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February 2011 Blog Posts (58)

Congratulations! 125 years of Warrington Photographic Society

In 1886, some forty-seven years after Daguerre and Talbot announced their respective photographic processes, a group of enthusiasts met to form a Photographic Society with the aim of improving photography amongst it’s members. The Society was called The Warrington Amateur Photographic Society and it’s first President was Mr J T Down, Secretary and Managing Director of the…


Added by Michael Wong on February 28, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Friese Greene carte-de-visite sold on eBay

A carte-de-visite purportedly showing Helene Friese Greene, the wife of photographer and pioneer British cinematographer William Friese Greene, was sold on eBay yesterday for $371. The buyer is not known. The back of the carte was printed with Friese Green's Bath studio address which dates it to c1875. The item can be seen here:… Continue

Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2011 at 8:30 — No Comments

Surf's up, 1890 style

Forget about Blue Hawaii, Beach Boys or Big Wednesday. The surf's up for Dominic Winter as it auctions off the first ever picture of a surfer that has been found in a photo album dating back to 1890. The photo is of a Hawaiian beach boy photographed wearing a traditional loin cloth and shown standing in the shallows holding his rudimentary board.

Altogether, two albums…


Added by Michael Wong on February 28, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Perthshire in the 1850s ...

Just in case some BPH members are unaware, the Perth Museum & Art Gallery’s photographic collections contain examples of many photographic processes from the earliest daguerreotypes and calotypes, right through to the digital photography of today. 

One of the earliest photographs of Perth and Perthshire can be found within the Museum's collection of about 2,500 glass…


Added by Michael Wong on February 26, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

Obituary: George Courtney Ward, aged 93 years

The Bournemouth Echo reported that photographer George Courtney Ward has died. Courtney Ward who died at his home in Westbourne on Tuesday, February 15, aged 93, photographed some of the most famous names in cinema during his 30 years working at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine, Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Alec Guinness and Kenneth…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 26, 2011 at 12:00 — No Comments

Michael G. Wilson: 'a one man photography council'

The Financial Times carried an extensive interview with Michael G Wilson which touched on his role as a collector, chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Awards, Trustee of the National Media Museum, the museum's London presence and photography expert for the Art Fund. Read it here:

Added by Michael Pritchard on February 26, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Wet Plates in Cold Climates: Alaska’s Oldest Photograph & Early Photography

With the increasing cold winters we seem to be experiencing each year in the UK, I thought the following lecture and exhibit might be of interest to fellow BPH members wishing to pursue this area of photography.

Jim Simard, Head of the Alaska State Library Historical Collections, and Ron Klein, photographer and historian are on a search for the oldest photo taken in…


Added by Michael Wong on February 25, 2011 at 20:12 — No Comments

Great in Britain: British Photographic History for the Future

Great in Britain is a unique photographic archive of the British people at work. Photographers are invited to submit photographs that celebrate the understated pride and passion of the often unsung working heroes that form the bedrock of this great nation. This 'visual time capsule' will give a fascinating insight into the world of work in Britain,…


Added by Michael Wong on February 25, 2011 at 7:19 — 5 Comments

Exhibition: Eye Wonder: Photography From the Bank of America Collection

Eye Wonder: Photography From the Bank of America Collection is an ambitious collection of more than 100 works of contemporary photography by female artists from 1865 to 2004. Though Social Realist photographers such as Dorothea Lange and Margaret Bourke-White are well-represented, more avant-garde examples get prime play.

The show begins with portraits, including the…


Added by Michael Wong on February 24, 2011 at 20:56 — No Comments

Polar Visual Culture: An International Conference

Polar Visual Culture: An International Conference will take place in the Arts Building Lecture Theatre at the University of St Andrews on 17-18 June 2011.


Convened by Natalie Adamson and Luke Gartlan, t…


Added by Luke Gartlan on February 24, 2011 at 20:02 — 3 Comments

Workshop: Researching Photographic History

The Royal Photographic Society and Birmingham Central Library are holding a practical workshop on researching photographic history on Saturday, 5 March 2011. Amongst the formal presentations will be others from active researchers in the field presenting aspects of their own research.

