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January 2023 Blog Posts (31)

Elliott & Fry daguerreotype found - help requested

A year or so ago, I found a tinted daguerreotype of an unidentified young lady by Elliott & Fry (E&F). The case and lining paper behind the daguerreotype carry the E&F name and address (55 Baker St., London). The shape of the case and mount window seem quite unusual.

I am puzzled by this item for two reasons.

1. E&F were…


Added by Martin John Last on January 29, 2023 at 14:00 — 15 Comments

Exhibition: Calvert R. Jones: Photographs and Drawings / New York, until 31 March 2023

Calvert R. Jones: Photographs and Drawings is on view at Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs until 31 March, 2023. Reverend Calvert Richard Jones (1802-1877), the Welsh marine artist, is recognized as one of the most talented and sophisticated of the early photographers. The recent emergence of previously unknown calotypes, daguerreotypes and drawings from…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 29, 2023 at 11:07 — No Comments

National Portrait Gallery's opening programme announced

The National Portrait Gallery has announced its opening programme with photography to the fore. The first exhibition will explore the life and career of twentieth century photographer, Madame Yevonde, who pioneered the use of colour photography in the 1930s. The show will survey the portraits and still-life works that the artist produced throughout her sixty…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 29, 2023 at 10:58 — No Comments

Opening up orphaned photography within archives

The intellectual property expert Naomi Korn and the National Science and Media Museum form part of a case study into the use of orphaned works, and how adopting a risk aware approach to the use of 'orphaned' images in the Daily Herald archive instead of the risk averse approach typically adopted. This opened up the opportunity to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 29, 2023 at 10:30 — No Comments

Excelsior Stereoscopic Tours of Burnley

Dr. David Barber has published new research about Excelsior Stereoscopic Tours whose 3D cards feature in photo collections around the world. It explores the career of Milford Elsworth Wright (1861-1918), the stereographer behind the company and traces his journey from Perry, Ohio to the Lancashire mill town of Burnley.



Added by Dr. David Barber on January 27, 2023 at 9:30 — 9 Comments

Events from the Photographic Collections Network

The Photographic Collections Network has several upcoming events. Booking is free. 

Creative Commons Licenses and Collections

Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 2-4pm GMT free / donation, online

Want to know more about how to navigate the different CC licenses, and find out if they work for your archive or…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2023 at 12:20 — No Comments

Peter Marlow Foundation starts operations from 2023

The Peter Marlow Foundation encourages, examines and celebrates the photography of humanity, its impact and legacy. From 2023 it will do this from a gallery based in Dungeness, Kent, housing an extensive archive and library, and offering workshops, exhibitions, residencies and talks to schools, the public and professionals.



Added by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2023 at 12:10 — No Comments

Fellowship: Paul Mellon Centre / closes 31 January 2023

The Archives and Library Fellowship is offered annually to allow an individual to undertake a research project focused on the Paul Mellon Centre’s Archives and Library.

This is an exceptional opportunity to undertake sustained, original research focussed on the Centre’s collections. These include an extensive Photographic Archive, over 15,000 auction…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2023 at 10:24 — No Comments

Blog: Frederick Beckert, photographer, photography and banknote forgery

Dick Weindling and Marianne Colloms have published research recounting the story of a photographer, Frederick Beckert, living in Kilburn, London, in the 1920s and 1930s, and was an expert forger of bank notes - and the detective work that brought him to account. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2023 at 10:00 — No Comments

Event: photograph album from Natal, South Africa / Oxford, 30 January 2022

This short talk presents research on a rare early photograph album from mid-1860s Natal, South Africa, which contains around 50 portraits of African subjects, with inscriptions by its owner, representing the first few years of studio output in Natal in the new affordable format of cartes-de-visite. The talk will explore the album's contents and present…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2023 at 9:37 — No Comments

Doctoral placement: Exploring the photographic equipment of William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) / closes 20 February 2023

The British Library’s Talbot Collection comprises a major archive of correspondence, notebooks, photographs and other material relating to the life and work of the British inventor of photography William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877). Formerly held at Talbot’s family home at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, the collection was presented to the British Library in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 17, 2023 at 20:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Beyond Silver / Birmingham, from 18 January 2023

Metals and minerals are of the earth - extracted, purified, dried, cut, mould, extruded, dissolved and filtered. Photographic images are of the earth, they are metals and minerals, polished, coated, sensitised, exposed, developed, washed, fixed, displayed. We rely on the sensitivity of these metals to depict the world around us, the earth that they come…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2023 at 20:48 — No Comments

Event: Celebrating Charles Wheatstone / Gloucester, 6 February 2022

The Museum of Gloucester is celebrating the two hundred and twenty-first anniversary of the birth of polymath Charles Wheatstone in Barnwood, near Gloucester. Although his name is still remembered all over the world, Wheatstone never got the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2023 at 20:30 — No Comments

New research on 1862 Hartley Pit Disaster photographs

On 16th January 1862, 204 men and boys died following the Hartley Colliery Disaster in Northumberland. New research published today to mark its 161st anniversary - at…


Added by Dr. David Barber on January 16, 2023 at 16:00 — No Comments

cfp: Photographic Societies and Camera Clubs / deadline extended to 20 February 2023

International photographic societies and camera clubs burgeoned in the late nineteenth and into the twentieth century. The mutual support and collaboration amongst individual members along with the practical and educational undertakings of these self-reliant photographies is a fitting focus for the recognition of photographers who could assert themselves and see themselves as a community of practice of their own making.…


Added by Jason Bate on January 16, 2023 at 12:00 — No Comments

Albert Kahn's 70,000 colour photographs made free to use

The Albert Kahn departmental museum in France has released nearly 25,000 colour photos of early 20th-century life into the public domain and over 34,000 others that are free to use as part of a project to assure visual history is not forgotten. Called …


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 14, 2023 at 19:56 — No Comments

cfp: Seminar on visions of the sick body physical and mental pathologies’ representations / deadline 30 April 2023

From its origins, both cinema and photography recorded the daily life bodies: workers leaving the factory, women dancing the serpentine dance, babies having breakfast, urban strollers or the bourgeois families’ portraits. The wonderful and strange capacity to offer a presence amplified the new forms of Modernity’s corporeal culture, and corporeality became…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 14, 2023 at 19:45 — No Comments

Exhibition: A New Power. Photography in Britain 1800-1850 / Oxford, from 1 February 2023

The announcement of photography’s invention in January 1839, first in Paris and then in London, introduced a ‘new power’ into British life. This new power—the capacity to automatically capture the images created in a camera—was soon being used for every conceivable purpose.

A New Power traces the development and dissemination of photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 14, 2023 at 19:30 — No Comments

Information/Contacts for Modfot Research

I an trying to find information/contact details for these photographers:

Alan Richards

John Stonex

Michael Taylor

Peter Wilkinson

D Baxter

Edward Pritchard

Ron Chapman

Tony Morris

Dunstan Pereira

Malcolm Aird

Fill Bullock

David Gaynor

Any information gratefully…


Added by Grant Scott on January 13, 2023 at 11:00 — No Comments

National Science and Media Museum to close in June 2023 for £6 million transformation - UPDATED

The National Science and Media Museum is about to undergo a radical and ‘once-in-a-generation’ transformation ready to inspire millions of visitors to Bradford City of Culture in 2025. Huge changes will be delivered by December 2024, through a £6 million capital project called ‘Sound and Vision’, including two new galleries, a new passenger lift and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2023 at 6:00 — No Comments

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