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Michael Pritchard's Blog – April 2011 Archive (9)

RPS / Photographic Society membership lists

I am completing work on a database of RPS members from 1853-1900 and I recent put out a call for missing membership lists. This produced three more lists previously unknown to me. I would like to make a final appeal for membership lists for the following years: 1855, 1856, 1858, 1860-1865, 1876, 1877, 1894 and 1898.

If you have these – perhaps bound in with the respective volume of the Photographic Journal – I would be pleased to discuss how I might get a copy so that I can… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2011 at 9:35 — No Comments

Last call: Photography in Plymouth and the South West

Amateurs and Artists: 19th and 21st Century Photography in the South West. A conference presented by Royal Photographic Society, Historical Group, from Friday, 13 May– Sunday, 15 May 2011 in the Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA.

Early photography in Plymouth is an untold story. Robert…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

World Wet Collodion Day - 1 May 2011

Wet plate collodion is a photographic process invented by Frederick Scott Archer in 1851. Prior to this the two main methods of photography had been the daguerreotype and the calotype, both of which had drawbacks. The daguerreotype produced sharp images but were one of a kind, duplication wasn't possible. The calotype was capable of any number of copies but the images were… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 26, 2011 at 19:18 — No Comments

Reports by the Juries 1851 available at auction

Although BPH is not particularly commercially orientated every so often something comes along which deserves making a fuss of. British auction house Bonhams has a copy of Reports by the Juries (1851) up for auction on 7 June 2011. This particular copy was presented by W H F Talbot to his daughter Matilda in 1860 and come by descent to the present owner so it is…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 25, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

Online campaign to secure the Side Gallery's funding

An online petition has been launched save Newcastle's Side Gallery which opened in 1977. The Gallery has a commitment to documentary in the tradition of the concerned photographer. It commissions work in the North of England and shows historical and contemporary work from around the world. Talks are organised around most of the exhibitions. The Arts Council has axed Side…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2011 at 12:59 — 1 Comment

The Legacy of Ten.8 Symposium - 5 May 2011

Rescheduled from Autumn 2010, this symposium explores the impact and legacy of the photography magazine TEN.8. Published throughout the 1980s before it folded in 1992, TEN.8 was conceived by then Birminghambased Derek Bishton, Brian Homer and John Reardon to bring together the city’s photographers. Its impact however, reached far beyond this initial aspiration.

Speakers include Derek Bishton, journalist and founder member of TEN.8; David Brittain, Manchester Metropolitan University;…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2011 at 20:32 — 3 Comments

Photographic Society membership lists 1853-1900

I am completing a project to create a searchable database of Photographic Society of London, later the Royal Photographic Society, members from 1853-1900. The database will be made publicly and freely available through the internet by De Montfort University in the Summer. If it is well received then its coverage may be extended. The project is well advanced with some 2200 unique names, addresses, membership category(ies) and relevant dates.

The data has been sourced from published…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 9, 2011 at 17:20 — 2 Comments

Elizabeth Edwards is Research Professor of Photographic History

De Montfort University, Leicester, has appointed Dr Elizabeth Edwards as Research Professor in Photographic History. She joins the De Montort team from her previous role as Senior Research Fellow at University of the Arts, London, on 1 June 2011. Her research interests are noted here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

Eastman House plans

Although the following is a little outside of BPH's main areas of interest it does fall in to the category of material that is of wider interest... The Rochester, NY, City Newspaper carried a feature on Eastman House which looked at future plans. Details are Here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2011 at 14:47 — No Comments

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