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September 2016 Blog Posts (21)

The 19th-century Photography Show / 22 October

You don't want to miss this spectacular event. The 19th-century Photography Show on Saturday, Oct. 22nd in NYC will have 100 top photo dealers from ten countries participating. It will be the world's largest show ever for 19th-century Photography with booths and table tops. It will be held on the entire 2nd floor of the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel near Penn Station on 8th Avenue at 34th Street from 9:15 am-4:15 am for the table top areas, and until 6 pm for the booth areas.

And the…


Added by Alex Novak on September 28, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Research: Fantastic 1860s portrait, Who is the sitter?

Hi, I am researching this 1860s British albumen print, It's a 6.5 x 8 inch portrait, with an irregularly cut arched top. I think the narrow field of view is just masterly. Would anyone know the sitter?

Many thanks in advance,


Added by David McGreevy on September 27, 2016 at 22:00 — No Comments

Seminars: Cultures of Photography, PHRC, Leicester

The Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester has announced its autumn seminar programme, themed Photography and the Greater Middle East. All seminars are free and open to everyone, Clephan Building 2.30, Tuesdays 4-6pm. 

  • 18 October. Faces of  Insurgents: Encountering the Taliban through Judith…

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2016 at 14:07 — No Comments

Auction: Dominic Winter Photography / 6 October

Dominic Winter Auctions have a number of lots of relevance to British photographic history in their upcoming 6 October auction which has just gone online. Of particular note is a self-portrait in watercolour of Oscar Gustav Rejlander (lot 254, shown right), a group of early albumen and salt prints, and a 1931 portfolio from the RPS's Tyng Collection (lot…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2016 at 10:24 — No Comments

For sale: D O Hill's Rock House, Edinburgh

Estate agents Knight Frank are advertising Rock House for sale with offers in excess of £1,795,000. Rock House came to worldwide fame as the home and studio of David Octavius Hill, the artist and pioneering photographer who, in 1843 together…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2016 at 19:38 — 1 Comment

Exhibition review: 'Painting with Light: Art and Photography / Tate Britain, London

An interesting concept for an exhibition. I would have liked to have seen the exhibition to make a more informed comment. Parallels can be drawn, but how much import you put on the connection is up to you vis-à-vis the aesthetic feeling and formal construction of each medium. It is fascinating to note how many of the original art works are photographs with the painting…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on September 20, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Symposium: Photography, Ireland and the Photobook / 14 October, Belfast

A day of presentations and discussions around the theme of Ireland, Photography and the Photobook. The day will be a celebration of photography and the book form and is an opportunity to hear some important international photographers who have made photobooks in Ireland talk about their processes and achievements. It will also introduce some emerging photographers who’ve recently published their first books to wide acclaim and acknowledge the growing significance of the area in contemporary…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2016 at 21:15 — No Comments

Lecture: Out of the Shadows: Henry Talbot, invention & historiography / 26 September 2016

William Henry Fox Talbot first conceived of the art of photography in 1833 and achieved results by 1834. However, it was not until Daguerre announced his process in January 1839 that Talbot was prompted to make his method public.  The two approaches were radically different.  Daguerre produced beautifully detailed unique images on silvered sheets of copper.  Talbot’s…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2016 at 20:36 — No Comments

Symposium: Through the Lens: Photography in 19th Century China and Japan / 7 October

The Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum’s collection holds nearly three hundred albumen prints from the 1860s and 1870s in China and Japan. These images were collected by Andrew Carnegie in 1878 during his trip around the world. The collection includes photographs by both local and western photographers, such as Lai Afong, Felice Beato, Milton Miller, William Saunders,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2016 at 20:27 — No Comments

Course: Collecting photography at PhotoLondon 2017

Photo London returns to Somerset House in May 2017. Featuring over 90 of the world’s leading galleries Photo London has in its first two editions established itself as a key destination for everyone who is intrigued by the rich history of photography and fascinated by the future directions of the medium. In the lead up to Photo London 2017, it will offer a course on…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2016 at 20:23 — No Comments

