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Alexander McGlashon

Alexander McGlashon (sometimes spelled McGlashan) was born in 1811 and established a successful career as a copperplate printer in Edinburgh; examples of his printed work from about 1840 onwards can be found in various museums. As a member of the Association for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Scotland he clearly had interests beyond the merely mundane and it is not surprising that he became interested in the relatively new medium of photography; while retaining his printing business this…


Added by Alex. Sinclair on March 2, 2017 at 15:36 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: People, Place and Things: Photographs from the W. W. Winter Archive / 24 March-11 June

This exhibition, at Derby Museum and Art Gallery from 24 March, explores early studio photography from 1854 onwards with a focus on the collection of W. W. Winter Studio in Derby, one of the oldest running studios in the world. Over the last 170 years the Winter photographers have recorded Derby and the people and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 1, 2017 at 18:40 — No Comments

Job: Photographic Collections Curator / NLS

The National Library of Scotland has an extensive collection of photographic material, including loose and mounted photographs, photograph albums, slides, negatives, volumes illustrated with photographs and photographic postcards. There are several discrete photographic collections but most of the material is…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 27, 2017 at 13:26 — No Comments

PhD bursary: The Legacy of Alfred Hugh Fisher and the Colonial Office Visual Instruction Committee (COVIC)

The Legacy of Alfred Hugh Fisher and the Colonial Office Visual Instruction Committee (COVIC) is a PhD research scholarship including stipend and tuition fee costs offered within the Photographic History Research Centre in the School of Humanities at De Montfort University In collaboration with the Royal…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 25, 2017 at 15:20 — No Comments

Exhibition: Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s / 22 February-22 April

Making Jamaica which is open at Autograph/ABP, London, explores how a new image of Jamaica was created through photography in the late nineteenth century. More than 70 historical photographs, lantern slides and stereocards reveal the carefully constructed representation of this transitional period in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 25, 2017 at 15:11 — No Comments

Symposium: Under the dark cloth / 8 April 2017

Under the Dark Cloth: Working with Photography Studio Archives is an International one-day symposium at QUAD, Derby, on Saturday, 8 April 2017, presented to coincide with the exhibition People, Places, and Things: the W. W. Winter’s Archive, on show at Derby Museum during Format 2017. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2017 at 14:06 — No Comments

Symposium: Researching, Writing and Exhibiting Photography, Saturday 8th April 2017

We’re delighted to announce details of the upcoming Institute of Modern and Contemporary Culture’s one-day symposium on Researching, Writing and Exhibiting Photography.

Speakers: David Bate (University of Westminster); Benedict Burbridge (Sussex); Sara Davidmann (London College of…


Added by Sara Dominici on February 23, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

A 100 year old RP postcard picture dissolved before my eyes?

I thought that immersing a 100 year old+ RP (real photo) postcard in water would assist me to soak off marring patches stuck to the postcard that obscured a particular collectable photo postcard's right side edge. Once satisfactorily soaked 'marring bits' stuck to the photo could be picked off - thus, enabling…


Added by Carne, Bobbie on February 21, 2017 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Photographic Collections Network appoints staff

The newly formed Photographic Collections Network has appointed staff who will be taking the PCN forward over the next 15 months, supported by the steering committee. They are:

  • Paul Herrmann, Manager…

Added by Michael Pritchard on February 20, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

Events: Helen Muspratt, photographer

There are a number of events, talks and exhibitions taking place across the United Kingdom that include the photography of Helen Muspratt throughout 2017. 

Glasgow School of Art: 4 March - 27 May: Exhibition: Franki Raffles “Observing Women at Work”

Two of Helen Muspratt’s photographs of women…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2017 at 11:36 — No Comments

Exhibition: Shadows of War Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855

Shadows of War is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Roger Fenton's pioneering photographs of the Crimean War, taken in 1855. Fenton was already an accomplished and respected photographer when he was sent by the publishers Agnew's to photograph a war that pitched Britain, France and Turkey as allies…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2017 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Tracking down a Wet Plate Camera for a University Filmmaking Project

Hello everyone, I am a Kingston University filmmaking student in my third year and I am trying to track down a wet plate camera for my final project. We are making a film inspired by these portraits of hidden mothers. (linked below)

The film is about these beguiling sittings. We plan to…


Added by Flo Wallace on February 17, 2017 at 10:00 — 8 Comments

Course: Preservation of Photograph Collections / 29-31 March

During this 3-day workshop participants will learn about the deterioration affiliated with the various photographic processes. Storage, housing and exhibition guidelines will be discussed for negatives, 19th Century photographs and for modern and contemporary processes. During course practicals participants will view…


Added by Clara von Waldthausen on February 13, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Workshop: Magic Lantern and Science / 17 March 2017

The Constructing Scientific Communities ( and the Million Pictures projects ( are pleased to announce a special workshop, hosted at…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 10, 2017 at 19:19 — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: William Henry Fox Talbot catalogue raisonné beta available

The pre-launch beta version of the William Henry Fox Talbot catalogue raisonné is now available in advance of the formal launch announcement on Friday, 10 February - the day before what would have been Talbot's 217th birthday on 11 February.

At the time of writing there are some 1345 searchable records but this…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 8, 2017 at 6:58 — No Comments

Hill and Adamson's Rock House, Edinburgh, sold

BPH reported in September 2016 that Rock House, Edinburgh, was up for sale. After an extended period Rock House has finally sold for more than £1.7 million. The new owner wishes to remain…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 8, 2017 at 6:00 — No Comments

Course: Shooting War: Photography, History, Representation / 21 February

From the sepia-toned mass graves of the American Civil War to today’s drone shots of the destroyed Syrian city of Aleppo, war photographs have shaped and continue to inform our understanding of human conflict.  Far from neutral, war photographs challenge our sense of humanity in a complex exchange between ‘taking’ and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2017 at 10:08 — No Comments

Publication: Making KODAK Film, 2nd Edition is available for a limited time

Books from the fourth printing are now available.  Demand for the book has been much greater than expected. Since it was first offered in October, 2016, three printings have been totally sold out. The quality of the books from the four printings are indistinguishable. I personally inspect, sign,…


Added by Robert Shanebrook on January 30, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Britain in Focus: A Photographic History / 17 March-25 June 2017

Britain in Focus: A Photographic History is a major new exhibition at the National Media Museum, exploring the fascinating and remarkable history of British photography; from everyday snapshots to world-renowned iconic images. It partners a three-part…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2017 at 19:59 — No Comments

The Spirit of Rex - or Jiggery-Pokery?

I am in the process of cataloguing a very large - c.4500 - collection of medium format negatives that, I believe, were taken by Mr. J. G. Combes of Lincoln, and have discovered one negative in particular that is puzzling me.

The image is that of two ladies, one seated, one standing, posing on a garden path at an…


Added by Michael Holden on January 26, 2017 at 9:00 — 6 Comments

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