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Michael Pritchard's Blog – August 2015 Archive (15)

Henry Peach Robinson to be commemorated in Leamington

The Blue Plaques Group is unveiling a blue plaque to photographer Henry Peach Robinson on Wednesday, 23 September, 2015 at 2.30pm. The unveiling will take place at 60-64 Parade, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 4DB and the plaque has been supported by The Royal Photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2015 at 11:05 — No Comments

Preview: The Spoken Image with Eamonn McCabe (Radio 4)

Not so long ago the idea of a radio programme devoted to discussing photographs might have seemed a bit odd. How effective could a presenter be in describing the images? In fact, the idea has worked well in the past. Earlier this year Radio 3 did a series of five programmes which discussed The Five Photographs That (You Didn’t Know) Changed Everything.  With the right…


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

Publication: Julia Margaret Cameron: Photographs to electrify you with delight and startle the world

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79) was one of the most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century. Criticised in her lifetime for her unconventional techniques, she is now celebrated as a pioneering portraitist. 2015 marks the bicentenary of Cameron’s birth and the 150th anniversary of her first museum exhibition – the only one in her lifetime – held at the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 29, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Qing Dynasty Peking, Thomas Child's Photography

This exhibition of the work of the British photographer Thomas Child (1841-1898) is curated by Stacey Lambrow and selected from the collection of Stephan Loewentheil. It runs from 10-15 November at China Exchange, Gerrard Street, London. A collector's talk will be held on 10 November at 5pm. Admission to both is free.



Added by Michael Pritchard on August 29, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

New stereoscopy from the London Stereoscopic Company

Our friends at the (new) London Stereoscopic Company have launched Victorian Gems a selection of high quality Victorian stereographs and viewer. It was shown at the National Stereoscopic Association convention last week so we've yet to see the set but based on the LSC's past products we're not going to be disappointed. The set includes: OWL’s nest containing an…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Talks: National Gallery does photography

London's National gallery has a series of six interactive lunchtime lectures around the subject of photography designed to investigate how photography has shaped both the Gallery and the history of Western European painting.

Find out more here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2015 at 19:59 — No Comments

Exhibition: Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate - Photographs from the Edward Reeves archive

Edward Reeves took up photography c.1855. Today his great-grandson Tom is still running the business in the High Street in Lewes. The Edward Reeves Studio, situated at 159 High Street is believed to be the oldest continuously operated photographic studio in the world.

Today it houses an archive of over 100,000 photographic glass plates, the work of the first three…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2015 at 19:39 — No Comments

Publication: The Photographs of Lewis Carroll. A catalogue raisonné

Renowned for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was also one of the most important amateur photographers of the Victorian era and the period's finest photographer of children. This new book by Edward Wakeling, perhaps the world's leading Carroll scholar, presents almost 1000 of his photographs along with a supporting text. BPH…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 24, 2015 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Workshop: making negatives from digital files

The Royal Photographic Society's Archaeology and Heritage Group is holding a workshop on making negatives for printing by alternative processes or traditional methods from digital files. It is led by Peter Moseley. 

This introductory workshop  covers the essential steps in creating contact negatives to print your digital images using the cyanotype method (maximum…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 19, 2015 at 8:06 — No Comments

Nordstrom appointed to St Andrews Special Collections role

Rachel Nordstrom has been appointed Photographic Collections Manager at the University of St Andrews Library’s Special Collections Division. She replaces Marc Boulay who returned to Canada earlier this year. She has taken on the leadership of the Photographic Collections team and will soon be recruiting for a new Photographic Cataloguer.

Rachel will continue to have…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2015 at 19:30 — No Comments

Research help: Identify John Piper photographs

Thousands of pictures taken by British artist John Piper have been published by the Tate Archive. But while many of the locations were documented by Piper when Tate acquired the negatives in the 1980s, and research is ongoing, nearly 1,000…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 12, 2015 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Digitisation: Olive Edis Collection secures £81,000 HLF grant

Olive Edis photographed people from all walks of life, was the first to capture Canada in colour and gave an incredible insight into the First World War. Now a new project made possible by National Lottery players is turning the focus on her story.…

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 12, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Publication: Photography for Eveyone: The Cultural Lives of Cameras and Consumers

With the summer holidays upon us it's time to catch up on some reading. This new publication which BPH came across by chance a few weeks ago and purchased is a much needed study of an overlooked subject, from a country which has done so much to influence photography.Highly recommended!

The Japanese passion for photography is almost a cliché, but how did it begin?…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 10, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Tempest Anderson: Pioneer of Volcano Photography

The Public Domain Review carries an interesting article on photographs from the collection of Tempest Anderson, the pioneering Victorian volcanologist. It is written by Pat Hadley, Sarah King and Stuart Ogilvy from The Yorkshire Museum (York Museums Trust) which holds a collection of 5000 lantern slides which have been digitised. 

You can read the full article…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 7, 2015 at 15:47 — No Comments

Exhibition: Bloom

Rare folios of cyanotypes by 19th century British naturalist and early photographer Anna Atkins, held in the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ collection, have inspired a new display by artist and academic Edward Chell.

Chell’s fascination with collecting and classification led him to these folios and in Bloom he responds to them with a series of detailed painted…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2015 at 19:19 — No Comments

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