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January 2015 Blog Posts (15)

EXCLUSIVE - The five photographs that changed everything.

BBC Radio 3's The Essay is running a series of five programmes each evening between 16-20 February 2015 at 2245, under the banner of 'The Five Photographs that (you didn't know) changed Everything'. The photographs being discussed are not generally found in the history books; they are not generally art; and the photographers who made them are not generally known…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860

This is the first exhibition in Britain devoted to salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photography. A uniquely British invention, unveiled by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839, salt prints spread across the globe, creating a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2015 at 7:56 — No Comments

Exhibition: Historic Photography Uncovered

This exhibition traces the evolution of photography, as a scientific process, as a social record and a medium for artistic expression. The photographic material on display dates from the mid-19th to mid-20th century and shows how the history of photography relates to our own collections and the visual history of Wales.

Discover the story of the Dillwyn Llewelyn family…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 29, 2015 at 20:58 — No Comments

Exhibition: Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience

Next month the V&A will present a display of over 50 recently acquired photographs that explore the experiences of black people in Britain in the latter half of the 20th century, enhanced by excerpts from oral histories gathered by Black Cultural Archives.

Over the last seven years the V&A has been working with Black Cultural Archives to acquire photographs…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2015 at 8:05 — No Comments

Call: Manfred & Hanna Heiting Fellowship for photo-historical research

The Manfred & Hanna Heiting Fund enables the Rijksmuseum to annually award two postgraduate fellowships that stimulate photo-historical research by prospective curators from the Netherlands or abroad. The research is based on the National Photo Collection held by the Rijksmuseum’s Print Room. It will form the basis for an essay on classical photography pertaining to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2015 at 7:53 — No Comments

TV: John Dillwyn Llewelyn - 26 January 2015

Michael Portillo in his BBC Great Railway Journeys programme on Monday, 26 January, takes a look at John Dillwyn Llewelyn, a founder member of the Photographic Society in 1853, and an early Calotypist, with RPS Director-General Michael Pritchard. The two Michaels discuss JDL's work as a photographer and take a look at some of the beautiful albums of his work held by…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Seminar series: Oxford Photography

We are pleased to announce a new research seminar on all aspects of photography, co-hosted by the History of Art Department and the Bodleian Library. The Bodleian’s recent acquisition of papers by William Henry Fox Talbot is simply the latest addition to Oxford’s rich and varied collections of photographic material. Like the researchers who work on photography at Oxford,…


Added by Mirjam Brusius on January 22, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Job: Assistant/Associate Curator, Photographs, Metropolitan Museum, NY

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s finest museums, seeks an Assistant/Associate Curator who will be a full-time member of the curatorial team of the Department of Photographs, whose principal focus will be nineteenth-century French and English photography and the active building of the department’s Joyce F. Menschel Photography Library.  He/she will be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 18, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Figures in Folk. A PARC collaboration

A collaboration between London College of Communication, LCC Green Week 2015, the UAL Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) and the Museum of British Folklore, Figures of Folk explores ongoing traditions through a series of large format photographs by Graham Goldwater, of objects associated with British folklore, alongside letterpress posters created by…


Added by val williams on January 15, 2015 at 21:00 — No Comments

A worldwide digitized matching forum for Cartes de Visite

Victorian Cartes de Visite


A householder in this island of Colonsay (where I live) asked me to look through the library of his deceased parents and I came across an interesting photographic album.  With his permission I have made simple digital copies and I am attempting to identify the subjects.  I have already met with some success, and I was especially pleased when I identified one person by using the image-search facility in Google.


This led me to…


Added by Kevin Byrne on January 15, 2015 at 19:11 — No Comments

Frank Browne, Life Through the Lens Exhibition

The exhibition will be on show at the Titanic Centre, Belfast from now until the 31st March. Admission is free. Anyone visiting Northern Ireland should take the opportunity to see it. Crowds at Farmleigh were so large that the doors had to be closed on occasions.

Added by David H Davison on January 13, 2015 at 19:23 — No Comments

Photo/Print published by W A Mansell

Could anyone throw some light on this photo/print published by W A Mansell & Co? Not sure whether this is a photo or reproduction of a painting? In parts of the image it has raised areas as though it is has been touched up with paint?

I think I can make out a date to the bottom right of 1860? Also to the back there is a sticker to the back of the frame with No. 230 and some illegible handwriting that I cannot make out whatsoever, as well as the W A Mansell & Co…


Added by Bridget Docking on January 12, 2015 at 14:47 — No Comments

Publication: Thomas Keith and John Forbes White

BPH noted the forthcoming publication The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas Keith and John Forbes White by John Hannavy. The book is now being printed as the photograph shows.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 11, 2015 at 15:45 — 1 Comment

Resource: Process identification charts

Gawain Weaver Art Conservation has two process identification charts available for free download. The charts cover photomechanical processes and nineteenth century photography. Click the link to take a look and download. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 11, 2015 at 15:36 — No Comments

'Rethinking Early Photography' deadline approaching (12th Jan)

Historians, curators and photographic practitioners have begun to re-examine older forms of photography, yet many cultural studies of nineteenth-century photography have been overly reliant upon twentieth-century theoretical constructions. This multidisciplinary conference will move away from these models, exploring issues such as early photographic 'authorship' traditional technological narratives and the ideologies of photographic realism.…


Added by Owen Clayton on January 9, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

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