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Job: Assistant Curator, Photographs (Content and Interpretation)

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or who are currently contributing to British history and culture.  The Gallery attracts over 2 million visits a year and is among London’s most popular attractions, it reaches and engages these, and further…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2017 at 20:11 — No Comments

PhD studentship: The cameraman’s experience of the Second World War:

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at Durham University: “The Army Film and Photographic Film Unit, 1941-1945”. This is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme. The partner institutions are Durham University and the IWM. The studentship will be supervised by Professor Jo Fox…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2017 at 17:23 — No Comments

Research: Royal Navy photographs

Hello, I am researching these photos of the Officers and Crew of a Royal Navy ship. The seller says they are from the 1850s, but I believe that these are more 1870s, or later, The two are unmounted albumen prints, approximately 9 x 6 ".

The photo of the crew is amazing, each seaman is…


Added by David McGreevy on April 11, 2017 at 0:30 — 1 Comment

Job: Conservation Technician for Photographic Materials / Rijksmuseum

To support the registration and digitization project Print Room Online the conservation department is looking for a Conservation Technician for Photographic Materials. The main purpose of this project is to catch up with the conservation and registration backlog in the varied collections of the print room. The principal…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 5, 2017 at 18:14 — No Comments

V&A outlines plans for the RPS Collection and Photography Centre - UPDATED

Wednesday 5 April 2017 -- Today, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) announces the expansion of its vast collection of historic and contemporary photography with the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection from the Science Museum Group. The addition of over 270,000 photographs, 26,000…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 5, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Conference: Diverse Migrations: Photography out of Bounds / Registration open

The consequences of the expansion of photographic practices around the globe are many and varied. Social interactions through and with analogue and digital photographs and the platforms across which photography is shared and disseminated keep challenging traditional socio-cultural boundaries. In its 2017…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2017 at 9:46 — No Comments

Symposium: Under the Dark Cloth / Derby, 8 April

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


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2017 at 9:04 — No Comments

Photographica 2017, 21 May 2017 / London.

It's that time of year again and the date for Photographic 2017 is closing fast, as usual it will take place at the regular venue The  Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Hall, 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PB on the 21 May 2017. Public entry is from 10am-4.00pm and admission is £5. This year…


Added by Nigel Richards on March 31, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments

Job: Conservator, Photographs and Paper / V&A

The V&A is the world's leading museum of art, design and performance. We enrich people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world. The Conservation Department has a worldwide reputation for the excellence of its practical work, for…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 28, 2017 at 19:08 — 2 Comments

New Text on Platinum-Palladium nears publication

The following announcement by the PMG-AIC may be of interest to some; at the end is a link which contains a full Table of Contents and list of contributors, as well as ordering information:-

The Photographic Materials Group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works is proud…


Added by Mike Ware on March 28, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

V&A talks about its future plans and the RPS Collection

The Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group held a series of talks at the V&A Museum on 25 March. One of these provided the first opportunity for the Society and the public to hear about the museum’s plans for the RPS Collection…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Permanent Olive Edis galleries open at Cromer Museum

A new display celebrating the life and artistic legacy of Olive Edis officially opens at Cromer Museum on Wednesday 29 March, following the success of of a major exhibition at Norwich Castle. The same day a new touring exhibition, The Road to Ypres, exploring Edis’ war photography opens at the North…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2017 at 18:07 — No Comments

Publication: Stefano Lecchi, pupil of Daguerre: The last biography

An international study by Roberto Caccialanza of Stefano Lecchi, has been published by the European Society for the History of Photography (ESHPh), based in Vienna. The text, unreleased, was selected for publication by the ESHPh: the article is available in open access and…

Added by Roberto Caccialanza on March 24, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

TV: Smile! The Nation's Family Album

Smile! The Nation's Family Album is a BBC TV documentary which was shown earlier this week looking at the family photograph album. Gil Pasternak was academic consultant and the programme aso features Colin Harding. It is available to watch on iPlayer or more freely on Youtube here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2017 at 7:45 — No Comments

Exclusive: National Science and Media Museum website (UPDATED)

The new National Science and Media Museum website and new branding will be revealed on the 23 March. The website holding page can be seen here: BPH can also reveal that the museum's new website domain name was first registered on…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 19, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Larry Scaaf discussed

All, a very nIce article re Larry Scaaf (seen in the image, right) and how he got into his various Talbot projects came out recently.  It can be found at: …

Added by Lee Eltzroth on March 16, 2017 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Research: Strange Image of the planet Mars, Royal Observatory

This is a real puzzle. a 10 x 10 inch silver print of an early illustration of Mars. At the bottom,  "H. Spencer Jones". He was the British Royal Astronomer from 1933-1955 at the Royal Observatory at Greenwich.  

I have no Idea why his name would be printed below a clearly earlier illustration of Mars. My Idea…


Added by David McGreevy on March 15, 2017 at 20:30 — 3 Comments

Reversible plate holders w “a vertical cut-off board”, c1920s Australia?

I am a curator currently researching half-plate size (approx. 4.75 x 6.5 inches) cameras and accessories available in Sydney, Australia, from the early 1920s that might have been used to create a series of portraits on dry plate negative held in our collection.

While half-plate was a common size, I am wondering…


Added by Holly Schulte on March 15, 2017 at 3:00 — 5 Comments

Exhibition of paper negatives survey - response requested

I am currently writing an article on the history of the exhibition of paper negatives, to present in a conference late this year. One of my goals is to evaluate which light sources conservators are using, especially when the negatives are backlit.



Added by Lénia Fernandes on March 14, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

State of the art, British camera, 1862

I am trying to find out more about the camera Spanish photographer Rafael Castro y Ordóñez, member of the Comisión Científica del Pacífico, used during his expedition to America (1862-1865). He used a Dallmeyer lens of his own but the camera was purchased in London by British photographer Charles Clifford in early 1862. References suggest that it was a state of the art field stand camera. The plates produced are 26 x 31 (10 x 12") and 16 x 21 (6 x 8 "). The lens was probably a…


Added by sara badia on March 14, 2017 at 12:00 — 8 Comments

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