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St Andrews Photography Festival to showcase the towns photographic heritage

While St Andrews is world-renowned as the home of golf, BPH readers will know the important role the town has played nationally and internationally in photography from the 1840s to today. A new photography festival, which launches in August, will celebrate the role and importance of St…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 17, 2016 at 15:20 — No Comments

Research: British or French Nude albumen photo

I am asking members here for help in identifying this nude albumen photo. 20 x 16.5 cm oval print laid onto stiff card, with an ink inscription lower right: Octavie.

This came from a British album recently purchased in Derbyshire, containing hundreds of erotic albumen prints of paintings and sculptures, all…


Added by David McGreevy on June 14, 2016 at 22:30 — 6 Comments

Manohar Aich - Indian bodybuilder dies - at 104 years old

You may not have seen, but last week Manohar Aich , the Indian bodybuilder died at the remarkable age of 104. He was known as the 'Pocket Hercules', as he was under 5 feet tall, but his feats were legendary and he won Mr Universe in 1952.

I mention this because when he came to London in 1952 he stayed…


Added by Kelvin Jouhar on June 14, 2016 at 19:00 — No Comments

Archive: Marcus Bunyan black and white archive: England, 1993

I finally got around to scanning some more of my black and white archive, this time further photographs from a trip to England in 1993 forming a new sequence. The photographs picture my now ageing mother (these were taken over 20 years ago), an English fair, medieval tiles and Highgate Cemetery, among other…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on June 11, 2016 at 5:30 — No Comments

Relaunch: Studies in Photography / 30 June 2016

On 30 June there is a party to celebrate Studies in Photography the journal of the Scottish Society for the History of Photography SSHoP) at the Scottosh National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. From the relaunch of the journal will appear as a twice yearly publication with this Anniversary Edition that…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2016 at 19:43 — No Comments

Publications: new titles in RAI on-line pamphlet series

Two more titles have appeared in the RAI Anthropology and Photography on-line pamphlet series. Catherine de Lorenzo and Juno Gemes, From Resistance Towards Invisibility and Shireen Walton, Photographic Truth in Motion: The Case of Iranian Photoblogs. 

Both are available without charge to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 6, 2016 at 19:27 — No Comments

Exhibition: Robert Demachy. Impressions of Normandy 1880-1920 / 18 June-25 September 2016

At the turn of the twentieth century, Robert Demachy (1859-1936) was one of the most famous photographers in the world. As the leader of the French school of pictorial photography, he fought tirelessly for the recognition of photography as a means of artistic creation. Demachy remains particularly important for his…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 6, 2016 at 18:30 — No Comments

Philippe Garner retires from Christie's

Philippe Garner, who held the first photography auction in the United Kingdom in 1971 at Sotheby's and then moved, via Phillips, to Christie's in 2004 retired from the auction world on 31 May 2016.

Garner joined Sotheby's and in 1971 took charge of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco department, holding the first…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2016 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Workshop: Law and Photography: Mugshots, Passports and Portraiture / 1-2 July 2016

A workshop co sponsored by The Birkbeck History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the Department of Law, LSE.

The history of photography and the legal presentation of documentary proof enjoyed a complex relationship from the nineteenth century onwards,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2016 at 10:00 — No Comments

Crowdfunding: British Journal of Photography

The British Journal of Photography, the world’s second longest continuously running photography magazine, has announced that it is raising funds using a thoroughly new method: by offering shares to its readers and followers via crowdfunding website CrowdCube. Due to unprecedented demand the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

Publication: Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire.

With their power to create a sense of proximity and empathy, photographs have long been a crucial means of exchanging ideas between peoples across the globe. This book explores the role of photography in shaping ideas about race and difference from the 1840s to the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights.

Focusing on…


Added by Jane Lydon on May 30, 2016 at 8:00 — 2 Comments

Publication: Emilie Le Febvre, A Shaykh's Portrait

Anthropology & Photography is a new open-access publication series edited by the RAI Photography Committee. Emerging from the international conference of the same name organized by the RAI at…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2016 at 12:22 — No Comments

Symposium: Paul Strand Reframed / Friday 3 June.

This one-day international symposium, held at the V&A, London, will explore Paul Strand’s breakthrough pictures, his experiments with film in the 20’s and 40’s beside significant place projects conceived as books from Ghana to the Hebrides. Speakers include Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2016 at 11:40 — No Comments

Webinar: Preparing to Digitise Your Archives: Conservation

Digitisation is strategically valuable for…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2016 at 11:36 — No Comments

Website: Early Norfolk photography

A new website looking at early Norfolk photography has been launched by John Benjafield. The site aims to provide reference material and place the region's photography into a wider context.

See: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Mirjam Brusius receives Aby Warburg Prize

Mirjam Brusius, a postdoctoral fellow at the Bodleian Libraries and the History Faculty, has been awarded the prestigious Aby Warburg Prize, which is awarded every four years to early career researchers. The prize - awarded by the City of Hamburg, Germany - is named after the Hamburg-born art historian Aby Warburg…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2016 at 11:16 — No Comments

BFI progresses plans for centre for film, TV and the moving image

The BFI has announced progress towards realising its ambition to build a new International Centre for Film, TV and the Moving Image, with an offer of support of up to £87m towards the £130m total project cost, subject to a tender process beginning. The BFI hopes to open the new building to the public in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Institute for Photography in Scotland

The Institute for Photography in Scotland is a newly formed association between The National Galleries of Scotland, The University of Glasgow, The University of St Andrews, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, and Stills, Edinburgh.

It aims to enable awareness of and engagement with Scotland’s photography, both…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2016 at 8:49 — No Comments

giant wet plates

Might anyone know about gigantic wet plate negatives 5 by 8 feet held in Fort St Cyr, France possibly of the new Paris Opera of 1875  or   a  4 by 6.5 feet set in  Berlin?


Added by Gael Newton on May 21, 2016 at 10:47 — 1 Comment

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