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January 2019 Blog Posts (23)

Identification: Possible group Photographic Society of London with F.S. Archer? and R. Fenton?

For many years I've been trying to identify the group of men in this stereograph.  The original carries no information. Three of them are holding stereoscopes which suggests a meeting.  I believe the man on the left is Roger Fenton and next to him looks like Frederick Scott Archer.  If this is the case this could well be a meeting of members of the…


Added by Paula Fleming on January 29, 2019 at 15:00 — 12 Comments

Talk: Somerset Photographers 1839-1939 / Bath: 25 March 2019

Phil Nichols and Robin Ansell the authors of the recent book Secure the Shadow: Somerset Photographers 1839-1939 will be speaking at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN on 25 March, on behalf of the Bath & Avon Family History Society. The talk is open to everyone. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 26, 2019 at 12:05 — No Comments

Course: Photography and its Histories / London: 21 February-21 March 2019

‘Odd,’ wrote Roland Barthes in his renowned 1980 study of photography, ‘that no one has thought of the disturbance (to civilisation) which this new action causes.'

Recent years have duly witnessed an explosion of scholarship considering the social and psychological impact of taking photographs. This course draws on recent approaches to explore the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 26, 2019 at 8:48 — 3 Comments

Job: Archivist, The Photographers' Gallery, London: closes 25 February 2019

As The Photographers' Gallery approaches its fiftieth anniversary in 2021 it is seeking an archivist. The Gallery is the UK’s leading centre for the presentation and exploration of photography in all its forms and a dedicated home for an international photographic community. Established in London in 1971, the Gallery has been instrumental in reflecting…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2019 at 20:21 — No Comments

Val Williams Archive moves to the Martin Parr Foundation

The Val Williams Archive is to become part of the collection at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol. The archive consists of papers, letters, audiotapes, video, manuscripts, published material, invitations, posters, press cuttings and research materials documenting the work of one of the UK’s most important curators and writers on photography. 



Added by Val Williams Archive on January 25, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Discovery of pairs of stereoscopic images amongst Roger Fenton’s Crimean War photographs

Roger Fenton’s (shown right) letters home from the Crimea in May 1855 indicated that he was taking stereoscopic pictures of the ruins of Inkerman, the valley at Inkerman and the battlefield of Balaklava. However, these views have…


Added by David Robert Jones on January 25, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

Job: Project Manager, National Science+Media Museum / closes 3 February 2019

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford (NSMM) houses a 3-screen cinema operation including Europe's first IMAX. The NSMM Pictureville cinema (300 seats) and Cubby Broccoli cinema (100 seats) screen the best of independent cinema with selected mainstream titles and a Screen Arts programme. IMAX (218 seats) screens the best feature titles available in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 23, 2019 at 8:00 — No Comments

Archive: The Rough-Stuff Fellowship archive book

A little modern than most posts but quite unusual images worth seeing and a good story of what can be done with an archive of almost 60 year old fascinating images. A Kickstarter project for a book based on the archive photographs of the Rough Stuff Fellowship - the worlds oldest off road cycling club. I usually see their stall at the cycling rally in York,…


Added by Andrew Hurst on January 21, 2019 at 20:00 — No Comments

Pitt Rivers receives £70,500 grant (UPDATED)

The Pitt Rivers Museum has been awarded £70,500 in the latest round of DCMS/Wolfson funding awards, aimed at helping museums increase access to their collections.

This award will fund Engaging the Senses: Activating the Pitt Rivers Museum’s Photograph and Sound Collections through digital audio-visual technology. This project will…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 14, 2019 at 6:30 — No Comments

Workshop: Van Dyke Brown / 27 January 2019

Make exquisite rich brown images using this 19th century print technique.  Led by local photographic artist Catriona Gray who specialises in alternative processes, this short, three-hour workshop, will show you all you need to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2019 at 18:08 — No Comments

Auction: 1839 photogenic drawings by William Salvin at auction / 31 January 2019

Edinburgh auction house Lyon and Turnbull is offering a group of photogenic drawings dating from May 1839 in its forthcoming auction of books and photography. The group are believed to have been made by William Thomas Salvin of Croxdale Hall, County Durham. They are estimated at £2000-3000. 

The catalogue description is below: 



Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2019 at 18:01 — No Comments

Exhibition: A L Henderson's 1904 Holiday Snaps from Athens / Athens: Benaki Museum, until 5 May 2019

Alexander Lamont Henderson (1838-1907) was a photographer who was distinguished for his services by Queen Victoria of Britain and a member of the Royal Photographic Society. The information related to his life and work is poor as his "royal" images were destroyed after the death of Queen Victoria and his "commercial" work which was donated to the library of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2019 at 17:45 — No Comments

Exhibition: Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey / New York, from 30 January 2019

Opening on 30 January, 2019 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey presents masterpieces of early 19th-century photography by one of its unsung pioneers. A trailblazer of the newly invented daguerreotype process, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804–1892) travelled throughout the Eastern…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2019 at 17:34 — No Comments

UK photographs at Bazar Nadar

We at Bazar Nadar added a chapter 'UK photographs' to our 'Collections'. You can find anonymous masters and photographs from Fenton, Rejlander, Polyblank, Cameron and others. We will add more items soon. 

Feel free to check our inventory or ask your questions. …


Added by Wouter Lambrechts on January 13, 2019 at 16:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Hubert Weston King (1931-2018)

Hubert Weston King, the owner of the W. W. Winter studio in Derby has passed away on Xmas day 2018, just shy of his 87th birthday. The Winter studio is the longest operating photographic studio business in the UK, if not the world and second longest operating from the same address in the UK, after the Reeves studio in Lewes, Sussex. The business was…


Added by Marcel Safier on January 11, 2019 at 23:30 — No Comments

Funded PhD: the history of independent film exhibition in Leeds / 9 January deadline

The University of Leeds and Leeds Film are partnering to offer a funded PhD to produce an analysis of the history of independent cinema exhibition in Leeds. This collaborative doctoral project seeks to break new ground by enabling a student to carry out an analysis on independent film exhibition in Leeds informed by both academic scholarship and practical…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 6, 2019 at 21:25 — No Comments

Event: Pioneering Women Photographers in the Royal Collection / Woking: 28 March 2019

The Royal Collection contains a significant body of work which reveals the historical and contemporary importance of women photographers. Join Catlin Langford, Assistant Curator at the Royal Collection Trust, as she discusses key moments in photographic history, from the development of accessible camera technologies to the advent of colour…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 6, 2019 at 18:21 — No Comments

Lecture: Anthony Geffen 'From Attenborough to Hawking, the challenges of pioneering immersive storytelling in VR and AR' / London, 6 February 2019

The 2019 Royal Photographic Society Hurter & Driffield Memorial Lecture will be given by award winning…


Added by Richard Fattorini on January 4, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments

Symposium: Women, work and commerce in the creative industries, Britain, 1750-1950 / 8-9 February 2019

Registration is opwn for the symposium Women, work and commerce in the creative industries, Britain, 1750-1950 which takes place on 7 and 9 February 2019 in London.

This two-day conference adds to the growing body of feminist scholarship that is deconstructing the male-dominated history of commercial and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 4, 2019 at 12:30 — No Comments

Cameron illustrated Idylls of the King acquired by St Andrews

One of the most famous nineteenth-century collaborations between a poet and a photographer has found a home at the University of St Andrews Special Collections.

Poet Laureate, Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, and Other Poems, 1875, photographically illustrated by Julia Margaret Cameron, one of the most celebrated women…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 4, 2019 at 6:30 — No Comments

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