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Reports of the Juries - original negatives found in NS+MM store

The National Science+Media Museum curator of photography and photographic technology Geoff Belknap has reported that 16 original glass negatives used to make the calotype prints for the 1851 publication Reports of the Juries have been re-discovered in a museum store.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 28, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

FT explores the RPS Collection at the V&A Museum

Today's (Saturday) Financial Times newspaper FT Weekend magazine takes a five-page look at the RPS Collection at the V&A Museum in an extensive survey by Liz Jobey titled A rummage through the V&A’s new photography…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2018 at 14:00 — 3 Comments

Website: 101 Photographs

This is a visual resource made on the basis of a selection of 101 photographs from the collection of the Center for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) that are considered relevant. All of them are photographs that stand out for a particular aspect: for its visual content, its aesthetics, its historical…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2018 at 9:14 — No Comments

Seminar: Ilford Photographic Manufacturers: Industry, Innovation and Sensory Experience / 5 February

This presentation outlines my new research project, which will investigate practices of technical innovation in the work of the Ilford Ltd. Photographic company and early colour photography enterprises during WWI and in the interwar period. Innovations include the introduction of daylight loading roll film and Ilford…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2018 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Tate Modern's Simon Baker leaves for Paris

Senior Curator International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern, London, Simon Baker, has been appointed director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, in Paris, effective from 24 January 2018. He succeeds Jean-Luc Monterosso, director and founder of the institution, whose term ends on 31 March, 2018.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2018 at 6:30 — No Comments

Talk: In the Frame / Birmingham: 7 March

Photographic historian Pete James discusses the early history of photography in Birmingham, with reference to its use as a means of surveillance by the Birmingham Police Force in the nineteenth century, and in relation to …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2018 at 6:48 — No Comments

Seminar: The Print after Photography – Talbot and the Invention of the Photographic Print / London, 10 April

The Science Museum's Spring Research Seminar Series is open to students, museum professionals and academics with an interest in research relating to material culture and museums. The series starts on 16 January and runs through until 24 April. All seminars take place between 13:00–14:00 in the Dana Study or Studio,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2018 at 18:35 — No Comments

Lecture: 'George Szirtes, The Blind Musician and the Voyeurs' / London: 23 January

Mr Szirtes, as well as being a lover of Hungarian photography, is a distinguished writer, translator and poet. His poems include verses about André Kertész, and these and others of his poems will be read by the actors Stephen Thorne and Timothy West. His talk will particularly…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Great British Seaside / from 23 March 2018

Celebrating beach photography by some of Britain’s most popular photographers, featuring Tony Ray Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts and new work by Martin Parr at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. 

The exhibition will explore our changing relationship with the seaside over…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2018 at 17:59 — No Comments

Exhibitions: Lee Miller and Stanley Stanley photographs show an unseen side of Picasso / April–June 2018

From April 2018, two photography exhibitions at The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking will display a rarely-seen, carefree side to the iconic artist, Pablo Picasso. In the Upper Gallery, Lee Miller: Picasso Portraits will depict Picasso enjoying the company of a lifelong friend, while a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2018 at 17:52 — No Comments

Exhibition: Walter Benington: photographic portraits 1914-1922 / until 25 March 2018

A display of Walter Benington's photographic portraits, which include leading members of Oxford and Cambridge Universities as well as renowned figures such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Albert Einstein.

Oxford, Bodleian Library

Opening times:

Monday…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: John Thomson and his photography in Asia / from 13 April 2018

The first London exhibition devoted to the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) and his photography in Asia will be shown from 12 April-22 June 2018 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS. Thomson’s photography of China, Siam (Thailand) and Cambodia was widely praised by his peers and continues to enthuse new…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 26, 2017 at 5:36 — 2 Comments

Publication offer: Dr Thomas Keith and John Forbes White

While stocks last, John Hannavy is offering a limited number of copies of his 2015 book The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas Keith and John Forbes White to BPH readers at half the published price.

To order a copy at £10 + P&P (instead of the listed £20 + P&P),…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 26, 2017 at 4:59 — No Comments

Exhibition: London Nights / from 11 May 2018

Explore London after dark in a new, evocative photography exhibition at the Museum of London, opening in 2018.

Fusing portraiture, documentary, conceptual photography and film, London Nights will reveal the city after dark through photographs ranging from the late 19th…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 26, 2017 at 4:37 — No Comments

Auction: John Hannavy collection of photography / 9 March 2018

John Hannavy's collection of Victorian photography and photographic ephemera is being put up for auction in the spring. The collection comprises, amongst other things, the largest collection of thermoplastic Union Cases in the UK – including many by John Smith, the only known British union case manufacturer…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 26, 2017 at 4:30 — No Comments

Job: Lecturer in Photograph Conservation

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsetrdam provides education and conducts research within a strong international framework and in a large…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 26, 2017 at 2:38 — No Comments

Resource: The Strines Journal, calotypes 1852-1856

Tony Richards has recently written on his blog about a little known resource, The Strines Journal, compilied by Joel Wainwright and John M. Gregory, 1852-1856.

The monthly journal, produced in manuscript as a single copy only, records events in Strines and Marple, and wider…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2017 at 13:49 — 1 Comment

Photographic Collections Network open for business

The Photographic Collections Network is a new organisation established to save and share the UK’s visual photographic history. Arts Council England has generously supported the PCN as a Subject Specialist Network.

The steering group includes The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Royal Photographic Society,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2017 at 13:44 — No Comments

Auction: Alfred Swaine Taylor - new discoveries

Just after last week’s weekly BPH blog reminder email had been sent out Lacy Scott and Knight (LSK), an auction house based in Bury St Edmunds, made contact to let me know that there were four lots of photographic interest coming up for auction on Saturday, 9 December. A quick look…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2017 at 23:30 — No Comments

Course: Preserving Historic Photographs / 17 May 2018

Photographic collections are found in libraries, archives and museums all over the world. Their sensitivity to environmental conditions, and the speed with which images can deteriorate present special challenges. This one day training session is led by Susie Clark, accredited photographic conservator. It is…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

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