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June 2015 Blog Posts (29)

Exhibition: Philip Jones Griffiths - A Welsh Focus on War and Peace

Saturday June 27th saw the opening of a retrospective exhibition in the Gregynog Gallery, National Library of Wales featuring photographs and material from the archive of Philip Jones Griffiths. Best known for his coverage of the Vietnam War and its aftermath he also served as President of Magnum from 1980 to 1985. His archive is now lodged at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. On…


Added by Will Troughton on June 30, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Exhibition and Publication: Looking at Architecture. Monumental Photography in the XIX Century

Biblioteca Nacional de España has organised an exhibition curated by Helena Pérez Gallardo, Delfín Rodríguez Ruiz titled Looking at Architecture. Monumental Photography in the XIX Century. It runs from 3 July-4 October 2015 in Madrid at the Biblioteca Nacional de España.  

Since the birth of the daguerreotype, buildings and monuments have been one of the main…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 29, 2015 at 20:46 — No Comments

Events: Photography: A Victorian Sensation

Edinburgh International Book Festival is presenting Alison Morrison-Low and Sara Stevenson, curators of the National Museums of Scotland major exhibition (and associated publication) Photography: A Victorian Sensiation at a special event on 18 August. In an age where we are all happy snappers, we forget the photographic revolution that took place in 19th…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 29, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Historic Logie Baird archive may leave UK

A treasure trove of materials relating to John Logie Baird’s first-ever transmission of trans-Atlantic television pictures is at risk of being exported unless a UK buyer can be found to match the £78,750 asking price. In order to provide a last chance to keep the archive in the UK, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on the items in the hope a UK…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 29, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments

Job: lecturer Photography (Historical and Contemporary)

Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, is currently seeking a freelance consultant lecturer for the MA in Photography (Historical and Contemporary). The Programme Director is Dr Juliet Hacking. The consultant lecturer will take on the role of Programme Unit Leader and lead tutor for ‘Contemporary Photography, 1968 until now’, a 30 credit unit, for the academic year 2015-16. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 27, 2015 at 9:42 — No Comments

Art Photography by Mathis

While at Schwartzenberg, Austria earlier this week for the annual Schubertiade, I was struck by the exhibition of ‘Art Photography’ by Peter Mathis, held in a room adjacent to the concert hall.  Mathis is an Austrian born in 1961.  His work is striking and very beautiful, seeming to be lithographs or paintings but photograph they are.  To quote from his website…


Added by Christopher Frederick Penn on June 26, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Picturing England: The photographic collections of Historic England

This exhibition showcases Historic England's photographic collections, which date from the 1850s to the present day. Photographers have taken pictures of England's buildings and landscapes since photography was first invented. These photographs were taken for many reasons – to capture the picturesque, to make a living, to promote or condemn, or to record what is disappearing…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 24, 2015 at 10:40 — No Comments

NMeM: Media Museum seeks architect for a new gallery

In a sign of growing confidence for the future of Bradford's National Media Museum and the start of the realisation of the Museum's exciting development plan the Science Museum Group is seeking an architec/lead designer for a new interactive gallery which will look at light, sound and perception, the basis of all the Museum's technology collections.

The winning team…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 24, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Captain Linnaeus Tripe opens at the V&A

The V&A last night opened Captain Linnaeus Tripe Photographer of India and Burma 1852-1860. William Dalrymple and Museum Director Martin Roth introduced the exhibition which features some of the earliest and most striking views of the landscape and architecture of India and Burma, by a pioneering British photographer. It forms part of the V&A…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 23, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Kickstarter: Lumigraphe camera obscura

Every so often BPH comes across something that looks interesting or harks back to photographic history in some way. The Lumigraphe is a camera obscura which combines the functionality of your smartphone's camera to take photographs... no need for sensitised photogenic drawing paper. Just think what Talbot could have done with it... Plus you can use it with sensitised paper…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 21, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Identification: tintype family sequence

The Guardian newspaper (18 June 2015) ran a story from the National Museums of Scotland which has put a call out to identify the family shown in a series of tintypes.

The photographs of the ‘Margate family’ come from the collection of Bernard Howarth-Loomes, and it is thought they were bought as a set. Lettering on the small boy’s bucket in one of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2015 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Blog: Conserving Talbot's photography equipment

In preparation for the National Museum of Scotland's photography exhibition Photography. A Victorian Sensation a number of items from Talbot in the museum's collection had to be conserved. You can read a museum blog posting relating to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

The Quillan Leaf unfolded

Professor Larry Schaaf opened the University of Lincoln’s conference titled ‘Rethinking Early Photography last night and told the story of The Quillan Leaf (see BPH,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2015 at 6:30 — No Comments

Exhibitions: Two Cameron shows to open in the autumn

Two new exhibitions devoted to the Julia Margaret Cameron open later this year – the bicentenary of her birth - in London’s Media Space at the Science Museum and at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Science Museum exhibition, which will include the only existing print of her iconic portrait Iago, is drawn entirely from the world’s largest…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 15, 2015 at 8:19 — No Comments

Publication: The African Photographic Archive

African photography has emerged as a significant focus of research and scholarship over the last twenty years, the result of a growing interest in postcolonial societies and cultures and a turn towards visual evidence across the humanities and social sciences. At the same time, many rich and fascinating photographic collections have come to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 13, 2015 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Christina: her identity is revealed after 102 years

The mystery surrounding the identity of a girl, known only as ‘Christina’, has been solved after her striking 102-year-old colour portraits were seen around the world, including on BPH. The images are part of The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the National Media Museum, and three are currently on show in the exhibition Drawn By Light: The Royal Photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 11, 2015 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

Research: The Thames from London to Oxford in Forty Photographs, First Series, Virtue and Company, London

The publication date of 1862 has now been called into question. One of the photographs must have been taken after 1863. At that date the Curfew Tower of Windsor Castle was altered. Victor's photograph shows the new tower.When was the Album published? It must have been between late 1863 and early 1865.

I would be very grateful indeed for any help on…

Added by Mrs. Joan Osmond on June 11, 2015 at 9:00 — No Comments

Christina - the mystery has been solved

A few weeks ago BPH and several national newspapers and publications asked the question 'Who was Christina?'. Several BPH members undertook geneaological research and others have provided information. BPH now understands that the mystery of Christina has been solved.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2015 at 12:26 — 1 Comment

Research: Bermondsey - the earliest photographic images - 1840-1860

I am researching a number of different aspects of mid 19th century Bermondsey (Southwark, South London), but when I search for early photographs of the parish, usually the images that I find in most local history or photographic collections are circa 1890-1930. I realise that Bermondsey was a pretty unappetising place for photographs in the 1840's, 1850's and 1860's and that any photographs may have been taken to highlight the plight of the poor or the workers in the predominant industry of…


Added by Peter Leonard on June 8, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Job: Professor of Photographic History / De Montfort University, Leicester

On the retirement of Professor Elizabeth Edwards, applications are invited for the full-time, permanent post of Professor of Photographic History, based within the School of Humanities.

The successful candidate will be appointed as the Director of the Photographic History Research Centre which was established in 2010 and is already widely acknowledged as a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 8, 2015 at 10:25 — No Comments

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