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Copyright to clear: Photographer Richard Dormer

The Royal Opera House in the UK are looking to clear usage on an image beleived to be by photographer Richard Dormer of Margot Fonteyn ,1960.  The only details I have are that it is an image of Margot Fonteyn as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty ...details on

Added by Will Carleton on May 14, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Watch: Carleton E. Watkins: The photographer who saved Yosemite Park

Matt Butson, Vice President, Hulton Archive walks and talks us through another sectionof the vast Getty Images collection.…


Added by Will Carleton on May 14, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Conference: Staying Power: Narratives of Black British Experience, 22-23 May 2015

This two-day conference has been organised in association with the exhibitions, 'Staying Power: Photographs of Black…


Added by Bronwen Colquhoun on May 13, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Blog: Digitising the Collection: From Cellar to Hard Drive

Starting a digitisation project completely from scratch has its challenges but it also has a great number of advantages, not least being given the opportunity to thoroughly understand the reasons for digitising the collection and being able to research and…


Added by Kath Shawcross on May 12, 2015 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860 opens 24 June 2015

Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) was a pioneer of early photography who created an outstanding body of work depicting the landscape and architecture of India and Burma (now Myanmar) in the 1850s. This…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 11, 2015 at 19:16 — No Comments

Talk: Christina Broom: Close up / 25 June 2015

Soldiers and Suffragettes curator, Anna Sparham, Edwardian postcard expert, Guy Atkins and women’s history specialist Di Atkinson, will discuss the remarkable career of Christina Broom and review the role of the image in Edwardian society. There will also be an exclusive after hours viewing of the exhibition…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2015 at 14:04 — No Comments

London Photograph Fair collaborates with Cameron Trust

The London Photograph Fair has announced a collaboration with the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust at its debut Special Edition. Based at Dimbola Museum and Galleries in Freshwater on the Isle of White (the former home of the Camerons), the Trust will be bringing original photographs, albums and personal artifacts from their…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments

Bodleian Libraries launch project to create online catalogue raisonné of Talbot’s photographs

The Bodleian Libraries has launched an ambitious project to create a new web-based research tool that will allow scholars and members of the public to view and search the complete photographic works of British photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot. This online catalogue raisonné will include images of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2015 at 12:34 — No Comments

Research: Who was Christina?

The image of Christina by Mervyn O'Gorman will be familiar having been used to promote the exhibition Drawn by Light. The Royal Photographic Society Collection which is still showing at the National Media Museum,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 4, 2015 at 8:00 — 14 Comments

Exhibition: Victorian London in Photographs

The arrival of photography in London in 1839 would change the way people saw their city, and each other, forever and the collections at LMA contain an extraordinary range of images, recording the capital and its people in stunning detail.

This exhibition presents some of the most striking images of London and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2015 at 19:55 — No Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced its summer seminar programme. The events are free and open to all at 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.


Wednesday 6 May, 6-7:30

Room 112

Work in Progress Seminar

Raul Valdivia (Birkbeck, Iberian and…


Added by Patrizia Di Bello on April 30, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Photographica 2015 / 17 May 2015

Coming up on Sunday 17th May 2015 is Photographica 2015, Londons Annual International Camera Collectors and Users Fair, it will take place at the regular venue - The Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Hall, 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PB. 10am-4.30pm admission…


Added by Nigel Richards on April 29, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Information request: digitisation of 19th century photographs on paper

I am looking for information about the best way to digitize 19th century photographs on paper. The Neue Pinakothek in Munich (Germany) has recently acquired a large collection of photographs from the nineteenth century. Processes range from early caloytpes (1840s) to Albumen prints and silver gelatine. At the moment tentative plans are being made to start a digitisation project.

I am looking for information on the conservational requirements regarding light and heat that should be…


Added by Caroline Fuchs on April 29, 2015 at 11:30 — 5 Comments

Researching historical intersections between photography and philanthropy

I'm exploring the somewhat little-known historical connections between photography and philanthropy, and I'd very much like to hear any insights or suggestions others may have. In the broadest sense of the term "philanthropy" these connections began with Daguerre, who received a 6,000 Franc annual stipend for life from the French government in recognition of his contribution (he also convinced the government to give 4,000 Francs annually to Niépce's estate). Since then various governments,…


Added by Timothy Greyhavens on April 28, 2015 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

Update: The Past on Glass digitisation project

Last year Sutton Archives was awarded £96,000 by the HLF to rehouse, digitise, catalogue and research the glass plate collection of the Edwardian photographer David Knights-Whittome  (shops in Sutton and Epsom). Since then we have recruited a part-time Project Officer who is managing the 23+ volunteers who are…


Added by Kath Shawcross on April 28, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

Information request: S C Hall ARPS

Is anyone able to identify for me who the New Zealand photographer S. C. Hall was? He or she seems to have been active during the period from the 1940s to the 1960s and specialised in hand coloured landscape photographs signing them "S. C. Hall / A.R.P.S." Thank you.…


Added by Tony Rackstraw on April 26, 2015 at 21:30 — 5 Comments

Talk: 'Game Changers' Ten key photography shows / 29 April

Brett Rogers OBE, Director of The Photographers' Gallery, London, will give a talk titled: 'Game Changers' Ten key photography shows that set the agenda for photography curating on Wednesday 29 April at 4.30pm. It will take place in the Main Lecture Theatre, London College of Communication, Elephant &…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 26, 2015 at 17:48 — No Comments

Seminars: History of Photography - Courtauld

Below are details of the 2015 summer term programme for the History of Photography Seminars. The seminars are free/open to all and will take place at The Courtauld Institute of Art.

  • Tuesday, 5 May – Liena Vayzman (LaGuardia Community College, City…

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Marc Boulay: Farewell and thank you to the UK and its fabulous photographic community!

BPH learnt recently that Marc Boulay was to return to his native Canada after a successful spell as photography archivist at the University of St Andrews Library. We asked Marc to say a few words...

Following a very rewarding seven years, this marks my last week as Photographic Archivist within the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 21, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Obituary: Terry King FRPS

BPH has been notified that Terry King FRPS died on 20 April. Terry was a photographer, teacher and poet as well as an accomplished photographer and practitioner across a range alternative photographic process. Terry was chair of the RPS Historical Group between 2003 and 2007 and gained his Fellowship for a set of gum…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 21, 2015 at 19:30 — 3 Comments

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