Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
You will work as a research assistant on a Paul Mellon funded project conducted by the National Trust and the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London. Your primary role will responsibility for co-ordinating a number of workshops involving academics and museum professionals, which are intended to explore approaches to the extensive…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on January 9, 2020 at 8:38 — No Comments
In response to the exhibitions presented in the Photography Season at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, this conference will address the politics of photography in terms of its relationship to consumerism, capital and culture. The…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on January 7, 2020 at 8:18 — No Comments
I recently acquired two small boxes of glass negatives, the first being magic lantern size plates are mainly of Blackpool landmarks,(will blog these shortly) the other is of figures in a range of costume, I know nothing about them and would love more information.…Continue
Four years ago we launched www.britishphotography.org to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have continued to develop the collection and the range of our activities. These include donations to public institutions, museum…Continue
Added by James Hyman on December 25, 2019 at 9:00 — No Comments
Photograph of the Valley of Inkerman. In the valley in the foreground there is a road to the right and a river in the distance to the left. Behind are steep cliffs with a row of huts near the base. The…Continue
Added by David Robert Jones on December 21, 2019 at 1:30 — No Comments
Professor Larry Schaaf will deliver the Royal Photographic Society Historical Group's 2020 Colin Ford Lecture providing a fascinating insight to his work on The William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné.
Schaaf has been examining and compiling information on Talbot images worldwide for more than four decades. Beginning in 2014, with the backing of…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2019 at 7:30 — No Comments
A new blog by Jamie Carstairs who manages the Historical Photographs of China project draws attention to Charles F Moore, who was born in Manchester, photographed in China and married a local Chinese woman. He was a member of the London Amateur Photographic Association. Some of his surviving negatives are held in collections in Canada.
The blog can…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on December 8, 2019 at 15:52 — No Comments
The exhibition Pages from Photographic History is running at the Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre a the Hermitage, St Petersburg. It acquaints visitors with the most important stages in the development of photography and touches on the technical, documentary and artistic sides of its evolution.
The exhibition is…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on December 6, 2019 at 7:36 — No Comments
Numerous references to travelling photographers and mobile studios are sprinkled throughout the literature dedicated to photography. Robert Taft refers to photographic studios on board ships that sailed American rivers in his book Photography and the American Scene (Taft, 1938, p. 65-67). He recounts an undated anecdote about a confrontation…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on December 3, 2019 at 8:23 — No Comments
BPH has just learnt of the death of Bill Barnes, the film history and collector who died in July at the age of 99 years. Barnes, along with his twin brother John, who died in 2008, was a collector and historian of early British cinema. For a time their outstanding collection was on display as as the Barnes Museum of Cinematography in St Ives. John managed the…Continue
Just over a year since its acquisition, a taster of the vast MacKinnon Collection will be exhibited at the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG). The two institutions joined forces to purchase the collection — made up of more than 14,000 photographs dating from the 1840s to the mid-20th century in Scotland — in May…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on December 1, 2019 at 15:36 — No Comments
In the early 19th century, the ideas of reform pedagogues such as Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827) gave rise to a didactic turn towards the visual that criticized an exclusive textual mediation of knowledge through books and lectures (Depaepe 1999). The pedagogues and policymakers who strove for a more…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on November 30, 2019 at 8:00 — No Comments
Hi, Thought this might be of interest to some of those interested in studying photo archives! Following the successful pilot of the Cambridge Data School in 2019, CDH is pleased to announce that it is extending its training in Digital Methods in an effort to meet the growing demand across academia, civil society, the public sector and industry. During the…Continue
Added by Andy Corrigan on November 28, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments
The current issue of Source magazine has a number of articles of interest to British photographic history. Sarah Macdonald, Heritage Collections Manager at the Royal Horticultural Society, looks at the RHS's photography collections. It includes over 400 cartes of horticulturalists.
Elsewhere, Richard West provides a useful overview…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on November 26, 2019 at 20:00 — No Comments
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A forgotten cache of 13,000 Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) pictures has been rediscovered in an attic and is being "preserved for posterity". The photos were found earlier this year in a large dusty pile in the organisation's headquarters in Poole, Dorset. Work has been started to preserve the pictures, the earliest of which are from the 1920s,…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on November 26, 2019 at 19:19 — No Comments
Edinburgh photographer Alexander McGlashon travelled to Australia in late 1854, remaining in Melbourne until May 1857, running a photographic business based in 7 Collins Street East. Sadly very few of his photographs from that period are known to survive. It was therefore with some excitement that I recently uncovered a “new” stereo.
The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards recognise outstanding original contributions to the literature, art or practice of photography and the moving image. Two winning titles published between 1 January and 31 December 2019 will be selected; one in the field of photography and one in the field of the moving image (including film, television and digital media). The…Continue
Added by Alex Anthony on November 19, 2019 at 23:18 — No Comments
O’Neill, who was awarded a CBE last month for services to photography and was known for his work with the likes of Frank Sinatra, David Bowie and Elizabeth Taylor, died at home on Saturday night…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on November 17, 2019 at 17:30 — No Comments