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May 2018 Blog Posts (17)

Video: The curious era of death photography

Find out more about the Victorian obsession with the photography of death with this short film from the BBC. Interviewees include Dr Kelley Wilder, director of the Photographic History Research Centre in Leicester. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on May 28, 2018 at 7:47 — 1 Comment

Courses: V&A - History of photography / Fashion photography

With the joining of the Royal Photographic Society Collection to its own the Victoria and Albert Museum now has one of the largest and most important photography collections in the world. Gain privileged access to the museum's collection and expertise by joining one of two upcoming photography evening courses:

  • History of Photography:…

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 28, 2018 at 7:36 — No Comments

Exhibition: Victorian Giants opens in Sheffield from 30 June 2018

Photographs by four of the most celebrated figures in art photography will go on show at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery this summer in a major new exhibition, Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography, which comes to the city direct from the National Portrait Gallery.

Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75)…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 28, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

Blog: Anna Atkins, Photographs of British Algae, Cyanotype Impressions

In October 1843 a package of cyanotype photographs was delivered to the Royal Society. It had not been donated by the inventor of photography William Henry Fox Talbot FRS (1800-1877), or the inventor of the cyanotype photographic process Sir John Herschel FRS…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 28, 2018 at 7:28 — No Comments

James Ross, photographer

While doing some research on the Scottish sculptor, Robert Forrest some years ago, I stumbled on an interesting reference to the photographer James Ross, in the minutes of the Directors of the National Monument on the Calton Hill in Edinburgh (just above the famous 'Rock house' where D. O. Hill and Robert Adamson first set up their business).

I placed the results of my research on my website here:…


Added by Dr. Joe Rock on May 22, 2018 at 15:45 — No Comments

Research: Bromoil process

The Bromoil Circle of Great Britain is compiling a list (at the moment very short) of any bromoil related archive collections in the UK. The secretary Brian Iddon would be interested if anybody has any information relating to the Bromoil Process or Bromoilists were work is held in any institutions,museums,libraries etc.

Added by brian iddon on May 21, 2018 at 22:00 — 2 Comments

Camera Work facsimile publication

Camera Work, the 115-year-old publication, is available to be read once again. Alfred Stieglitz published a photographic quarterly called Camera Work over a century ago. Original copies are rare, fragile, and very expensive.

It served as the…


Added by Pierre Vreyen on May 21, 2018 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Lecture: 'Professor Wheatstone, the inventor of the Stereoscope, was also there' / 21 June 2018

Come and join photo historian Denis Pellerin for a free 3-D talk celebrating the life and achievements of Charles Wheatstone and the 180th official birthday of stereoscopy.

Charles Wheatstone started his professional career as a musical instrument maker and invented several instruments, including the Concertina. He was Professor of Experimental Philosophy at King's…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 19, 2018 at 19:28 — No Comments

Exhibition: Radical Visions - The Early History of Four Corners and Camerawork 1972-1987 / from 15 June

The exhibition provides a rich source of interest for understanding the 1970s and 1980s culture of radical film and photography that engaged with feminism, anti-racist protest, community activism and political struggle, and documented working class life and conditions.

It tells the fascinating story of Four Corners and Camerawork, two innovative cultural organisations…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 19, 2018 at 19:23 — No Comments

Job: Curator of Photography (the Mackinnon Collection)

This is an exciting opportunity to work with the MacKinnon Collection—an outstanding collection covering 100 years of Scottish photography (1840s to 1950s), jointly owned by the National Library of Scotland (NLS) and the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS). The Curator, working with senior colleagues, will be responsible for the care, display and promotion of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 18, 2018 at 7:14 — No Comments

£1 million secures 100 years of Scottish photography for the nation

An exceptional collection of historic photographs that captures a century of life in Scotland is to be shared with the public following a special collaboration between the National Library of Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland.

More than 14,000 images – dating from the earliest days of photography in the 1840s through to the 1940s – have been jointly…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 14, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

London Photograph Fair to show early modernist photographs / 19-20 May 2018

A collection of rare early modernist photographs of American railroads to be exhibited at The London Photograph Fair, 19-20 May at The Great Hall, King's College, London.

On 19-20 May, the special edition of The London Photograph Fair returns to The Great Hall at King's College, adjacent to Somerset House. The fair, which coincides with Photo London, is the only…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 13, 2018 at 21:00 — No Comments

Lancashire pioneer photographers

Lancashire archives has revealed some of its photography holdings including the work of John Mercer's earliest experiments in colour photography using dyes and fabric printing circa 1850.

Read more at:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 13, 2018 at 20:55 — No Comments

Job: auction house photographs specialist

We are looking for a specialist to set up and lead a new photographs department within a thriving and expanding  Auction House.  Our client is aiming  to establish themselves in the middle market for the sale of photographs that span the history of the medium but which may initially focus on modern, post-war and contemporary photography.



Added by Michael Pritchard on May 10, 2018 at 20:45 — No Comments

Auction: Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History / 15 May 2018

Sotheby's upcoming auction of photographs includes an album of rare early photographs of Oman and Iraq by Irishman Louis Maguire, a resident of Muscat in the 1870s who became United States Consul in 1880. This album was presented by him to fellow Muscat resident Colonel Samuel Barrett Miles, British Political Agent in the Gulf, in September 1885. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2018 at 7:03 — No Comments

Resources: returns

After much lobbying, and through the good offices of curator Anna Sparham and the Museum of London, the resource has returned. The A-Z listing of photographic studios and other photography trades in London 1841-1901, created by the late David Webb is now back online and available as…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2018 at 15:31 — 3 Comments

V&A reveals opening date and Photography Centre plans

The world’s first photographic experiments, pictures by 20th century greats Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen, recent acquisitions by Linda McCartney gifted by Paul McCartney and his family, and newly commissioned works by Thomas Ruff, will go on display this autumn as part of the V&A’s new Photography Centre.

Opening on 12 October, the first phase of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2018 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

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