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April 2014 Blog Posts (29)

Digitisation: National Library of Ireland

A portrait of the infamous Ellen Byrne, who was tried for her husband’s murder in 1842 after his badly decomposed body was found in their shared bed; photographs of 1916 leader Tom Clarke, his wife Kathleen and family; and posters documenting the suffragette movement are just some of the 10,500 newly digitised items released by the …


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Online resources: RPS members and Fenton letter books

De Montfort University has published two new online resources: Members of the Royal Photographic Society 1853-1901 which provides the most comprehensive source of information on some 3000 Photographic Society and RPS members to 1901; and …


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 28, 2014 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

Lecture: Eric de Maré: Photography framing architecture

It has often been said that an architectural education gives a particular and effective ‘eye’, and sometimes that architects are the best photographers of architecture. Eric de Maré was at the AA from 1928 to 1933, and like many AA graduates developed a career outside architectural practice. While he wrote prolifically- there are some 20 books for which he is credited as…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 28, 2014 at 13:36 — No Comments

Photoforums at QUAD

Exhibiting your work in a gallery or public context presents its own challenges as it is such a different format of disseminating work, as opposed to the book or presenting a portfolio. As a curator of photography shows Camilla Brown has extensive experience of working with photographers and designing exhibitions and was senior curator at The Photographers Gallery,…


Added by Paul Hill on April 28, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Workshop: Marking the Land

Explore the mysteries of nature and look beyond the physical nature of things during a weekend workshop with award winning photographer Paul Hill MBE, assisted by Maria Falconer FRPS.

Marking the Land alludes to Paul Hill’s photography of the Peak District, capturing the relationship between marks made on the land by man and nature and by the process of…


Added by Paul Hill on April 28, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Auction: 19th century China Magazine sells for six times estimate

46 photographs, which form part of the 19th century China Magazine, depicting life in the Far East during the 1860s, have sold for more than six times their estimated value when they recently went under the hammer at Dominic WInters.

Dropped off by a couple from Cumbria who happened to…


Added by Michael Wong on April 27, 2014 at 21:43 — No Comments

Niépce plates rehoused

The National Media Museum, with the financial support of The Royal Photographic Society, has rehoused the three Niépce plates from the RPS Collection in a purpose-built case. The case and plates were shown publicly for the first time since 2010 yesterday to a group from the Society. More information on the case how the plates can be viewed will be made available by the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2014 at 17:18 — 1 Comment

Event: Early Colour Film Today - 12 May, London

The BFI Reuben Library holds a wealth of books, journals, and catalogues relating to early cinema. Two BFI staff in the field – Bryony Dixon (Curator of Silent Film) and Dr Ulrich Ruedel (Conservation Technology Manager) – bring things up to date, and offer a unique insight into the restoration of early colour film in an era of digital imaging. They will also introduce the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

Job: Photographic Golf Collection Project Cataloguer

The University of St Andrews Library Special Collections Division is seeking a Photographic Golf Collection Project Cataloguer in support of the digitising, cataloguing and online exhibition of the Lawrence Levy Golf Photography Collection over the period of 2 years.
Within a dynamic department during a…

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 25, 2014 at 15:36 — No Comments

Job: Visitor Insight Assistant, National Media Museum

The National Media Museum is part of the Science Museum Group (SMG) which is devoted to the history and contemporary practice of science, medicine, technology, industry and media. Incorporating the Science Museum, the National Railway Museum, the National Media Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, we are a unique family of museums offering truly unique career…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2014 at 21:36 — No Comments

Call for applicants: Photo-historical Research Programme, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum Amsterdam has announced a funding call for two research grants in photographic history, based in the Print Room of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Funding for this project has been provided by the Manfred and Hanna Heiting Fund: there are two grants per annum, each for six months

Aim: to research subject(s) – photographs (19th, as well as…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2014 at 21:32 — No Comments

ALVA: National Media Museum visitors numbers

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions has reported that the National Media Museum saw 479,000 visitors in 2013, a decline of 5 per cent compared to 2012. London's Science Museum saw an increase of 11 per cent, the National Railway Museum an increase of 30 per cent and Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry a decline of 3.6%. All are part of the Science Museum…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2014 at 13:53 — No Comments

Exhibition: John Ruskin: Draughtsman and Photographer

John Ruskin: Photographer and Draughtsman is the first museum exhibition to explore how the new medium of photography played a pivotal role in the evolution of this leading Victorian’s influential thinking. Bringing together daguerreotypes (unique copper photographic plates) –rarely on public display – with related drawings and watercolours, the exhibition shows how…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2014 at 6:45 — No Comments

Workshop: Photography and Latin American Archaeology

PHRC and University of Manchester are co-hosting a one-day workshop on Photography and Latin American Archaeology, to be held on June 10th 2014 at the Royal Anthropological Institute, London. Supported by the Society for Latin American Studies, speakers include Jennifer Baird, Luciana Martins, Louise Purbrick, James Scorer, Maria Chiara D’Argenio, Bea Caballero and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 16, 2014 at 20:22 — No Comments

Auction: Sotheby's London - 7 May 2014

Sotheby's London is to offer a stuning album of photographs by John Beasley Greene. Estimated at £100,000-150,000 the album contains views of Egypt and Algeria dating from 1852-1856.

John Beasley Greene's work has been called ‘proto-modernist’ and looking back it is evident today that his views of Egypt and Algeria are some of the most radical in early photography. A…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 16, 2014 at 7:24 — No Comments

Publication: Répertoire des photographes français d'outre-mer du XIXe siècle

This new and important publication from Héritage Architectural, Paris, presents a catalogue of French overseas photographers together with foreigners who worked within the French Empire of were members of the Association Française de photographie between 1839-and 1920.

The photographers are classified by continent, subcontinent, country and town and cover 69…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 13, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Symposium: Seeing Observing Thinking - 17-18 May 2014

August Sander died in 1964 and at this event on Saturday, 17 May 2014, fifty years on, speakers will discuss his life and his work from various perspectives.This two-day event celebrating the work of two fascinating practitioners is jointly organised by the East Midlands Region and the Historical Group of The Royal Photographic Society. It includes Sander's…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 13, 2014 at 11:54 — No Comments

Auction: Photography - 29 April 2014

Sotheby's auction of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History in London on 29 April 2014 includes a number of lots of photographs. These include: sixty early photographs of Morocco (£45,000-50,000) and a newly-discovered very large 13-part panorama of Shanghai by Henry Cammidge, together with 25 photographs by Cammidge (£50,000-70,000).…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2014 at 7:58 — No Comments

Identification: Early Kodak photographs

Can you help us identify where these photos are from? These are round pictures - scanned from the negatives. Eastman Kodak Company produced these in the late 1880's and they weren't long lived so we're assuming the photos are from that period. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated as we attempt to identify location and eventually photographer (which of our collections…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2014 at 16:26 — No Comments

Symposium: Platinum and Palladium Photographs – 21-24 October 2014

Platinum and palladium prints are among the most highly valued photographs in today's art and history collections. The wide tonal range and variety of surfaces provided photographers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century a broad palette with which to depict their most important subjects.

The collections of the Smithsonian Institution, for example, include…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

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