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Research: South Kensington Museum Albumen photo

Greetings. I am looking for information about this albumen photo, a student art room at the South Kensington Museum, which became part of the V&A. It has a Letterpress description, and the blindstamps of both the museum (Loan), and of the photographers Cundall and Downes.

The V&A has an exact copy, and…

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Added by David McGreevy on July 12, 2016 at 0:30 — 11 Comments

Obituary: Beryl Vosburgh née Roques (1932-2016) - UPDATED 2

Beryl Diana Vosburgh, who for many years ran Jubilee Photographica, a shop selling old photographs and photographic equipment, in Pierrepoint Row, Camden Passage, London, died on 6 July 2016.

Beryl was a familiar face at the early auctions of photography and the name 'Jubilee' would be heard repeatedly in the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2016 at 7:00 — 5 Comments

Call for Applications: 2016 DGPh History of Photography Research Award

The History and Archives section of the German Photographic Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie, DGPh) has recognised scientific research in the history and theory of photography since 1978.

The DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2016 will be open for all elements of research into…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2016 at 7:00 — No Comments

Robert Howlett Biography

In 2015 I rediscovered the grave of Victorian photographer Robert Howlett and started researching his short life with the intention of producing his comprehensive biography.  As a consequence of his early death he left no will, diary, family documents or artefacts so this has been a considerable uphill…

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Added by Rose Teanby on July 5, 2016 at 19:00 — 2 Comments

Research: James Valentine and Daguerreotype photography

I am researching the Scottish photographer James Valentine (1815-1879) with the goal of a publication in mind. I would therefore welcome information on James Valentine specifically related to his earliest involvement in photography. Of particular interest to me is a comment in one of his…

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Added by Ken Hall on July 4, 2016 at 8:30 — 6 Comments

Auction: Mike Simkin Magic Lantern Collection / 7 July 2016

This remarkable collection grew from Mike Simkin’s fascination with the pre-cinema moving image, with many fine rarities in every area: optical toys, magic lanterns, illuminants, books, catalogues and ephemera rounded off by the huge slide collection. Predominantly mahogany-mounted and hand-painted, it…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 4, 2016 at 7:04 — No Comments

St Andrews Photography Festival: events

St Andrews Photography Festival has announced several events of interest to BPH readers. First up, on 1 August Dr Alison Morrison-Low will discuss the work of Dr John Adamson. View this and others at the Festival's Facebook page: …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 1, 2016 at 7:47 — No Comments

Radio: The Invention of Photography / 7 July 2016

BBC Radio 4's In Our Time programme will look at the invention of photography on 7 July 2016. Melvyn Bragg and guests, Elizabeth Edwards, Alison Morrison-Low and Simon Schaffer, will discuss the development of photography in the 1830s, when techniques for 'drawing with light' evolved to the stage where, in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2016 at 19:20 — No Comments

Auction: Arthur E Morton early colour and kinematography

Special Auction Services of Newbury is to auction a group of material relating to Arthur E Morton FRPS, a pioneer of early colour photography, both still and moving. He was an exponent of Autochrome and Paget colour process and Kinemacolour.  

The full catalogue which also includes the exceptional Mike Simkin…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2016 at 7:03 — No Comments

Bourne & Shepard Kolkata studio closes

I have just found out that the Bourne and Shepard Photo studio in Kolkata has closed. For more information:…

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Added by Eric Butler on June 26, 2016 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

Vintage Photo Books

Several months ago, I acquired a number of very old British photo books at auction.  Plan to donate them to the library at Southern Methodist University.  Problem is that I have no way of ascertaining their value as can find no listings anywhere.  Any help or suggestions on how to proceed would be appreciated.  They include:

Yearbook of Photography 1867; G. Warton Simpson, editor; Office of Photographic News, publisher.

Yearbook of Photography 1881; H. Barden Pritchard, editor;…

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Added by Jerry Comer on June 25, 2016 at 19:11 — 1 Comment

Lacock Intensive Collodion Workshop – One space available

Due to a health related withdrawal I have again one space available for this fantastic 5-day Lacock Intensive Collodion Workshop (6-10 July 2016, Manger Barn, Lacock).

It goes down to the basics of collodion photography. You'll learn how to make strong collodion negatives and how to print them on albumen…

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Added by Michael Schaaf on June 25, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Call for Papers: American Art and Photography from 1895 to 1925: Rethinking “Pictorialism”

'Pictorialism' as a loosely constituted, international movement advocating photography’s assimilation into the traditional fine arts, succeeded to the extent that it fostered widespread acceptance of the medium as 'art' prior to World War I, but failed in the post-War period as its…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 20, 2016 at 19:30 — No Comments

Brian Liddy secures role with Talbot catalogue raisonné project

Our friends at the William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné project have announced the news that Brian Liddy, formerly curator of collections access at the National Media Museum, Bradford, has been appointed the project's first research assistant.

BPH will bring news of former NMeM…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 20, 2016 at 16:12 — No Comments

Jobs: National Media Museum, Bradford

Two jobs are being advertised by the National Media Museum, Bradford. Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology, to manage, develop, research, interpret and present the collections of the National Media Museum, To work with a wide range of different partners – academics,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 20, 2016 at 5:11 — No Comments

Exhibition: Raphael Albert: Miss Black and Beautiful / 8 July-24 September 2016

Autograph APB is to present the first major exhibition of photographs by Raphael Albert (1935-2009), cultural promoter and photographer of black beauty pageants in west London from the late 1960s to the 1980s. The exhibition runs from 8 July-24 September 2016 and admission is free.

For…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2016 at 18:46 — No Comments

Petition: Save Chalon's musée Nicéphore Niépce

A petition, which will be presented to the mayor of Chalon-sur-Saône has been launched to support musée Nicéphore Niépce. Nearly 5000 people have already signed. The highly regarded museum has suffered 60 per cent budget cuts over the past two years and the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2016 at 18:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Close Up & Personal: Victorians & Their Photographs / 14 June-13 November 2016

The advent of photography in 1839 catapulted Victorian society into a new age of science, art and leisure. Previously only the wealthy could possess a painted portrait, but photography was cheaper and democratised the privilege of owning a likeness. A variety of forms soon emerged including the carte-de-visite, the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2016 at 18:23 — No Comments

Digital resource: History of Russia in photographs

The Moscow Multimedia Art Museum has announced the launch of a new portal, History of Russia in Photographs, which exhibits around 80,000 photos dating from 1860 to 2000. The museum's director, Olga Sviblovo, said the portal's goal was to unite all museum and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2016 at 18:08 — 1 Comment

St Andrews Photography Festival to showcase the towns photographic heritage

While St Andrews is world-renowned as the home of golf, BPH readers will know the important role the town has played nationally and internationally in photography from the 1840s to today. A new photography festival, which launches in August, will celebrate the role and importance of St…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 17, 2016 at 15:20 — No Comments

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