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October 2014 Blog Posts (23)

Publication: A History of Photography in 50 Cameras

The history of photography, perhaps more so than any other art, is a history of technology that is best revealed in the very vehicle that makes it possible – the camera.

Through a selection of fifty landmark cameras, Michael Pritchard tells the story of this ground-breaking piece of equipment that changed the way we saw the world around us.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

Publication: The Nicholas Brothers & A. T. W. Penn

The Royal Asiatic Society, London, hosted a book launch for Christopher Penn's The Nicholas Brothers & A. T. W. Penn: photographers of South India 1855–1885. 

The Nicholas Brothers & A. T. W. Penn: photographers of South India 1855–1885 is published by Quaritch. It is available at a special price of £40 until 1 December 2014. Contact: Alice…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2014 at 19:34 — No Comments

Publication: Street Life in London: Context and Commentary

This ground-breaking book by Kathryn Morgan examines the 1877-78 publication Street Life in London,by journalist Adolphe Smith and photographer John Thomson, which aimed to reveal, through the innovative use of photography and essays, the conditions of a life of poverty in London.

Now regarded as a pioneering photo-text and a foundational work of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

NMeM consults on redundancies

Museums Journal reports that the National Media Museum is consulting on a restructure that could see it make up to five posts redundant across its senior management team and film department.

The Bradford museum has been forced to scale back its …


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2014 at 5:00 — No Comments

Obituary: G Thurston Hopkins (1913-27 October 2014)

The former Picture Post photographer Thurston Hopkins has died aged 101 years. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2000.  Godfrey Thurston Hopkins trained as a magazine illustrator at Brighton College of Art, but discovering that the camera ‘paid better than the brush’ he began working as a Fleet Street press photographer from 1930.

However the cliché ridden imagery and ruthless tactics required by successful press…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 28, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Publication: PhotoResearcher, Looking at 175 Years of Photohistory

The European Society for the History of Photography celebrates photography's 175th anniversary with a volume dedicated to the conditions that formed the historiography of photography: Looking at 175 Years of Photohistory is edited by Miriam Halwani, Ulla…


Added by Caroline Fuchs on October 28, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

H.L. Pattinson: Niagara Falls, daguerreotype, April 1840

I am about to embark on a charity fundraiser - - based in part on the Pattinson daguerreotype reproduced above. Anyone who is interested and would like to know more, or get involved, is…


Added by RA! on October 25, 2014 at 3:22 — No Comments

Japanese photo album 1885-1890 from the photographic studio of Adolph Farsari (Yokohama)

You might be interested in this 7 minute video of a hand coloured albumen photo album from the photographic studio of Adolph Farsari ( Yokohama ) 1885-1890

The video was sent to me by my friend David Iglésias of the CRDI in Girona where the original is kept.



Added by World Image Trader on October 24, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Photography Historians: A New Generation?

The fourth Ryerson Image Centre Symposium highlights the most current research in the history of photography, bringing emerging scholars from universities worldwide to speak about their bodies of inquiry, their methods and their findings. This rising group of young photo-historians will engage in dialogue with renowned scholars, revealing how contemporary historical inquiry sits within—and departs from—established traditions. The hope is that participants, and the audience, may better…


Added by Thierry Gervais on October 22, 2014 at 23:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Chamonix in 3D

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in 3D is a new exhibition at Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France, from 18 Oct 2014 – 29 March 2015. The exhibition of 3D images spans the past 150 years, documenting the life and times of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc:…


Added by Peter Blair on October 20, 2014 at 23:30 — No Comments

The voyage of the 'Oriental' and the daguerreotype in Portugal, Spain and Brazil, 1839-1840

  Ramires, Alexandre (2014) The Voyage of the Daguerreotype. On the Daguerreotypes and Physionotypes of the Oriental Hydrographe, Coimbra: author's edition. This text provides documental support for the first daguerreotype experience in Portugal, in October 1939, and the probable daguerreotype practice in islands of Madeira and Canarias latter in the same month. It…


Added by Nuno Borges de Araújo on October 17, 2014 at 21:00 — 6 Comments

cfp: Archiving 2015

The Society for Imaging Science and Technology has announced a call for papers for Archiving 2015. The conference is to be held the week of 18 May at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California. Read more and download a PDF version of this Call for Papers at



Added by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2014 at 7:02 — No Comments

Seminar: 'Poor Man’s Picture Gallery': Art and Stereoscopic Photography

Tate Britain's Victorian and Edwardian Art Research Centre is holding a research seminar on 4 November based around the upcoming BP Spotlight Display ‘Poor Man’s Picture Gallery’: Art and Stereoscopic Photography.  Exploring how the reproduction of fine art imagery through the intimate hand-held form of stereoscopy has affected our understanding of both forms of art, the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2014 at 6:33 — No Comments

Research: The 1846 Art Union Photographs Project

In 1846 William Henry Fox Talbot provided probably over 6000 original Talbotype images to the Art Union journal in a promotional effort which today is largely overlooked.  The images were provided to popularise his photographic method and the publication was the first journal in the world to include photographs.   Due largely to the haste of production, today, the images are…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2014 at 22:02 — 1 Comment

Photographers’ Archives and Legacy Project: a call

The Photographers' Archives and Legacy Project is planning to add more material to the project website - - and it would like to hear from photographers whose work has a social, archival interest. It is particularly interested in: 

a) Photographers who are involved in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2014 at 21:50 — No Comments

cfp: Photography in Print / 22-23 June 2015

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre has put out a call for papers for a conference taking place in June 2015. The Annual International Conference will address the complex and wide range question of ‘photography in print.’ The conference aims to explore the functions, affects and dynamics of photographs on the printed page.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 8, 2014 at 16:53 — No Comments

Professor Elizabeth Edwards honoured

Leicester's De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre has reported that Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Director of the PHRC, has been honoured by The Society for Visual Anthropology. The Society has given Edwards its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. 

See: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2014 at 20:21 — No Comments

Bodleian Libraries secures final funding to acquire Fox Talbot Archive

Oxford, 6 October 2014 – The Bodleian Libraries have secured the final funds needed to acquire the Personal Archive of William Henry Fox Talbot.  The final funds come via a legacy donation to the Libraries.   

The Bodleian’s appeal to acquire the Fox Talbot Archive was launched two years ago in late 2012 with an aim to raise the £2.25 million needed to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 6, 2014 at 16:19 — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: Talbot scholars celebrate three major initiatives

At a public meeting held at Oxford’s Bodleian Library today, Head Librarian Richard Ovenden (right) made the first announcement of three initiatives that will support William Henry Fox Talbot studies in the United Kingdom and internationally. At the same time they will make the Bodleian central to Talbot studies and the lead of the world’s three principal Talbot…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2014 at 15:43 — No Comments

Publication: William Henry Fox Talbot Beyond Photography

Oxford today saw William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography launched at a reception at the Bodleian Library. William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877) was a British pioneer in photography, yet he also embraced the wider preoccupations of the Victorian Age—a time that saw many political, social, intellectual, technical, and industrial changes. His manuscripts, now in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 5, 2014 at 15:00 — No Comments

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