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July 2014 Blog Posts (23)

Exhibition: Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860

In the first major exhibition of photographs by Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902), some 60 works will include early pictures he took in England as well as the outstanding body of work he produced in India and Burma (now Myanmar) in the 1850s. The exhibition has been co-curated by Professor Emeritus Roger Taylor.

Introduced to photography by those who saw it as a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2014 at 14:01 — 3 Comments

Exhibition: Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840–1860

Tate Britain is to hold the first exhibition in Britain devoted to salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photograph. A uniquely British invention, unveiled by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839, salt prints spread across the globe, creating a new visual language of the modern moment.

This revolutionary technique transformed subjects from still lifes,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

Conference: Archives 2.0: Saving the Past, Anticipating the Future - Registration open

Online registration for Archives 2.0: Saving the Past, Anticipating the Future, a major conference taking place at the National Media Museum, Bradford, on 25-26 November 2014 is now open. This international conference examines the challenges and opportunities around the acquisition and management of archives by cultural institutions.

The original call for papers was…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 30, 2014 at 16:14 — No Comments

Lecture and book signing: Stereoscopy and Victorian Painting

Photohistorians Dr Brian May CBE and Denis Pellerin are presenting an exclusive lecture on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society. May and Pellerin have researched the little known connections between Victorian art and stereo-photography.  For the first time they examine the art behind many popular stereocards of the time.  The lecture accompanies the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 30, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Symposium: Building with Light: The Legacy of Robert Elwall - An International Symposium on Architectural Photography

The RIBA announces an international symposium on architectural photography in conjunction with the first major retrospective of the British architectural photographer Edwin Smith (1912-1971), whose prolific work helped redefine the notion of post-WWII Britishness.

The symposium will take place on 13-14 November at RIBA in London.

The symposium will honour the…


Added by Justine Sambrook on July 29, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

Publication & Exhibition: The Poor Man’s Picture Gallery

In this pre-internet, pre-television, pre-cinema, and pre-radio time known as the Victorian age, there were  only a limited number of ways for middle class people to have access to pictures or art. They could stop outside a printseller’s shop to look at the prints and lithographs displayed there, buy one of the numerous illustrated magazines that had started to be published…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 29, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Magic Lantern Tales: UK tour

Using real magic lantern projectors as used during the First World War poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan and photographer and artist Ian Beesley tell a story of the First World War from the point of view of men who survived it and lived on to old age and a changing world. They also tell the tales of women who worked in the factories that oiled the wheels of war.



Added by Michael Pritchard on July 27, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Official: New Head of Photography for Science Museum Group

Renowned curator of photography Kate Bush is joining the Science Museum Group as Head of Photography.

She will lead an ambitious programme of photography exhibitions for Media Space at the Science Museum and the National Media Museum and the development of a major touring programme that brings the world-class National Photography Collection to a wider national…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Kate Bush to become NMeM/Media Space's Head of Photography

Curator, Kate Bush, who was at the Barbican, London for eight years is joining the National Media Museum and Media Space as Head of Photography. In addition to her overall role she will have particular responsibility for acquisitions and touring exhibitions. The announcement was made by Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Director of the National Media Museum, at an exhibition opening last…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Art Everywhere to feature Cameron's Iago

Art Everywhere is the largest outdoor exhibition with 30,000 poster sites and billboards up and down the country celebrating a summer of art by showing 25 artists' work.  Artists, curators, media owners and entrepreneurs joined by a love of art have fuelled this massive charitable celebration.

Amongst the pictures being shown from 21 July-31…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 21, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Living Dangerously opened

'Living Dangerously' - The Terence Spencer Photographic Exhibition is the first such show at the newly launched £10m Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in the heart of the town's historic centre. The Museum is based in the former Music Hall which was the town's principal entertainment venue from 1840 to 2009 and saw many musical acts including The Beatles in 1962/3. Now the Fab Four are back with some beautiful images taken by Terence Spencer when he followed the band around for four months…


Added by Tim King on July 21, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Living Dangerously - The Terence Spencer Photographic Exhibition

An exhibition of photography by war hero Terence Spencer is now open at the new Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery this summer until 31st August. With two audacious careers, first as a World War II fighter pilot and later as a celebrated photo-journalist for American magazine LIFE; ‘Living Dangerously’ will showcase the work Terry did to capture…


Added by Tim King on July 20, 2014 at 21:30 — No Comments

Conference: Archives and Cultural Industries - registration open

The Archives and Cultural Industries conference which takes place in Girona, Spain, from 13-15 October has a reduced early bird registration until 31 July. 

Find the registration form here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 18, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Violet Hamilton

BPH has learnt that Violet Hamilton, who worked closely with Michael G Wilson OBE in developing his collection of photography has died suddenly. Violet, an Australian by birth but a long term UK resident,  was a Senior Curator of the Wilson Centre for Photography, London, and a photographer in her own right, exhibiting her work. She lectured, was a researcher, historian and writer with a specialist knowledge on nineteenth century women photographers, in particular of the work of Julia…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2014 at 10:00 — 6 Comments

Snowdon donation to the NPG

Snowdon has given 130 original prints of some of his most iconic photographs to the National Portrait Gallery, London. Several of them will be shown at the gallery for the first time in an important display this autumn.

Coinciding with a new monograph published by Rizzoli, Snowdon: A Life in View (26 Sep 2014-21 Jun 2015), will highlight studio portraits from…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2014 at 7:54 — No Comments

Exhibition: Memorializing Infant Loss in 19th Century Photography

I thought it appropriate to notify you of my exhibition of memorial/postmortem photographs- Memorializing Infant Loss in 19th Century Photography. The exhibit is being shown at a conference at the University of Hertfordshire and opens July 16th.  The conference title is Perceptions of  Pregnancy…

The basis of the exhibit is my Sleeping Beauty Book…

Added by Stanley B. Burns,MD on July 12, 2014 at 2:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: The photograph and Australia, March-June 2015

The photograph and Australia is the story of the interactions between people and country, and their representations in photography. The exhibition explores how photography operates aesthetically, technically, politically, and in terms of distribution and proliferation, in the Australian context. The arrival of photography in the 1840s parallels the development of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

1845 - the world's first photography exhibition in an art museum?

Frankfurt's Städel Museum is claiming to be the first art museum in the world to have exhibited photographic works. The first mention of a photo exhibition at the Städel Museum dates from 1845, when the Frankfurt Intelligenz Blatt – the official…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2014 at 13:49 — 3 Comments

Auction: Leica that made an iconic WW2 photograph to be auctioned

Bonhams is to sell the Leica camera with which Russian photographer Yevgeni Khaldei took Raising a Flag over the Reichstag, one of the most famous photographs of World War II. It is being offered at Bonhams Leica Centenary Sale in Hong Kong on 30 November and is estimated at £230,000-340,000 ($HK 3,000,000-4.500,000).

The image of Russian troops hoisting the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Call for applications: The Wilson Fellowship in Photographic History

De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Wilson Fellowship for its MA in Photographic History. The Fellowship offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International.The Wilson Fellowship will be awarded to applicants who will contribute significantly to the field of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2014 at 17:19 — No Comments

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