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June 2012 Blog Posts (28)

Job: Media Space - Press Officer

This is an exciting opportunity for a talented Press Officer, with proven contacts from within the arts media, to join the Press team in one of the world's most prestigious museums, the Science Museum in London. Our enthusiastic and committed Press team is constantly devising new, innovative ways to promote the Museum, its exhibitions and programmes. We create campaigns that…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 28, 2012 at 20:31 — No Comments

Major early photography collection to be transferred to an institution

BPH has learnt that a major private collection of early photography - perhaps the world's best - is to be transferred to an institution. After briefly blogging this earlier today BPH was asked to remove the posting until the official announcement is made. Needless to say it is good news in that such a major collection will be preserved and made accessible. The collection owner describes the venue as "a wonderful home".

Watch this space!  

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 27, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

World's first photograph to travel to Europe for Gernsheim show

The 'world first photograph' will be loaned, along with 119 other images and photography-related items from the Harry Ransom Center’s Gernsheim collection, to the Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany, for the exhibition The Birth of Photography-Highlights of the Helmut Gernsheim Collection. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 27, 2012 at 5:00 — No Comments

PhD Studentships: European Centre for Photographic Research (eCPR) / Wales (updated)

The European Centre for Photographic Research (eCPR), Newport, is offering two PhD studentships in conjunction with other partners: 

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru-National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, is offering one PhD studentship full-time maintenance grant of £13,590 plus tuition fees from September 2012 for up to 3 years. The studentship is…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 25, 2012 at 18:02 — No Comments

Aerofilms: Britain from above

English Heritage has launched a four year project aimed at conserving 95,000 of the oldest and most valuable photographs in the Aerofilms collection, those dating from 1919 to 1953.  Once conserved, they’ll be scanned into digital format and made available online for everyone to see.

More than 15,000…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 25, 2012 at 17:48 — No Comments

Peter Hingley (1951-2012)

The Royal Astronomical Society has announced the death of Peter Hingley, the Librarian at its Burlington House headquarters. Peter had an extraordinary knowledge of historical astronomical documents and will be missed by all who knew him. Although not a photographic historian per se Hingley had a detailed knowledge of photography and how it related to astronomy…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 25, 2012 at 5:28 — No Comments

HRC Texas appoints new curator

The Ransom Center has appointed Jessica S. McDonald, a curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as its new chief curator of photography. McDonald begins her position at the Ransom Center in September.

As the Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, McDonald will oversee a collection that spans from the world’s…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 23, 2012 at 6:09 — No Comments

Fantastic morning with John Falconer at the British Library as a part the London Festival of Photography

Along with a group of other keenly interested visitors we were treated to a feast of wonderful Fox Talbot and Calotype treasures (Including access to the fantastic Hill and Adamson Album).

On the train in to London in the morning I typed Fox Talbot into my Kindle store search engine and was delighted to find the text of the Pencil of Nature can be downloaded as a free edition.  Having just read Talbots narrative in which he looks forward in places far sightedly to the possibilities…


Added by Ian Wallace on June 21, 2012 at 19:59 — 1 Comment

Jobs: Royal Collection, Cataloguer and paid Intern

The Royal Collection is advertising for two new positions within the photograph collection: a Cataloguer (2 year contract), and a paid Curatorial Intern position (9 months). Details are currently live on the British Monarchy website, and can be accessed via this link:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 20, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

Unidentified Early British Photograph

Greetings all. I have recently acquired the attached photograph. The image, removed from an album containing other images from Britain c. 1855, is mounted on thin paper and appears to be a salt print -- possibly from a paper negative. Unfortunately there are no notations identifying location, date, or maker. Any help identifying this photograph will be greatly…


Added by Steven Evans on June 18, 2012 at 3:00 — 14 Comments

Interesting stereoscopic image of early photographers.

This very interesting image turned up in a provincial general auction today. Does anyone have any thoughts on date, participants or the cameras?



