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Events: collecting photography and the art market

This autumn, London's Photographers' Gallery will be running a series of events focused on the particulars of collecting photography and understanding its position in the wider art market today. Offering top tips and guidance from a range of industry experts, we will provide insider’s advice on how the photography…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Conference presentations: French paper negatives: production, characterization, preservation

Marie-Angélique Languille et Céline Daher have announced that the videos of the conference French paper negatives: production, characterization, preservation which took place from 7-8 December 2017 have been uploaded here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 9:57 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution / London, until 24 March 2019

Newly discovered albums from the National Science and Media Museum collection form part of a new exhibition at the Science Museum The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution. Investigating the role of science in the lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, this exhibition takes visitors…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 9:47 — No Comments

Auction: Vintage & Modern Photography / Dominic Winter Auctioneers / Thursday 4 October

Dominic Winter’s latest catalogue for their Vintage & Modern Photography auction is now online. The auction takes place on Thursday 4th November and comprises 300 lots, following on from the first 100-lot session of Postcards, Documents, Autographs & Ephemera which start…


Added by Chris Albury on September 21, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

Publication: Secure the Shadow. Somerset Photographers 1839-1939

This new book is not just a dating guide to old photographs, but is also a celebration of Somerset’s photographic history, as seen through the lives and work of nearly 800 photographers. It will appeal to family, local, social and photographic historians, including collectors, as a reliable and indispensable reference…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2018 at 6:00 — No Comments

Obituary: Bill Buchanan (1932-2018)

The death of Bill Buchanan deprives the history of photography of one of the key figures in the rise of interest in the subject over the last sixty years.

William Menzies Buchanan was born in Trinidad in 1932. He studied at Glasgow School of Art and then taught in Glasgow schools for five years before joining…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 15, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

V&A Photography Centre: Spotlight

Photography is under the spotlight as the V&A Museum prepares for the 12 October opening of its new Photography Centre which unites - and shows to the public - the V&A and RPS collections. The Photography Spotlight celebrates the Centre, home to the national collection of the art of photography and shows…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 14, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

Blake and Edgar of Bedford

I am trying to identify the photographer responsible for a group of pictures in an album dating to the 1860s. They are Exterior and interior views of Russborough House in Ireland. They are likely to have been made by Blake and Edgar of 32 Midland Rd. Bedford as a series of the same images exists in a much smaller format which bears their stamp. They may only be reduced copies made by B&E and the large 10X12 inch prints and album are not identified in any way.

Does anyone know…


Added by David H Davison on September 13, 2018 at 15:25 — 2 Comments

Tate Modern appoints Yasufumi Nakamori as Senior Curator International Art (Photography)

Tate Modern has announced the appointment of Dr Yasufumi Nakamori as its new Senior Curator, International Art (Photography). Nakamori will lead on the development of Tate’s collection of photography and on the programme of photography exhibitions and displays. He will take up the post in October…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2018 at 19:30 — No Comments

Information request: Fox Talbot camera shop / Tottenham Court Road

Gray Levett is researching London's camera shops for a future feature in Nikon Owner magazine and is looking for photographs of the exterior of the Fox Talbot shop which stood at 179 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1.

If you can help please post the image here and get in touch with Gray on 020 7828 4925 or…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2018 at 10:03 — No Comments

Archive: John Vickers theatrical photography / University of Bristol

John Vickers was a theatre photographer of note from the 1930s onwards. A comprehensive archive of documents following Vickers’ career throughout the 1940s and 1950s compliments the London Old Vic collection which is also held at the University of Bristol. Included in the collection are glass plate…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Publication: Without a Trace: Manchester and Salford in the 1960s

Shirley Baker started to photograph the streets of Manchester and Salford in the early 1960s when homes were being demolished and communities were being uprooted. 'Whole streets were disappearing and I hoped to capture some trace of everyday life of the people who lived there. I was particularly…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2018 at 9:50 — No Comments

Website: Portraits One hundred years at the studio (1840-1940)

The Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) of Girona City Council has created a new web resource focused on the studio portrait. It is a comparative view of this photographic practice with a selection of 10 images for each decade.

See the website here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2018 at 9:38 — No Comments

Exhibition: Promoting the Pedigree through Photography: Thomas Fall / London, from 12 September 2018

The first exhibition dedicated to leading dog photographer Thomas Fall opens at the Kennel Club Art Gallery on 12 September. The collection, which is the largest historical dog photography archive in the world, will be on display for dog lovers and art enthusiasts alike.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 8, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

Publication: The Isle of Dogs: Before the big money / Mike Seaborne

Now home to financial heavyweights and epic skyscapers, the Isle of Dogs was once the beating heart of industrial East London. In the early ’80s Mike Seaborne began documenting the area’s social fabric, taking his camera around the streets and inside remaining working factories and businesses.



Added by Michael Pritchard on September 8, 2018 at 18:00 — No Comments

Publication: Scotland in 3D Kickstarter project

Please have a look at my Kickstarter campaign to help fund the publication of a new book on stereoscopy - Scotland in 3D

Your support would be greatly appreciated!…


Added by Peter Blair on September 7, 2018 at 21:30 — 2 Comments

Aesthetics, Industry and Innovation in Twentieth Century Photography: The Ilford Archive

I have just been appointed an AHRC Leadership Fellow from September 2018 through to late 2019, for a project centred on the work of Ilford Limited, and also looking at aspects of photographic culture between (roughly) 1914-1945. The grant funds the research but also aims to develop my research leadership skills and…


Added by Michelle Henning on September 3, 2018 at 10:00 — 4 Comments

Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay: US Premiere

The US Premiere will take place at the University of New Mexico on Saturday 3rd November. Full details…


Added by Grant Scott on September 3, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

Website: Polyfoto

A new website explores the history of Polyfoto which began as a chain of high street photography studios in the United Kingdom and is best known for its sheets of multiple-pose images. The website has pull out a call for people's own Polyfoto images. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on September 2, 2018 at 16:07 — No Comments

British historical women photographers

Rose Teanby's excellent research work looking at early British women photographers continues to grow.  The most recent post is on Lady Emily Payne-Gallwey (sic) who joined the Photographic Society in 1853, it's inaugural year. The other photographers so far in the series are: Mary Ann Boulton, Elizabeth…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 2, 2018 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

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