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Bodleian Libraries secures final funding to acquire Fox Talbot Archive

Oxford, 6 October 2014 – The Bodleian Libraries have secured the final funds needed to acquire the Personal Archive of William Henry Fox Talbot.  The final funds come via a legacy donation to the Libraries.   

The Bodleian’s appeal to acquire the Fox Talbot Archive was launched two years…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 6, 2014 at 16:19 — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: Talbot scholars celebrate three major initiatives

At a public meeting held at Oxford’s Bodleian Library today, Head Librarian Richard Ovenden (right) made the first announcement of three initiatives that will support William Henry Fox Talbot studies in the United Kingdom and internationally. At the same time they will make the Bodleian central to Talbot…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2014 at 15:43 — No Comments

Publication: William Henry Fox Talbot Beyond Photography

Oxford today saw William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography launched at a reception at the Bodleian Library. William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877) was a British pioneer in photography, yet he also embraced the wider preoccupations of the Victorian Age—a time that saw many political, social, intellectual,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

£50,000 project to digitise the National Waterway Collection

The Canal & River Trust has published online over 37,000 archive records and over 22,000 historic images from its archives for the first time ever.  The £50,000 project is the first phase of a major project to open up public access to the national waterways collection.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 2, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Acquisition brings the Getty the only complete set of vintage prints from Killip’s In Flagrante

The J. Paul Getty Museum announced today the acquisition of 49 photographs by documentary photographer Chris Killip (British, born 1946). Combined with one photograph already in the collection, the Museum now owns the complete set of 50 images found in Killip’s landmark book In Flagrante (Secker & Warburg,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 2, 2014 at 19:34 — No Comments

Exhibition: Edward Steichen: In High Fashion

Edward Steichen: In High Fashion, The Condé Nast Years 1923 - 1937 has its UK premiere at The Photographers’ Gallery this Autumn, presenting over 200 vintage prints, many on public display for the first time since the 1930s.  

Brought  together  especially  for  this  presentation, they  mark  the  period  when…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 2, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Symposium: Photographic Histories of Psychology

A one-day postgraduate symposium is being held on 25 November 2014 in the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester. Photographic Histories of Psychology seeks to explore how photography and psychology have influenced each other throughout their…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2014 at 20:47 — No Comments

Programme Announced: Building with Light: The Legacy of Robert Elwall - An International Symposium on Architectural Photography

The two-day symposium aims to reflect on the role and relevance of architectural photography as a form of expression, as historical record and as spatial narrative.  Additionally, the symposium will examine the impact of collecting architectural photographs as well as…


Added by Justine Sambrook on September 25, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Connection: Story Maskelyne and Dillwyn Llewelyn

Interestingly and coincidentally two current postings: the John Dillwyn Llewelyn album to be sold at Sotheby’s and the Story Maskelyne camera obscura, at Christie’s are connected.

John Dillwyn Llewelyn was the father-in-law of Nevil Story…


Added by Janine P Freeston on September 25, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Information request: Henry Stiles London C19th photographer

Please provide any information on the photographer, preferably with a source available via the Internet. Please take a look at the cover of his stationery shown there: …


Added by Krzysztof K. Slowinski on September 22, 2014 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

cfp: Survey Photography and Cultural Heritage in Europe (1851-1945)

A call for papers has been made for a workshop organised byProfessor Elizabeth Edwards and Dr Ewa Manikowska and titled: Survey Photography and Cultural Heritage in Europe (1851-1945):  Expanding the Field. The large-scale application of photography to the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2014 at 8:04 — No Comments

Research Seminars: Cultures of Photography, Leicester

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre has published its Autumn research seminar programme. All are welcome and there is no need to book, just turn up. Enquriies can be directed to the convener: Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Photographic History Research Centre…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Publication: William Despard Hemphill

The Irish Office of Public Works has published a book on the photographer William Despard Hemphill (1816–1902), a native of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The book accompanies an exhibition about Hemphill that is currently touring venues around Ireland. 

A well-respected medical practitioner with a wide…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2014 at 17:35 — 1 Comment

British waxed paper users

I am in the early stages of a project designed to establish a database of British users of Gustave le Gray's waxed paper process in the 1850s and would delighted to hear from collectors and curators who might have contemporary salt or albumen prints from waxed paper negatives in their collections. A low res thumbnail of any image would be a very useful addition.

I am interested in the work of any UK-born photographer who used the process, wherever in the world he or she might have…


Added by John Hannavy on September 18, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Auction: Camera obscura 'associated' with Story-Maskelyne

Christie's is to offer a Jones camera obscura associated with Nevil Story-Maskelyn in an auction of Travel and Science on 8 October 2014. It is estimated at £4000-6000. The camera obscura was previously offered by Christie's in 2012 when it sold for £15,000 ($24,180) including buyer's premium and VAT.and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2014 at 7:17 — No Comments

Website: London photography exhibitions and events

Hemera, a London based curatorial collective specialising in photography, has just launched the London Photography Diary,  a website dedicated to listing photography exhibitions, events, and conferences in London:…


Added by Ashley Lumb on September 12, 2014 at 21:30 — No Comments

Derby Studio discovers cache of unseen negatives

The Derby Telegraph reports  that the Winters studio, Derby, has discovered a cache of previously unknown negatives and is looking for volunteers to helps conserve and digitise them, as it makes its archive available. It notes: Thousands of glass plate negatives are stacked in a cold, damp cellar – but even the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 12, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Auction: J D Llewelyn album

Sotheby's New York is to offer an album of photographs by John Dilwyn Llewelyn from the collection of Paul Walter on 30 September. This album comes originally from the collection of the photographer’s granddaughter, the ‘Mrs. Crichton’ referenced on the title page (née Emma Charlotte Llewelyn).  It was among a rich…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 12, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

Auction: Rejlander album (UPDATE 2)

Following on from the recent BPH exclusive news of the auction of a Rejlander album of 70 prints the complete album is now available to view online as a page-turning version. Click the link here to access it:

The auction viewing is Tuesday…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 12, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Black Chronicles II

Autograph ABP presents Black Chronicles II, a new exhibition exploring black presences in 19th and early 20th century Britain, through the prism of studio portraiture – continuing its mission of writing black photographic history. 

Drawing on the metaphor of the chronicle the exhibition…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

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