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July 2017 Blog Posts (20)

Research: John Dawson Watson albumen photos.

Hello, I am seeking any information about these two albumen photos. From my research, I believe that they are private photos of John Dawson Watson, RWS, in his April,1871 amateur production of Twelfth Night, at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Watson was photographed by David Wilkie Wynfield, in ancient costume.

Apparently, he created all of the costumes for this…


Added by David McGreevy on July 29, 2017 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

Photography bookshops and galleries in the UK

Later this year I will be publishing a collection of found photographs of twin sisters from 1850-1950 and would like to access a list of galleries and bookshops that stock books on photography.

Any suggestions would be gratefully received.

Added by Jonathan Ross on July 26, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments

Job: Director, Nicéphore Niépce Museum

The Nicéphore Niépce museum in Chalon-sur-Saône is looking for a new director. With a collection of 3 million photographs, prints, negatives, contact sheets, historic cameras etc., the Nicéphore Niépce museum is one of the first museums in the history of photography in France. Created in 1972, it holds the Musée de France label and was directed by Paul Jay and François…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2017 at 7:09 — No Comments

Course: Histories of Photography / TPG, from 4 September

Histories of Photography: Invention, Transformation & Affirmation is an eight-week course from The Photographers' Gallery, London. It introduces participants to the richness and diversity of photography’s histories. It takes its point of departure from photography’s early origins in the mid nineteenth century, it navigates through the many transformations that…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2017 at 7:07 — No Comments

New Tintype find of 1894 wedding - Frank Walton - Photographer (Briggate Leeds).

1894 seems pretty late for a tintype, but I am sure this show my 3 x Great Uncle Frank Walton's second wedding to Mary Bailey in Halifax in March 1894. Its certainly a great photo in terms of resolution and we know 4 of the 5 people in the photo. 

Any comments on the photo would be of interest...



See: …


Added by Peter Leonard on July 23, 2017 at 19:00 — 3 Comments

Course: History of Photography / V&A, from 3 October

The V&A was one of the first museums to collect and exhibit photographs. Today, the collection is one of the most important in the world, recognised internationally for its breadth of content, including works that span the 1820s to the present day. This is a particularly exciting year for photography at the V&A, with the recent…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography / from 17 November

Using his knowledge of art, botany, chemistry, and optics, William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800–1877) invented a means of turning an ordinary piece of paper into “photogenic drawings,” calotypes, and salted paper prints in 1839. Featuring more than 30 works, many of which have never before been shown, the exhibition will provide visitors a glimpse into the earliest…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Research: A Hill and Adamson connection?

Hello, I am seeking any information about these 3 Scottish photos,  The seller states that they "came with a group of later prints from original negatives by Hill and Adamson".

I assume those came from Thomas Annan.

Does anyone recognize these fine people?

Many thanks, David…


Added by David McGreevy on July 18, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Camera, Obscured. The fine art photography of Paul Laib / from 26 July

Paul Laib moved to London from Hamburg at the end of the nineteenth century. For fifty years he worked as a fine art photographer from his studio in South Kensington, hired by artists to document their work. Using archive materials and pieces from the De Laszlo collection of Paul Laib negatives, this exhibition highlights the multifaceted relationship between photography,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2017 at 8:42 — No Comments

Download: The Other Observers. Women in Photography in Britain 1900 to the Present

Women in Photography the Other Observers was commissioned in 1984 by the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television. Val Williams researched into the history of women in photography, resulting in a book, a TV series by Channel 4 and an exhibition that successfully toured…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2017 at 21:08 — No Comments

Exhibition: Illuminating India: Photography 1857–2017 / from 4 October 2017

As part of the Science Museum's Illuminating India season a new exhibition Illuminating India: Photography 1857-2017, will be an ambitious and unprecedented survey of the technological and cultural development of the medium in India, examining photography’s changing role in charting the recent history of the country. The other second exhibition in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2017 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Swaps: Photographs from the David Hurn Collection / from 30 September 2017

This exhibition, which mirrors, but is not the same as, the standout exhibition at PhotoLondon in May (seen below), celebrates the major gift of photographs from David Hurn’s private collection and marks the opening of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’s first gallery dedicated to photography. Throughout his career as a documentary photographer and member of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Conservation: The Sutton Collection

BPH has covered the work on the Sutton Collection in the past. There is a recent blog posting by Sarah Allen who looks at the conservation work being undertaken on the negatives in the collection. 

Read …


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2017 at 16:49 — 1 Comment

Auction: two WW1 hospital autochromes / 13 July 2017 (UPDATED)

Special Auction Services's Fine Photographica auction includes two half-plate autochrome images showing First Eastern General Hospital on The Backs in Cambridge, c1914-15.  The auction takes place on 13 July 2017 at Newbury or online at 

The description reads: 

Two half-plate Autochromes, of the First Eastern General Hospital on…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

Auction: Victorian 'Spirit Photographs' album / 11 July 2017

Victorian 'Spirit Photographs'. Album of 29 photographs by Frederick Hudson and others. The majority of the photographs are evidently the work of a single photographer and are highly reminiscent of known photographs by F.M. Parkes. They are typical of "spirit photographs" produced in the late 1860s and early 1870s by manipulating collodion wet plates: "the photographs render…


Added by Richard Fattorini on July 5, 2017 at 17:00 — 1 Comment

Auction: Darwin by Julia Margaret Cameron / 11 July 2017

The Garrett Herman collection is an unusually comprehensive group of works centred on Charles Darwin, his influences, and those who he influenced in turn. 

At the outset of his collecting life, Mr Herman concentrated on books included in Printing and the Mind of Man and Bern Dibner’s Heralds of Science, including Adam Smith (see lots…


Added by Richard Fattorini on July 5, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Auction: David Wilke Wynfield collection of portraits of artists and other friends / 11 July 2017

Sir John Everett Millais, Frederick R. Pickersgill, Richard Ansdell, P.H. Calderon, Sir Frederic Leighton, Henry Stacey Marks,…

Added by Richard Fattorini on July 5, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

Call for photographic work to be included in a major photography exhibition at Turner Contemporary in Summer 2019

Val Williams and Karen Shepherdson are working with Turner Contemporary to curate a major new exhibition examining the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. The exhibition will take place at Turner Contemporary, Margate, in 2019 before going on national tour.

As curators we are aware that a significant…


Added by Karen Shepherdson on July 4, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

Marilyn Stafford: Stories in Pictures 1950-1960

I recently spoke to Marilyn Stafford about her life in photography, and the background to some of the series of photographic works which are included in current exhibition ‘Stories in Pictures 1950-1960’ at Art Bermondsey Project Space until 9th July 2017. 

Marilyn's internationally published work spans from 1948-1980 and covers a broad scope of subjects and periods of modern history. I hope you enjoy discovering her work at the links…


Added by Helen Trompeteler on July 3, 2017 at 9:01 — No Comments

Digitised: Australian Photo Review 1894-1956

The complete run of the Australian Photo Review from January 1894 to December 1956 has been digitised and made available by the State Library of New South Wales. The journal was the most influential in Australia throughout its history. 

This title has been digitised and made fully searchable online as part of the State Library's Digital Excellence…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 1, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

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