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Magazine: The Classic - issue 4 - now available

The latest edition of The Classic - a free magazine about classic photography is now available. In addition, the publishers have also launched The Classic Platform, an online resource with articles from Denis Pellerin and Richard Meara, and more due to go up shortly. Also available is an auction calendar. …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2020 at 17:15 — No Comments

Auction: Rev George Bridges early Calotype album / 3-17 November 2020

An early album of salt prints by Rev George Bridges is being offered in an online auction by Sotheby's from 3-17 November 2020. Bridges was a contemporary of Talbot and these show some of the first Calotypes of Greece, Turkey and Italy. It is estimated at £20,000-30,000. 

The lot description reads: 

BRIDGES, GEORGE WILSON

Album of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 2, 2020 at 8:00 — No Comments

Online event: Anna Atkins: Botanical Illustration and Photographic Innovation / 10 November 2020

Join us for an online in-conversation with Prof Geoffrey Batchen and Dr Lena Fritsch, discussing the work of pioneering British photographer and botanist Anna Atkins (1799-1871). Her innovative use of new photographic technologies linked art and science, and exemplified the potential of photography in books.…

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Online event: A celebration of stereoscopic 3D / 21 and 22 November 2020

Rachel Nordstrom from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, Victor Flores, from Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, Portugal, Denis Pellerin and Rebecca Sharpe, from the London Stereoscopic Archive, have joined forces to organise this free online Zoom event, a celebration of Stereoscopic 3D. They have invited photo historians,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 2, 2020 at 7:00 — No Comments

Curator Sophie Gordon has left the Royal Collection Trust

Sophie Gordon, head of photographs at the Royal Collection Trust (RCT), Windsor, has now confirmed publicly that she is accepting voluntary redundancy. She has been at the Collection for 15 years. The RCT is undertaking a significant restructure following a fall in visitor numbers and revenues as a result of COVID-19. The Trust is also making compulsory…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2020 at 7:03 — No Comments

Online talk: Picturing the West India Regiment 1860-1914 / 19 October 2020

In this talk I will discuss my work to draw to together the disparate photographic archive of the West India Regiments. Scattered across the Atlantic in public and private collections, photographs of the men who formed the first 'official' British Army regiment made up of men of African descent represent the men in contradictory…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 18, 2020 at 20:30 — No Comments

Hills and Saunders' Harrow negative archive being part sold off on eBay...but the majority is retained and preserved

A short post on BPH has drawn attention to the current owners of the Hills and Saunders negative archive selling off negatives individually on eBay. The collection is - or was - owned by Pete Boswell who posted on BPH about his acquisition…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 18, 2020 at 15:00 — 3 Comments

Journal: Photographica issue 1 / from September 2020

Photographica is a new French-published magazine which aims to support and show research around the history of photography for university and museum level. It is supported by the Société française de photographie…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2020 at 17:12 — 2 Comments

Resource: Photoria - Australian Women Photographers 1850-1950

Photoria is a new resource documenting female photographers and associated trades, working in Australia between 1850 and 1950. It currently has some 400 names with, most likely, more to be discovered and documented. 

See and explore here:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2020 at 16:54 — No Comments

Auction: early experimental camera estimated at £50-70k / 19 November 2020

Flints Auctions is offering an early experimental camera, believed to be c.1840, with an estimate of £50,000-70,000. The camera is made from mahogany, with a simple back retained by a wedge and with a simple lens in a brass mount. The back carries a series of small pinholes, which were presumably from pins used to fix sensitised paper to it (see…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Chris Killip (1946-2020)

BPH heard late yesterday afternoon that the British documentary photographer Chris Killip had died at his home in the United States. Killip was born in the Isle of Man, and started his career by assisting Adrian Flowers in London. From 1969 he began concentrating on his own photography. In 1977 he became a founder, exhibition curator, and advisor at…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2020 at 6:30 — 2 Comments

Online: British Empire & Commonwealth Collection

The British and Commonwealth collection, based at Bristol Archives, consists of objects, photographs, films, papers and sound archives reflecting the occupations and interests of mainly white British people living and working in many parts of the former empire during the late 19th and 20th centuries. The new online…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2020 at 20:51 — No Comments

Culture Recovery Fund supports photography organisations

London's Photographers' Gallery and the Photo London fair are amongst the largest beneficiaries of today's Arts Council England investment of £257 million in 1,385 venues, theatres, museums and cultural organisations, through the first tranche of Culture Recovery Fund: Grants programme.

The announcement was only for Round 1 of grants applications under…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2020 at 19:30 — No Comments

Auction: the Honywood album, c1851 / 28 October 2020

Chiswick Auctions is delighted to offer a historically important album of early photographs by Captain Thomas Honywood (1819-1888), notable for taking the earliest known photographs of Sussex. He is also responsible for the invention of the photographic technique known as Nature Printing. This important album of his private  photographs will be offered in the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 11, 2020 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

Exhibition: Unearthed - Photography's Roots / Dulwich, from 21 November 2020

This exhibition, originally scheduled to open earlier in the year, will be the Dulwich Picture Gallery's re-opening exhibition. Unearthed traces the rich history of the medium through depictions of nature, with over 100 works by 41 leading international artists. Unearthed: Photography's Roots will reveal the fascinating…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 11, 2020 at 9:34 — No Comments

Online talk: The Rio Tape/Slide Archive / 17 October 2020

Alan Denney and Tamara Stoll discuss their new book The Rio Tape/Slide Archive, published by Isola Press, in conversation with Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions Gallery. Programmed as part of …

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Online resource: Placing Osborne House in the history of photography

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were passionate collectors of photography from the announcement of the medium. Following their purchase of the Osborne estate in 1845, this locality became an important setting for the early photographic experiences of the royal family. The presence of the royal family at Osborne House contributed to the Isle of Wight becoming…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 10, 2020 at 9:03 — No Comments

Emeritus Professor Roger Taylor MVO

Roger Taylor, photo-historian, has been recognised in the 2020 Queen's birthday honours list with a MVO  - Member of the Royal Victorian Order - for 'services to the Royal Collection'. Taylor's association with the collection started in the late 1970s with a project for World Microfilms, it developed in to a landmark exhibition with Frances…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 10, 2020 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Study day online: On Alinari. International Perspectives and Methodological Reflections / 13 October 2020

The long history of the renowned Alinari photographic firm, founded in 1852 in Florence, reached a turning point in December 2019 as the regional government Regione Toscana acquired the company's millions of photographic objects, documents, specialized publications and historical technical equipment; the acquisition of the digital assets will soon complete…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 8, 2020 at 19:29 — No Comments

Developed in Birmingham

A new Community Interest Company Developed in Birmingham has now formed, co-directed by Jo Gane, Philip Singleton and Anna Sparham. Its aim is to build upon the work produced in 2017, led by the late Pete James.

In line with Pete’s wishes and intentions, Developed in Birmingham CIC will continue to explore and expose the city’s rich…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 6, 2020 at 19:30 — No Comments

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