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I thought you might be interested in the exhibition I've been working on with my colleagues at Land of Iron in Skinningrove, North Yorkshire. It's been a labour of love and a joy to be involved with. I feel very privileged!  An exciting new photographic exhibition comes to Skinningrove’s Land of Iron on Saturday 16th March 2024.

Running for six months until Saturday 14th September, Life in The Iron Valley will display, for the very first time, a selection of early work prints…

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12389731686?profile=RESIZE_400x Looking for stickybacks!  For the past few years, I have been researching stickybacks together (partly with Róman Kiejet). The research has resulted in an exhibition and booklet on stickybacks in the Netherlands. This exhibition was shown last year at the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam. 

Now I have conceived the plan to make a European exhibition on…

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I have a pair of tinted daguerreotypes that have me very puzzled. I bought them in the UK and the sitters look to be British but the case is American and something about the highly polished hallmarked plates, the subdued tinting and a complete lack of sealing tape doesn't seem very British to me. I can't believe that many daguerreotypists would have produced work quite as…

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Julia Margaret Cameron: The Infant Bridal


Hello Members, recently consigned to auction with us was this drawing which will make many photography fans think of Julia Margaret Cameron. It is indeed a very fine copy after Cameron's photograph The Infant Bridal (1864), this version being Cox & Ford cat. no. 864. The one with arched top that you can find in the V&A Collection online (accession number 216-1969) was one of a group that were given to her mentor and friend, the artist George Frederic Watts. The drawing here is in…

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12388628699?profile=RESIZE_400x Four Corners is offering a paid 12-month internship as part of its new National Lottery Heritage Fund project, The People’s Gallery. This is an exciting opportunity to work on Four Corners' Archive collection whilst gaining skills in archiving and collections management, and experience in delivering community and exhibition projects. …

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12385282070?profile=RESIZE_710x A memorial service and get together to celebrate and remember the life and man, that was Brian Griffin is being held on 6 March in London. Firstly, is a service at 3pm at Holy Trinity Church, 3 Bryan Road, London SE16, then a social event at the Ship and Whale, 2 Gulliver Street, London, SE16. Details on the poster right (click to enlarge). As space may be limited can…

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Natonal Science+Media Museum curator Vanessa Torres discusses how she and other colleagues at the museum prepare four Julia Margaret Cameron photographs for display at the National Portrait Gallery's forthcoming exhibition, Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron: Portraits to Dream In, which opens on 21 March 2024. 

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The Bodleian Library has reported on some of its photography acquisitions over the past two years via a series of posts on X - formerly Twitter - from its photography curator Phillip Roberts. He highlighted the following, which he says are are all available to view with a library card. He adds that exhibitions from some of the material are likely over the next few years.…

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