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May 2013 Blog Posts (30)

Book: History of Photography in China: Chinese Photographers 1844-1879

This book is the first extensive survey of early Chinese photographers in any language. It is profusely illustrated with more than 400 photographs, many of which are published here for the first time, including a fine selection of Foochow landscapes from the studios of Lai Fong, China’s leading photographer during this period, and Tung Hing.

Early chapters introduce…


Added by Michael Wong on May 27, 2013 at 19:07 — No Comments

Web resource: Timeline of Historical Film Colors

Barbara Flueckiger, Professor, University of Zurich writes...I'm very excited to launch my new Timeline of Historical Film Colors today: With many scans from vintage prints, downloads, quotes, filmographies etc.  …


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 27, 2013 at 11:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Making It Up - 3 May-16 March 2014

Photography is widely associated with truthfulness yet it has also been employed throughout its history as a means of telling stories and evoking the imaginary. This display includes photographs by some of the most influential contemporary artists working in this vein, such as Gregory Crewdson, Duane Michals and Cindy Sherman, alongside examples by 19th-century…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2013 at 22:24 — No Comments

Information request: Francis Frith Inventory Lists for Indonesia (Dutch East Indies)

I wonder if any of you are aware of the existence of Francis Frith inventory lists of photographs in their stock from Indonesia (the Dutch East Indies) from the second half of the19th century?  If so, where can they be found please?

There are several Indonesian views that have been attributed to Francis Frith (the photographs are probably by one of his photographers rather than by Frith himself) and I wonder how reliable those attributions are? …


Added by Scott Andrew MERRILLEES on May 26, 2013 at 4:00 — 2 Comments

Talk: Looking East from West: Orientalist Art and Photography

European travellers to the East were fascinated, particularly in the nineteenth century, with the lights, colours, and the different way of living. The newness of the environment they encountered inspired artists, writers and photographers and deeply impacted European art history. The Orient was seen as a far exotic land and from that dream the field of Orientalism came to…


Added by Michael Wong on May 25, 2013 at 12:52 — No Comments

Publication: Diableries, Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell (available for pre-order)

In France, around 1860, from the loins of a traditional national fascination with all things diabolical, was born a new sensation – a series of visionary dioramas depicting life in a strange parallel universe called ENFER – Hell – communicated to an eager audience by means of stereoscopic cards, to be viewed in the stereoscopes which had already become popular in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2013 at 19:48 — 1 Comment

Information wanted: Frederick Douglass images

John Stauffer is co-editing a book, Picturing Frederick Douglass:  The Most Photographed American in the Nineteenth Century. He has discovered that there are more separate poses of Douglass than of Lincoln and of other contemporaries (not counting, for example Twain, who was a generation younger).  

In his search through…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments

Impressions Gallery Archive deposited with National Media Museum

In a landmark partnership, Impressions Gallery is depositing its archive with the National Media Museum. It will become part of the National Photography Collection, where it will be titled as  'Impressions Gallery Archive' and receive the highest standards of collections management. It is believed to be the first time a publicly funded photography gallery…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Research seminar: The Photography Research Network will discuss ideas emerging out of Either/And

Charlotte Cotton and members of Ph: The Photography Research Network will discuss ideas emerging out of Either/And ( , a collaboration between the National Media Museum and Ph.

Either/And has been devised as an online framework in which to debate and share…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 21, 2013 at 19:58 — No Comments

Exhibition: Reverend Francis Lockey Calotypes

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution is exhibiting prints of some of the Reverend Francis Lockey’s photographs, taken between 1849 and 1861, at the Central Library, Bath, between the 20-25 May.

Copies of Shadows and Light. Bath in Camera 1849-1861. Early Rare Photographs, compiled by David McLaughlin and Michael Gray will be on sale.

