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January 2016 Blog Posts (20)

Livestream: Roger Watson, Curator, Fox Talbot Museum

Roger Watson, curator of the Fox Talbot Museum, is lecturing in the United States and can be seen in a livestream of his lecture on 4 February 2016 at 12.00AM GMT.

AAHD alumnus Roger Watson, BFA 1982, is a curator at Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum, in Lacock, England, Britain's birthplace of photography. Watson's recent book is Capturing the Light: The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2016 at 15:08 — 2 Comments

National Media Museum changes direction as collections move to V&A London

An historic agreement between the Science Museum Group (SMG) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is set to create the world’s foremost collection on the art of photography according to a press release published by the V&A Museum.

  • World’s leading collection on the art of photography to be created at the V&A
  • RPS…

Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2016 at 10:30 — 10 Comments

Job: Learning Programme Developer – Interactive Gallery

The National Media Museum is developing an exciting new interactive gallery, in keeping with its core mission to explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. Reporting to the Head of Content for the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 30, 2016 at 12:57 — No Comments

Obituary: Sir Kenneth Corfield (1924-2016)

Sir Kenneth Corfield, the designer of the Corfield Periflex series and, later, the WA77 and Architect cameras, died on 11 January, aged 91 years. With Brian Gould he ensured that the Gandolfi company survived. He enjoyed a successful career in business as chairman and chief executive of STC. He was a life member of the Royal Photographic Society. Amateur…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2016 at 5:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: 'Julia Margaret Cameron' at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Another exhibition to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) from the same source (the Victoria and Albert Museum) as the exhibition I travelled up to Sydney to review last year.

I am always ecstatic when I see her work, no more so than when I view images that I have not seen before, such as that dark, brooding slightly out of…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on January 25, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments


Whilst researching for my proposed book on "Cuthbert Bede" I just happened to try John Moyer Heathcote on the 'net (although I have already a substantial amount of information on him; he was a friend of "Bede" whilst the latter was curate of the combined parishes of Holme-with-Glatton 1850-54) - and up popped, under the British Photographic History site, a quite indistinct photograph by JMH taken c.1852, which the blogger (or anybody else) had no knowledge of its locality - thinking it might…


Added by ALAN GEORGE CLARK on January 22, 2016 at 10:49 — No Comments

Symposium: Julia Margaret Cameron: Victorian Networks, Empire and the History of Photography today

The year 2015 marked the bicentenary of the birth of Calcutta-born photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.  In eight short statements, researchers and curators will reflect on the status of the Victorian photographer in the history of photography at large while also using her work as a springboard to think about the present and the future of an increasingly globally conceived historical field. Besides historiographical contributions, some speakers will contemplate on their previous research on…


Added by Mirjam Brusius on January 20, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Seminar: Photography at the South Kensington Museum

The science Museum has announced the latest in its series of Research Seminars. They are open to students, museum professionals and academics with an interest in the history of science, technology, engineering, medicine and maths; museums, their audiences and collections. Of particular note, on 15 March, Ella Ravilious will discuss Photography at the South Kensington…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 14, 2016 at 19:30 — No Comments

Digitisation and the Question of Retouching

The opportunity to digitize a collection such as ours is an amazing thing. It allows for material of local and national interest to be preserved for posterity and to be shared on the internet with a whole world of people who would otherwise have no access to such a unique collection. For us, as researchers of the sitters and places depicted, it enables the access and…


Added by Kath Shawcross on January 12, 2016 at 21:00 — 1 Comment

Margaret Watkins - London in the 1930s - Glasgow Exhibition

The Hidden Lane Gallery, Glasgow is showing this work by the Scottish-Canadian photographer Margaret Watkins until the 21st February 2016. The gallery is open Tue-Sat 1100-1700. The work has not been seen before.

07760 669011

1081 Argyle St,



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I can…


Added by David Edge on January 12, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

The Photography Seminar, University of Oxford


Hilary Term 2016

Tuesdays (Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7) – 12:30pm - 2pm*

Co-organizers: Mirjam Brusius & Geraldine Johnson

January 19th (Tuesday, Week 1) – 12:30pm -- 2pm:

Portraiture and…


Added by Mirjam Brusius on January 12, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Bernard Alfieri query

I'm looking for some help to learn more about the two photographs pictured here. One is inscribed: "Photography by Bernard Alfieri / Fantastic Figures by S.M. Sulton" or possibly "Sutton."  Bernard Alfieri was a British photographer (1860-1839), mostly a Pictorialist, but these could also quite possibly be by his son, also named Bernard Alfieri, also a photographer.…


Added by Malcolm Daniel on January 8, 2016 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Conference: Julia Margaret Cameron at 200 / 15 January 2016

This one-day conference at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, will present new research on the pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron's social, religious, colonial and artistic contexts.

International speakers will explore themes such as Cameron’s experimental techniques and exchanges with other artists and her lasting impact and relevance for…


Added by Marta Weiss on January 8, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

New York Public Library releases 180,000 images in to the public domain

In a blog posting the New York Public Library announced that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections would be available as high-resolution downloads and, in its words 'No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!

The release of more than 180,000 digitized…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 8, 2016 at 6:30 — No Comments

Job: Associate Curator, Photographs (Content and Interpretation)

The post of Associate Curator, Photographs (Content and Interpretation) offers an exciting opportunity to become a key member of the photography team at the National Portrait Gallery. This is a new position reporting to the Head of Photographs and in consultation with him/her, the post holder will have an instrumental role in developing content,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 7, 2016 at 20:46 — No Comments

London Stereoscopic Company CDV back mark- an odd

Hello, I have an odd request. I am considering getting a tattoo of the London Stereoscopic company CDV back mark. I have been obsessed with this graphic for some time, but don't have a decent copy of it, and the images I can find online are of poor quality.

I was wondering if any members here could provide me with a high resolution scan or image of this back…


Added by David McGreevy on January 6, 2016 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

Auction: Ponting, Chanan, Beaton and Hine photographs

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood of Exeter is offering a selection of photographs from Herbert Ponting, Noel Chanan, Lewis Hine and Cecil Beaton on 19 January 2016. The lots can be viewed on its website  in the Picture Section of the January Two Day Fine Art Sale [FS29] or through the link …


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 4, 2016 at 20:05 — No Comments

cfp: Discovering “Peripheries”: Photographic Histories in Central and Eastern Europe

Society “Liber pro arte” in collaboration with Polish Association of Photography Historians and a yearly journal Dagerotyp is organizing an international conference Discovering “Peripheries”: Photographic Histories in Central and Eastern Europe which aims to explore the wealth of photographic practices in the region now commonly referred to as the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 4, 2016 at 19:53 — No Comments

Seminars: Cultures of Photography, PHRC, Leicester

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre has announced its Spring term seminars. They are held on Tuesdays from 4-6pm, Hugh Aston Building, and are free and open to all.

‘Type-cast?’: Rethinking Studio Photography in the Hill Stations of British India

January 19    (Hugh Aston 2.08)

Professor Clare Harris (University of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 4, 2016 at 19:48 — No Comments

Lecture: Kodak Research / 26 January 2016

The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group presents the Society's Hurter and Driffield Memorial lecture which this year will be given by Dr Sam Weller FRSA who will be talking about: Kodak Moments: A look through the rear view mirror. Sam was formerly  Director of the Kodak European Research Laboratories in Cambridge.

The lecture takes place in London…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 2, 2016 at 12:09 — No Comments

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