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Source magazine reveals declining use of photography archives

The current issue of Source magazine 81 (Winter 2014/15) takes a look at the future of photography archives. It has collated the visitor numbers for some of the UK and Ireland's principal archives - Imperial War Museum, Birmingham Central Library,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 10, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

History is Now at Hayward

Can anyone report on the exhibition up through 26 April at the Hayward Gallery "History is Now" in which artist-curators "take on Britain" since WWII? April 16, Laura Guy, curator, writer and lecturer at Goldsmiths, presents her research focusing on "the recent histories of British photography".

Added by William Messer on March 9, 2015 at 17:10 — 1 Comment

Only in England to embark on two-year regional tour of UK

Blockbuster exhibition Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr is to tour venues throughout the UK after the Science Museum Group secured a National Lottery grant of almost £70,000. The two-year tour has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 7, 2015 at 11:10 — No Comments

Help needed with mystery format - 'The Triptographic'

I have an albumen carte-de-visite (image shown here) photograph featuring three portraits of three different people made by prominent 19th century Wellington photographer, James Bragge in New Zealand. Printed on the right side of the card is 'The Triptographic Cameo Portrait Registered'. I…


Added by Lissa Mitchell on March 3, 2015 at 8:30 — 3 Comments

Light Box

The photographer Norman McBeath and poet Robert Crawford have just completed a collaboration called Light Box which was launched at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. A digital version of Light Box can be viewed through this link:  …


Added by Norman McBeath on March 2, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Video: Henri Cartier-Bresson Collection

A really nice video of a HCB collection that I thought others might enjoy



Added by Stewart Wall on February 28, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Auction: Photography - 5 March 2015

Bloomsbury Auctions is holding an auction next week which includes a significant number of nineteenth century photographs from W H F Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, and other significant British and French photographers. The catalogue can be seen…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

History: Environmental Portraits Around 1981 London

Although more than a thousand of my Autumn 1981 Britain-taken photos went missing between 1981 and mid-1987, I still have enough of my Britain-taken images in my possession for a decent portfolio of work. Included in that portfolio are quite a few environmental portraits I took around…


Added by David Joseph Marcou on February 28, 2015 at 1:00 — No Comments

History: Learning to Retain Photos: Images from 1981 England

Autumn 1981 was a very memorable time for me and my writing and photography. Though I didn’t meet our group’s individual requirement of writing at least 12 feature stories (I did 8 or 9, all edited by our moderator/editor John H. Whale, who wore many hats at the Sunday Times including chief proofreader, the latter job shared by him with his wife, Judith), I did take 2,000-4,000 good photos then.  My peers in the Sunday Times intern-group from the Missouri Journalism School did not take…


Added by David Joseph Marcou on February 28, 2015 at 0:30 — No Comments

History: The Day I Photographed Bert Hardy

I photographed Bert Hardy, the great Picture Post photojournalist, at the same time as our second-ever interview at his Surrey estate in late November 1981, as per the Hardy's wishes. I only have two remaining photo-portraits of him from among several I took of him that day. My second now ex-wife…


Added by David Joseph Marcou on February 27, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Stereo Daguerrotype

I have a beautiful stereo Dag, written on the back in pencil is "Flight into Egypt". The subject is Mary and baby Jesus on an ass, the material is white, could be marble or porcelain and there is nothing to indicate scale. I have searched the internet for the subject without luck, but somebody thought it worth…


Added by Don Baldwin on February 27, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Stereoscopic images today?

I have recently acquired a beautiful Gaumont Stereoscopic Camera, which seems to be in working order - the shutters click very satisfyingly, anyway.The camera comes with 12 plate holders which presumably held the unexposed film. Does anyone know what was loaded into the plate holders - sensitised glass plates or film? Can this be sourced today? I'd love to get the camera functioning again, and to capture a stereoscopic image. Is this possible?

Terry Pattison, Dublin, Ireland

Added by terry pattison on February 27, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Recollection: Photographing a London Children’s Day Centre,1981

Although I didn’t fully realize it in Autumn 1981 when I was a member of the Missouri-London Reporting Team and a London Sunday Times Intern, one assignment I chose for myself (not part of the regular writing program, which was directed by John H. Whale) was to photograph a children’s day centre in…


Added by David Joseph Marcou on February 26, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Blog: Photography and the Science Museum

The Science Museum Group's Head of Photography, Kate Bush, looks at the history of the Science Museum Group’s photography collections.The blog can be found…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2015 at 19:46 — No Comments

'Last chance' export ban on Rejlander album

An album of seventy photographs by Oscar Gustav Rejlander, one of the most important photographers of the 19th century is at risk of export unless a UK buyer can be found. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on the album of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2015 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Photography's default history is told as art – it shouldn't be

We all think we know what photographs are, and why we have them...writes Elizabeth Edwards…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2015 at 21:00 — No Comments

Prototype Ticka camera

Houghton's Ticka camera is a well-known collectible made by Houghtons Ltd and introduced c.1905. Collector and Special Auction Services camera specialist Jonathan Brown recent came across a previously unknown prototype Ticka from c1929 in a local…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments

Research: Could these be Charles Dodgson Photos?

I am researching these 2 photos, mounted back to back, from a British album dated 1858-1860.  They appear to show a boy's prep school with many students, a curious tree/metal sculpture or scientific apparatus, and a military bridge- building structure.

Both are arch-topped albumen prints, 196 x 146…


Added by David McGreevy on February 18, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments

Website: launch of

Claire and James Hyman have launched their new website devoted to British Photography which presents British Photographs from the Hyman Collection. The website is intended as an educational resource that reflects our ongoing commitment to supporting and promoting photography in Britain.

Claire and I both…


Added by James Hyman on February 18, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Publications: Photography in India

In November 2014 Christopher Penn published The Herklots folder of Photographs, his third book about photography in South India in the nineteenth century.  His first, In pursuit of the past, containing 333 A5 pages and 68 illustrations, starts like a ‘Who do you think you are?’ story…


Added by Christopher Frederick Penn on February 18, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

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