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Resource: Transit of Venus 1874

The transit of Venus in 1874 has long been of interest to the photographic historians and the periodicals of the period. A newly released collection of digitised papers at Cambridge Digital Library has been added to the successful Board of Longitude Collection that was released in 2013. The Transit of Venus collection…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2016 at 9:44 — No Comments

Job: Director, Australian Centre for Photography

The ACP is looking for a new Director with the vision, skills and capacity to lead the institution successfully through the next phase of its history.

The Director is ACP’s chief executive officer reporting directly to the Board and is responsible for leading the organisation strategically and operationally to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2016 at 9:37 — No Comments

China | 'Photographic Studies' Issue 1 Paper Call

'Photographic Studies' ( working title ) is a collection of scholarly essays in Chinese and partially English published on a flexible basis. Each issue centers around new trends in contemporary photography, approaching it from a historical and theoretical perspective. Through this, the publication seeks to dig deep into issues on the forefront of photography and further the discussion about them. The focus of "Photography and Culture Studies" is to emphasize the relationship…


Added by Yining He on October 12, 2016 at 5:00 — No Comments

Silvester's Household Brigade (stereoview)

This Alfred Silvester Stereoview puzzles me. I'm unable to understand its meaning. A goose (a Gallic cock, maybe ?) whose head is that of Napoleon III, is pushed or kept at bay by a group of maidens. Knowing that the relations between the…


Added by Jose Calvelo on October 12, 2016 at 0:00 — 4 Comments

Lecture: Charles Wheatstone & the craze for the stereoscope / 19 October

Photo historians Brian May and Denis Pellerin will give a 3D talk on the birth and rise of the stereoscopic craze between 1832 and 1862, and on the prominent place held by King’s College London lecturer, Charles Wheatstone, in the history of 3D, then known as Stereoscopy. Professor Wheatstone was the first to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 8, 2016 at 10:00 — No Comments

Publication: The Swains. A photographic dynasty

The Swains involvement in photography spans over 150 years and encompasses the making of cameras and magic lanterns, studio, wedding, commercial, aerial and war photography, photographic retailing, photographic processing, photographic wholesaling, cinematography and much more.

Little has been…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 6, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Qing Dynasty Shanghai. The Photographs of William Saunders / 4-12 November

Life in Qing Dynasty Shanghai: The Photographs of William Saunders features a selection of over 35 original nineteenth-century albumen silver prints, most hand-tinted, by William Saunders from the Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 6, 2016 at 19:56 — No Comments

Publication: The Keartons: Inventing nature photography

In 1892, brothers Richard and Cherry Kearton took the first ever photograph of a bird’s nest with eggs. Realising the camera’s potential to reveal secrets of the natural world, they resolved to make the best possible records of their discoveries in the habitats, habits and behaviour of birds and other creatures. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2016 at 19:34 — No Comments

Publication: Anthropology & Photography

The latest online publication from the RAI Photography Committee is now available. Volume 5 Carol…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2016 at 18:45 — No Comments

Blue plaque will celebrate the first moving pictures to be taken in East Anglia.

In the summer 1896 two strangers to Gorleston walked along the South Pier and set up a tripod mounted wooden camera and pointed it inland towards the harbour bend (see: By then the locals must have been used to seeing…


Added by Paul Godfrey on October 4, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Robert Hellis (1835-1895), London photographer

Peter Brunning has written a short biography of the London studio photographer Robert Hellis. The piece was published in the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery newsletter. The newsletter containing the article can be downloaded here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 1, 2016 at 17:55 — No Comments

Job: Assistant Curator, Sound and Vision Galleries

The National Media Museum is looking for someone with a genuine passion for contemporary museum practice who can help us showcase some of our iconic objects in a way that is engaging and exciting to our visitors.

Using your knowledge of museum practice in collections, experience in research and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 1, 2016 at 17:32 — No Comments

The 19th-century Photography Show / 22 October

You don't want to miss this spectacular event. The 19th-century Photography Show on Saturday, Oct. 22nd in NYC will have 100 top photo dealers from ten countries participating. It will be the world's largest show ever for 19th-century Photography with booths and table tops. It will be held on the entire 2nd floor of the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel near Penn Station on 8th Avenue at 34th Street from 9:15 am-4:15 am for the table top areas, and until 6 pm for the booth areas.

And the…


Added by Alex Novak on September 28, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Research: Fantastic 1860s portrait, Who is the sitter?

Hi, I am researching this 1860s British albumen print, It's a 6.5 x 8 inch portrait, with an irregularly cut arched top. I think the narrow field of view is just masterly. Would anyone know the sitter?

Many thanks in…


Added by David McGreevy on September 27, 2016 at 22:00 — No Comments

Seminars: Cultures of Photography, PHRC, Leicester

The Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester has announced its autumn seminar programme, themed Photography and the Greater Middle East. All seminars are free and open to everyone, Clephan Building 2.30, Tuesdays 4-6pm. 

  • 18 October. Faces…

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2016 at 14:07 — No Comments

Auction: Dominic Winter Photography / 6 October

Dominic Winter Auctions have a number of lots of relevance to British photographic history in their upcoming 6 October auction which has just gone online. Of particular note is a self-portrait in watercolour of Oscar Gustav Rejlander (lot 254, shown right), a group of early albumen and salt prints, and a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2016 at 10:24 — No Comments

For sale: D O Hill's Rock House, Edinburgh

Estate agents Knight Frank are advertising Rock House for sale with offers in excess of £1,795,000. Rock House came to worldwide fame as the home and studio of David Octavius Hill, the artist and pioneering photographer who, in 1843…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2016 at 19:38 — 1 Comment

Exhibition review: 'Painting with Light: Art and Photography / Tate Britain, London

An interesting concept for an exhibition. I would have liked to have seen the exhibition to make a more informed comment. Parallels can be drawn, but how much import you put on the connection is up to you vis-à-vis the aesthetic feeling and formal construction of each medium. It is fascinating to note…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on September 20, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Symposium: Photography, Ireland and the Photobook / 14 October, Belfast

A day of presentations and discussions around the theme of Ireland, Photography and the Photobook. The day will be a celebration of photography and the book form and is an opportunity to hear some important international photographers who have made photobooks in Ireland talk about their processes and achievements. It will also introduce some emerging photographers who’ve recently published their first books to wide acclaim and acknowledge the growing significance of the area in contemporary…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2016 at 21:15 — No Comments

Lecture: Out of the Shadows: Henry Talbot, invention & historiography / 26 September 2016

William Henry Fox Talbot first conceived of the art of photography in 1833 and achieved results by 1834. However, it was not until Daguerre announced his process in January 1839 that Talbot was prompted to make his method public.  The two approaches were radically different.  Daguerre produced beautifully…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2016 at 20:36 — No Comments

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