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Alinari Collection at risk

The Art Newspaper reports on a story that BPH carried last year. It notes that the world’s oldest photographic agency Fratelli Alinari, founded in Florence in 1852, is in danger of closing. On 22 November 2013, the Italian website …


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 6, 2014 at 6:52 — No Comments

Curatorial Collective Hemera taking on new members/curators

The London based photography curatorial collective Hemera ( has ambitious plans for 2014 and as such we are recruiting for a new member to join the collective. We are a group of four photography historians with a specific interest in historical…


Added by Ashley Lumb on February 5, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Publication: Cyanotype available as a free download

The first monograph on Cyanotype by Dr Mike Ware (cover shown right) was published by the Science Museum of London in 1999, but has long been out of print, and only accessible as a digitized part-version online at Google Books. The book was devoted to the study of photographic printing in Prussian blue,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 5, 2014 at 19:54 — No Comments

Exhibition: Photographing the Arab city in the 19th century

In the 19th century the East represented the realm of exoticism, fantasy and mystery. Literature and painting in particular used the lands beyond Europe as canvases for fertile explorations of the unknown and unlimited boundaries for imagination. By the latter half of the century, however,…


Added by Michael Wong on February 4, 2014 at 23:36 — No Comments

BBC TV - Rogers Fenton and Taylor on The One Show

BBC TV's The One Show last night, 3 February 2014, had a five minute slot discussing the war photography and work of Roger Fenton.

It was introduced and presented by photographer Giles Duley who was injured in Afghanistan in 2011 after he stepped on an IED losing three limbs. Taking part was Professor Roger…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2014 at 6:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris

Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented photographers of the nineteenth century, Charles Marville (French, 1813–1879) was commissioned by the city of Paris to document both the picturesque, medieval streets of old Paris and the broad boulevards and grand public structures that Baron…


Added by Michael Wong on February 3, 2014 at 21:59 — No Comments

BBC TV: The One Show - Roger Fenton & Queen Victoria

On the One Show this evening there will be a segment regarding the work of Roger Fenton and his portraiture of Queen Victoria. There will be contributions from renowned photographic historian Roger Taylor, and a demonstration of the wet-plate collodion process by Tony Richards, who recently…


Added by Alex Boyd on February 3, 2014 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Changes affect the library at George Eastman House (UPDATED)

George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, has made changes to The Richard and Ronay Menschel Library - one of the world's greatest libraries dealing with photography and film. Long-standing librarian and curator Rachel Stuhlman has been made redundant after nearly…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 2, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Auction: Important Beato China and Japan album - UPDATED

Lawrences of Crewkerne is to offer an important Felice Beato album on 31 January 2014. The album contains 68 albumen prints of China and Japan, including views of North Peiho Fort, the Emperor's Palace and the Summer Palace, Peking, Hong Kong, Yedo and Yokohama, the first leaf signed in margin (vertically), 'No. 20 F.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 2, 2014 at 9:38 — 1 Comment

Media Space: First Person Plural symposium

First Person Plural is a symposium to be held at the Science Museum on Saturday 1 March. The event is being presented in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella and is one of a number of events linked to Media Space's Only in England.

Curated and introduced by Steven Bode, Director of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 30, 2014 at 20:02 — No Comments

A Sapper in Flanders book now on sale at £7.50

The Sapper book is going well and getting a lot of press. BBC, Telegraph,…


Added by Jack Tait on January 30, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Carte de Visite delamination

I'd be very interested to hear from anyone who has had experience of restoring the backing cards to Cartes de Visite.

I have a Victorian family album, just given to me, containing some 80 or so CdV's, all or most of which have delaminated, (as as the album, page by page), and the photo paper stock has also come away from the CdV card. This means that I can attempt to repair the cards, let them totally dry, them re-stick the photo to them.

My problem is that I've no idea what…


Added by Les Powell on January 29, 2014 at 18:12 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography

In 1839, just two years after Victoria became queen of Great Britain and Ireland, the medium of photography was announced to the world. This exhibition explores the relationship between the new art and the young queen, whose passion for collecting photographs began in the 1840s and whose…


Added by Michael Wong on January 28, 2014 at 21:17 — No Comments

Earliest photographs of Churchill discovered

January 2014 – Save Photo Limited have discovered what may be the earliest surviving original images of Winston Churchill. They were discovered in the Hills and Saunders Harrow Collection, which they were contracted to digitise, conserve and catalogue for the private owner. The collection was…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 28, 2014 at 7:50 — 1 Comment

Call for Papers: The Business of War Photography

Proposals are invited for the forthcoming conference The Business of War Photography: Producing and Consuming Images of Conflict, presented in association with the Centre for Arts and Visual Culture at Durham University, in partnership with DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery and Impressions Gallery. The…

Added by Pippa Oldfield on January 27, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Kingston-upon-Thames in the nude!

Artistic images of women posing nude for legendary photography pioneer Eadweard Muybridge could soon become a familiar sight along Kingston’s riverside.

The company behind the new Riverside Kingston restaurant development, next to Kingston Bridge, has announced bold plans to commemorate one…


Added by Michael Wong on January 26, 2014 at 17:54 — No Comments

Illuminating Lacock Abbey

A key event in the birth of photography is being celebrated with illuminations at the place depicted in one of the first photographic negatives. The lights are part of the second Illuminating Lacock Abbey light festival by the National Trust and marks a year celebrating Fox Talbot's…


Added by Michael Wong on January 26, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

Job: Photographic or Paper Conservator, Media Space

The Science Museum is seeking a highly-motivated, enthusiastic and experienced Paper or Photographic conservator to provide conservation support in the development and delivery of exhibitions in our new Media Space Gallery. 

Media Space is an exciting new exhibition space in the Science Museum. It will showcase the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2014 at 8:29 — No Comments

Information sought on Linked Ring photographer

I am researching four platinum prints that I believe to be by Reginald W. Craigie. Information on Craigie is sparse on the internet, aside from his connection with the Linked Ring and the Salon I don't know much more about him. This is intriguing because I have identified two of the portraits - one is definitely James McNeill Whistler and the other is Augustus St. Gaudens. I would be grateful for any suggestions. I hope to travel to England later this year to conduct further research.

Added by Martha Mahard on January 24, 2014 at 17:15 — 1 Comment

New photos on Web Site

Yes, this is a self-serving message but possibly of some interest to members of this site. We have long been distracted by various projects, particularly on a book about John Ruskin’s daguerreotypes, but have just added more than 160 new photographs to our web site. We hope there will be images to provoke study and possibly delight even for those among you who are unlikely to purchase. Furthermore, the site has useful information for collectors and researchers of 19th century…


Added by Ken Jacobson on January 24, 2014 at 15:56 — No Comments

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