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Pitt Rivers receives £70,500 grant

In an announcement made today the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford has received £70,500 from the DCMS Wolfson Fund. The funding will be used to realise a project, Engaging the senses: activating the Pitt Rivers Museum’s Photograph and Sound Collections through digital audio-visual technology

The Pitt Rivers Museum has has…

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Workshop: Van Dyke Brown / 27 January 2019

Make exquisite rich brown images using this 19th century print technique.  Led by local photographic artist Catriona Gray who specialises in alternative processes, this short, three-hour workshop, will show you all you need to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2019 at 18:08 — No Comments

Auction: 1839 photogenic drawings by William Salvin at auction / 31 January 2019

Edinburgh auction house Lyon and Turnbull is offering a group of photogenic drawings dating from May 1839 in its forthcoming auction of books and photography. The group are believed to have been made by William Thomas Salvin of Croxdale Hall, County Durham. They are estimated at £2000-3000. 

The catalogue description is below: 

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Exhibition: A L Henderson's 1904 Holiday Snaps from Athens / Athens: Benaki Museum, until 5 May 2019

Alexander Lamont Henderson (1838-1907) was a photographer who was distinguished for his services by Queen Victoria of Britain and a member of the Royal Photographic Society. The information related to his life and work is poor as his "royal" images were destroyed after the death of Queen Victoria and his "commercial" work which was donated to the library of…

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Exhibition: Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey / New York, from 30 January 2019

Opening on 30 January, 2019 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey presents masterpieces of early 19th-century photography by one of its unsung pioneers. A trailblazer of the newly invented daguerreotype process, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804–1892) travelled throughout the Eastern…

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Funded PhD: the history of independent film exhibition in Leeds / 9 January deadline

The University of Leeds and Leeds Film are partnering to offer a funded PhD to produce an analysis of the history of independent cinema exhibition in Leeds. This collaborative doctoral project seeks to break new ground by enabling a student to carry out an analysis on independent film exhibition in Leeds informed by both academic scholarship and practical…

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Event: Pioneering Women Photographers in the Royal Collection / Woking: 28 March 2019

The Royal Collection contains a significant body of work which reveals the historical and contemporary importance of women photographers. Join Catlin Langford, Assistant Curator at the Royal Collection Trust, as she discusses key moments in photographic history, from the development of accessible camera technologies to the advent of colour…

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Symposium: Women, work and commerce in the creative industries, Britain, 1750-1950 / 8-9 February 2019

Registration is opwn for the symposium Women, work and commerce in the creative industries, Britain, 1750-1950 which takes place on 7 and 9 February 2019 in London.

This two-day conference adds to the growing body of feminist scholarship that is deconstructing the male-dominated history of commercial and…

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Cameron illustrated Idylls of the King acquired by St Andrews

One of the most famous nineteenth-century collaborations between a poet and a photographer has found a home at the University of St Andrews Special Collections.

Poet Laureate, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, and Other Poems, 1875, photographically illustrated by Julia Margaret Cameron, one of the most celebrated women…

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Exhibition: Everyone a Photographer. The Rise of Amateur Photography, 1880-1910 / Amsterdam, from 15 February 2019

The Rijksmuseum’s curator of photography, Mattie Boom, has for the last few years been studying hundreds of photographs for her doctoral research into the emergence of amateur photography in the Netherlands. The results of her work will be on show from 15 February 2019 in Everyone a Photographer, an exhibition of more than 130…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 1, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

Five for 2019

Welcome to 2019. During the forthcoming year BPH will continue to report on news, exhibitions, publications, jobs and events relevant to British photographic history. It now has over 3000 subscribers and more than 3000 blog posts have been made since 2007, plus, of course, events, forum posts and images. 

To kick off 2019 here are five events that we have to look forward to:…

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Artist talk: John Myers / Bristol, 8 January 2019

John Myers will discuss his new publication Looking at the Overlooked, which documents the claustrophobia of the suburban landscape in the 1970s, published by RRB Photobooks 2019.

Looking at the Overlooked presents Myers’ photographs of substations, shops, houses, televisions and landscapes without incident (boring photographs), which are now…

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CDA: Immersive Images 1820-1920: Bill Douglas Cinema Museum / closes 18 January 2019

An exciting opportunity has arisen to explore the popularity of immersive and interactive images in visual culture 1820-1920.  This Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) will be based on the extensive and unique resources of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, and would make a substantial contribution to both…

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cfp: The business of photography / Leicester: 17-18 June 2019

‘Business’ can have many meanings. In the most straightforward sense, it refers to the photographic marketplace, its industry and the commercial relations established among different agents. Some of these actors, such as studios and companies of the like of Kodak and Ilford, are specifically photographic and have featured prominently in histories of…

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Lecture: John Thomson in the Straits, 1862–65 / Singapore, 12 December 2018

Today we take pictures of anything we fancy on our phone. But in the early 1860s, the idea of portraying daily life using the long exposures and the temperamental wet-plate process of photography was not even imagined. To include people in a photographs, the subjects had to stay still for several minutes – something only achievable in a studio, or…

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Talk: Derby, the RPS and the history of photography / Derby: 12 December 2018

The W W Winters Heritage Trust is hosting a talk titled Derby, the Royal Photographic Society and the history of photography on 12 December 2018. All welcome.

Contact W W Winters on 01332 345224 or office@wwwinter.co.uk to book a…

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Exhibition: The Origins of Photography in Salisbury 1839-1919 / from 19 January 2019

This exhibition provides an overview of the rise of photography in Salisbury during the first decade or so of the medium’s existence up to the end of the First World War. While amateur photography began in and around the city during the 1840s, it was following the 1851 Great Exhibition that commercial photography took off in Salisbury.  The exhibition…

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Lecture: André Kertész - A Biographical Journey / London: 14 December 2018

The inaugural Colin Ford CBE lecture takes place at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, on 14 December. Robert Gurbo will discuss the Hungarian-born photographer André Kertész (1894-1985).

Gurbo is the Curator of the André Kertész Estate in New York and has promised a fascinating first hand perspective on this celebrated photographer's life and…

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Collections: National Trust for Scotland photographic collections

The Morton Charitable Trust has been funding fieldwork on the National Trust for Scotland’s photographic collections since 2014. In 2018–19, this work is raising the profile of these collections through research, articles, talks and dedicated projects, as well as digitising the Margaret Fay Shaw photographic archive of mid-20th-century Hebridean…

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Exhibition: The Mackinnon Collection / Edinburgh, 15 November 2019–16 February 2020

From 2019 to early 2020 the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinbrugh, shows off highlights from an unparalleled collection of Scottish photography recently acquired jointly by the NGS and the National Library of Scotland. Amassed by collector Murray MacKinnon, The MacKinnon Collection documents Scottish life and identity from the 1840s…

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