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Seminars: DMU History of Photography - Autumn 2015

Leicester's Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University has announced its autumn seminar programme. The evening talks are free of charge and open to everyone. The first takes place on 20 October and the full programme is…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2015 at 17:20 — No Comments

Funding: Peter Palmquist fund for historical photographic research

Peter Eric Palmquist was killed by a hit and run driver on January 13, 2003, at the age of 66. He had been a professional photographer for more than 50 years, 28 of them at Humboldt State University. He is considered one of the most important photo historians of the 20th century. His emphasis was the American West, California, Humboldt County before 1950, and the history of women in photography worldwide. He published over 60 books and 340 articles. With co-author Thomas Kailbourn, he won…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 14, 2015 at 20:32 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cameras of the United Kingdom

A new exhibition Cameras of the United Kingdom has opened at the JCII Museum, Tokyo. The exhibition includes one of William Henry Fox Talbot's original 'mousetrap' cameras from The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the National Media Museum. This is the first time that any…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 14, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Julia Margaret Cameron: Influence and Intimacy

The Science Museum has announced a new exhibition of portraits by pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, marking the 200th anniversary of her birth. The exhibition, which will include the only existing print of her iconic portrait Iago, draws from the world’s largest collection of Cameron’s photographs,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 3, 2015 at 19:13 — No Comments

Demonstration: The Woodburytype with Peter McCallion

In 1864, Walter Woodbury patented a photo-mechanical printing process which effectively allowed carbon prints to be mass produced. Many consider that this was the definitive process developed to produce permanent photographs.

Peter McCallion is completing his PhD…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2015 at 20:07 — No Comments

Exhibition: Photographic Recipes - Fanny Pickard

A rare opportunity to see the original 1870s album containing experiments by amateur photographer Fanny Pickard which have inspired some 21st century ‘coffee prints’ (on exhibition in Java – ology) Alongside will be 19th century reference works on photography and fine examples of woodburytypes and photogravures,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2015 at 20:03 — No Comments

Walking picture videos

Just to mention that the book about Walking Pictures is nearly complete.  The publisher has posted two short videos about the project on their YouTube channel.

These look at the book (, and also…


Added by Simon Robinson on September 1, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

Henry Peach Robinson to be commemorated in Leamington

The Blue Plaques Group is unveiling a blue plaque to photographer Henry Peach Robinson on Wednesday, 23 September, 2015 at 2.30pm. The unveiling will take place at 60-64 Parade, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 4DB and the plaque has been supported by…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2015 at 11:05 — No Comments

Preview: The Spoken Image with Eamonn McCabe (Radio 4)

Not so long ago the idea of a radio programme devoted to discussing photographs might have seemed a bit odd. How effective could a presenter be in describing the images? In fact, the idea has worked well in the past. Earlier this year Radio 3 did a series of five programmes which discussed…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 30, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Seeking information: early 19th century photographer D Montreal of Paris

In research I am conducting about the first exhibitions of photography, I have been made aware of entries in the 1841 Royal Scottish Academy annual exhibition catalogue. 

Roddy Simpson, in his book The Photography of Victorian Scotland, states that four Daguerreotypes were exhibited, but…


Added by Timothy Greyhavens on August 29, 2015 at 20:00 — 10 Comments

Publication: Julia Margaret Cameron: Photographs to electrify you with delight and startle the world

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79) was one of the most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century. Criticised in her lifetime for her unconventional techniques, she is now celebrated as a pioneering portraitist. 2015 marks the bicentenary of Cameron’s birth and the 150th anniversary of her first museum…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 29, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Qing Dynasty Peking, Thomas Child's Photography

This exhibition of the work of the British photographer Thomas Child (1841-1898) is curated by Stacey Lambrow and selected from the collection of Stephan Loewentheil. It runs from 10-15 November at China Exchange, Gerrard Street, London. A collector's talk will be held on 10 November at 5pm. Admission to both…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 29, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

New stereoscopy from the London Stereoscopic Company

Our friends at the (new) London Stereoscopic Company have launched Victorian Gems a selection of high quality Victorian stereographs and viewer. It was shown at the National Stereoscopic Association convention last week so we've yet to see the set but based on the LSC's past products we're not going to be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Talks: National Gallery does photography

London's National gallery has a series of six interactive lunchtime lectures around the subject of photography designed to investigate how photography has shaped both the Gallery and the history of Western European painting.

Find out more here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2015 at 19:59 — No Comments

Exhibition: Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate - Photographs from the Edward Reeves archive

Edward Reeves took up photography c.1855. Today his great-grandson Tom is still running the business in the High Street in Lewes. The Edward Reeves Studio, situated at 159 High Street is believed to be the oldest continuously operated photographic studio in the world.

Today it houses an archive of over 100,000…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2015 at 19:39 — No Comments

Publication: The Photographs of Lewis Carroll. A catalogue raisonné

Renowned for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was also one of the most important amateur photographers of the Victorian era and the period's finest photographer of children. This new book by Edward Wakeling, perhaps the world's leading Carroll scholar, presents…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 24, 2015 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Dissertation on Bailey, Duffy and Donovan

Hi. I am a mature student studying Photographic Media at Blackburn University. I am starting my third and final year for my BA honours degree. I am writing my dissertation on the trio David Bailey, Brain Duffy and Terence Donovan, so any help and pointers would be much appreciated :-)

Added by shaun Richardson on August 23, 2015 at 19:35 — 1 Comment

Workshop: making negatives from digital files

The Royal Photographic Society's Archaeology and Heritage Group is holding a workshop on making negatives for printing by alternative processes or traditional methods from digital files. It is led by Peter Moseley. 

This introductory workshop  covers the essential steps in creating…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 19, 2015 at 8:06 — No Comments

Nordstrom appointed to St Andrews Special Collections role

Rachel Nordstrom has been appointed Photographic Collections Manager at the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections Division. She replaces Marc Boulay who returned to Canada earlier this year. She has taken on the leadership of the Photographic Collections team and will soon be recruiting for a new…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2015 at 19:30 — No Comments

Research help: Identify John Piper photographs

Thousands of pictures taken by British artist John Piper have been published by the Tate Archive. But while many of the locations were documented by Piper when Tate…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 12, 2015 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

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