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Michael Pritchard's Blog – April 2015 Archive (14)

Exhibition: Victorian London in Photographs

The arrival of photography in London in 1839 would change the way people saw their city, and each other, forever and the collections at LMA contain an extraordinary range of images, recording the capital and its people in stunning detail.



This exhibition presents some of the most striking images of London and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2015 at 19:55 — No Comments

Talk: 'Game Changers' Ten key photography shows / 29 April

Brett Rogers OBE, Director of The Photographers' Gallery, London, will give a talk titled: 'Game Changers' Ten key photography shows that set the agenda for photography curating on Wednesday 29 April at 4.30pm. It will take place in the Main Lecture Theatre, London College of Communication, Elephant &…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 26, 2015 at 17:48 — No Comments

Seminars: History of Photography - Courtauld

Below are details of the 2015 summer term programme for the History of Photography Seminars. The seminars are free/open to all and will take place at The Courtauld Institute of Art.

  • Tuesday, 5 May – Liena Vayzman (LaGuardia Community College, City…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Marc Boulay: Farewell and thank you to the UK and its fabulous photographic community!

BPH learnt recently that Marc Boulay was to return to his native Canada after a successful spell as photography archivist at the University of St Andrews Library. We asked Marc to say a few words...

Following a very rewarding seven years, this marks my last week as Photographic Archivist within the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 21, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Obituary: Terry King FRPS

BPH has been notified that Terry King FRPS died on 20 April. Terry was a photographer, teacher and poet as well as an accomplished photographer and practitioner across a range alternative photographic process. Terry was chair of the RPS Historical Group between 2003 and 2007 and gained his Fellowship for a set of gum…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 21, 2015 at 19:30 — 3 Comments

Copying old glass photographic plates

The Royal Photographic Society has published a practical guide to photographing old photographic plates and lantern slides. It is aimed at amateurs and carries the important caveat that if the emulsion is fragile then a professional conservator should be consulted. 

Take a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2015 at 9:41 — No Comments

Exhibition: Victorian Britain and the Tintype Photograph

Despite huge popularity across the social strata in the United States of America, Victorian tintype photography never attained the same level of acceptance in Great Britain and as a result it has been annexed to the periphery of photographic history. The photographic establishment's adherence to the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Outcry as Royal Society for Asian Affairs sells off historic books and photographs (UPDATED 2)

The Royal Society for Asian Affairs (RSAA), a registered charity with Royal Charter, with a mission 'to promote greater knowledge and understanding of Central Asia and countries from the Middle East to Japan' and the specific objective 'to conserve all of the Society’s valuable archives, photographic and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Bursary: MA Photographic History

De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Taylor Bursary for its MA in Photographic History. The Bursary offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International.

To apply for the Taylor Bursary, please submit…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2015 at 8:14 — No Comments

Exhibition: Anna Atkins and Margaret Watkins

Edinburgh's Stills' presents a two-person exhibition showcasing historically important work by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) and Margaret Watkins (1884-1969), who made pioneering photographic work in the 19th and 20th …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Publication and event: Isabella Bird - Photographic Travels Through China 1894–96

Debbie Ireland will talk about Isabella Bird and how she - the nineteenth century’s most renowned woman travel writer - became a photographer. The talk takes place at The Royal Photographic Society in Bath on 5 May 2015 and coincides with the publication of Debbie's new book of the same tile. A student of John Thomson,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Symposium: Seen through the Collector’s Lens: 150 Years of Photography / 8-9 May 2015

This two-day symposium will feature presentations by experts from England, France, and across the United States. Topics will include the art form’s early patronage by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the reasons why collectors of American Modernism also collected photographs, photography’s changing fortunes on the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2015 at 10:56 — No Comments

Web resource: Captain Linneaus Tripe

The National Gallery of Art’s web feature for the exhibition Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860 aims to preserve the exhibition as an online resource for the artist and includes additional material on the photographic practices of Tripe and his contemporaries.

The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2015 at 17:55 — No Comments

Publication: Paper Peepshows The Jacqueline & Jonathan Gestetner Collection

Peepshows were introduced in the mid-eighteenth century by Martin Engelbrecht in Augsburg. They called for a long wooden cabinet designed for purpose incorporating a viewing lens and sometimes a mirror. In the 1820s peepshows made entirely of paper appeared on the scene more or less at the same moment in Vienna, London…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2015 at 17:49 — No Comments

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