Researching photographic history is of interesting to many different historians not least of which are genealogists. The day will offer practical advice about undertaking research into all aspects of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2011 at 15:20 — No Comments

National Media Museum's visitors numbers fall 12%

The National Media Museum saw its visitor numbers drop by more than 12 per cent last year, a report revealed today. Figures compiled by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions show the museum attracted 526,914 visits – a drop of 12.8 per cent compared to 2009. This follows an 18 per cent drop in 2009 to 613,923 from 2008.

Museum director Colin Philpott said factors such as the Imax cinema closing for maintenance affected numbers but a great deal was still achieved by the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2011 at 13:30 — No Comments

Another Story: Written in Light - Pioneers from 1840

Moderna Museet’s collection of photography, ranging from 1840 to the present day, is one of the finest in Europe, featuring many of the most prominent names in photo history and comprising more than 100,000 photographs, including pictures produced with older methods – daguerreotypes, calotypes and albumin silver prints. The collection provides a historic background to the…


Added by Michael Wong on February 24, 2011 at 12:56 — No Comments

London Photograph Fair

We had a very successful first London Photograph Fair of 2011 on Sunday 20th of February. A wide selection of material was on offer and the room was busier than usual with most dealers reporting good sales. A selection of images has been uploaded to this site. The next event takes place on May 15th, and we look set to have a record number of dealers in attendance, with 50 tables already booked. If you plan to be in London then, do come along. Our offer of free entry after 2pm will also apply at… Continue

Added by James Kerr on February 24, 2011 at 9:46 — No Comments

Boulineau: Unknown 19th Century French Photographer discovered by Student

Vanessa Fleet was a student pursuing a master’s degree in museum studies at the University of Toronto. Last summer when completing her internship at the Art Gallery of Ontario, she discovered that a series of 1,702 photographs auctioned at Christie's in 1997 and acquired by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in 2005 were taken by the previously unknown French photographer and…


Added by Michael Wong on February 24, 2011 at 7:37 — No Comments

Muybridge: I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so .....

Animation artist Koji Yamamura ("Mt. Head" and "Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor") has completed his long-awaited animated short, "Muybridge's Strings," in a coproduction with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and others.

Yamamura took seven years to finish the 12-minute short, slated for release this year. The NFB, long known for its support of quality art…


Added by Michael Wong on February 23, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

Whose monocle is this? Clue: it was found at Lacock

Lying almost undisturbed since 1877 and gathering dust in a pile of boxes and files, a monocle was recently found in Lacock Abbey. Now in pride of place at the museum it was shown to a group of photographers who gathered in Lacock for a special dinner to mark the annual Talbot Day celebrations.

Historians at the birthplace of modern photography have discovered a…


Added by Michael Wong on February 22, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

Reputable Photographic Appraisers

Hello everyone.

Does anyone have any advice or recommendations regarding appraisers who are qualified to provide informed and well documented appraisals of 19th and 20th century photography, photographic albums, and photographic books?

Recommendations for individuals or firms with a good reputation in the UK would be preferred with the added preference of being located in Scotland if possible.


Much thanks to…


Added by Marc Boulay on February 22, 2011 at 13:47 — 1 Comment

Hidden gems in Prague .......

The National Technical museum at Letna Park in Prague, which is one of the oldest in Europe, reopens to the public after a four-year reconstruction. It is a collection of the Museum of Technology and the Military History Institute in Prague, through which visitors can explore more than 40 weapons and vehicles, the Czech Army used during the last 110 years.

Uhh? Where…


Added by Michael Wong on February 22, 2011 at 10:55 — No Comments

Book: Exiled The Port Arthur Convict Photographs (Edwin Barnard)

The Port Arthur convict photographs are a truly remarkable survival from Australia's colonial past. Taken shortly before the infamous Tsmanian penal settlement closed for good, these images record the faces of men sent to Australia on convict ships between the 1820s and the 1850s, and were taken in the 1870s. 

This study tells the stories of 65 individuals whose…


Added by Michael Wong on February 22, 2011 at 9:46 — No Comments

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