For more…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 21, 2013 at 19:55 — No Comments

Millais’s Portrait of Ruskin, Sarah Angelina Acland, and Photography

The announcement today of the acquisition by the Ashmolean Museum of John Everett Millais’s celebrated portrait of John Ruskin at Glenfinlas marks a final chapter in the history of a painting intimately associated with one of Ruskin’s pupils, the photographer Sarah Angelina Acland. Lent and bequeathed by Ruskin to Miss Acland’s father, Henry…


Added by Giles Hudson on May 20, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

Auction: Important Claudet daguerreotype portraits (UPDATE)

Two important daguerreotypes showing Antoine Claudet and his son F J Claudet are being offered by Special Auction Services on Thursday, 16 May on behalf of a descendent of the family.

Antoine Claudet was an important daguerreotypist and photographic scientist from 1839 until his death in 1867 his portrait, although undated appears to be one of the earliest known. F J…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 19, 2013 at 18:16 — No Comments

China's hole-in-one at St Andrews University

A priceless archive of golf photography covering the development of golf from the 19th century onwards, which includes the extensive golf photography archives of the Lawrence Levy collection and the collections of Scottish photographer George Cowie, is to benefit from the support of the…


Added by Michael Wong on May 17, 2013 at 17:25 — No Comments

Auction: John Thomson album of China and Taiwan sold at Sotheby's

An album of 71 albumen prints by John Thomson of Swatow (Shantou), Amoy (Xiamen) and Formosa (Taiwan) sold for £134,500 at Sotheby's London on 14th May 2013 in a sale of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History. The album had been purchased from Thomson by Dr Edward Irwin Scott (1846-1914), who ran a medical practice with his brother Dr Charles Scott in Swatow. The album included a presentation inscription by Dr Edward Scott to his mother-in-law dated 8th March 1874. Link here:…


Added by Richard Fattorini on May 17, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

Auction: Record price for Beato photographs of China at Sotheby's

A group of 18 photographs of China by Felice Beato taken in 1860 was sold for £218,500 on the 14th May 2013 at Sotheby's London in the sale of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History. The collection included a magnificent 6-part panorama of Beijing, the first ever taken showing the interior of the city. The price is believed to be an auction record for a group of photographs by Beato. Link:…


Added by Richard Fattorini on May 17, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

Enlarging Pictures from small Photographs

ENLARGING PICTURES FROM SMALL PHOTOGRAPHS. -On the evening of October 7, the members of the British Association for the Advancement of Science held a soiree at the Guildhall, Cambridge, which was numerously and fashionably attended.

During the evening, M. Claudet exhibited pictures enlarged from small photographs. After having read on Monday, in Section A, a paper on the means of rendering more accurate the measurement of the distances which regulate the enlargement of small…


Added by Tony Rackstraw on May 16, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Conference: Workers and Consumers: The photographic industry 1860-1950

The draft programme for De Montfort University's Workers and Consumers: The photographic industry 1860-1950 conference which takes place from 24-25 June 2013 has been announced. The history of photography has largely been dominated by concerns about aesthetic production and its political framings. Such ‘art historical’ approaches have marginalised the study…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 14, 2013 at 11:36 — 1 Comment

Export: Cameron album £121,250 needed to save it

A photograph album compiled by Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), one of the greatest photographers that Britain has ever produced, has had a temporary export bar placed on it to provide a last chance to raise the £121,250 needed to keep it in the UK. The album was sold at Sotheby's on 12 December 2012…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 13, 2013 at 17:42 — No Comments

Publication: The Photographer of Penllergare

Noel Chanan’s latest hardcover, The Photographer of Penllergare - a life of John Dillwyn Llewelyn 1810 to 1882, is an in-depth, richly illustrated and forensically researched hardcover book. Llewelyn was married to a cousin of William Henry Fox Talbot, the British inventor of photography, and…


Added by Noel Chanan on May 13, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

The Daguerreian Society's 25th Anniversary Symposium

The Daguerreian Society will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in Bry-sur-Marne and Paris between 9-14 October 2013. Speakers include: Dr Dusan Stulik, Professor François Brunet, Dominique de Font-Réaulx, D.E.A., and Herman Maes, Daguerreobase Project.

The City of Bry, and its Mayor Jean-Pierre Spilbauer, have invited members of the Daguerreian Society (and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 11, 2013 at 14:41 — No Comments

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