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Figures in Folk. A PARC collaboration

A collaboration between London College of Communication, LCC Green Week 2015, the UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) and the Museum of British Folklore, Figures of Folk explores ongoing traditions through a series of large format photographs by Graham Goldwater, of objects…


Added by val williams on January 15, 2015 at 21:00 — No Comments

A worldwide digitized matching forum for Cartes de Visite

Victorian Cartes de Visite


A householder in this island of Colonsay (where I live) asked me to look through the library of his deceased parents and I came across an interesting photographic album.  With his permission I have made simple digital copies and I am attempting to identify the subjects.  I have already met with some success, and I was especially pleased when I identified one person by using the image-search facility in Google.


This led me to…


Added by Kevin Byrne on January 15, 2015 at 19:11 — No Comments

Frank Browne, Life Through the Lens Exhibition

The exhibition will be on show at the Titanic Centre, Belfast from now until the 31st March. Admission is free. Anyone visiting Northern Ireland should take the opportunity to see it. Crowds at Farmleigh were so large that the doors had to be closed on occasions.

Added by David H Davison on January 13, 2015 at 19:23 — No Comments

Photo/Print published by W A Mansell

Could anyone throw some light on this photo/print published by W A Mansell & Co? Not sure whether this is a photo or reproduction of a painting? In parts of the image it has raised areas as though it is has been touched up with paint?

I think I can make out a date to the bottom right of 1860? Also to the back there is a sticker to the back of the frame with No. 230 and some illegible handwriting that I cannot make out whatsoever, as well as the W A Mansell & Co…


Added by Bridget Docking on January 12, 2015 at 14:47 — No Comments

Publication: Thomas Keith and John Forbes White

BPH noted the forthcoming publication The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas Keith and John Forbes White by John Hannavy.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 11, 2015 at 15:45 — 1 Comment

Resource: Process identification charts

Gawain Weaver Art Conservation has two process identification charts available for free download. The charts cover photomechanical processes and nineteenth century photography. Click the link to take a look and download. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 11, 2015 at 15:36 — No Comments

'Rethinking Early Photography' deadline approaching (12th Jan)

Historians, curators and photographic practitioners have begun to re-examine older forms of photography, yet many cultural studies of nineteenth-century photography have been overly reliant upon twentieth-century theoretical constructions. This multidisciplinary conference will move away from these models, exploring issues such as early photographic 'authorship' traditional technological narratives and the ideologies of photographic realism.…


Added by Owen Clayton on January 9, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

Petition: Protect the Library of Birmingham's photography collections

Photographer and teacher Paul Hill MBE has launched a petition to protect the Library of Birmingham's internationally important historic and contemporary photography collections and archives. They are in danger of being closed and mothballed and the photography collections team will be made redundant. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on December 30, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

V&A Photographs Department news

The V&A Photographs Department has issued its latest newsletter giving details of recent and forthcoming exhibitions and activities. A copy is available to download here …


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 30, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Julia Margaret Cameron: A Bicentenary Exhibition

The V&A is holding a major exhibition to explore the contribution of Julia Margaret Cameron's contributions to the art of photography. Cameron (1815-1879) was one of the most important photographers of the nineteenth century. Criticised in her lifetime for her unconventional technical approach, she…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 29, 2014 at 13:26 — 4 Comments

Paul Goodman leaves the National Media Museum

Paul Goodman, Head of Collections Projects, at the National Media Museum , Bradford, left the museum on 23 December 2014, following a restructuring of staff posts. Goodman had been responsible for leading on specific major collections-related activities.These had included managing the museum's three recent large…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 28, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

Article: The many inventions of photography

In case you missed it there's a fascinating article as part of the Guardian's Science The H Word series by Mirjam Brusius. She explores new archive evidence that tells a different story about the history of photographs and questions the idea of invention and 'firsts' in photography.

Well worth a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 23, 2014 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Obituary: Jane Bown CBE HonFRPS (1925-2014)

The renowned Observer newspaper photographer Jane Bown has died, aged 89. Bown began working for the Observer newspaper in 1949 and she was working almost up until she died. Her style was direct and she relied largely on natural light and her Olympus OM1 camera and, of course, her technical knowledge and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 23, 2014 at 7:54 — No Comments

The Library of Birmingham and its photography collections severely threatened

Two weeks ago BPH reported on the cuts being proposed by Birmingham City Council and their likely impact on the photography…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 23, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

Seminars: DMU Cultures of Photography - Spring 2015

The Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester, has announced its seminar programme for Spring 2015. They are open to everyone, without charge, and take place on Tuesdays from 4–6pm   in the Hugh Aston Building. 

January 13  2015  (Hugh Aston 2.08)

Mirjam Brusius…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 20, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Masterclass: The Identification of Photographic Processes

Amsterdam's Fotorestauratie Atelier VOF is holding a course on the identification of photographic  processes led by Clara von Waldthausen, Hans Meesters or by a guest lecturer. The course covers the most common modern photograph processes and finishing techniques in theory and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 20, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Auctions: Denise Bethel to leave Sotheby's at the end of 2014

Christopher Mahoney, senior Vice President of Photographs at Sotheby's New York, has announced that Denise Bethel will be stepping down as Chairman of Phtoographs, and with leave the company to work independently, advising private clients and institutions, lecturing, and writing. In a newsletter circulated to clients…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 20, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Publication: 100 anos de Fotografia Científica em Portugal (1839-1939) Imagens e Instrumentos

This work in the area of History of Photography seeks scientific analysis of the impact of photography in science, and the role of science in the development of instrumentation and photographic processes.

In depth scientific analysis of the instrumentation and chemical/physical processes…


Added by Isabel Marília Viana e Peres on December 17, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Imargem, Almada, Portugal

Imargem, Almada Art Association will hold it's annual exhibition at Almada Art Gallery from 18 December to 14 February. This year there will be a homage to the photographer and master printer, António Paixão (1915-1985).

António Paixão (1915-1985) is recognized by his master printing skills, and printed for…


Added by Nuno de Avelar Pinheiro on December 17, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Job: Media Space Assistant

Opened in 2013, Media Space is an exciting collaboration between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum in Bradford, home of the National Photography Collection. A new London venue for world quality photography exhibitions and events, Media Space includes a 525m² major exhibition gallery and the flexible…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2014 at 5:41 — No Comments

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