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Job: Director, Nicéphore Niépce Museum

The Nicéphore Niépce museum in Chalon-sur-Saône is looking for a new director. With a collection of 3 million photographs, prints, negatives, contact sheets, historic cameras etc., the Nicéphore Niépce museum is one of the first museums in the history of photography in France. Created in 1972, it holds the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2017 at 7:09 — No Comments

Course: Histories of Photography / TPG, from 4 September

Histories of Photography: Invention, Transformation & Affirmation is an eight-week course from The Photographers' Gallery, London. It introduces participants to the richness and diversity of photography’s histories. It takes its point of departure from photography’s early…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2017 at 7:07 — No Comments

New Tintype find of 1894 wedding - Frank Walton - Photographer (Briggate Leeds).

1894 seems pretty late for a tintype, but I am sure this show my 3 x Great Uncle Frank Walton's second wedding to Mary Bailey in Halifax in March 1894. Its certainly a great photo in terms of resolution and we know 4 of the 5 people in the photo. 

Any comments on the photo would be of…

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Added by Peter Leonard on July 23, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Course: History of Photography / V&A, from 3 October

The V&A was one of the first museums to collect and exhibit photographs. Today, the collection is one of the most important in the world, recognised internationally for its breadth of content, including works that span the 1820s to the present day. This is a particularly…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography / from 17 November

Using his knowledge of art, botany, chemistry, and optics, William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800–1877) invented a means of turning an ordinary piece of paper into “photogenic drawings,” calotypes, and salted paper prints in 1839. Featuring more than 30 works, many of which have never…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Research: A Hill and Adamson connection?

Hello, I am seeking any information about these 3 Scottish photos,  The seller states that they "came with a group of later prints from original negatives by Hill and Adamson".

I assume those came from Thomas Annan.

Does anyone recognize these fine people?

Many thanks, David…

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Added by David McGreevy on July 18, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Camera, Obscured. The fine art photography of Paul Laib / from 26 July

Paul Laib moved to London from Hamburg at the end of the nineteenth century. For fifty years he worked as a fine art photographer from his studio in South Kensington, hired by artists to document their work. Using archive materials and pieces from the De Laszlo collection of Paul Laib negatives, this exhibition…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2017 at 8:42 — No Comments

Download: The Other Observers. Women in Photography in Britain 1900 to the Present

Women in Photography the Other Observers was commissioned in 1984 by the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television. Val Williams researched into the history of women in photography, resulting in a book, a TV…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2017 at 21:08 — No Comments

Exhibition: Illuminating India: Photography 1857–2017 / from 4 October 2017

As part of the Science Museum's Illuminating India season a new exhibition Illuminating India: Photography 1857-2017, will be an ambitious and unprecedented survey of the technological and cultural development of the medium in India, examining photography’s changing role in charting the recent…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2017 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Swaps: Photographs from the David Hurn Collection / from 30 September 2017

This exhibition, which mirrors, but is not the same as, the standout exhibition at PhotoLondon in May (seen below), celebrates the major gift of photographs from David Hurn’s private collection and marks the opening of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’s first gallery dedicated to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Conservation: The Sutton Collection

BPH has covered the work on the Sutton Collection in the past. There is a recent blog posting by Sarah Allen who looks at the conservation work being undertaken on the negatives in the collection. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2017 at 16:49 — 1 Comment

Auction: two WW1 hospital autochromes / 13 July 2017 (UPDATED)

Special Auction Services's Fine Photographica auction includes two half-plate autochrome images showing First Eastern General Hospital on The Backs in Cambridge, c1914-15.  The auction takes place on 13 July 2017 at Newbury or online at the-saleroom.com. 

The description reads: 

Two…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

Auction: Victorian 'Spirit Photographs' album / 11 July 2017

Victorian 'Spirit Photographs'. Album of 29 photographs by Frederick Hudson and others. The majority of the photographs are evidently the work of a single photographer and are highly reminiscent of known photographs by F.M. Parkes. They are typical of "spirit photographs" produced in the late 1860s and early 1870s by…

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Added by Richard Fattorini on July 5, 2017 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Auction: Darwin by Julia Margaret Cameron / 11 July 2017

The Garrett Herman collection is an unusually comprehensive group of works centred on Charles Darwin, his influences, and those who he influenced in turn. 

At the outset of his collecting life, Mr Herman concentrated on books included in Printing and the Mind of Man and Bern Dibner’s…

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Added by Richard Fattorini on July 5, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Auction: David Wilke Wynfield collection of portraits of artists and other friends / 11 July 2017

David Wilke Wynfield (1837-1887).  A COLLECTION OF 19 PHOTOGRAPH PORTRAITS OF ARTISTS AND OTHER FRIENDS, COMPRISING:
Sir John Everett Millais, Frederick R. Pickersgill, Richard Ansdell, P.H.…
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Added by Richard Fattorini on July 5, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

Call for photographic work to be included in a major photography exhibition at Turner Contemporary in Summer 2019

Val Williams and Karen Shepherdson are working with Turner Contemporary to curate a major new exhibition examining the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. The exhibition will take place at Turner Contemporary, Margate, in 2019 before going on…

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Added by Karen Shepherdson on July 4, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

Marilyn Stafford: Stories in Pictures 1950-1960

I recently spoke to Marilyn Stafford about her life in photography, and the background to some of the series of photographic works which are included in current exhibition ‘Stories in Pictures 1950-1960’ at Art Bermondsey Project Space until 9th July 2017. 

Marilyn's internationally published work spans from 1948-1980 and covers a broad scope of subjects and periods of modern history. I hope you enjoy discovering her work at the links…

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Added by Helen Trompeteler on July 3, 2017 at 9:01 — No Comments

Digitised: Australian Photo Review 1894-1956

The complete run of the Australian Photo Review from January 1894 to December 1956 has been digitised and made available by the State Library of New South Wales. The journal was the most influential in Australia throughout its history. 

This title has been digitised and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 1, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Lingua Franca: A Common Language for Conservators of Photographic Materials

Library and Archives Canada (LAC), in collaboration with the Atelier de Restauration et de Conservation des Photographies de la Ville de Paris, is pleased to pilot its first enhanced e-book,…

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Added by Tania Passafiume on June 22, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

Job: Research Assistant / Bradford’s National Museum: Methods for re-founding 'inter/national' museums translocally

We are looking for a researcher to play a key role in a new research project to be run in collaboration with the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The research project will use a variety of different research methods – including action and participatory research – to explore the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

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