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August 2020 Blog Posts (20)

Online course: Looking to the present, looking to the past / from 9 September 2020

This first, of a three-part series, led by Colin Pantall, consists of eight lectures. It will introduce you to the contemporary practice of photography through examples that link the historical, the contemporary, and the theoretical in a way that is dynamic, visual, and accessible to everybody.

Touching on major photographic genres such as landscape…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2020 at 17:23 — No Comments

Online talk:From Banff to Balmoral: The photography of George Washington Wilson

From Banff to Balmoral: The photography of George Washington Wilson is an online talk by Paul Stonell from the Royal Collection Trust, for Aberdeen University museums and special collections. 

See: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2020 at 16:20 — 1 Comment

Online conference: Don't Press Print - the collodion process: online conference / 1-2 October 2020

The announcement in The Chemist (March, 1851) of Frederick Scott Archer’s wet-collodion process transformed how photography was practiced…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2020 at 15:59 — No Comments

Hackney Flashers historic exhibitions

This is an exhibition panels from three historic exhibitions Who's Holding the Baby? Women and Work (1975) and Clydeside 1974 - 76 © Hackney Flashers. 

This was in the 1970s.…


Added by Noni Stacey on August 31, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

Archive: Helen Muspratt goes to the Bodleian

The Helen Muspratt archive has been the subject of various BPH blogs in the past, most recently in connection with the upcoming Photo Oxford Festival exhibition Women & Photography: Ways of Seeing…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 29, 2020 at 17:57 — No Comments

Research sharing: 'In the Moon' - and other studios

‘In the Moon’ – and Other Studios is a history of professional photography in King’s Lynn during the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and it’s free. It follows the development of a small-business sector in a country town, rather than being the (perhaps) more usual studio-by-studio account, but an index makes it possible to track the fortunes of…


Added by Robert Pols on August 25, 2020 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Research: Geoffrey Gilbert and the Gilbert box camera

I am researching the history of the Gilbert box camera and its designer, Geoffrey Gilbert.  The camera was made in the 1950s and had an unusual steel body covered in artificial lizard skin.  This camera will be familiar to many.…


Added by David Gardner on August 25, 2020 at 11:30 — 5 Comments

New photographic materials conservation practice launched

We are very excited to announce the creation of a new conservation studio - Lux and Livre ( which is offering a free consultation for potential funding bids. 

Lux & Livre are specialists in the conservation of photographic materials, books and paper. From conserving a single object to…


Added by Sarah Peacock on August 24, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Proposed changes at the National Trust may adversely impact Britain's photographic heritage - UPDATED

Britain's photographic heritage is likely to be adversely impacted if proposals in a leaked National Trust discussion document come to pass. Written by the Trust's visitor experience director Tony Berry, it sets out a ten-year vision that will directly impact historic properties, curatorial and conservation posts and put collections in to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 22, 2020 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

Online course: Women in the Frame – A History of Gender and the Photographic Portrait

This three-day course will investigate and highlight the role of women photographers from the 19th century to today and their influence in the field of photographic portraiture. Beginning by exploring the use of the camera by women during the birth of the medium, the course will go on to examine how 20th century women photographers…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 22, 2020 at 9:30 — No Comments

Online: Historic process demonstrations

Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY, is hosting process historian Mark Osterman who will share techniques from the history of photography and demonstrating some of the methods.used. 

The talks are being held over four months and are free to attend, although pre-booking is required. They will take place via…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 22, 2020 at 7:00 — No Comments

Video: inside the Hardmans' House

The E. Chambré Hardman House in Liverpool is a photographic time-capsule and has been looked after by the National Trust since 2003. Currently closed due to COVID-19 the Trust has released a guided-tour film showing what is inside and how the collection of negatives…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 21, 2020 at 15:38 — No Comments

Jobs: Amber Film & Photography Collective

Amber Film & Photography Collective which includes Side Gallery, Newcastle-on-Tyne is recruiting for a series of part-time positions. 

  • Audience Development Coordinator - …

Added by Michael Pritchard on August 21, 2020 at 15:24 — 5 Comments

Publication: BASSANO The making of a court photographer

Alexander Bassano established "one of the most important photographic studios of the Victorian era. His sitters included royalty, aristocracy, politicians, and leading names from the military, sciences and arts". Over 2,000 glass negative plates from the Bassano studio are housed at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Yet so little is known about…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 16, 2020 at 18:30 — No Comments

Online: Displaced Visions: Émigré Photographers of the 20th Century

Displaced Visions: Émigré Photographers of the 20th Century was the title of a talk and conversation between Dr Nissan Perez, former Curator of Photography at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and photographic historian and curator Colin Ford CBE. 

The talk is available to view:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 15, 2020 at 14:12 — No Comments

Another Eye: Online Conference / 11-13 September 2020

The Another Eye conference, celebrating the contribution of women refugee photographers who came to Britain after 1933. will be held online after its postponement earlier this year.  

Presentations will cover photographers’ work across portraiture, reportage, social documentary and architectural photography, and how the European cultural approaches…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 15, 2020 at 9:36 — No Comments

Some feedback please

Folks, I need some feedback, and not necessarily some attaboys. It’s called Fifty Prints but at this point is only 23. Maybe 25 is enough? This is in 2nd draft mode, and somewhat formatted. At first I thought of self publishing it, but now thinking maybe finding a publisher, or an agent if…


Added by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS on August 5, 2020 at 21:00 — 6 Comments

Online talk: Luminous-Lint: An introduction - Challenges and Opportunities / 9 August - 13:30 EDT / 18:30 BST)

Grasping the complexity of photohistory is dependent upon research, analysis and the creation of visual examples and texts that clarify the issues. Luminous-Lint seeks to delve deep to spot the trends but always using the photographs as the research base. 

Since 2005 Luminous-Lint has been working from the images towards the…


Added by Alan Griffiths on August 5, 2020 at 19:48 — No Comments

John Spiller - update

Some while ago I posted asking if anyone knew where John Spillers negatives went to. Just an update; no one has responded, but maybe some-one, some-where does!


Added by David Barker on August 3, 2020 at 13:00 — No Comments

Photo-crayotypes and Chromatypes

I have just created a Wikipedia page for photo-crayotypes and chromatypes but the current focus is on Australian uses by photographers like Frederick Frith and Douglas Kilburn. If anyone has more research they can add from the UK that would be great. Happy to help if you are not using Wikipedia regularly.…


Added by Geoff Barker on August 2, 2020 at 2:00 — 6 Comments

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