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PhD scholarships

The University of West London is a leading modern university specialising in the education and development of exceptional creative, business and service professionals. This programme would include history of photography. 

In addition to its regular programme of fee-paying doctorates, the University of West London is offering PhD…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 24, 2018 at 8:57 — No Comments

Images of people with stereoviewers

I have become interested in finding images of folk with stereo viewers . I had such an image in my collection for decades and have come across more recently on online sites. Attached is a cdv of a young lady standing along side a column with an album and a Brewster viewer. I sat down in an antique store last week and went through hundreds of cdv cards from…


Added by Stephen Michael Barnett on November 24, 2018 at 4:00 — 5 Comments

Bazar Nadar, a new online gallery for vintage photography.

I like to inform you about the new online gallery: Bazar Nadar. 

As a teacher of photographic history at the KdG University College I've collected for several years vintage photographs. 

Now I've started my own gallery, Bazar Nadar. The gallery specializes in early vintage photographs. And of course there are also rare UK prints for sale. Julia Margaret Cameron, over Fenton, Maull & Polyblank and early salt prints can be found in the gallery. 

Besides these…


Added by Wouter Lambrechts on November 19, 2018 at 13:32 — No Comments

Book: Study in Black and White: Photography, Race, Humor

I'm pleased to announce the publication by Penn State Press of Study in Black and White: Photography, Race, Humor. This book examines how photographic humor was used in the US and across the British empire to express evolving ideas about…


Added by Tanya Sheehan on November 19, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018 / Arles, until 6 January 2019

Luma is pleased to announce the exhibition, Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018, a major project exploring the rich history of mechanically-reproduced imagery from the nineteenth century to the present, organized by visual artist and theorist Walead Beshty. The exhibition features over three…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 19, 2018 at 8:04 — No Comments

Gallery display: Photography - A Living Art: Then and Now / until 3 November 2019

The National Portrait Gallery began acquiring photographs shortly after its foundation in 1856, although the first photograph did not officially enter the Collection until 1932. Since then, the Gallery’s Photographs Collection has expanded to include approximately 250,000 examples of the medium. Dating from photography’s earliest days following its discovery…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 18, 2018 at 17:50 — No Comments

Exhibition: Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers / from 30 January 2019

From the early innovations of Anna Atkins and Queen Alexandra, through to Dorothy Bohm’s depiction of 1960s London and the self-portraiture of Sarah Lucas in the 2000s, the exhibition will, for the first time, present an in depth historical survey showcasing the achievements of female photographers working in Britain. In collaboration with Fast Forward Women…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 18, 2018 at 16:43 — No Comments

Exhibition: Under Indian Skies - 19th-Century Photographs from a Private Collection / until 28 April 2019

The David Collection’s new special exhibition provides a hitherto unknown first-hand impression of 19th-century India, primarily — but not exclusively — seen with the eyes of western photographers. Through original vintage photographs, the viewer is taken back to photography’s birth and earliest childhood and up to around 1900.

Photography had made a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 18, 2018 at 16:38 — No Comments

Auction: vintage London Baron Studio print of Marilyn Monroe, 1954

The legendary Marilyn Monroe is captured in full splendor by society- and appointed court photographer of the British Royal Family Baron (Stirling Henry Nahum) - whose career started in photographing ballets at Sadlers Wells Theatre in London and whose real breakthrough came in 1947 photographing the wedding of Prince Philip and Princess…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 18, 2018 at 16:11 — No Comments

Resource: Arclight

Arclight is a data mining and visualization tool for film and media history that allow users to analyze millions of pages of digitally scanned magazines and newspapers for trends related to a chosen subject.

Also, available is The Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities free…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 18, 2018 at 15:53 — No Comments

Exhibition review: Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins / New York, to 17 February 2019

The New York Times carries a review of the New York Public Library's exhibition about Anna Atkins and her seminal work of cyanotypes British Algae. The exhibition is open until 17 February 2019. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on November 18, 2018 at 15:36 — No Comments

National Science+Media Museum appoints Head Curator

The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, has appointed Dr Geoff Belknap as its Head Curator, effective from 1 November. Belknapp joined the museum in June 2017 as Curator of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 11, 2018 at 17:56 — No Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / London, Autumn/Spring 2018/2019

The History and Theory of Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck has announced two seminars. Admission is free and open to all. 


Wednesday 21 November 2018, 6-7:30pm

Room TBC

Anna Dahlgren, Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University

i-D and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 11, 2018 at 17:33 — No Comments

Events: The face of suffrage / Birmingham, Nov-Dec 2018

The Face of Suffrage is a new large scale art installation created to celebrate 100 years of Votes for Women by Helen Marshall The ‘Face of Suffrage’ artwork is a floor-based, 200 metre square photo mosaic consisting of more than 3,500 images of females from across the West Midlands.   

It will be located on the concourse of Birmingham New…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 11, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

Martin Parr Foundation launches a membership scheme

The Martin Parr Foundation (MPF) which runs a gallery and archive in Bristol, based on Parr's own work but extending to British documentary photography, has launched its new membership scheme. The aim of the scheme is to open up access to the Foundation’s library and huge archive collection, as well as giving members discounts on talks, screenings, workshops…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 11, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

Identification: 'The Widow's Mite' cdv

I am looking to find the photographer of this image, a British cdv labeled 'The Widow's Mite'. It reminds me of Rejlander's genre scenes, but I have been unsuccessful in finding anything about it. No back mark. I have blurred out the…


Added by David McGreevy on November 10, 2018 at 22:00 — 5 Comments

Event: Photographing and Cycling in Late Victorian Britain / London, 14 November 2018

This talk presents new research looking at the relation between camera and cycle technologies in late Victorian Britain. Despite the challenges of carrying heavy and fragile glass-plate cameras on likewise heavy and laborious to ride machines, in this period combining cycling and photography was felt so close that contemporary commentators could write of…


Added by Sara Dominici on November 9, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Information: Cook Salvator Mundi

BPH member Ben Lewis is trying to find more details about this photograph and the London photographer William E Gray who worked independently and was also associated with the company of Henry Dixon and Son Ltd which absorbed his business in 1931.

The photograph was taken for the Cook…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 6, 2018 at 12:09 — No Comments

Seminar: Nita Harvey's Archive / London: 9 November 2018

Four years ago Ellen Nolan inherited a suitcase. Inside was an archive of hundreds of images and documents belonging to her Great Aunt, Nita Harvey, an English actress on the brink of Hollywood success in the 1930s. In 1933 Nita was discovered through a beauty contest, summoned to Hollywood and signed to Paramount studios.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2018 at 2:01 — No Comments

Early Career Academic Fellow: Photographic History

Newly qualified PhDs in photographic history may be interested in two Early Career Academic Fellow (ECAF) positions at De Montfort University. The position will ultimately lead to tenure in 2020. DMU is home to the Photographic History Research Centre and runs a MA history of photography programme. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2018 at 2:00 — No Comments

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