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January 2014 Blog Posts (26)

Media Space: First Person Plural symposium

First Person Plural is a symposium to be held at the Science Museum on Saturday 1 March. The event is being presented in collaboration with Film and Video Umbrella and is one of a number of events linked to Media Space's Only in England.

Curated and introduced by Steven Bode, Director of Film and Video Umbrella, the symposium looks back on the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 30, 2014 at 20:02 — No Comments

A Sapper in Flanders book now on sale at £7.50

The Sapper book is going well and getting a lot of press. BBC, Telegraph, Hereford and Daily Mail so far.…


Added by Jack Tait on January 30, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Carte de Visite delamination

I'd be very interested to hear from anyone who has had experience of restoring the backing cards to Cartes de Visite.

I have a Victorian family album, just given to me, containing some 80 or so CdV's, all or most of which have delaminated, (as as the album, page by page), and the photo paper stock has also come away from the CdV card. This means that I can attempt to repair the cards, let them totally dry, them re-stick the photo to them.

My problem is that I've no idea what…


Added by Les Powell on January 29, 2014 at 18:12 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography

In 1839, just two years after Victoria became queen of Great Britain and Ireland, the medium of photography was announced to the world. This exhibition explores the relationship between the new art and the young queen, whose passion for collecting photographs began in the 1840s and whose photographic image became synonymous with an entire age. With important loans from…


Added by Michael Wong on January 28, 2014 at 21:17 — No Comments

Earliest photographs of Churchill discovered

January 2014 – Save Photo Limited have discovered what may be the earliest surviving original images of Winston Churchill. They were discovered in the Hills and Saunders Harrow Collection, which they were contracted to digitise, conserve and catalogue for the private owner. The collection was found in poor condition in the dairy barn of a farm outside…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 28, 2014 at 7:50 — No Comments

Call for Papers: The Business of War Photography

Proposals are invited for the forthcoming conference The Business of War Photography: Producing and Consuming Images of Conflict, presented in association with the Centre for Arts and Visual Culture at Durham University, in partnership with DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery and Impressions Gallery. The…

Added by Pippa Oldfield on January 27, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Kingston-upon-Thames in the nude!

Artistic images of women posing nude for legendary photography pioneer Eadweard Muybridge could soon become a familiar sight along Kingston’s riverside.

The company behind the new Riverside Kingston restaurant development, next to Kingston Bridge, has announced bold plans to commemorate one of the town’s most famous sons by emblazoning its building with stills from…


Added by Michael Wong on January 26, 2014 at 17:54 — No Comments

Illuminating Lacock Abbey

A key event in the birth of photography is being celebrated with illuminations at the place depicted in one of the first photographic negatives. The lights are part of the second Illuminating Lacock Abbey light festival by the National Trust and marks a year celebrating Fox Talbot's achievements.

Kristine Heuser, from the National…


Added by Michael Wong on January 26, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

Job: Photographic or Paper Conservator, Media Space

The Science Museum is seeking a highly-motivated, enthusiastic and experienced Paper or Photographic conservator to provide conservation support in the development and delivery of exhibitions in our new Media Space Gallery. 

Media Space is an exciting new exhibition space in the Science Museum. It will showcase the National Photography Collection held by the National…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2014 at 8:29 — No Comments

Information sought on Linked Ring photographer

I am researching four platinum prints that I believe to be by Reginald W. Craigie. Information on Craigie is sparse on the internet, aside from his connection with the Linked Ring and the Salon I don't know much more about him. This is intriguing because I have identified two of the portraits - one is definitely James McNeill Whistler and the other is Augustus St. Gaudens. I would be grateful for any suggestions. I hope to travel to England later this year to conduct further research.

Added by Martha Mahard on January 24, 2014 at 17:15 — 1 Comment

New photos on Web Site

Yes, this is a self-serving message but possibly of some interest to members of this site. We have long been distracted by various projects, particularly on a book about John Ruskin’s daguerreotypes, but have just added more than 160 new photographs to our web site. We hope there will be images to provoke study and possibly delight even for those among you who are unlikely to purchase. Furthermore, the site has useful information for collectors and researchers of 19th century…


Added by Ken Jacobson on January 24, 2014 at 15:56 — No Comments

RPS Journal 1853-2012 digitised

As reported here previously The Royal Photographic Society has digitised the Photographic Journal / RPS Journal from 1853 to 2012 and made it available free of charge to the public. It is now accessible through the RPS…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 23, 2014 at 17:13 — 2 Comments

Beato's take on 19th century Burma

A new photography exhibit in Rangoon is offering a glimpse of what Burma was like in the 19th century.

Hosted by the Italian Embassy and the Yangon Heritage Trust, a local NGO dedicated to preserving Rangoon’s heritage, the exhibit is showcasing nearly 50 photographs that shed light on architectural styles from over a century ago, as well local fashions, the daily…


Added by Michael Wong on January 21, 2014 at 20:25 — No Comments

Exhibition: Images Through Time: Photos of Old Hong Kong

Photography has become the most direct medium for people across the world to understand China since its introduction of photography to the country in the mid-nineteenth century. Owing to the special political circumstances, Hong Kong then became a natural stopover for foreign photographers on their way to the Mainland. These photographers took many pictures on the…


Added by Michael Wong on January 21, 2014 at 20:18 — No Comments

Publication: A Royal Passion

BPH is very excited to have received a copy of A Royal Passion. Queen Victoria and Photography by Anne Lyden and contributions from Sophie Gordon and Jennifer Green-Lewis. The book accompanies the Getty's exhibition of the same name which opens on 4 February at the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Watch out for a review shortly. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Wellcome makes thousands of images freely available

Wellcome Images has announced that over 100,000 high resolution images including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements are now freely available through Wellcome ImagesOut of copyright images are being released under the …


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2014 at 21:52 — No Comments

Event: Building the archive: 28 February 2014

What are the issues raised by the commissioning of new works by a photographic archive? How do these new works alter or activate the existing archival collections; how do they alter understandings of the archive? And what are the considerations for a photographer/artist making work specifically to enter the archive?

The Library of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2014 at 6:33 — No Comments

Discovery: Daguerreotype - Louis-Cyrus Macaire

In 1851 British amateurs commented on the large daguerreotypes of the Macaire brothers in Le Havre. Until now only one (at BnF) was believed to have survived. On Monday, 27 January, a second one will surface.

Details: …


Added by Serge Plantureux on January 18, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Europe's oldest hospital for the treatment of mental illness needs your vote!

The Bethlem Archives & Museum in Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, records the lives and achievements of people experiencing mental health issues and documents the rich history of the institution, which began in 1247, along with its affiliated hospitals. Recognised as Europe’s oldest institution…


Added by Michael Wong on January 16, 2014 at 23:54 — No Comments

Limerick cyclist's photographs go on show

The work of Limerick photographer Franz S. Haselbeck is one of the greatest Irish photographic collections, chronicling an exciting period in Irish history. Haselbeck was never fully appreciated during his lifetime (1885–1973), but his granddaughter, Patricia Haselbeck Flynn, recently painstakingly catalogued his archives, some of which are now on display in Limerick…


Added by Michael Wong on January 15, 2014 at 19:45 — No Comments

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