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September 2013 Blog Posts (25)

Wedgwood family photos, are these Darwin's relatives?

I am searching for information on these 2 photos of the Wedgwood family. One portrait of "Fanny Wedgwood, (Mrs. Francis) and one portrait of three children listed as "Aunt Rose, Aunt Mab, and Grandaddy Wedgwood (Lawrence).

They are both about 8 x 10" albumen prints, mounted behind arch-topped boards. Fanny heavily painted(oil?),…


Added by David McGreevy on September 28, 2013 at 19:00 — 10 Comments

Auction: Newly discovered album compiled by Julia Margaret Cameron

Sotheby’s has announced the discovery of a previously unknown album of photographs by the foremost female pioneer of nineteenth century portrait photography, Julia Margaret Cameron.

The album - known as The Valentine Prinsep Album -  of 32 large scale portrait photographs - containing images of leading Victorian celebrities and two unrecorded photographs - represents…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 27, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

World record for Peter Henry Emerson

£75,900 to be precise - which was more than double its estimate!

It was the most expensive book to be sold by Keys, the Norfolk auctioneers. The book in question was 'Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads' which contained 40 platinum prints of…


Added by Michael Wong on September 27, 2013 at 0:12 — No Comments

Media Space: Francis Hodgson on Tony Ray-Jones and Media Space

Photomonitor publishes a thoughtful review of Media Space's opening show from Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr. Hodgson introduces his exhibition review with some considered thoughts on Media Space. Commenting on the opening '[The Science Museum] has at last opened its exhibition space specifically devoted to showing the priceless and largely inaccessible…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2013 at 6:57 — No Comments

Exhibition: First one-man show of Charles Nègre in the States

Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs will present an exhibition of more than 40 early photographs by French photographer Charles Nègre (1820-1880) from 17th September through 1st November, 2013. Nègre is primarily known for his landscapes and architectural photographs of Paris and the South of France made in…


Added by Michael Wong on September 24, 2013 at 22:49 — No Comments

W W Winter Photographers Open Day

For those of you who missed the Open Day earlier this month, no fear as you can watch a clip of it on the link at the bottom.

W. W. Winter is a long established photography business in the UK, operating today from its purpose-built studio premises in Midland Road, Derby, which the firm moved into in 1867. The building and contents offer an historical insight…


Added by Michael Wong on September 24, 2013 at 22:30 — No Comments

Conference: Nostalgias / 8-10 November 2013

Nostalgias is a peer-reviewed conference which will explore the multiple concepts of nostalgia and how longing manifests itself within contemporary culture. It will examine, analyse and interpret the complexities of nostalgia and nostalgic sensibilities. Areas of exploration will include:…


Added by Karen Shepherdson on September 24, 2013 at 22:00 — No Comments

Rare 19th and 20th century photo collection to be sold by Paris’s Catholic university

The Institut Catholique de Paris, a private university founded in 1875 in the French capital, is putting most of its collection of historical photographs from the 19th and early 20th centuries up for auction in November. The archive has been a unique resource for researchers since it was made accessible in 2000. The sale total is estimated at…


Added by Michael Wong on September 23, 2013 at 13:49 — No Comments

Harry Ransom Center to get Magnum Photos collection

Magnum Photos collection, which contains nearly 200,000 press prints of images taken by world-renowned Magnum photographers, has been donated to the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. The gift was made by Michael and Susan Dell, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman and John and Amy Phelan.

The donation of the Magnum Photos…


Added by Michael Wong on September 23, 2013 at 13:36 — No Comments

Malcolm Daniel to move to MFA, Houston

The Museum of Fine Art, Houston's world-renowned photography department will have a new curator by the end of the year. Malcolm Daniel is the long-standing and highly-respected curator of photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and will move to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston where he will replace Anne Tucker who…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments

Publications: Stefan Lorant - two new publications

Two new publications on Stefan Lorant are published on 1 October in hardback editions. Paperback editions will follow early in 2014. 

  • Stefan Lorant: Never a Dull Moment  /  Michael Hallett

    The biography, Stefan Lorant: Godfather of…

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2013 at 18:50 — No Comments

Workshop/conference: Platinum and Palladium Photography (UPDATED)

This event consists of a symposium, workshop, and tours, 21-24 October 2014, in Washington, DC. Organised by the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian Institution this event will look at the technical and aesthetic history of these two processes, the chemistry and connoisseurship. More information and details of the programme will be published later.



Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2013 at 18:30 — No Comments

Publication: The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes

The Getty Conservation Institute has started to release an important new resource for photographic historians and conservators. The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes is intended for practicing photograph conservators, curators, art historians, archivists, library professionals, and anyone responsible for the care of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2013 at 9:14 — No Comments

Media Space: Opening coverage

Following yesterday's Media Space press call there has been plenty of coverage of the space at London's Science Museum.  Chris Derwent of the Art Fund Review provides a historical survey of the demand for a photography…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2013 at 7:35 — No Comments

FIRST PICTURES: Media Space opens

At a special gathering 1000 guests attended the long-awaited opening of Media Space, previously the NMeM's London presence, at London's Science Museum. The new space is a joint venture between the Science Museum and National Media Museum. At the opening ceremony Michael G Wilson OBE alluded to the tortuous history that had culminated in last night's opening. He described the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 20, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Catherine Weed Barnes Ward and Henry Snowden Ward

I am a member of the Kent Archaeological Society and researching pioneer woman photographer Catherine Weed Barnes (or Catherine Weed Barnes Ward as she became when she married Henry Snowden Ward, photographic journalist and publisher). Mr Ward was a founder member of the Dickens Fellowship and died in 1911 in the USA while lecturing on Dickens and photography. Mrs Ward died in 1913. The lived at Golden Green in…

Added by Paul Tritton on September 16, 2013 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Lewis Morley archive to go to National Media Museum, Bradford (UPDATED)

The National Media Museum in Bradford is in final stages of acquiring tens of thousands of photographs and personal papers from the acclaimed British photographer Lewis Morley. Morley died at the age of 88, at his home in Sydney, Australia, recently and members of his family are carrying out his wish that his images and papers be made available…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 15, 2013 at 5:57 — No Comments

Exhibition: Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris

The first retrospective exhibition in the United States, and the only scholarly catalogue on the renowned 19th-century French photographer Charles Marville (1813–1879), will present recent groundbreaking discoveries informing his art and biography, including the versatility of his photographic talents and his true identity, background, and family life. The exhibition…


Added by Michael Wong on September 13, 2013 at 19:20 — No Comments

Thomson’s Stereoscopic Atlas of the Human Eye

“One is hearing now, in this country at least, that in the near future we may look for a great revival of stereo photography, and if the rumor is well founded and turns out to be fulfilled prophecy, we may expect once more to find the stereoscope ‘on every drawing-room table,’ as of yore.” Thus wrote the photographic journalist Andrew Pringle in 1892, thirty years…


Added by Giles Hudson on September 13, 2013 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Media Space: design

The week before Media Space is due to open to the public Design Week reports that Ben Kelly Design has created the new Media Space gallery, with an identity by Graphic Thought Facility.

According to Ben Kelly Design, it aims to provide a ‘a democratic space that encourages information sharing, and it provides an evolving forum that responds to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 13, 2013 at 5:28 — No Comments

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