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Research: The Thames from London to Oxford in Forty Photographs, First Series, Virtue and Company, London

The publication date of 1862 has now been called into question. One of the photographs must have been taken after 1863. At that date the Curfew Tower of Windsor Castle was altered. Victor's photograph shows the new tower.When was the Album published? It must have been between late 1863 and early…


Added by Mrs. Joan Osmond on June 11, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Christina - the mystery has been solved

A few weeks ago BPH and several national newspapers and publications asked the question 'Who was Christina?'. Several BPH members undertook geneaological research and others have provided information. BPH now…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2015 at 12:26 — 1 Comment

Research: Bermondsey - the earliest photographic images - 1840-1860

I am researching a number of different aspects of mid 19th century Bermondsey (Southwark, South London), but when I search for early photographs of the parish, usually the images that I find in most local history or photographic collections are circa 1890-1930. I realise that Bermondsey was a pretty unappetising place for photographs in the 1840's, 1850's and 1860's and that any photographs may have been taken to highlight the plight of the poor or the workers in the predominant industry of…


Added by Peter Leonard on June 8, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Job: Professor of Photographic History / De Montfort University, Leicester

On the retirement of Professor Elizabeth Edwards, applications are invited for the full-time, permanent post of Professor of Photographic History, based within the School of Humanities.

The successful candidate will be appointed as the Director of the Photographic History Research Centre which was established in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 8, 2015 at 10:25 — No Comments

Publication: Lewis Carroll's 'Dressed as a New Zealander'

A recent paper in the Journal of Museum Ethnography discusses Lewis Carroll's photograph 'Dressed as a New Zealander' and discusses the props use by Carroll and the wider context around the image, the sitters and its subsequent history.

The full paper reference is available here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 7, 2015 at 13:52 — No Comments

Conference: Photography in Print - 22-23 June 2015: last call to register

The 2015 PHRC Annual International Conference addresses the complex and wide range question of ‘photography in print.’ The conference aims to explore the functions, affects and dynamics of photographs on the printed page. Many of the engagements with photographs, both influential and banal, are through print, whether…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 7, 2015 at 13:43 — No Comments

Publication: Thomas Annan of Glasgow

Open Book Publishers have published Thomas Annan of Glasgow: Pioneer of the Documentary Photograph by Lionel Gossman. It is claimed to be the first account of Annan’s full achievement as a photographer. 

The Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, Thomas Annan’s photographic record of the slums of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 7, 2015 at 11:37 — No Comments

Auction: British cameras and a Talbot telescope

Special Auction Services is holding an auction of cameras on 1 and 2 July 2015 which includes a large collection of British cameras, especially brass and mahogany. Also included is a telescope reputed to be the former property of William Henry Fox Talbot.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 7, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Campaign: the face of a photographer on the new £20 bank note (UPDATED)

The Royal Photographic Society is encouraging everyone interested in photography to nominate an individual connected with photography to become the face of the new £20 banknote. The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has announced that the next £20 note will celebrate Britain’s achievements in the visual…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2015 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Curators' Choice: Photographs from the Terence Pepper Gift until 24 January 2016

The works in these two component displays are drawn from around 2500 photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries generously donated by Terence Pepper, Senior Special Adviser on Photographs. Curators’ Choice is a tribute to his skills of detection and identification, and his eye for an…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 3, 2015 at 8:52 — No Comments

Conference: Julia Margaret Cameron - A bicentenary conference / 3-5 July

The 2015 bicentennial anniversary of Julia Margaret Cameron’s birth is a timely opportunity for a reappraisal of the interdisciplinary significance of her work. The last twenty years have witnessed growing art-historical and literary interest in this pioneer of Victorian photography, yet much remains to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 3, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

e-Publication: early Portuguese photography

Olhares sobre a fotografia is a new e-book by Nuno Pinheiro, free to download from It is a collection of texts, mostly published in the extinct Lisbon daily A Capital dealing with early Portuguese photography. One of them is "Gramophones da Luz" a 1990's academic paper, which is the…


Added by Nuno de Avelar Pinheiro on June 2, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Camera Ottomana. Photography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire 1840-1914

Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC) in Istanbul hosts the exhibition Camera Ottomana: Photography and Modernity in the Ottoman Empire, 1840-1914 between 21 April and 19 August 2015. Curated by Zeynep Çelik, Edhem Eldem and Bahattin Öztuncay, the exhibition mainly consists of albums…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 2, 2015 at 8:26 — No Comments

Information: Bishop’s Bridge, Norwich / 1 June 1899

I have borrowed this negative from a local historian. It is in an envelope labelled “Bishop’s Bridge Norwich” and dated 1st June 1899. The negative measures 6x9cm approx and is on a translucent rather than transparent film base that I assume to be celluloid. The top and bottom edges are cut with castellations with…


Added by Paul Godfrey on May 28, 2015 at 11:30 — 3 Comments

Lecture: Ruskin daguerreotypes with the Jacobsons

The Bodleian Library is delighted presenting a lecture by Ken Jacobson marking the appearance of a book published by Bernard Quaritch and written by Ken and Jenny Jacobson: Carrying Off the Palaces: John Ruskin’s Lost…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2015 at 6:44 — No Comments

Photo London attacts 20,000 visitors and returns in 2016

Photo London, London city wide celebration of photography centred on Somerset House attracted more than 20,000 visitors over five days. 70 galleries from 20 countries participated in the first edition of the fair, along with 10 publishers and 3 special exhibitors. They showed the best photography from all…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 25, 2015 at 16:39 — No Comments

Irving Penn Foundation funds landmark Platinotype treatise

It is announced that The Irving Penn Foundation is providing a generous grant toward the production of the book, Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical and Aesthetic History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation.

This publication represents the extended proceedings of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 25, 2015 at 16:09 — 1 Comment

Read: Holly Rollins work placement at Mary Evans Picture Library

Photo Archive News Twitter follower, budding photographer, Holly Rollins is currently studying for a BA in Photography from Falmouth University part of which she has to do a work placement week, which she did at Mary Evans: "I had to undertake a work placement as part of my professional practice…


Added by Will Carleton on May 18, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Julien Faure-Conorton PhD - Robert Demachy

BPH Is pleased to report that Julien Faure-Conorton has been awarded a doctorate for his thesis on Robert Demachy. Julien defended his work on 11 May at the EHESS, Paris. His research was carried out under the supervision of Michel Frizot and was titled Characterization, contextualization and reception of Robert…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 18, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

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

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