Symposium: Street View: Photography in Sheffield, the UK and Beyond

A one-day symposium accompanying Museums Sheffield’s new exhibition Street View: Photographs of Urban Life at the Graves Gallery, takes place on 24 November 2016. Featuring images primarily drawn from Sheffield’s own photographs collection, the exhibition explores the diversity of the street; as a social space, as a battleground for protest and as a source of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2016 at 20:13 — No Comments

Niépce website documents his images

The musée Nicéphore Niépce has commission a website which illustrates all known Niépce plates alongside correspondence and other archival and illustrative material. The website is available here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2016 at 20:04 — No Comments

Historic camera to pay homage to Keswick's Abraham Brothers

The Cumbria Crack reports that photographer Henry Iddon has received Arts Council funding to photograph contemporary adventure sports with an antique camera.

Henry’s work will be an homage to the work of George and Ashley Abraham, brothers who grew up in Keswick in the Lake District in the late 1800s.  The Abraham brothers were passionate…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

Auction: Daguerre images and artefacts (updated)

Bearnes, Hampton & Littlewood's Fine Art Sale in Exeter on 5 October features an unusual group of rare, early items relating to Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, inventor of the Diorama, a theatrical  spectacle, and the daguerreotype, the earliest form of photography, made public in 1839.

Amongst the rarities is a copy of ‘Les Machabées’, (Lot 701) Estimate…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2016 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

History of British photographic education

Dr Ian R Smith has compiled an essay/academic paper that he put together as part of his doctorate in the 1990s.In his words 'it leans towards facts and organisations rather than individuals but I hope you find it interesting'. Find it as a pdf at and click on the link.

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2016 at 18:36 — No Comments

Auction: Capitol Gallery / Early ambrotype view of London

Offerings include an extremely rare solograph with includes a wonderful advertisement for Ezekiel Hawkins establishment.  Daguerreotype highlights include a killer guitar player, a spectacular close-up, a large frame with ten family images, half-plates, a Whitehurst stereo and a lovely postmortem.  Other hard images included a farmer with his…


Added by Jeremy on September 10, 2016 at 22:00 — No Comments

Panel discussion: ‘Donovan in Magazines’ / 21 September / The Photographers’ Gallery

A series of presentations and a discussion reflecting on Terence Donovan’s work in magazines. Throughout his career, Terence Donovan worked for a variety of fashion magazines, including Town (where his collaborator was the groundbreaking art director Tom Wolsey), Elle and Marie-Claire in Paris, Harper’s Bazaar in Milan, as well as…


Added by Terence Donovan Archive on September 8, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Information request: Letters of R. Child Bayley, editor of 'Photography'

I am currently engaged in research on the photographic network of R. Child Bayley (editor of the journal Photography) around 1904-1908. Does anyone know whether his letters or the files of the journal from that time are being kept somewhere? I tried contacting the offices of the current Amateur Photographer as it seems to be the post-post-post-successor of Photography, but had no luck so far. There are his letters to Alfred Stieglitz, that are kept in the Beinecke…


Added by Caroline Fuchs on September 8, 2016 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Talk: The great 3D scandal: how stereoscopy got written out of history / 28 September

Ian Christie, one of the UK's most renowned film writers and historians, will be giving the first The Bill Douglas Memorial Lecture, on 25 September. The lecture marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Bill Douglas, filmmaker and collector, who gives his name to The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, housed at the University of Exeter.

The Great 3D…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 5, 2016 at 18:54 — No Comments

Nathan Lyons (1930-2016)

The photographer, curator and education Nathan Lyons died on 31 August 2016. There have been a number of obituaries published. Lyons was a curator of photography and an associate director at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York and, in 1969, founded the independent Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, which established a course of study relating to the history and practice of the photographic art form and curatorial studies specifically pertaining to the medium of photography. He…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 5, 2016 at 7:09 — No Comments

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