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Auction: Unseen photography by Francis Bruguière / London: 19 March 2019

Chiswick Auctions is delighted to have been appointed to sell an important private collection of photographic works by one of the most important photographers in the development of photography, Francis Bruguière (1879-1945).  Works include unseen and unpublished photographic prints and negatives spanning the ground-breaking photographer’s career. They will be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2019 at 19:38 — No Comments

Research Request: Grenadier Guards, 1850s

Can anyone help me identify this late 1850's Grenadier Guards albumen print? I am interested in finding out which battalion or regiment, and the location of this 'Guard House'.



Added by David McGreevy on February 18, 2019 at 22:00 — No Comments

Publication: Everyone a Photographer. The rise of amateur photography in the Netherlands 1880-1940

This new book accompanies an exhibition of the same title which opened at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, on 14 February. Researched and written by curator Mattie Boom the book describes and illustrates…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2019 at 15:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Origin of Photography: Great Britain / Tokyo, from 5 March 2019

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, which fills the role of Japan’s main photographic cultural centre, holds an exhibition every spring focusing on early photographs and this year, 2019, it will present The Origin of Photography: Great Britain exhibition.

Research into methods of photography began in the latter part of the 18th…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Impact Photos picture agency and library

Impact Photos agency and library which formed in the early 1980s has closed. Impact, as co-founder Philippe Achache put it so succinctly is ‘Pactin’…and is now in hundreds of cardboard boxes in a lock up garage in Queens park NW London awaiting collection by the nearly 400 contributing photographers from over the past 40 years.



Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2019 at 10:19 — No Comments

Exhibition: Photobook Belge / from 1 March 2019

FoMu Antwerp is showing an exhibition devoted to the Belgium photobook from 1 March-6 October 2019.  Photobooks have been one of the most effective means of expression for photographers since photography began.They remain in circulation, are portable and can be reissued, thus reaching a larger public than an exhibition ever could. To date, hardly any research…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2019 at 9:45 — No Comments

Event: Victorian Photographers in Highgate Cemetery / London: 21 February 2019

Stephen Furniss will talk about Victorian photography in general, but concentrate on the many Victorian photographers who are buried in Highgate Cemetery. Some of these were instrumental in making photography accessible and hugely

popular. Among those included in the talk will be Antoine Claudet, who was a leading expert in the Daguerrotype process and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 16, 2019 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Research request: Watkins & Hill: stereo daguerreotype of Wellington

Where can I find more information about 'Watkins & Hill', Opticians from London. I bought a stereo daguerreotype from them, depicting the 1st duke of Wellington. Were they photographers? Or only resellers? 

In my current library I can't find much... So I would like to learn more! 

Feel free to post here or private:…


Added by Wouter Lambrechts on February 13, 2019 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Roger Fenton and the futility of war

I noticed this write-up for the Royal Collection Trust's exhibition of Roger Fenton's work on the following website:…


Added by David Robert Jones on February 13, 2019 at 4:00 — 2 Comments

Event: Seeing Slowly: The Analog in Photography / London: 18 February 2019

To mark the launch of major project to digitise the Architectural Association Archives' historic lantern slide collection, a distinguished panel of speakers will discuss the resurgence of the analog, the spectre of a digital dark age and the meaning and challenges of photographic seeing within the analog and the digital.…


Added by Edward Bottoms on February 12, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments

Survey: Britain's museums and photography / The Art Newspaper

The Art Newspaper  has reviewed the Don McCullin retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain and has taken the opportunity to look at the position of photography in Britain's principal museum. It says: The Tate show symbolises a shift in photography’s significance in British museums, and not just because the Tate is correcting its historic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 10, 2019 at 18:45 — No Comments

Seminar: Identification of photomechanical prints / Berlin: 3-14 June 2019

With the introduction of photography in the 19th century, printers no longer had to transfer the image manually onto the printing surface, but were offered the possibility to transfer the image by sensitizing the printing surface and exposing it to light, through a negative or positive depending on the printing technique.

With computer technology,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 10, 2019 at 18:32 — No Comments

Workshop: Material Immaterial: Photographs in the 21st Century / Yale: 23-25 September 2019

Why print a photograph in 2019? We are witnessing the historic transformation of photography from tangible objects—prints, plates, and negatives—to code: intangible bits, bytes, and pixels. As the tether between visual culture and the material world is recalibrated every day, a new form of literacy is required to draw meaning from physical media and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 10, 2019 at 18:24 — 1 Comment

Blog: Elizabeth Johnston Hall and early Scottish photography

Roddy Simpson, photographer and University of Glasgow honorary research fellow in the school of culture and creative arts has published a blog on Elizabeth Johnston Hall (1822-1901). Hall was one of the most famous photographed Scottish women because of the image of her produced in the mid-1840s by the pioneering Scottish partnership of David Octavius…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 10, 2019 at 18:19 — No Comments

Research: Ensign Multex

Those of us with an interest in British cameras will know the Ensign Multex as an interesting and collectable camera from the late 1930s.  It is unusual in being a 14 on 127 camera with a coupled rangefinder focussing down to 21 inches.  

Launched in 1936 as “The British Precision Miniature Camera” it moved quickly through 3 variants (Model I, Model II and Model 0 in that order) in less than 3 years and then disappeared.

I am in the…


Added by David Gardner on February 4, 2019 at 17:42 — No Comments

Workshop: Cyanotype / London: 2 March 2019

You will learn how to create exquisite, unique handmade prints on art paper. Make photograms from leaves & objects and/or images using your own photos. Book now so we can create your negs in time for the class. There will also be the opportunity to try toning, to create a wonderful range of different looks!

Darkroom workshops are led by…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 3, 2019 at 21:30 — No Comments

Royal Collection Trust events: Frere and Fenton

The Royal Collection Trust has a number of upcoming events related to the exhibition Shadows of War: Roger Fenton’s Photographs of the Crimea, 1855 at the Queen's Gallery, London:  

Creative course: Photography in Focus

Saturday, 9 – Sunday, 10 February, 10:00 – 17:00, £175

Enhance your photography skills…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 3, 2019 at 20:00 — No Comments

Auction: The Philip Banham Collection of optical toys and stereoscopy / Exeter: 6 March 2019 (UPDATED)

Philip Banham collection of optical toys, optical prints, and stereoscopy including the Great Exhibition 1851 auction takes place at Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood in Exeter on 6 March. In addition to the areas covered in the title the 236 lot sale also includes photographs, albums, persistence of vision devices and related equipment and images. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 3, 2019 at 20:00 — No Comments

The Daniel Meadows Archive - an update

The archive of British photographer Daniel Meadows was acquired by the Bodleian Library in March 2018. It had been at the Library of Birmingham from 2014-2018. Northern Narratives, working in partnership with Daniel Meadows and The Bodleian Library, is developing an exhibition drawn from Meadows' substantial archive which will tour to a number of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 2, 2019 at 19:12 — No Comments

W H F Talbot Catalogue Raisonné Project concludes / "photography is now at the heart of Bodleian Library"

At a special event on 31 January 2019 Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s librarian, marked the conclusion of a six-year project to produce the William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné Project which commenced in earnest in 2016. The project has transferred the records of the world’s leading Talbot scholar Professor Larry J Schaaf on to a searchable, illustrated,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 2, 2019 at 18:30 — No Comments

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