Added by John Bradley on June 16, 2012 at 15:30 — 9 Comments

1862 International Exhibition London [Tasmanian exhibit]

Hello all

I am hoping there might be images of the Tasmanian section of the  1862 International Exhibition in London that anyone could direct me to web-link-wise, or otherwise. I am further hoping to be able to see/identify the busts and subjects of photographs that were listed as exhibited - a long shot I know !

Also I would really appreciate help to find/obtain a listing of all the Tasmanian exhibits/exhibitors, because I have only found a partial list to date.



Added by Julie Gough on June 15, 2012 at 13:42 — 4 Comments

Frith: Size does matter...

Originally published in 1858, the world's largest photo book was sold at auction this week for £337,250 from its original estimate of  £50,000 – £70,000. The book is made up of 20, un-enlarged prints of Egypt, Sinai and Jerusalem taken by Frith during a trip Frith took to the Middle East in 1856 using the wet collodion process. Each measure a colossal 30in x…


Added by Michael Wong on June 14, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

World's largest collection of Pinhole Photography Collection

Consisting of 6,000 photographs, 56 cameras and 100 rare books owned by Pinhole Resource LLC, this collection has been keenly vied by Eastman House, the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin, the Center for Creative Photography in Phoenix, and a number of other world institutions.

But it has finally found a home in the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives at the…


Added by Michael Wong on June 12, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

Exclusive: British Library secures Dillwyn Llewelyn/Story-Maskelyne photographic archive

The British Library has secured the Dillwyn Llewelyn/Story-Maskelyne photographic archive which was offered to any United Kingdom institution under the government’s acceptance in lieu scheme.

The Dillwyn Llewelyn/Story-Maskelyne photographic archive is a significant addition to the Library’s collection and enhances and supports the 2006 donation of Talbot material by…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2012 at 19:30 — No Comments

Photography and the Prussian Expedition to Japan 1860-1861

Dawn of Japanese photography[II]. Tokyo 2011. Soft Cover 21 x 30 cm. 89 pages. with 30 images of which 20 are photographs. A series of articles, the lead article:'Photography and the Prusian Expedition to Japan 1860-1861', both in English and Japanese [pages 22 to 66]. Pages 3 to 22 photography pages. Pages 66 to 89 2 smaller articles only…


Added by Peter van de Kamp on June 11, 2012 at 14:30 — 3 Comments

Photo Month in Krakow, Poland

This year's Photomonth, thanks to the jubilee, will be unique in many respects! As every year, many eminent authors and specialists have been invited to co-operate with the Festival, and the Photomonth in Krakow programme will include dozens of exhibitions and events. The exhibitions will be presented in parallel in the Krakow’s best exhibition halls and public areas, and the events (meetings, workshops, projections, lectures, and urban games) will be an integral part of them. Photomonth in…


Added by Malgosia Grabczewska on June 9, 2012 at 9:31 — No Comments

AHRC CDA PhD Studentship: Photography and archaeology

Alfred Maudslay, Photography and the Mimetic Technologies of Archaeology: A Study in Method, Process and Effect / Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester/ British Museum, London. An AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship, starting October 2012,  covering stipend and tuition fee costs is offered within the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2012 at 9:09 — No Comments

National Photography Month: June 2012

National Photography Month  2012 is the UK's first nationwide month long celebration of photography. The Photo Marketing Association and Photo Imaging Council are behind this new initiative to help the public understand and appreciate the importance of photogaphy as a medium to 'capture and keep' their treasured memories and life's most important…


Added by Michael Wong on June 7, 2012 at 8:41 — No Comments

Photo Archive: Belfast Telegraph

Yep - just as you thought it was safe, here comes another one .....

The Belfast Telegraph has been reporting the news of Northern Ireland and recording the lives of the people who have lived there for more than a century, amassing a picture archive that is unmatched in its beauty and its breadth.  You can view/buy them at this site …


Added by Michael Wong on June 7, 2012 at 8:30 — No Comments

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