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Auction: George Stacey Abolitionist newly discovered collection of Daguerreotypes/Ambrotypes / 21 February 2018

Following on from the sale of the Dr Swaine Taylor daguerreotypes last month another interesting collection has surfaced in East Anglia. From a deceased estate and held in storage for the last 40 years or so a group of 20 portraits of the Stacey family by Claudet/Le Beau/Beard/Kilburn/Mayall etc. is to be sold by Cheffins Auctioneers in Cambridge on February 21.

George Stacey (1787-1857) English Quaker and Anti-Slavery Campaigner appears in several of the 12 daguerreotypes, either…

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Added by Roger John Evans on January 10, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Membership of the Photographic Collections Network is now OPEN!

Looking for development opportunities and support in 2018? Membership of the Photographic Collections Network is now OPEN!. Join us to support our work, receive access to specialist events, opportunities and…

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Added by Maura McKee on January 10, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

A J. T. Chapman 'British' 15 x 12" camera of c1888

This is the start of a series about restoring and photographing with a nineteenth-century stand camera - and the outcomes of the experience. The story began in 2010 when I was given a 15” x 12” Victorian camera, with the words “who knows, you might be able to get it working again.”  It was a generous gift and…

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Added by Tom Evans on January 9, 2018 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Fair: The British Are Coming - Classic Photographs / Los Angeles, 2-4 February 2018

L. Parker Stephenson Photographs will present a selection of British Photography at Classic Photographs Los Angeles, featuring gallery artists John Davies and Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, and work by Paul Hill, Chris Killip, and Marketa Luskacova.

In addition the Gallery will show work by Kikuji Kawada,…

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Added by Bernard Yenelouis on January 5, 2018 at 18:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: John Davies - The British Landscape, until 17 February, 2018

L. Parker Stephenson Photographs celebrates its representation of John Davies (b. 1949) with the first solo exhibition of his work in the United States. Nominated for the Deutsche Börse prize in 2008, Davies is best known for his 1980s photographs documenting the broad, complex and…

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Added by Bernard Yenelouis on January 5, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

125th Anniversary of The Stereoscopic Society

Happy New Year. 2018 is the 125th Anniversary of The Stereoscopic Society. Founded in 1893 to promote 3D Photography it continues to support all aspects of 3D Imaging, with regular monthly meetings in London and Coventry. …

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Added by Andrew Hurst on January 1, 2018 at 20:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: John Thomson and his photography in Asia / from 13 April 2018

The first London exhibition devoted to the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) and his photography in Asia will be shown from 12 April-22 June 2018 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS. Thomson’s photography of China, Siam (Thailand) and Cambodia was widely praised by his peers and continues to enthuse new…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 26, 2017 at 5:36 — 2 Comments

Publication offer: Dr Thomas Keith and John Forbes White

While stocks last, John Hannavy is offering a limited number of copies of his 2015 book The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas Keith and John Forbes White to BPH readers at half the published price.

To order a copy at £10 + P&P (instead of the listed £20 + P&P),…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 26, 2017 at 4:59 — No Comments

Exhibition: London Nights / from 11 May 2018

Explore London after dark in a new, evocative photography exhibition at the Museum of London, opening in 2018.

Fusing portraiture, documentary, conceptual photography and film, London Nights will reveal the city after dark through photographs ranging from the late…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 26, 2017 at 4:37 — No Comments

Auction: John Hannavy collection of photography / 9 March 2018

John Hannavy's collection of Victorian photography and photographic ephemera is being put up for auction in the spring. The collection comprises, amongst other things, the largest collection of thermoplastic Union Cases in the UK – including many by John Smith, the only known British union case manufacturer…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 26, 2017 at 4:30 — No Comments

Job: Lecturer in Photograph Conservation

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Amsetrdam provides education and conducts research within a strong international framework and in a large…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 26, 2017 at 2:38 — No Comments

Help in how to float an albumen photo off of it's mount?

Hello fellow British Photo History Members,  A very Happy Holidays and New Years to you all! I am seeking information about how to 'float' an albumen photograph off of it's mount. Here I have an early English of French photograph, 22 x 17cm, showing a great old tree, with a few young people, bottom left.

I…

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Added by David McGreevy on December 18, 2017 at 21:00 — 7 Comments

Publication on the History and Practice of Platinum and Palladium Printing:

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works has at last published the volume I mentioned in an earlier blog: Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation, edited by Constance McCabe, with 46 contributing…
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Added by Mike Ware on December 18, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Resource: The Strines Journal, calotypes 1852-1856

Tony Richards has recently written on his blog about a little known resource, The Strines Journal, compilied by Joel Wainwright and John M. Gregory, 1852-1856.

The monthly journal, produced in manuscript as a single copy only, records events in Strines and Marple, and wider…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2017 at 13:49 — 1 Comment

Photographic Collections Network open for business

The Photographic Collections Network is a new organisation established to save and share the UK’s visual photographic history. Arts Council England has generously supported the PCN as a Subject Specialist Network.

The steering group includes The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Royal Photographic Society,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2017 at 13:44 — No Comments

A series of lectures hosted by the Historical Group of the Royal Photographic Society

In my final months as Chair of the Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group – I am pleased to share two events that we have arranged which may be of great interest. 

The first event on Tuesday 23 January 2018, is the

Inaugural lecture  of…

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Added by Janine P Freeston on December 11, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments

Auction: Alfred Swaine Taylor - new discoveries

Just after last week’s weekly BPH blog reminder email had been sent out Lacy Scott and Knight (LSK), an auction house based in Bury St Edmunds, made contact to let me know that there were four lots of photographic interest coming up for auction on Saturday, 9 December. A quick look…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2017 at 23:30 — No Comments

Course: Preserving Historic Photographs / 17 May 2018

Photographic collections are found in libraries, archives and museums all over the world. Their sensitivity to environmental conditions, and the speed with which images can deteriorate present special challenges. This one day training session is led by Susie Clark, accredited photographic conservator. It is…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Webinars: Photographic prints, materials and identification / from 13 December

This webinar series, funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities, is free and open for all to attend. The first three webinars will discuss the various materials and technologies of photographic prints. The next two will teach a methodology and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

The Cult of the Camera: Noel Pemberton Billing and the Compass

Francis Hodgson's erudite, frequently opinionated and wide-ranging photography blog Writing about Photography carries a fascinating survey of Noel Pemberton Billing and the Compass camera. Although much of the history of the camera, P-B's other inventions and involvement with right-wind politics is known to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

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