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April 2015 Blog Posts (28)

Exhibition: Victorian London in Photographs

The arrival of photography in London in 1839 would change the way people saw their city, and each other, forever and the collections at LMA contain an extraordinary range of images, recording the capital and its people in stunning detail.

This exhibition presents some of the most striking images of London and Londoners from the era, from the first known photograph…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2015 at 19:55 — No Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced its summer seminar programme. The events are free and open to all at 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.


Wednesday 6 May, 6-7:30

Room 112

Work in Progress Seminar

Raul Valdivia (Birkbeck, Iberian and Latin American Studies)

Popular or…


Added by Patrizia Di Bello on April 30, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Photographica 2015 / 17 May 2015

Coming up on Sunday 17th May 2015 is Photographica 2015, Londons Annual International Camera Collectors and Users Fair, it will take place at the regular venue - The Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Hall, 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PB. 10am-4.30pm admission £5.

There will be up to 135 stalls selling user and collectable cameras, consumables, lenses,…


Added by Nigel Richards on April 29, 2015 at 14:00 — No Comments

Information request: digitisation of 19th century photographs on paper

I am looking for information about the best way to digitize 19th century photographs on paper. The Neue Pinakothek in Munich (Germany) has recently acquired a large collection of photographs from the nineteenth century. Processes range from early caloytpes (1840s) to Albumen prints and silver gelatine. At the moment tentative plans are being made to start a digitisation project.

I am looking for information on the conservational requirements regarding light and heat that should be…


Added by Caroline Fuchs on April 29, 2015 at 11:30 — 5 Comments

Researching historical intersections between photography and philanthropy

I'm exploring the somewhat little-known historical connections between photography and philanthropy, and I'd very much like to hear any insights or suggestions others may have. In the broadest sense of the term "philanthropy" these connections began with Daguerre, who received a 6,000 Franc annual stipend for life from the French government in recognition of his contribution (he also convinced the government to give 4,000 Francs annually to Niépce's estate). Since then various governments,…


Added by Timothy Greyhavens on April 28, 2015 at 21:30 — 1 Comment

Update: The Past on Glass digitisation project

Last year Sutton Archives was awarded £96,000 by the HLF to rehouse, digitise, catalogue and research the glass plate collection of the Edwardian photographer David Knights-Whittome  (shops in Sutton and Epsom). Since then we have recruited a part-time Project Officer who is managing the 23+ volunteers who are doing most of the work - cleaning plates, rehousing them in…


Added by Kath Shawcross on April 28, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

Information request: S C Hall ARPS

Is anyone able to identify for me who the New Zealand photographer S. C. Hall was? He or she seems to have been active during the period from the 1940s to the 1960s and specialised in hand coloured landscape photographs signing them "S. C. Hall / A.R.P.S." Thank you.…


Added by Tony Rackstraw on April 26, 2015 at 21:30 — 5 Comments

Talk: 'Game Changers' Ten key photography shows / 29 April

Brett Rogers OBE, Director of The Photographers' Gallery, London, will give a talk titled: 'Game Changers' Ten key photography shows that set the agenda for photography curating on Wednesday 29 April at 4.30pm. It will take place in the Main Lecture Theatre, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6SB and is part of LCC Photography's talks…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 26, 2015 at 17:48 — No Comments

Seminars: History of Photography - Courtauld

Below are details of the 2015 summer term programme for the History of Photography Seminars. The seminars are free/open to all and will take place at The Courtauld Institute of Art.

  • Tuesday, 5 May – Liena Vayzman (LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York): Claude Cahun’s Photographic…

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Marc Boulay: Farewell and thank you to the UK and its fabulous photographic community!

BPH learnt recently that Marc Boulay was to return to his native Canada after a successful spell as photography archivist at the University of St Andrews Library. We asked Marc to say a few words...

Following a very rewarding seven years, this marks my last week as Photographic Archivist within the Special Collections Division of the University of St Andrews…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 21, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Obituary: Terry King FRPS

BPH has been notified that Terry King FRPS died on 20 April. Terry was a photographer, teacher and poet as well as an accomplished photographer and practitioner across a range alternative photographic process. Terry was chair of the RPS Historical Group between 2003 and 2007 and gained his Fellowship for a set of gum bichromate prints.

He ran…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 21, 2015 at 19:30 — 3 Comments

Oxford Photography Seminar - Trinity Term Events

We are very pleased to announce the schedule of Trinity Term events for the Oxford Photography Seminar, co-sponsored by the History of Art Department's Centre for Visual Studies and the Bodleian Libraries. The aim of the seminar is to bring together scholars, curators…


Added by Mirjam Brusius on April 20, 2015 at 18:30 — No Comments

Copying old glass photographic plates

The Royal Photographic Society has published a practical guide to photographing old photographic plates and lantern slides. It is aimed at amateurs and carries the important caveat that if the emulsion is fragile then a professional conservator should be consulted. 

Take a look…

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2015 at 9:41 — No Comments

Exhibition: Victorian Britain and the Tintype Photograph

Despite huge popularity across the social strata in the United States of America, Victorian tintype photography never attained the same level of acceptance in Great Britain and as a result it has been annexed to the periphery of photographic history. The photographic establishment's adherence to the inflexible structure of the British class system created a hierarchy of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Outcry as Royal Society for Asian Affairs sells off historic books and photographs (UPDATED 2)

The Royal Society for Asian Affairs (RSAA), a registered charity with Royal Charter, with a mission 'to promote greater knowledge and understanding of Central Asia and countries from the Middle East to Japan' and the specific objective 'to conserve all of the Society’s valuable archives, photographic and written' is offering thirteen lots of rare books and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

Bursary: MA Photographic History

De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Taylor Bursary for its MA in Photographic History. The Bursary offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International.

To apply for the Taylor Bursary, please submit your cv and a proposal outlining your MA thesis topic,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2015 at 8:14 — No Comments

Exhibition: Anna Atkins and Margaret Watkins

Edinburgh's Stills' presents a two-person exhibition showcasing historically important work by Anna Atkins (1799-1871) and Margaret Watkins (1884-1969), who made pioneering photographic work in the 19th and 20th centuries respectively. All works in this exhibition will…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Publication and event: Isabella Bird - Photographic Travels Through China 1894–96

Debbie Ireland will talk about Isabella Bird and how she - the nineteenth century’s most renowned woman travel writer - became a photographer. The talk takes place at The Royal Photographic Society in Bath on 5 May 2015 and coincides with the publication of Debbie's new book of the same tile. A student of John Thomson, Bird (who was also a RPS member) recorded her three very…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Richard Beard studio addresses...

HELP!!  I'm hoping that someone could give me more info on Richard Beard's studio addresses, dates in particular. I'm also looking for info on Beard & Foard's Photographic Institutions. I have not had much success online! Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Added by Douglas S Gulledge on April 13, 2015 at 9:00 — 7 Comments

Symposium: Seen through the Collector’s Lens: 150 Years of Photography / 8-9 May 2015

This two-day symposium will feature presentations by experts from England, France, and across the United States. Topics will include the art form’s early patronage by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the reasons why collectors of American Modernism also collected photographs, photography’s changing fortunes on the art market, and its legitimization as a collectable category…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2015 at 10:56 — No Comments

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