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February 2018 Blog Posts (30)

Seminars: Cultures of Photography, PHRC, Leicester / 12 March

On 12 March De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre will present two seminars which are open to the public:

  • Women Photographers, Institutional Practices and the South Kensington Museum from Erika Lederman. This paper will locate the career of 19th century institutional photographer…

Added by Michael Pritchard on February 25, 2018 at 9:12 — No Comments

Workshop: The Daguerreotype at Lacock / 21-23 June 2018

World renowned daguerreotypist and teacher Dr Mike Robinson brings his three day workshop back to Lacock. Participants will make their own daguerreotypes from start to finish. The workshop which usually sells out is limited to only six participants and early booking is advised.



Added by Michael Pritchard on February 25, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

Events at the Martin Parr Foundation

The Martin Parr Foundation has a number of  events coming up over the next few months. They include book signings from Niall McDiarmid, Bieke Depoorter and Peter Bialobrzesk. April 20-21 sees the film premiere of Do Not Bend - The Photographic Life of Bill Jay and a day seminar of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 25, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

Prof Leone Glukman and William Constable

I am trying to trace correspondence (nearly 40 years of if) between daguerreotypist Prof Leone Glukman (Dublin) and William Constable (Brighton) which I have seen reference to. Anyone know where it is?

Added by David Caron on February 23, 2018 at 9:24 — 6 Comments

Auction: Photography The First 150 Years / 9 March 2018

Dominic Winter's auction catalogue, which includes the John Hannavy collection of cased images, is now available on line:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2018 at 7:00 — No Comments

Conference: Camera Work: History and Global Reach of an International Art Magazine / Zurich: 9-11 March 2018

Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly (1903-1917) committed itself to the establishment of photography as a form of art and in the course of its publication became an important distributor of European modernism in the United States. In both respects the international network of the journal was an important prerequisite. Camera Work’s global reach manifested itself…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2018 at 18:42 — No Comments

Events: Victorian Giants, London, NPG

Victorian Giants. The birth of art photography showing at London's National Portrait Gallery from 1 March includes a number of events based around the exhibition. They include: 

Lecture: Through the Camera Lens, and What Lewis Carroll Found There. 1 March at 1900.  Lindsay Smith, Professor of English at the University of Sussex,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2018 at 18:24 — No Comments

Exhibition: Sun Pictures Then and Now: Talbot and his Legacy Today / London, 17-20 May 2018

Photo London and Hans P. Kraus Jr. are presenting an exhibition which looks at the pioneering work of the British inventor of photography William Henry Fox Talbot and the legacy of this within contemporary photography. With the opportunity to see vintage Talbot prints alongside contemporary artworks by artists and photographers including Adam Fuss, Cornelia Parker, Hiroshi…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2018 at 18:01 — No Comments

Duchess of Cambridge selects Patron's Trail for Victorian Giants

The Duchess of Cambridge is to select photographs from the National Portrait Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography as part of a Patron’s trail.The Duchess will visit the exhibition on the evening of Wednesday 28 February, prior to its opening on Thursday 1 March.

As Patron of the National Portrait Gallery since 2012…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

Auction: George Stacey Abolitionist newly discovered collection of Daguerreotypes/Ambrotypes / 21 February 2018 (UPDATED)

Following on from the sale of the Dr Swaine Taylor daguerreotypes last month another interesting collection has surfaced in East Anglia. From a deceased estate and held in storage for the last 40 years or so a group of 20 portraits of the Stacey family by Claudet/Le Beau/Beard/Kilburn/Mayall etc. is to be sold by Cheffins Auctioneers in Cambridge on February…


Added by Roger John Evans on February 17, 2018 at 7:24 — 1 Comment

Stereoview, is this P. T. Barnum?

I recently purchased this stereoview, apparently made in the UK. It looks to be 1850s- early 1860s. I believe this may be a portrait of he great P. T. Barnum,  There is no written information on it. I do know that Barnum regularly travelled to England during his career. perhaps he meant this as a kind of advertising. His jaunty stance seems in keeping with other photos of…


Added by David McGreevy on February 13, 2018 at 1:00 — 5 Comments

Darwin photography albums available for the first time

To celebrate Charles Darwin’s 209th birthday today, the Darwin Correspondence Project, Cambridge Digital Library, and English Heritage Trust, have released online for the first time, two albums of portrait photographs presented to Darwin in 1877.  They were sent by his admirers in Germany and Austria, and in the Netherlands. Also online for the first time are the texts of a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 12, 2018 at 16:34 — No Comments

Film premiere: Do Not Bend: The photographic life of Bill Jay / Bristol, 20 April

BPH recently reported on a new film looking at the writer, teacher and photographic historian Bill Jay.  Do Not Bend: The photographic life of Bill Jay will premiere in the UK on 20 April at the Martin Parr Foundation,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 11, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

TV: The Power and the Princess

The amateur photographer and Princess, Alexandra, is featured in a BBC4 television programme Art, Passion & Power: The Story of the Royal Collection, Series 1, Modern Times. The programme is available on the BBC iPlayer and includes an interview with Sophie Gordon, senior curator of photography. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on February 11, 2018 at 12:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Collishaw's Thresholds comes to Bradford / from 2 March

In 1839 the world’s first major public exhibition of photographs took place at King Edward’s School in Birmingham, presenting examples created by one of the founding fathers of photography: William Henry Fox Talbot. From 2 March-7 May this historic event will be restaged at the National Science and Media Museum in Thresholds, artist Mat Collishaw’s virtual reality…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 11, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Lecture: Photography sets the image free / London, 7 March

Photography is commonly understood as a static medium that 'freezes' the moment. This characterisation of photography privileges certain kinds of practice, draws a sharp distinction between it and moving-image media such as film and video, imagines the photograph as primarily a print, and underpins arguments about the predatory nature of photography and about the novelty of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 11, 2018 at 8:27 — No Comments

Auction: Photography: The First 150 Years / Dominic Winter Auctioneers / Friday 9 March

Dominic Winter’s Photography: The First 150 Years spring auction takes place on Friday 9th March and features 19th and 20th century photography in all its many guises. 

The highlight of the auction is predicted to be an iconic albumen print portrait of Sir John Herschel by Julia Margaret Cameron (Cox & Ford no. 674), which is not only has excellent tones…


Added by Chris Albury on February 10, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

Fotografiska: London Museum of Photography to open in November

The British Journal of Photography carries an interview with the founders of Fotografiska who are constructing a new gallery and meeting space, Fotografiska: London Museum of Photography, in London's Whitechapel. The space will open in November and 'the plans for London would make the world’s largest photography gallery'. Jan Broman is quoted “We…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 10, 2018 at 8:18 — No Comments

Lecture: Who Was Britain’s First Female Photographer? / London, 3 May 2018

Rose Teanby tells the stories of five fascinating women who made their mark at the dawn of photography, she brings together new research in collaboration with Graham Harrison, creator of www.photohistories.comDespite the social restrictions of Georgian and early Victorian England, these women contributed to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 10, 2018 at 7:58 — No Comments

Exhibition: William Henry Fox Talbot: The Origins of Photography / Moscow, until 8 April 2018

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts presents the first Russian exhibition of works by William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), one of the inventors of photography. The exhibition will display rare photographs which became iconic milestones in the history of visual arts: about 150 original prints and negatives from the collections of the National Science and Media Museum in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 9, 2018 at 17:22 — No Comments

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