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September 2014 Blog Posts (20)

Symposium: Photographic Histories of Psychology

A one-day postgraduate symposium is being held on 25 November 2014 in the Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester. Photographic Histories of Psychology seeks to explore how photography and psychology have influenced each other throughout their histories. Its aim is twofold: to uncover how psychological…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2014 at 20:47 — No Comments

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

The two-day symposium aims to reflect on the role and relevance of architectural photography as a form of expression, as historical record and as spatial narrative.  Additionally, the symposium will examine the impact of collecting architectural photographs as well as their preservation and dissemination by means of digitisation, exhibitions and…


Added by Justine Sambrook on September 25, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Connection: Story Maskelyne and Dillwyn Llewelyn

Interestingly and coincidentally two current postings: the John Dillwyn Llewelyn album to be sold at Sotheby’s and the Story Maskelyne camera obscura, at Christie’s are connected.

John Dillwyn Llewelyn was the father-in-law of Nevil Story…


Added by Janine P Freeston on September 25, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Information request: Henry Stiles London C19th photographer

Please provide any information on the photographer, preferably with a source available via the Internet. Please take a look at the cover of his stationery shown there: …


Added by Krzysztof K. Slowinski on September 22, 2014 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

cfp: Survey Photography and Cultural Heritage in Europe (1851-1945)

A call for papers has been made for a workshop organised byProfessor Elizabeth Edwards and Dr Ewa Manikowska and titled: Survey Photography and Cultural Heritage in Europe (1851-1945):  Expanding the Field. The large-scale application of photography to the recording and preservation of cultural heritage is a transnational movement that appeared at a very particular…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2014 at 8:04 — No Comments

Research Seminars: Cultures of Photography, Leicester

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre has published its Autumn research seminar programme. All are welcome and there is no need to book, just turn up. Enquriies can be directed to the convener: Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Photographic History Research Centre (…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 22, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Publication: William Despard Hemphill

The Irish Office of Public Works has published a book on the photographer William Despard Hemphill (1816–1902), a native of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. The book accompanies an exhibition about Hemphill that is currently touring venues around Ireland. 

A well-respected medical practitioner with a wide range of interests, Dr Hemphill experimented with the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2014 at 17:35 — 2 Comments

British waxed paper users

I am in the early stages of a project designed to establish a database of British users of Gustave le Gray's waxed paper process in the 1850s and would delighted to hear from collectors and curators who might have contemporary salt or albumen prints from waxed paper negatives in their collections. A low res thumbnail of any image would be a very useful addition.

I am interested in the work of any UK-born photographer who used the process, wherever in the world he or she might have…


Added by John Hannavy on September 18, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Auction: Camera obscura 'associated' with Story-Maskelyne

Christie's is to offer a Jones camera obscura associated with Nevil Story-Maskelyn in an auction of Travel and Science on 8 October 2014. It is estimated at £4000-6000. The camera obscura was previously offered by Christie's in 2012 when it sold for £15,000 ($24,180) including buyer's premium and VAT.and in June 1981 when it failed to sell.  Sadly Christie's has…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2014 at 7:17 — No Comments

Website: London photography exhibitions and events

Hemera, a London based curatorial collective specialising in photography, has just launched the London Photography Diary,  a website dedicated to listing photography exhibitions, events, and conferences in London:  The website also features photography related videos,…


Added by Ashley Lumb on September 12, 2014 at 21:30 — No Comments

Derby Studio discovers cache of unseen negatives

The Derby Telegraph reports  that the Winters studio, Derby, has discovered a cache of previously unknown negatives and is looking for volunteers to helps conserve and digitise them, as it makes its archive available. It notes: Thousands of glass plate negatives are stacked in a cold, damp cellar – but even the staff at Winter's have no idea what is in them. The shop's…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 12, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

Auction: J D Llewelyn album

Sotheby's New York is to offer an album of photographs by John Dilwyn Llewelyn from the collection of Paul Walter on 30 September. This album comes originally from the collection of the photographer’s granddaughter, the ‘Mrs. Crichton’ referenced on the title page (née Emma Charlotte Llewelyn).  It was among a rich selection of albums of Llewelyn’s photographs offered at…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 12, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

Auction: Rejlander album (UPDATE 2)

Following on from the recent BPH exclusive news of the auction of a Rejlander album of 70 prints the complete album is now available to view online as a page-turning version. Click the link here to access it:

The auction viewing is Tuesday 9 September from 2 - 7pm, Wednesday 10 September from 10am…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 12, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Black Chronicles II

Autograph ABP presents Black Chronicles II, a new exhibition exploring black presences in 19th and early 20th century Britain, through the prism of studio portraiture – continuing its mission of writing black photographic history. 

Drawing on the metaphor of the chronicle the exhibition presents over 200 photographs, the majority of which have never been exhibited or…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2014 at 6:30 — 1 Comment

Honoured: Gordon and Pepper receive RPS Awards

The Royal Photographic Society presented two British curators and photo-historians with awards last night at a ceremony in London. Dr Sophie Gordon, Senior Curator of Photographs at Royal Collection Trust, received the Colin Ford Award which is given to honour an individual who has contributed in a major way to curatorship. She is shown, right, with Colin Ford CBE.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 10, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Fair: London Photograph Fair, 14 September 2014

The next London Photograph Fair takes place on Sunday, 14 September, at the Holiday Inn, Coram St, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1HT from 11am to 4pm. Admission: £5; tickets on the door. For a full exhibitor list and further information go to …


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2014 at 7:01 — No Comments

Auction: Art of Imperial India. Photographs of Imperial India and Southeast Asia, 8 October 2014

Sotheby’s is to auction a magnificent collection of 31 albums, containing over 2,000 photographs of India and Southeast Asia, assembled by the distinguished Indian art historian, collector, and dealer, Sven Gahlin during the 1960s.Apart from 8 individual photographs which were exhibited at the Photographers’ Gallery in London in 1983, none of the albums have ever been…


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

Exhibition: Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection (UPDATED)

Treasures from the world’s oldest surviving photographic society are to go on display in South Kensington, the site of one of the UK’s first ever public exhibitions of photography. Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection  will show at the Science Museum's Media Space gallery from 2 December 2014-1 March 2015 and then at  the National Meidia Museum…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 7, 2014 at 16:26 — No Comments

Exhibition: Make Life Worth Living: Nick Hedges’ Photographs for Shelter, 1968-72

A hard-hitting collection of photographs taken by Nick Hedges for Shelter between 1968 and 1972 are to be shown together for the first time in a new exhibition in the Virgin Media Studio, Media Space, London, from 2 October 2014-18 January 2015. 

Commissioned by housing charity Shelter to photograph people living in poor housing conditions,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 5, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Essay Prize for photographic history announced

The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group has announced an essay prize for younger photographic historians. The competition has been funded to promote interest in the history of photography amongst students and researchers and is open to anyone who will be aged under 25 years on 28 February 2015. 

See more at:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 1, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

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