — No Comments

Research Studentship: Images of China in the West

In conjunction with the National Media Museum, the University of Bolton wishes to offer a postgraduate research studentship for a suitable candidate to undertake research on relevant collections within the National Media Museum in the following areas:

Interpretations of China by nineteenth century European - chiefly British - photographers

Images of China prior to the Cultural Revolution

A comparative study of images of China from European and Chinese… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 8, 2009 at 6:26 — No Comments

Pete James gains RPS award

Peter James, Head of Photography at Birmingham Central Library has been given the 2009 Colin Ford Award by the Royal Photographic Society.



The award, instituted in 2003, bears the name of Colin Ford CBE, the first Director of the National Museum of Photography Film and Television in Bradford (now the National Media Museum). It is normally given each year to honour an individual who has contributed in a major way to curatorship. It has… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2009 at 7:30 — No Comments

My Favorite Photograph

“Pamela’s Circle c. 1740”

Ambrotype by Judith Harrison Kalter

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“Pamela’s Circle c. 1740” is a quarter plate ambrotype on black glass. It measures

3 ¼ x 4 ¼ inches and is still without a proper case. This is now my favorite photograph because it was made in the 21st Century, using a process devised in the 19th Century with equipment from the early-mid 20th Century to photograph a book written in the 18th Century. One of… Continue

Added by Antiquarianphotographer on August 31, 2009 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

NMeM collection discovers a new Demachy

PhD student, Julien Faure-Conorton, shows the newly discovered Demachy print. Photo: Mark Green, NMeM The NMeM blog reports that a PhD student has discovered a new Demachy print in the museum's collections. Student, Julien Faure-Conorton from Paris, found the print Ploërmel, Brittany hidden beneath another print in the collection, La Cueillette, which is part of the Royal Photographic Society material now housed in Bradford.



In the words of the blog posting:



The full story is… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 29, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

New publication: Chinese Photography

British bookseller Bernard Quaritch Ltd has published the first comprehensive history of the earliest years of photography in China. It combines previously unpublished research with over 150 photographs, many of which are attributed and published here for the first time. Terry Bennett describes the way in which the discovery of photography in China was framed against the tumultuous backdrop of the Opium Wars, the Taiping Rebellion and the opening of numerous treaty ports to foreign… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 27, 2009 at 6:30 — No Comments

Early British Infra Red Photography

Donald Stewart is looking for information on early uses of, and references to, infra red photography. In particular, and in his own words: "I'm trying to get information on early British infra red photography, experiments or practice but other than its use in astronomical studies"...Please comment here so that he can pick up any feedback.

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 14, 2009 at 6:30 — 1 Comment

Early Popular Visual Culture

The latest issue of this journal (Volume 7, Issue 2 July 2009), carries a paper by Julia F. Munro, titled 'The optical stranger': Photographic anxieties in British periodical literature of the 1840s and early 1850s, pages 167-183.



The abstract reads: An examination of periodical literature from the period of the invention of photography in 1839 and onwards reveals that the reception of the medium on the part of the Victorians was characterized by an ambivalent response of… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 6, 2009 at 21:00 — No Comments

Points of View at the British Library

Points of View: Capturing the 19th Century in Photographs

30 October 2009 - 7 March 2010
. Admission free.

• New exhibition unlocks treasure trove of images from the dawn of photography

• Over 250 rarely-seen images trace development from gentleman's pursuit to mass pastime

• Social document, art form – and a window onto the spirit world…

170 years since its invention, photography remains the main technology through which we understand and record the… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2009 at 20:32 — No Comments

Modern Calotypists and paper negative makers arise!

We are on the hunt for all modern calotypists and paper negative makers, whatever process involved.



The Fox Talbot Museum is trying to track down the few lonely calotypists out there to create a network for exchanging information and ideas. So far we've had image makers from Spain, France, Britain and the US sign up.



If you know anyone out there who has made paper negative, whether Talbot's or Le Gray's process or one of their own, drop us a line at… Continue

Added by Roger Watson on August 5, 2009 at 18:59 — No Comments

Visual Culture in Britain

The publisher, Routledge, is delighted to announce that Volume 10, Issue 1 of Visual Culture in Britain is now available. This is the journal's first issue published by Routledge and to celebrate it is offering free online access to all articles in this issue for the remainder of 2009.



Of particualr interest to readers of BPH is a paper by Venda Louise Pollock titled Dislocated Narratives and Sites of Memory: Amateur Photographic Surveys in Britain 1889–1897.… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2009 at 5:37 — No Comments

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