British photographic history

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Enquiry: Where in the World?

Can anyone help in locating where the image below was taken? It was found in a suitcase stuffed full of 5x3 film negatives, which was transferred to the Reach Central Archive, Watford at the end of 2017 when we moved the Surrey Advertiser Archive. From other negatives found in the suitcase we…

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Added by John Mead on August 9, 2018 at 9:30 — 11 Comments

Photo reference library for sale

I am selling a large part of my photography reference library: Over 450 books and many more catalogues. Most titles are viewable on this attached xl spreadsheet doc  photo books xl document, giving author, title, size and indication of what it covers - there will be more items than appears on this list, journals,…

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Added by Pierre Spake on August 6, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

Seminar. From illustration to evidence in native title: the potential of photographs / 12 September

By working with photographs from the collections of museums and libraries, Michael Aird is testing whether historical photographs can become substantial evidence of Australian Aboriginal connections with land and place. He is studying images and combines archival research to contextualize how photographs can serve as more than illustrations, but they can also demonstrate historical continuities and change as well as connections to country over time. Who are the people featured in…

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Added by Joanna Sassoon on August 6, 2018 at 1:00 — No Comments

Job: Head Curator, National Science+Media Museum, Bradford / closes 12 August 2018

To truly lead our curatorial department, build our research profile, develop our collections and deliver content for an ambitious 'masterplan', we are looking for a Head Curator to join us at the National Science and Media Museum (NSMM), in Bradford, on a permanent basis.



In this role,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2018 at 20:30 — No Comments

John Traill Taylor (1827-1895): an addition to the biography

While working through the British Journal of Photography I came across a reference to John Traill undertaking a photographic expedition to Orkney in June 1860 (listed by Peter Stubbs on his Edinphoto website) . He read a paper on it to the Edinburgh Photographic Society on 17 July 1861, published in the Journal on 1 August p. 269. He had with him a stereo camera and a 12 x 10" plate camera.... but where are his photographs? This is in fact John Traill Taylor, who became editor of…

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Added by Dr. Joe Rock on July 28, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

Workshop: On the Edge of History: Photographs and African Archives / 27-28 September 2018

This is not simply another colloquium about African photography within the field of visual studies. It is concerned with the question of how histories are written or assembled, and the materials that are drawn upon to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2018 at 18:00 — No Comments

Conference: Stereo Photography: Images, Inventions and Advancements / 18-19 October - Registration open

The University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections Division will be hosting a conference on Stereo Photography from 18-19 October, 2018 in conjunction with the St Andrews Photography Festival 2018: (Stereo)Views of Scotland.

The topics are broad reaching and will cover both the historic as well as the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2018 at 17:53 — No Comments

Looking ahead: V&A Museum and photography 2018-2019

The V&A Museum has released details of forthcoming exhibitions which include a number of photography shows, although many of the other highlights will include photography. 

V&A Photography Centre / Opening 12 October 2018

The world’s first photographic…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2018 at 19:38 — No Comments

Job: Associate Curator of Broadcast and Television / closes 5 August

Across Science Museum Group, our curatorial team are committed to inspiring futures by sustaining and growing our world-class collection and delivering a creative and bold programme of outputs including exhibitions, galleries, events and online narratives.

To support this vision, we are looking for an…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2018 at 19:28 — No Comments

Collectors request.

Hello, my name is Julia Green and have just recently joined this group.  I am particularly interested in the cdv/cabinet world of photography and more specifically the work of two of my photographer ancestors.  I began collecting their works around 18 months ago and like most collectors search on-line daily in the hope of finding examples .... so, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to ask if anyone has any photographic works by R.V.GREEN, COVENTRY or his brother A.V.GREEN, ATHERSTONE, I would…

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Added by Julia Green on July 22, 2018 at 7:30 — 3 Comments

Research: Lock & Whitfield Daguerreotype case, large, odd size.

Hello, I am seeking information about this leather case, marked Lock & Whitfield, 178 Regent Street. It looks like an average daguerreotype case, but the size is very large, and doesn't seem to correlate to known sizes.

The exterior is 18.3cm x 15.8cm. (7-1/8 x 6-1/4 in.)

The glass inside is 16.5 x…

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Added by David McGreevy on July 19, 2018 at 22:00 — 2 Comments

Symposium cfp: The Camera, Social Networks and The Inaccessible, from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day / 9 April 2019

The National Trust for Scotland is inviting papers for the first Morton Photography Symposium, to be held on Tuesday 9 April, 2019 at Broughton House & Garden, Kirkcudbright: The Camera, Social Networks and The Inaccessible, from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day. This symposium is inspired by a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 18, 2018 at 20:17 — No Comments

Event: George Washington Wilson, Artist and Photographer / Aberdeen, 16 August

He may be best known as the guitarist for legendary band Queen but Brian May will visit Aberdeen in August to celebrate the work of another great who rose to fame thanks to a very different royal connection.

The musician and song writer will appear at the University of Aberdeen in his…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 18, 2018 at 20:09 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Sky Traveller The aerial photography of Captain Alfred G Buckham (1879-1956) / from 5 October

Dimbola Museum and Galleries, Isle of Wight, is to host the first major retrospective exhibition of the work of pioneering aerial photographer Captain Alfred G Buckham. 

Creating spectacular images in the face of technical and physical adversity the madcap daredevil Captain Alfred G Buckham (1879-1956) was the…

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Added by Tracy Mikich on July 18, 2018 at 19:30 — No Comments

Information request: F. W. Broadhead, photographer active between c.1865 and c.1925

My name is Matthew Broadhead, an artist and photographer based in southwest England. At present, I am enrolled on the new MA Photography program at UWE Bristol with course leaders Aaron Schuman and…

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Added by Matthew Broadhead on July 16, 2018 at 20:00 — 5 Comments

Job: Archive and Library Manager / NS+MM, Bradford

At the National Science and Media Museum, Insight is our unique collections facility, a 'treasure-trove' of over 26,000 library, archive and image collections. As a large, informal, learning centrethat is truly open to all, our…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2018 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Auction: Mervyn Heard magic lantern collection / 17 July 2018

Special Auction Services auction of Fine Photographica on 17 July includes the Mervyn Heard collection of magic lantern slides, optical toys and stereoscopy.Also included are photographs and cameras.  A respected collector and scholar of the popular visual culture and and the lantern Heard died last year.

The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 13, 2018 at 6:26 — 3 Comments

Job: Assistant Curator of Photographs / closes 23 July 2018

We are seeking an Assistant Curator to work in the Word & Image Department for 12 months. You will have responsibility for assisting with projects connected to the museum’s important and growing collection of fashion photographs. As a member of a curatorial team, an Assistant Curator provides curatorial…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 13, 2018 at 6:08 — No Comments

Help identify the subject of this Maull & Polyblank photo

Hello, I am looking for help in identifying this rather artistic looking man. Maull & Polyblank Albumen print. Circa 1855-8

I have searched the National Portrait Gallery, The Science Museum, The Getty, The Met collection, etc. , to no avail.

There doesn't seem to be a complete…

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Added by David McGreevy on July 11, 2018 at 18:00 — 5 Comments

Free eprints: 'Cyclo-Photographers', Visual Modernity and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s-1890s

50 free eprints of my article "'Cyclo-Photographers', Visual Modernity and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s-1890s", recently published in the journal History of Photography (42:1), for anyone who may be interested but doesn't have access to a subscribing library:…

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Added by Sara Dominici on July 9, 2018 at 9:30 — 4 Comments

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