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Identification: Arthurian photographs help to ID

Can anyone help me identify these anonymous (but eminently identifiable) albumen prints each approx 4-3/4 x 6-3/8 in? Tempting to read as Pre-Raphaelite, but surely not. Tableaux after Arthurian legend, presumably, but who are the participants, who is the maker, and what is the occasion?…


Added by P Prodger on May 12, 2021 at 17:00 — No Comments

Information: W E Kilburn - The soldier and the lady on the parterre

Although this blog (see here) has had over 200 hits the main mystery remains . That is how did the most prominent London photographer of the day with his double royal warrants pitch up at a remote country house…


Added by GEOFF RIMMER on May 11, 2021 at 20:30 — No Comments

Auction: early photography at Chiswick Auctions / 28 May 2021

Chiswick Auction's auction of photographs 1840-2020 contains a number of lots of daguerreotypes and early photography. Two lots in particular are of special note, including a portrait of John Goddard and one that it is suggested may be a portrait of Frederick Scott Archer.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 11, 2021 at 7:30 — No Comments

cfp: Conference: De/Reconstructing photomechanical reproduction / deadline 25 June 2021

Don’t Press Print is an annual conference organised by the University of West of England's Centre for Fine Print Research and the Royal Photographic Society. In 2020 the conference looked at the collodion process and its contemporary practice through the eyes of twenty artist-printmakers and photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 10, 2021 at 19:44 — No Comments

Online conference: Photography and its many colours / PHRC, 14-15 June 2021

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre's annual conference is now open for registration.The programme, including keynotes from Kim Timby and Emily Mark-Fitzgerald is now available.

Recent scholarship surrounding the development, use, and reuse of colour photography has highlighted the need for more research and debate about…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 10, 2021 at 19:34 — No Comments

Online event: Photography: Hungary's greatest export / 20 May 2021

Colin Ford explores the surprisingly large number of world-famous and influential photographers who were originally Hungarian, many of them Jewish.

Colin Ford CBE was Deputy Curator of the National Film & Television Archive (1965-72) before becoming the first senior curator of photography in any British national museum or gallery…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2021 at 20:23 — No Comments

Kodak Research: Interesting Imaging Systems

I worked for Kodak in the Research Labs for 30+ years during which I was involved with a variety of projects.  I decided to write down some memories and some descriptions of the technologies I worked on.  Along the way I had come across a number of novel imaging products from other manufacturers so my article although it has an autobiographical flavour grew…


Added by Gareth Bryn Evans on May 9, 2021 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Online talk: George Hoyningen-Huene (1900–1968) / 25 May 2021

Join former V&A Museum ciurator Susanna Brown for a journey back in time to the elegant world of photographer George Hoyningen-Huene (1900–1968).  A pioneer in the fields of portraiture and fashion photography, Hoyningen-Huene worked during the golden age of Vogue and Vanity Fair, and his images define the glamorous aesthetic of that era. He collaborated…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 6, 2021 at 19:46 — No Comments

William Friese-Greene still making news in Bristol

Two events took place last week to commemorate William Friese-Greene. In Bristol a short ceremony was held at the commemorative plaque to WFG in the city and John Winstone talks about it below. The other was an online…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 6, 2021 at 19:30 — No Comments

Event rescheduled: Manchester Digital Collections: Tokens of Affection / 6 May 2021

Join Angie McCarthy and Tony Richards from our Imaging Team as they explore how portrait photographic jewellery has always been a sentimental favourite, a place to hold memories of loved ones, kept close to the heart or simply held in the palm of a hand.

They will discuss items from the newly created Photographic Jewellery Manchester Digital Collection…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 4, 2021 at 7:47 — 2 Comments

Reviewed: 'Photography of Protest and Community' Chris Searle

This review in the current issue of Race & Class (62:4), published by Sage on behalf of the Institute of Race Relations draws a straight line from social and political PROTEST in the 1970s, to today:

'Stacey has written a rare and important book which integrates word, image, artistry and activism in the real…


Added by Noni Stacey on May 3, 2021 at 11:00 — No Comments

William Friese-Green: a reappraisal

It’s a strange fact, but British inventor William Friese-Greene is as well-known among serious film buffs for not having invented cinema as he is for inventing it. Now, on the centenary of his sudden death at 65, mid-flow at a meeting of film distributors, admirers of this controversial pioneer from…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 2, 2021 at 9:20 — No Comments

A hands-on workshop in digital prints with Ryan Boatright: history, technique, identification and preservation (Icon Photographic Materials Group)

Would you be interested in attending a two to three-day workshop on fine art digital prints for approximately £550-£650 per person in September 2021? If so, we’d love to hear from you via our group email (, we…


Added by Stephanie Jamieson on April 30, 2021 at 8:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Glasgow-based Iranian artist Iman Tajik./ Edinburgh,

In this exhibition, the next in the Projects 20 series to take place at Stills, Tajik presents two bodies of photographic works, including a new series of performative photographs, The Dreamers (2020), that are set in a rural Scottish landscape referencing the historic Highland Clearances and the contemporary disputes over land…


Added by Nicola Jeffs on April 27, 2021 at 10:00 — No Comments

Online symposium: Wedgwood 250 / 14 and 15 May 2021

To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Tom Wedgwood on 14 May 1771, the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry and the Royal Photographic Society have organised a virtual meeting on the afternoons of 14 and 15 May 2021, starting at 2pm BST (3pm CEST, 9am EDT). 

Tom Wedgwood, fifth child of the midlands potter Josiah Wedgwood, is now…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 24, 2021 at 10:25 — No Comments

Auction: Talbot photographs sell for $1.6 million (UPDATED)

William Henry Fox Talbot’s gift of his photography and photo-illustrated books to his sister Horatia Gaisford has sold at Sotheby's New York for $1.6 million ($1.96m with charges). The lot was described…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 21, 2021 at 19:30 — No Comments

cfp: Science and the Moving Image: Histories of Intermediality / deadline 28 June 2021

Since the advent of film in the late nineteenth century, moving images have been integral to making and communicating science. A rich interdisciplinary literature has examined such representations of science in the cinema and on television and investigated how scientists have used moving images to conduct research and communicate knowledge.



Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2021 at 9:44 — No Comments

Online event: The Journey of “A Good Type”: From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs / 20 April 2021

When Japan opened its doors to the West in the 1860s, delicately hand-tinted photographic prints of Japanese people and landscapes were among its earliest and most popular exports. Understood as both images and objects, the prints embody complex issues of history, culture, representation, and exchange. Hundreds of these photographs, collected by travellers…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2021 at 9:38 — No Comments

Online: Historical Photographs of China project ends but resource remains

It is 15 years since the launch of Historical Photographs of China. In that decade and a half about 170 mostly privately-held collections of photographs have been copied, which has generated just over 62,000 unique images in our databank, and published over 22,000 of them on our platform (and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2021 at 9:30 — No Comments

Events: commemorating John Thomson, photographer

To commemorate the centenary of the death of John Thomson FRGS (1837-1921), the early travel photographer working in China and Asia, and known for his work Street Life in London, and work with the Royal Geographical Society, the RPS (Thomson was also a member) is hosting two free events to commemorate his life and work.

On 14 September 2021…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2021 at 7:30 — No Comments

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