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Auction: Daguerre images and artefacts (updated)

Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood's Fine Art Sale in Exeter on 5 October features an unusual group of rare, early items relating to Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, inventor of the Diorama, a theatrical  spectacle, and the daguerreotype, the earliest form of photography, made public in 1839.

Amongst the rarities…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2016 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

History of British photographic education

Dr Ian R Smith has compiled an essay/academic paper that he put together as part of his doctorate in the 1990s.In his words 'it leans towards facts and organisations rather than individuals but I hope you find it interesting'. Find it as a pdf at and click on the link.

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2016 at 18:36 — No Comments

Auction: Capitol Gallery / Early ambrotype view of London

Offerings include an extremely rare solograph with includes a wonderful advertisement for Ezekiel Hawkins establishment.  Daguerreotype highlights include a killer guitar player, a spectacular close-up, a large frame with ten family images, half-plates, a Whitehurst stereo and a lovely…


Added by Jeremy on September 10, 2016 at 22:00 — No Comments

Panel discussion: ‘Donovan in Magazines’ / 21 September / The Photographers’ Gallery

A series of presentations and a discussion reflecting on Terence Donovan’s work in magazines. Throughout his career, Terence Donovan worked for a variety of fashion magazines, including Town (where his collaborator was the groundbreaking art director Tom Wolsey), Elle and Marie-Claire in…


Added by Terence Donovan Archive on September 8, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Information request: Letters of R. Child Bayley, editor of 'Photography'

I am currently engaged in research on the photographic network of R. Child Bayley (editor of the journal Photography) around 1904-1908. Does anyone know whether his letters or the files of the journal from that time are being kept somewhere? I tried contacting the offices of the current Amateur Photographer as it seems to be the post-post-post-successor of Photography, but had no luck so far. There are his letters to Alfred Stieglitz, that are kept in the Beinecke…


Added by Caroline Fuchs on September 8, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Talk: The great 3D scandal: how stereoscopy got written out of history / 28 September

Ian Christie, one of the UK's most renowned film writers and historians, will be giving the first The Bill Douglas Memorial Lecture, on 25 September. The lecture marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Bill Douglas, filmmaker and collector, who gives his name to The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, housed at the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 5, 2016 at 18:54 — No Comments

Nathan Lyons (1930-2016)

The photographer, curator and education Nathan Lyons died on 31 August 2016. There have been a number of obituaries published. Lyons was a curator of photography and an associate director at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York and, in 1969, founded the independent Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, which established a course of study relating to the history and practice of the photographic art form and curatorial studies specifically pertaining to the medium of photography. He…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 5, 2016 at 7:09 — No Comments

Job: Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology

This previously advertised job has a revised person specification and a salary that is now 'negotiable'. It is once again open to suitably qualified candidates. The new job pack can be found at the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2016 at 18:42 — No Comments

London Stereoscopic Company - lecture dates

The London Stereoscopic Company has announced a series of UK lecture dates where Denis Pellerin, Dr Brian May and others will be giving talks on different aspects of stereoscopy. The tour commences in Manchester in September and will conclude in London in November. Further dates may be added .

Thurs 22…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 19, 2016 at 7:07 — No Comments

Research: Ruth Snowman

As part of my ongoing research on the life and work of Josef Breitenbach, I am trying to locate further information on a very significant pupil, Ruth Snowman. Snowman studied with Breitenbach in Paris during 1934, and later in England worked as his agent, placing his work in a variety of British and American publications. (During this time she lived on Acol Road, West Hampstead, NW6) From 1935-1939 she ran her own photographic studio in London, under the trading name of Ruth Antoni.…


Added by Helen Trompeteler on August 15, 2016 at 19:00 — No Comments

Michael Schaaf

BPH is saddened to report that Michael Schaaf, the photographer and teacher of collodion and other historic process, was found in his camper van in Lacock on 16 July. He had not been in contact with his family for several days and was discovered by a National Trust employee. Schaaf had conducted a five day…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 14, 2016 at 8:00 — No Comments

Phd Studentship: Photography and/as Pedagogy at the University of Westminster

The University Archive provides ample evidence that the University and its predecessor institutions have been at the forefront of innovations in both the technologies of photography and in its pedagogical implications.

The Royal Polytechnic Institution housed the first photographic studio in Europe, and both…


Added by Sara Dominici on August 12, 2016 at 10:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis

The first-ever comprehensive exhibition to celebrate exclusively the life and work of pioneering British photographer Olive Edis (1876-1955) opens at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday October 8, 2016 and closes…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 10, 2016 at 19:51 — No Comments

Reunion: Polytechnic of Central London

A reunion will be held for all those photography students who attended the Polytechnic of Central London (Regent Street Poly) between 1960 and 1965.The free reunion will be held on Friday 26th August 2016 from midday onwards at Dolphin Square in London, for full details, please contact Tony Hilton at

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 10, 2016 at 19:41 — No Comments

Job: Project Coordinator - Opening up the Beaford Archive

The Beaford Archive - the work of James Ravilious and Roger Deakins  - is a photographic record of people and community in rural north Devon containing more than 80,000 images covering the 120-year period 1870 to 1990. However, few of these images are currently accessible to the public. 

Beaford Arts has…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 6, 2016 at 18:38 — No Comments

Research: My Big Project (Fixed)

The following is a rough draft describing my latest project, well late, as I have been working on this for quite a few years now. I would appreciate any comments you may have as I eventually, by year's end, to put it on the market. I hope I am not violating any rules here due to this being a commercial project, much the same as a book might be.

I get the sneaking suspicion…


Added by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS on August 3, 2016 at 19:30 — No Comments

World’s Largest Collection of Paper Peepshows Acquired for the Nation and Allocated to V&A

The world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of paper peepshows has been donated to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) under the Cultural Gifts Scheme. The Scheme was introduced by the Government in 2013 as a major…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 2, 2016 at 10:26 — No Comments

The Photographic Collections Network

Arts Council England has announced financial support for a new organisation supporting collections and archives of photography. The Photographic Collections Network will launch to provide research, knowledge exchange, events and advocacy. Its steering group is comprised of Redeye, the Photography Network, the Victoria…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 2, 2016 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Online Course: Stereoscopy: an Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography

Discover why the stereoscope and stereo photography mesmerised Victorians when they first appeared at 1851s This free online course, which starts 1 August, will examine the rise of stereo photography and the work of two pioneering photographers – the Scotsman, George Washington Wilson, and the…

Added by Michael Pritchard on July 28, 2016 at 19:59 — 1 Comment

Happy Birthday John Arthur Roebuck Rudge!

Today is the 179th anniversary celebrating the birth of the early pioneer of 'moving pictures', John Arthur Roebuck Rudge.…


Added by Alexia Lazou on July 26, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

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