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October 2013 Blog Posts (39)

PhD studentship funding

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five year period to excellent research students in the arts and humanities. The DTP, a collaboration between De Montfort University and the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, Birmingham and Birmingham City, provides research candidates with cross-institutional…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2013 at 2:13 — No Comments

'Nobody Told Us About It': Socialising Photohistory Seminar

In the context of the North East Photography Network's forthcoming festival ‘The Social: Encountering Photography’, Inheritance Projects will convene a symposium attending to the cultural legacy of the British photography practices, organisations and collectives who aligned themselves with left political movements throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

The event responds to the issues that Terry Dennett…


Added by Laura Guy on October 29, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Wolverhampton Photographic Society 125th anniversary

2013 marks the 125th anniversary of the Wolverhampton Photographic Society. To celebrate the occasion, an exhibition traces the rich and influential history of photography in Wolverhampton from the mid-19th century to the present day.

The exhibition features six key local figures of influence in the medium’s…

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 28, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Images of a forgotten meeting. Belgian missionaries in India, 1850-1950

Beelden van een vergeten ontmoeting. De Belgische missie in India, 1850-1950. (Images of a forgotten meeting. Belgian missionaries in India, 1850-1950).  KADOC presents its archive of 150 years of Belgian presence in India. This collection not only includes traditional archive materials (letters, notes...), but also photographs and films. Together, they form a…


Added by Peter van de Kamp on October 27, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments

Lecture: Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell

The Royal Photographic Society is hosting an exclusive 3D presentation and lecture on 1 November in London to celebrate the publication of the London Stereoscopic Company's Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell by Dr Brian H May CBE, Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming.  

The authors - led by Queen guitarist, astronomer and photo-historian Brian May - will…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 26, 2013 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Publication: Niépce conference papers

The latest issue of The Royal Photographic Society's Imaging Science Journal carries three papers from the 2010 Niépce conference. The majority of the conference papers are published in two special issues of the ISJ (includes those in the issue shown right) and PhotoHistorian and can be purchased as a set from The Society's online shop…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 26, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Photographic History at the Science Museum

The Art Fund's Art Quarterly magazine publishes a great feature by Charles Darwent about the history of photography at the Science Museum ending up it's new London Media Space.

The article is available to download here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 26, 2013 at 14:00 — No Comments

Photography meets art: Hangout on Air

On Wednesday, 30 October Tate Britain is hosting a live hang-out with fashion photographer Miles Aldridge, Tate curator of Photography Simon Baker and art critic Miranda Sawyer, as part of the ongoing ‘Meet Tate Britain’ series. British artist Fiona Crisp, HotShoe editor Gregory Barker and renowned instagrammer Michael O’Neal will also be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 25, 2013 at 18:24 — No Comments

'Only in England' at the Science Museum

The Science Museum’s new Media Space opens with an exhibition of Tony Ray-Jones’ 1960s images of English life, curated by Martin Parr. It is impressive, moving, fascinating and, in places, hilarious. (

The show is in three parts — Ray-Jones’ prints of his own work, Parr’s 1970s project… Continue

Added by Jane Buekett on October 24, 2013 at 16:16 — No Comments

Publication: The Photograph and The Album: Histories, Practices, Futures

This is the third in our new series of books exploring key aspects of both contemporary and historic photography. With 480 pages and more than 100 colour illustrations The Photograph and The Album: Histories, Practices, Futures is a perceptive and stimulating guide to understanding that most pervasive photographic format, the photo album. Becoming "increasingly…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 23, 2013 at 19:27 — No Comments

Birmingham's Box of Light weekend

Box of Light which runs from 25-27 October at the Library of Birmingham is a celebration of the pre-cinema,magic lantern and early cinema. A series of events, talks workshops and activities taking place throughout the weekend. The event coincides with the Magic Lantern Society's Convention.

Library of Birmingham and The REP 25 – 27 October 2013



Added by Michael Pritchard on October 23, 2013 at 6:30 — No Comments

Publication: John Chillingworth - A monograph from the 'golden age'

Just published by Dewi Lewis Publishing, a monograph entitled 'John Chillingworth - Picture Post Photographer.  Since you are interested in the life and times of the old magazine, my images from the 1940's and 1950's may possibly give you a flavour of the style and power of picture story-telling by the youngest of the post-war team of eight highly individual staff…


Added by John Chillingworth on October 22, 2013 at 13:30 — No Comments

Auction: Gibsons of Scilly Shipwreck archive

An unparalleled archive of shipwreck images will be presented for sale at Sotheby’s London auction on 12 November 2013. Taken by four generations of the Gibson family of photographers over nearly 130 years, the 1000 negatives record the wrecks of over 200 ships and the fate of their passengers, crew and cargo as they travelled from across the world through the notoriously…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 21, 2013 at 19:30 — No Comments

Where is Yorktown?

Several Hills & Saunders CDVs I've seen refer to a Yorktown studio, (see here for an easily posted example: ), but - unless they ventured across the Pond and this is the place where Britain lost the American war! - I…


Added by Michael Hocken on October 20, 2013 at 11:00 — 10 Comments

Paper Call: The Visual Culture of the News

The Visual Studies Research Institute at the University of Southern California invites submissions for a conference on Getting the Picture: The Visual Culture of the News, which will be held May 4-5, 2014.  The conference is part of a three year project on “Visual Evidence.”  The full paper call is…


Added by Juan Alonso on October 19, 2013 at 18:17 — No Comments

Information request: Lightning Photographic Company, Torquay

I am looking for any information on a trading company THE LIGHTNING PHOTOGRAPHIC Co. in Torquay. The company used the stationery as shown in the link

Is it mentioned somewhere…


Added by Krzysztof K. Slowinski on October 19, 2013 at 16:30 — No Comments

Auction: Hill and Adamson and others

Bonhams book auction on 12 November contains an extraordinary cache of ten Hill and Adamson calotypes; an album featuring work by Dodgson, Cameron and Rejlander; and an image by Le Gray. 

According to Bonhams' catalogue the album was compiled by Rev. F.H. Atkinson, and relates to his family and acquaintances including the Tennyson family, Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 19, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Publication: Corfield Cameras: A History and Collectors' Guide

Corfield Cameras: A History and Collectors' Guide is a new publication by John E Lewis being launched today at Ballymoney Town Hall, Northern Ireland. In the 1950s when most British camera manufacturers seemed content to produce outdated designs or very expensive models, K G Corfield Ltd bucked the trend. Their range of Periflex 35mm cameras and related equipment…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 19, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments

A Beach in England

I could not resist sharing this albumen print taken in about 1880s.

I admired its content and composition which I think is outstanding.

I would appreciate any clarification about the location. Could it be Ramsgate?




Added by Meir Berk on October 19, 2013 at 8:30 — 3 Comments

Exhibition: Allegory and Illusion: Early Portrait Photography from South Asia

Allegory and IllusionEarly Portrait Photography from South Asia presents approximately 120 photographs and a selection of albums, glass plate negatives, cabinet cards, cartes-de-visites, and postcards illustrating the rich tradition of portrait photography in India, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Nepal from the mid-19th century to early 20th century. The…


Added by Michael Wong on October 19, 2013 at 7:50 — No Comments

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