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January 2013 Blog Posts (35)

Job: Senior Lecturer Photographic History

De Montfort University is seeking applicants for a fixed term maternity cover position, from 6 March 2013 – 5 July 2013 in Photographic History, for teaching on the MA Photographic History and Practice. The candidate will be responsible for teaching on Theory and Photography module and Research Methods in Photographic History as well as providing student support on…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 29, 2013 at 5:24 — No Comments

Conservation workshops

Along with the annually held Dutch workshops, the Fotorestauratie Atelier VOF is now offering Master Classes in Photograph Conservation taught in English. These workshops are meant for collection managers, registrars, conservators and all others interested in learning more about the identification and preservation of photographs. For a description of each workshop, please…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 28, 2013 at 19:40 — No Comments

Exhibition: E Chambré Hardman Landscapes

An exhibition of landscapes of the Liverpool photographer Edward Chambre Hardman is currently showing at the Open Eye Gallery on Liverpool's Waterfront. Curated by Julia Garcia Hernandez the exhibition shows a different photographic side of this Merseyside portrait photographer. The exhibition is open until 17 February and it will tour to …


Added by BRIAN IDDON on January 27, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

National Archives: Australasia through a lens

Launched in time for Australia Day today (26 January), one can now view images of Australian towns, buildings, landmarks and people dating back as far as the mid 19th century. The National Archives has released online thousands of early photographs and drawings of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and other…


Added by Michael Wong on January 26, 2013 at 15:55 — No Comments

Book: The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures

One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual media and screen entertainments of all kinds. Yet the artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and…


Added by Michael Wong on January 25, 2013 at 18:15 — No Comments

Publication: The Lumière Autochrome

The Lumière Autochrome. History, Technology and Preservation is a thoroughly illustrated guide to the history and technology of autochromes with a practical guide for storage & preservation. Louis Lumière is perhaps best known for his seminal role in the invention of cinema, but his most important contribution to the history of photography was the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2013 at 6:00 — No Comments

Flickr Commons Celebrates 5th Birthday

Last week saw 5 years since the Library of Congress became the inaugural member of Flickr Commons. Since then it has grown to 56 institutions and just under 250,000 images. What's more over 28,000 images have had a location set, and over 50,000 have had an estimated date recorded. This has made it possible for me to do some interesting experiments…


Added by James Morley on January 22, 2013 at 20:21 — No Comments

Val Williams Archive to go to Birmingham Central Library

The Val Williams Archive will become part of the collection at Birmingham Central Library. The material includes objects from the early years of Impressions Gallery, including the first exhibition poster and design work, plus letters from photographers including Martin Parr and Daniel Meadows. The archive also contains full documentation of Val Williams' exhibition projects and books, including The Other Observers, Who's Looking at the Family and How We Are at Tate…


Added by val williams on January 21, 2013 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Collection Sumichrast Edinburgh c1865

I have recently uncovered in the loft, a box containing about 2500 CDV cards c1860-1870, the majority of which are Art History images from all the major European and British collections of around 1865. These images are organised according to country artist and school of art with printed and embossed dividers for each section. The rest of the cards are portraits including images of celebrities, artists, politicians, nobility, European royalty and American civil war generals. The third type…


Added by Martin Ferrabee on January 20, 2013 at 18:30 — No Comments

Re item 103

Looks like a contact frame for doing a test strip either in 0.3 log progression i.e. 2,4 8 16 or possibly 0.15 log.

Will be interested in views form other ancient photographers who used these things back in the days when we  had darkrooms. 

Added by Jack Tait on January 20, 2013 at 10:27 — 1 Comment

Can anyone identify this photographic tool?

Can anyone help identify the 'photographic tool' (no. 103) shown below?…


Added by Alice Gordenker on January 20, 2013 at 2:30 — 6 Comments

Exhibition: Chemistry of Light

Chemistry of Light is Traeger's response to a large collection of 19th Century photographs, negatives and camera equipment left to her in the 1960's by a great uncle in Tunbridge Wells. The collection includes very early Daguerreotypes and waxed paper negatives, leading up to large glass plates from the 1890’s.

Untouched since the 19th Century, many…


Added by Michael Wong on January 19, 2013 at 18:56 — No Comments

Publication: Capturing the Light

The story of two lone geniuses and the extraordinary race to invent photography. At the heart of the non-fiction Capturing the Light, there lies a small scrap of purple-tinged paper, over…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 19, 2013 at 18:30 — No Comments

Auction: Francis Frith, Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem

Sotheby's auction of Fine Travel and Plate Books, A private collection includes a copy of Francis Frith's Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem: a series of twenty photographic views. London, [c.1858]. The copy is estimated at £100,000-150,000.  The catalogue will be available online at…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 19, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

London 1853: Celebrating the 160 years since the founding of the Royal Photographic Society at the RSA

RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) Fellows will swarm London this weekend along with members of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and close out a 24-hour long photo shoot at the RSA – where the  RPS was founded in 1853. 

To help celebrate the 160th Anniversary of…


Added by Michael Wong on January 18, 2013 at 20:25 — No Comments

Exhibition: From Plate to Camera

An exhibition of photographs from the Royal Photographic Society which illustrate the progression of photography from its inception to the current day, opens at King Edward’s Art and Photography Department TAG Gallery on Tuesday 15th January until Friday 15th February.

The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see some early…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2013 at 17:37 — No Comments

2013: New Photo Art Fair in London

The Photo Art Fair is a new five-day exhibition of some 2,000 carefully curated, collectable works from up to 200 international photographers. As a brand new show, Photo Art is designed to provide visitors with the unique opportunity to purchase affordable and collectable photographs DIRECT from…


Added by Michael Wong on January 17, 2013 at 11:27 — No Comments

FT on Photography

The Financial Times have been running a special series on photography which appeared in the FT and FT Weekend. The last instalment was on an image - The Queen's Target' - by a pioneering Victorian photographer which is both a royal souvenir and a strikingly early piece of abstract art.…


Added by Michael Wong on January 16, 2013 at 21:49 — No Comments

Book: From Biedermeier to Gründerzeit: Germany in Early Photographs 1840 - 1890

A book of vintage photographs of German cities and festivals taken between 1840 and 1890 has just been published in Germany. They give an intriguing glimpse of the clash between tradition and modernity in Germany at the outset of the industrial age.

"From Biedermeier to Gründerzeit: Germany in Early Photographs 1840 - 1890," accompanies a…


Added by Michael Wong on January 16, 2013 at 21:39 — 1 Comment

University of St Andrews: 6 PhD Scholarships (3 years full-time)

The School of Art History at the University of St Andrews is offering 6 fully-funded PhD Scholarships of £15,000 in the areas of Museum & Gallery Studies, Art History and History of Photography to begin in September 2013. The Scholarships will cover the cost of fees (at the UK/EU home rate) and provide a tax-free bursary to successful candidates.

The School is one…


Added by Michael Wong on January 15, 2013 at 23:37 — No Comments

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