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February 2013 Blog Posts (24)

Professor Margaret Harker Farrand (1920-2013)

The sad news has reached BPH that Professor Margaret Harker Farrand died on 16 February 2013 aged 93. According to Margaret's solicitor she was 'ready to go'. The funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, 11 March, at St Bartholomew Church, Egdean, near Pulborough, East Sussex, RH20 1JU

Margaret  was a respected architectural and commercial…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 27, 2013 at 12:00 — 3 Comments

London Photograph Fair - March 10th

The next London Photograph Fair takes place on March 10th and will feature 45 dealers from the UK, Europe and North America.

Our latest newsletter has just been published and can be read HERE - it includes full details on the  March Fair and how to obtain free 'Book…


Added by James Kerr on February 27, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

Lecture: Krupp: Photography & The Making of a Company Archive

On Wednesday, 6 March Professor Ute Eskildsen, former Director and Head of Photography at Museum Folkwang, Essen, will explore the documentary aspects of the Krupp archive and trace how certain images were used and distributed. Close inspection of such photographs reveals that they are never simple documents of industrial interests alone.

Drawing on the rich…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 26, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Worktown Photographs of Humphrey Spender

I heard about this interesting photographic archive on the radio today.  Perhaps the images are not quite as old as many of the photographs discussed here but nevertheless this collection of photographs of life in Bolton just before the Second World War is fascinating.

All of these pictures were taken by Humphrey Spender as part of the first Mass Observation project…


Added by Ian Wallace on February 25, 2013 at 20:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Early Japanese photography show opens March 5, Tokyo

Dawn of Japanese Photography: Hokkaido and Tohoku will open at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography on March 5. This is the third in a series of shows on early photography in Japan, this time with a focus on the northern districts of Hokkaido and Tohoku.

While this exhibit doesn't have a direct connection to British photography, many of the early…


Added by Alice Gordenker on February 24, 2013 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Online: National Archive of Geological Photographs

Dr Anthony H Cooper writes...The British Geological Survey National Archive of Geological Photographs “GeoScenic” is online, but may not be a resource that members have come across. The collection includes over 50,000 photographs dating back to around 1850 with around 30,000 GeoScience images and 20,000 special collection images. They can be searched using…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2013 at 9:39 — No Comments

LSC launches the first set of facsimile French Diableries cards

The London Stereoscopic Company has launched the first set of facsimile French Diableries cards…..with more to come.  The scenes depicted in these Diableries were made in clay, on a table-top, with amazing skill, by a small bunch of gifted sculptors, and then photographed with a stereo camera. The resulting stereo pair of prints was made on thin albumen…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2013 at 7:06 — No Comments

Conference: Photohistory at iCHSTM 2013

The 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine (iCHSTM 2013), to be held in Manchester, UK from Sunday 21 to Sunday 28 July, contains a number of sessions dealing with photography and science within an historical context. Registration is now open. Go to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2013 at 7:00 — No Comments

Seminar: Ubiquitous Photography: from Everywhere to ‘Everyware'

This talk seeks to probe and extend our current understanding of the relation between photography and ubiquity. One of the ways in which we understand this relation is through digitization and debates on new or digital media concerned with the proliferation of photography in public and private life. Another way is through the assimilation, if not of photography then of the photographic, in the discourses and practices of ubiquitous computing. Professor Kember will explore what is at stake in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments

Charlotte Cotton to curate one off show

Charlotte Cotton who was heading the National Media Museum/Science Museum's Media Space project until her sudden departure in 2012 has been lined up to curate Positive View Foundation's second exhibition of 2013 which will be a celebration of 100 years of Vanity Fair magazine. It will be held at Somerset House in November.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 22, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

Studio MB wins National Media Museum contract

Studio MB, the Edinburgh-based design agency, has announced that it has won a National Media Museum's contract, in conjunction with Seven Stories in Newcastle, to create a temporary exhibition that will appear in both locations. The exhibition, entitled 'Moving Stories' will show the magic and wonder of children's books including Alice in Wonderland, Tin…

Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2013 at 20:06 — No Comments

Identification of daguerreotype portraits

Recently aquired a couple portraits of this woman. Being half plates, and a (reported) history of interest. I was hoping someone in this group might be able to recognize her.

Reportedly she was involved or related to -  British/India Tea production in the Tezpur region of India. Believed to be the wife of Dr. Christian Anding of Assam area.

Any help would be…


Added by Doug Jordan on February 17, 2013 at 7:00 — No Comments

TV: The Genius of Invention. The visual image

Our ability to see and record live events from right across the world has shrunk the globe, making virtual neighbours of us all. It is a defining characteristic of our modern world. The final episode in the series reveals the fascinating stories that made such everyday miracles possible. It tells the story of the handful of extraordinary inventions and their inventors who…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 15, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments

Job: Conservator, National Media Museum

The Science Museum Group is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions. The National Media Museum is part of this group with collections embracing photography, film, television, radio and the web. It…

Added by Michael Wong on February 12, 2013 at 10:21 — No Comments

Frederick Evans Papers

I am looking for anyone who knows what might have happened to the paper archives and/or photograph collections of Frederick Evans.  I know that many images in his collection went to the Royal Photographic Society and are now in Bradford and some of the images ended up at the George Eastman House.   But I know that he owned some images that I have been unable to track down.  I was wondering if perhaps they were still with the family or if a particular dealer/collector/institution has a…


Added by Adrienne Lundgren on February 12, 2013 at 0:08 — 1 Comment

Conference: Safeguarding Image Collections - 31 October 2013

On October 31 2013 IRPA-KIK organises a conference on management and conservation of photographic collections. Many institutions (museums, libraries, archives, etc.) that have photographic collections are facing problems concerning their management: storage, inventory, digitalization, access, copyright issues, status and value attached to the collection 




Added by Michael Pritchard on February 11, 2013 at 20:49 — No Comments

Auction: Lady Hawarden photographs

An important collection of 37 albumen prints by Clemintina Maud, Lady Hawarden, a pair of pencil sketches of her and her husband, and 15 associated albumen prints (several possibly by Lady Hawarden), [c.1857-1864] will be sold at Bonhams on March 19 for an estimated £100,000-150,000.

The sale of this exceptional collection by one of the most important and influential…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 11, 2013 at 7:29 — No Comments

FIRST REPORT: Media Space to open 21 September 2013

At an event this morning to preview a selection of prints from the National Media Museum Photography Collection Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum, confirmed a change to the previously announced opening exhibition and date for Media Space.

The public opening of Media Space will take place on Saturday, 21 September 2013 and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 7, 2013 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Me, Man Ray and a dead Proust

On The Graham Harrison blog ...

Me, Man Ray and a dead Proust

For the critics Man Ray’s best work was his photography, especially his nudes and portraits. In 1975 Graham Harrison asked the ageing surrealist if he could take a portrait of his own but was only allowed a long-shot across a gallery. The result was an image Harrison felt uneasy about, until recently.

Added by Graham Harrison on February 6, 2013 at 9:58 — No Comments

Scientific Astronomy Glass Negatives.

I have acquired 4 large glass negative plates of distant galaxies taken at the UK Schmidt Telescope in Australia....Can any one suggest how to get prints from them and is anyone interested in acquiring them. Jonathon Brackenbury.

Added by Jonathon Carr Brackenbury on February 4, 2013 at 9:09 — 4 Comments

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