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April 2016 Blog Posts (18)

Publication: Crinoline. Fashion's most magnificent disaster

A compelling, visually striking 3-D exploration of one of fashion’s most disastrous yet most celebrated garments, the Crinoline, featuring contributions from Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes – has been published to coincide with the V&A’s highly anticipated exhibition, Undressed: 350 Years of Underwear.

Crinoline: Fashion’s Most Magnificent…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Terence Donovan: Speed of Light / 15 July-25 September 2016

The Photographers’ Gallery, in partnership with global technology company Ricoh, presents a major UK retrospective of acclaimed British photographer, Terence Donovan (1936-1996). 

Terence Donovan was one of the foremost photographers of his generation, with a career spanning almost 40 years. He came to prominence in London as part of a post-war renaissance in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2016 at 12:11 — No Comments

Conference cfp: Photography and Britishness / November 2016

The Yale Center for British Art has put a call out for a conference which will take place in November. The conference seeks to investigate the various ways in which ideas about Britain have been communicated, inflected, and contested through the photographic image. How has photography been used at “home” and “abroad” to create a variety of images of Britain and Britishness,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Workshops: Collodion and Ambrotype / June 2016

Two workshops by Michael Schaaf on behalf of the Royal Photographic Society will give participants the opportunity to learn about and make wet-collodion negatives and positives (17-18 June, Lacock) and Ambrotypes (19 June, Lacock). 

Find out more here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948 / 18 May-11 December 2016

An important display of photographs, which will reveal some of the stories of Black and Asian lives in Britain from the 1860s through to the 1940s, opens next month at the National Portrait Gallery. Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948 (18 May-11 December 2016), has been organised in collaboration with Autograph ABP, a London-based arts charity that…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 30, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Kodak's Harrow site likely to close

Kodak Alaris has announced that it is likely to close it's Harrow site by the end of the year. The site - Kodak's first manufacturing plant outside of Rochester - was purchased in 1890 and started operations in 1891. Since the 1980s the site has been gradually been reduced as the business has contracted and today only makes colour photographic paper.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 26, 2016 at 8:00 — No Comments

Job: Festival Coordinator, National Media Museum, Bradford

This is an opportunity to use your great organisation skills and passion for cultural events to support the delivery of two exciting festivals in autumn 2016; Widescreen Weekend (October) and a new Games Festival (November)

You will have had experience in project coordination and project logistics ideally for film or cultural events. You will have fantastic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 25, 2016 at 19:59 — No Comments

Photographs collected and not collected: New Zealand and China


Added by John B Turner on April 19, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

PhD Studentship – Maurice Broomfield goes digital

In partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum this doctoral project will combine scholarly research on Maurice Broomfield’s photographic archive with the exploration of digital media (both online and in-gallery) to conceptualise new ways of curating and interpreting institutional historic photographic archives in the digital realm. This project engages with emerging…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2016 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Job: Associate Curator of Science and Technology, NMeM, Bradford

The National Media Museum is looking for a creative Associate Curator to join the team in this exciting new role.  Working across the museum’s internationally significant collections of photography, film and television, the Associate Curator of Science and Technology will lead the museum’s contemporary collecting efforts, build partnerships with industry and universities,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2016 at 5:45 — No Comments

Identification: Notre Dame - A French Mammoth plate mystery

I am looking for any expert opinions on who may have created this mammoth plate albumen photograph of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. My apologies for posting about a French photo, but I feel that, given the expertise of the members here, this is my best chance of finding an answer

This is an albumen photograph, mammoth plate, 18 x 22 inches. (46 x 66 CM) . it is…


Added by David McGreevy on April 18, 2016 at 23:00 — 5 Comments

Research and identification: Glass Negatives

Hi, I have come across a set of glass negatives at a secondary school in Muswell Hill where I have been a resident artist.

They were contained in a box of Speed No- H&D400, Ilford Auto Filter Plates. From the production date of these plates I imagine the images are from 1920-30s. I would be grateful if anybody could shed some light on the possible locations or areas of England these could be from. Due to the number of the slides I have uploaded the bulk contact sheets but I can…


Added by Sayako Sugawara on April 17, 2016 at 15:30 — 2 Comments

Photographica 2016, 22nd May 2016, London

Coming up again on Sunday 22nd May 2016 is Photographica 2016, London's 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-4.00pm admission £5.

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


Added by Nigel Richards on April 12, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Langfier Skylit Studio, 343 Finchley Road, Hampstead, UK

I am researching my grandfather, Albert Edward Elsy, who managed the Langfier Finchley Road Studio from 1910 to his death in 1939. Little survives about the studio and his photographs, so anything would be great. He also established the Hampstead Art Gallery next door post WW1 which was a centre for emerging post war artists some who sat for him. Again anything would be…


Added by Simon Elsy on April 5, 2016 at 11:30 — 7 Comments

Research: Unidentified Japanese gentlemen from the circle of Arthur Diosy, founder of the Japan Society

In my collection I have a group of 7 cabinet cards and cartes de visite of Japanese diplomats and students from the circle of Arthur Diosy, founder of the Japan Society. The two cabinet cards are of Katsunosuke Inoue 1861-1929 who was chargé d’affaires ad interim in Berlin in 1886 and later became the Japanese ambassador in Berlin, and his wife. . I have trouble identifying…


Added by Eric Bos Waaldijk on April 4, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

National Photography Symposium / 20-22 April 2016

Now in its seventh edition, NPS 2016 is organised this year in partnership with FORMAT International Photography Festival off year and QUAD. It explores three main themes: new online photographic communities that are revolutionising learning and showing of work; the challenges of making – and forgetting – visual history in an age when everything…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 4, 2016 at 8:00 — No Comments

Research: Egypt albumen, Photographer's monogram

Hello, I am researching this albumen print of - possibly  Karnak or the Temple of Mediate Habu. (Correct me if I am mistaken). What interests me is the photographer's monogram, lower left.  At one point, I was thinking it may be Frank Mason Good, but would appreciate some expert opinions.

Has anyone seen this monogram before?

Many thanks, 



Added by David McGreevy on April 3, 2016 at 22:00 — 4 Comments

Courses: Alternative Processes in London

London's Photofusion has a series of historical and alternative process courses coming up over the next few months. These including salt printing, Van Dyke printing, platinumn printing, wet-collodion and making digital negatives.

See more here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2016 at 10:16 — No Comments

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