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March 2021 Blog Posts (33)

Collection of Silent Movie Lobby Cards Featuring Vintage Cameras and Movie Projectors

Here is a collection of rare silent movie lobby cards featuring vintage cameras and movie projectors. A few samples are shown below from the full album, which can be viewed here: Photo Album of Rare Silent Movie Lobby Cards:…


Added by Dwight Cleveland on March 30, 2021 at 18:30 — No Comments

Ryerson acquires Francis Bedford Research Collection

Ryerson Image Centre has acquired the Francis Bedford Research Collection which has been assembled by Toronto-based architectural photographer and collector Steven Evans  It encompasses the life’s work of Francis Bedford (1815-1894), one of the pre-eminent English architecture and landscape photographers of the nineteenth…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2021 at 17:32 — 2 Comments

Digitisation: Architectural Association lantern slide collection

Ed Bottoms has posted on Twitter that the first phase of the digitisation of the Architectural Association lantern slide collection has been completed.

He writes... Pleased to announce completion of the first phase of digitising the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2021 at 15:30 — No Comments

Autochromes return to the RPS

A collection of 224 autochrome plates made by Robert Bird from c1915-1920 has been given to the Royal Photographic Society more than one hundred years since the RPS first exhibited some of them in its annual exhibitions between 1915 and 1917. A few of the plates have only been seen publicly once since then in the 1950s when they were shown at a RPS…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2021 at 12:07 — 1 Comment

Film: Bristol’s Film 2021 marks centenary of death of Bristolian motion picture pioneer

Film 2021, is a new year-long programme of activity celebrating the many aspects of Bristol’s film and moving image credentials launched by Bristol Ideas and Bristol City of Film, supported by the city’s film studios, cinemas, filmmakers and festivals.

Marking the centenary of the death of Bristolian inventor William Friese-Greene (1855-1921), a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2021 at 10:30 — No Comments

Auction: important archive of early photography relating to W H F Talbot to be sold in New York / 12-22 April 2021

Sotheby's New York is celebrating fifty years of photograph auctions with a sale of fifty masterworks online between 12-22 April 2021, closing at 1801 (BST). Work ranges from Gustave Le Gray to Irving Penn and Martin Parr. 

Of particular interest is a group of  nearly 200 photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot, given by him to his half-sister…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2021 at 10:30 — No Comments

Standards: Glass plates

The ISO Technical Committee 42 (Photography) looks after all the International Standards for Photography. It would like your help in relation to glass plates sizes used in photography; legacy and modern, collodion and gelatine, new and old equipment.

The standard is being updated to take into…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2021 at 8:57 — No Comments

Photographer Charlie Phillips

The Guardian newspaper has profiled Charlie Phillips,a British photograoher of Jamican heritage, living in London from the 1950s.

Charlie Phillips never planned to become a photographer. His childhood dream was to be an opera singer, or a naval…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2021 at 8:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Nicky Bird retrospective / 27 April - 6 June 2021

Over the last fifteen years, Nicky Bird has examined the themes of land, heritage, personal and social memory through a collaborative photographic practice. This show includes new works and brings together several of her site-specific projects for the first time, especially reimagined for Street Level, which largely focus on Scotland’s…


Added by Street Level Photoworks on March 24, 2021 at 14:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Janette Rosing

One of British photography's most recognisable and charismatic photograph dealers and collectors, Janette Rosing, has died. There is a short obituary in the Antiques Trade Gazette from Pierre Spake and other tributes will be forthcoming. Janette was a regular buyer at auction and fairs from the early 1980s and often had a table at the London…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 22, 2021 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Publication and talk: Herbert Ponting / 28 April 2021

To mark the launch of her important new biography of Herbert Ponting, Anne Strathie will discuss Ponting's career as a photographer and filmmaker and explore his remarkable achievements.

Herbert Ponting FRPS (1870-1935) loved stereoviews as a boy and, as a young Liverpool bank clerk, bought his first cameras. In post-Gold Rush California, he ran a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 22, 2021 at 7:16 — No Comments

Job: Archivist to work on the Feeney Archive Project with Artist, Vanley Burke / deadline: 6 April 2021

The appointed Archivist will lead on the first stage of the Feeney Archive Project with Vanley Burke, which we anticipate taking place in the physical space of the archive in May 2021 (although this start date is dependent on safety regulations and work permitted within Covid-19 regulations).

The content and timescale of the work required will be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2021 at 17:18 — No Comments

National Portrait Gallery to champion the role of women in British history and culture

In partnership with Chanel, the National Portrait Gallery has launched Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture, a new three year project, which aims to enhance the representation of women in the Gallery’s Collection and highlight the often overlooked stories of individual women who have shaped British history and culture. The project is part of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2021 at 17:00 — No Comments

Auction: Classic Travel Photographs - until 25 March

Sotheby's online auction of Classic Travel Photographs showcases works from the mid-19th - to the early 20th-century by Peter H. Emerson, Francis Frith, John Burke, William Saunders, Roger Fenton, and Gustave Le Gray, among others.



Added by Richard Fattorini on March 19, 2021 at 11:00 — No Comments

Archive: Library archive helps replace wildfire loss

The BBC website reports that... An American couple whose 1960s wedding album was destroyed by wildfire have rediscovered their photos in archives held by an English council. Chris and Lindy Date,…


Added by Susanah Farmer on March 15, 2021 at 18:30 — No Comments

Call for Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage award for women photographers / deadline 24 May 2021

The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award of £2,000, facilitated by FotoDocument and generously supported by Nikon UK, is granted annually to a professional woman photographer towards the completion of a compelling and cohesive documentary photo essay, which addresses an important social, environmental, economic or cultural…


Added by Nicola Jeffs on March 14, 2021 at 17:30 — No Comments

Publication: Lewis Carroll's Photography and Modern Childhood

Lewis Carroll began photographing children in the mid-nineteenth century, at a time when the young medium of photography was opening up new possibilities for visual representation and the notion of childhood itself was in transition. In this lavishly illustrated book, Diane Waggoner offers the first comprehensive account of Carroll as a photographer of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 13, 2021 at 8:31 — No Comments

Television: My Father and Me - Maurice Broomfield / 20 March 2021

In My Father And Me, documentary film director Nick Broomfield explores his relationship with his father, photographer Maurice Broomfield (right). The film is both memoir and tribute, and in its intimate story of one family, takes an expansive, philosophical look at the 20th century itself.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 13, 2021 at 8:00 — No Comments

Online talks: MacKinnon and Johnston Collections, Scotland

Significant Scottish photography collections feature in two forthcoming talks arranged by the RPS Historical Group. On 20 May Blake Milteer will be talking about the MacKinnon Collection which was jointly acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland. The collection, originally amassed by Aberdeenshire collector…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2021 at 15:12 — No Comments

Radio: The Photographer at Sixteen - George Szirtes / from 15 March 2021

George Szirtes reads his award-winning memoir about his mother, Magda. Her turbulent life reflects the drama of the 20th century.

She survived incarceration in two different concentration camps during the Second World War and then settled in Hungary - but fled with her family in 1956. Arriving as a refugee in London, serious illness forced her to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2021 at 11:30 — No Comments

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