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Exhibition: John Deakin (1912-1972)

Until recently John Deakin has been missing from photographic history. He resisted his talent fiercely, treating success with mistrust and greeting failure with indifference. His career began with Vogue but, despite achieving recognition for the photographs he took there he never…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 3, 2010 at 10:33 — No Comments

Exhibition: Origins of Photography - French Calotype 1843 to 1860

A new exhibition has recently opened whereby one can see 180 prints made using the early negative- positive photographic process developed by Fox Talbot, which was adopted in France in 1843, reaching its peak in popularity between 1848… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 2, 2010 at 22:38 — No Comments

Powerhouse Museum to launch open access image repository

The Powerhouse Museum has just announced plans to create an open-access image repository to showcase the organisations’ extensive image archive. The portal will initially begin with about 5000 images and grow to include the…

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Added by Michael Wong on November 1, 2010 at 10:31 — No Comments

World's largest private collection of 19th century Japanese photographs?

Just in case there are any BPH members out there keen on early Japanese photography, there is a current exhibition which is about to end soon.



Entitled "Samurai in New York: The First Delegation, 1860", it features 19th century Japanese photography amassed… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on November 1, 2010 at 9:56 — No Comments

Mystery camera.....

Anyone care to take a wild guess on what camera this might be?

Added by Michael Wong on October 31, 2010 at 17:00 — 7 Comments

Muybridge caught using the iPhone ...

To coincide and to celebrate the current Muybridge exhibition, Tate Britian has announced the launch of its The Muybridgizer App on the itunes App store.



The app allows iPhone users to freeze-frame the moving world… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 28, 2010 at 10:31 — No Comments

First photo of Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls - one of the most photographed scenic sights in the world. But do you know who was the first person to do so?



Well, the honour bestows on a Newcastle industrialist by the name of Hugh Lee Pattinson in April 1840. At that time he was just getting to grips the early form of… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 28, 2010 at 10:23 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: The Staging of Artists in photography of the 19th and 20th century

"Bohemia is the first stage in artistic life; it is the preface to the Academy, the hospital, or the Morgue."



The term from the French author Henri Murger's 1851 novel, Scènes de la Vie de Bohème, became synonymous with 19th century artists.… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 26, 2010 at 16:45 — No Comments

Book: Siam Days of Glory: 19th Century Photographs of Thailand

A new book, which I have been informed has British interests, has just been published showcasing a collection of privately owned, rare and original images of Siam in the 19th century.



It features images of the royal family, ceremonies, temples, palaces, fashion, transportation, Chao Praya river,… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 26, 2010 at 11:38 — No Comments

Exhibition: London Street Photography 1860-2010

As mentioned in an earlier blog, to coincide with the opening of the new Galleries, details of the street photography exhibition based on the Museum's Historic Photographic Collection have been… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 24, 2010 at 14:27 — No Comments

UK history photo finder @ The National Archives

The National Archives has been developing a number of new and innovative ways of sharing, re-using and accessing their data.


One of them is the UK…
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Added by Michael Wong on October 24, 2010 at 14:24 — No Comments

Rejlander & Cameron: The Odd Couple?

The exhibition "For my best beloved Sister Mia: An Album of Photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron" has just opened yesterday.…


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Added by Michael Wong on October 24, 2010 at 13:36 — No Comments

Exhibition: John Claude White (1853-1918)

Having achieved an impressive hammer price for an album of rare Tibetian photos at a recent Bonhams auction as reported… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 22, 2010 at 21:31 — No Comments

Beato and Early China Photography @ The Getty

For those BPH members with a taste for the Orient, you will be pleased to know that The Getty will be holding two special exhibitions in the near future.… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 22, 2010 at 18:33 — No Comments

Auction: Matthew Brady

Among the most anticipated lots of a recent auction in Texas was a… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 21, 2010 at 23:40 — No Comments

First 3D exhibition @ Gallery on the Green

The Gallery on the Green has been open in the decommissioned red telephone box on Settle’s village green since 2009. With its claim to be “probably… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 21, 2010 at 22:43 — No Comments

The British Contribution to Early British Columbia Photography

Any BPH members carrying out research in this area will be pleased to know that there is a talk on British photographers who came to British Columbia in the 19th century. These early pioneers were there not only to record events, locations and people, but also to promote investment or… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 15, 2010 at 10:23 — No Comments

Spain's greatest 19th century British photographer?

Many historians considered Charles Clifford (1821-1863) as probably one of the greatest 19th century photographer Spain has ever come across. He was not a prolific photographer as such as his total production consisted of only a few hundred negatives. But he was one of the few early… Continue

Added by Michael Wong on October 14, 2010 at 10:16 — No Comments

Archives: Early 20th century Limerick by Franz Sebastian Haselbeck

A collection of images which include the War of Independence, the Civil War, Home Rule meetings, British soldiers parading in Sarsfield Barracks, and meetings of the Irish Volunteers in the early 20th century will be on display for the very first…

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Added by Michael Wong on October 13, 2010 at 12:23 — No Comments

'Lady' goes on World Tour

That's Lady Shallot to you and me! (not the gaga type).


Taken by one of Victorian pioneers of photography, Henry Peach Robinson of Tunbridge Wells, the image is made from two separate negatives illustrating a scene from a poem by Tennyson.


The Lady of Shallot…
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Added by Michael Wong on October 10, 2010 at 21:54 — No Comments

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