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May 2015 Blog Posts (15)

Information: Bishop’s Bridge, Norwich / 1 June 1899

I have borrowed this negative from a local historian. It is in an envelope labelled “Bishop’s Bridge Norwich” and dated 1st June 1899. The negative measures 6x9cm approx and is on a translucent rather than transparent film base that I assume to be celluloid. The top and bottom edges are cut with castellations with processing marks on each castellation.

Has any member…


Added by Paul Godfrey on May 28, 2015 at 11:30 — 5 Comments

Lecture: Ruskin daguerreotypes with the Jacobsons

The Bodleian Library is delighted presenting a lecture by Ken Jacobson marking the appearance of a book published by Bernard Quaritch and written by Ken and Jenny Jacobson: Carrying Off the Palaces: John Ruskin’s Lost Daguerreotypes.

At a small country auction in 2006, the authors…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2015 at 6:44 — No Comments

Photo London attacts 20,000 visitors and returns in 2016

Photo London, London city wide celebration of photography centred on Somerset House attracted more than 20,000 visitors over five days. 70 galleries from 20 countries participated in the first edition of the fair, along with 10 publishers and 3 special exhibitors. They showed the best photography from all over the world, with strong sales across a range of photography from…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 25, 2015 at 16:39 — No Comments

Irving Penn Foundation funds landmark Platinotype treatise

It is announced that The Irving Penn Foundation is providing a generous grant toward the production of the book, Platinum and Palladium Photographs: Technical and Aesthetic History, Connoisseurship, and Preservation.

This publication represents the extended proceedings of the International Symposium on this subject, held at the Smithsonian Institution,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 25, 2015 at 16:09 — 1 Comment

Read: Holly Rollins work placement at Mary Evans Picture Library

Photo Archive News Twitter follower, budding photographer, Holly Rollins is currently studying for a BA in Photography from Falmouth University part of which she has to do a work placement week, which she did at Mary Evans: "I had to undertake a work placement as part of my professional practice module, photo archiving immediately sprung to mind"

Read the …


Added by Will Carleton on May 18, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Julien Faure-Conorton PhD - Robert Demachy

BPH Is pleased to report that Julien Faure-Conorton has been awarded a doctorate for his thesis on Robert Demachy. Julien defended his work on 11 May at the EHESS, Paris. His research was carried out under the supervision of Michel Frizot and was titled Characterization, contextualization and reception of Robert Demachy’s photographic work (1859-1936). An abstract is…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 18, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Copyright to clear: Photographer Richard Dormer

The Royal Opera House in the UK are looking to clear usage on an image beleived to be by photographer Richard Dormer of Margot Fonteyn ,1960.  The only details I have are that it is an image of Margot Fonteyn as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty ...details on

Added by Will Carleton on May 14, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Watch: Carleton E. Watkins: The photographer who saved Yosemite Park

Matt Butson, Vice President, Hulton Archive walks and talks us through another sectionof the vast Getty Images collection.…


Added by Will Carleton on May 14, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Conference: Staying Power: Narratives of Black British Experience, 22-23 May 2015

This two-day conference has been organised in association with the exhibitions, 'Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s' which are currently on display at the V&A and…


Added by Bronwen Colquhoun on May 13, 2015 at 16:30 — No Comments

Blog: Digitising the Collection: From Cellar to Hard Drive

Starting a digitisation project completely from scratch has its challenges but it also has a great number of advantages, not least being given the opportunity to thoroughly understand the reasons for digitising the collection and being able to research and think through the workflow and methodology in advance to make…


Added by Kath Shawcross on May 12, 2015 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860 opens 24 June 2015

Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) was a pioneer of early photography who created an outstanding body of work depicting the landscape and architecture of India and Burma (now Myanmar) in the 1850s. This major presentation of Tripe’s photographs will include more than 60 of his most striking views taken between 1852 and 1860.

On display will be Tripe’s photographs of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 11, 2015 at 19:16 — No Comments

Talk: Christina Broom: Close up / 25 June 2015

Soldiers and Suffragettes curator, Anna Sparham, Edwardian postcard expert, Guy Atkins and women’s history specialist Di Atkinson, will discuss the remarkable career of Christina Broom and review the role of the image in Edwardian society. There will also be an exclusive after hours viewing of the exhibition at the first of the museum's late night openings of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2015 at 14:04 — No Comments

London Photograph Fair collaborates with Cameron Trust

The London Photograph Fair has announced a collaboration with the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust at its debut Special Edition. Based at Dimbola Museum and Galleries in Freshwater on the Isle of White (the former home of the Camerons), the Trust will be bringing original photographs, albums and personal artifacts from their collection to London; a rare treat to see these…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments

Bodleian Libraries launch project to create online catalogue raisonné of Talbot’s photographs

The Bodleian Libraries has launched an ambitious project to create a new web-based research tool that will allow scholars and members of the public to view and search the complete photographic works of British photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot. This online catalogue raisonné will include images of thousands of photographs and negatives by Talbot and his close…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2015 at 12:34 — No Comments

Research: Who was Christina?

The image of Christina by Mervyn O'Gorman will be familiar having been used to promote the exhibition Drawn by Light. The Royal Photographic Society Collection which is still showing at the National Media Museum, Bradford. The Mailonline is trying to find out who Christina was in a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 4, 2015 at 8:00 — 14 Comments

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