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October 2015 Blog Posts (20)

Auction: Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History, London 17 November 2015

Sotheby's next auction of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History, will take place in London on 17 November 2015. Viewing will be 12, 13, 15 and 16 November or other times by appointment. The auction includes photographs of Spain, Polar Exploration, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Burma, China, India, Japan, Korea,…


Added by Richard Fattorini on October 31, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Easter Rising 1916 from the Sean Sexton Collection

To mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, The Photographers' Gallery, London, presents The Easter Rising 1916, an exhibition drawn from Sean Sexton's photographic collection and curated by Luke Dodd.

This exhibition investigates the significant role played by photography in informing the national consciousness that led to Irish independence, using the 1916 rebellion…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2015 at 8:15 — 1 Comment

Seminars: Birkbeck History and Theory of Photography

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced a series of new events and seminars which are open to all. They are free and take place at 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD.

Collecting Our Past: Photographs, History and the Free Public Library 1890-1914

Thursday 19 November 6-7:30

Room B04…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: On the Camera Obscura

On the Camera Obscura. The obsession with capturing images is an exhibition curated by Montserrat de Pablo. It exhibition shows the work process followed in a research project carried out by Montserrat de Pablo at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in Berlin over the course of 2013-2015.

The idea sprang from her doctoral thesis La…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2015 at 10:24 — No Comments

Exhibition Review by Janine Freeston ARPS: Who is afraid of Women Photographers?

Who is afraid of Women Photographers? 1839-1945 Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie 14 October 2015-24 January 2016. The first of its type in France it pulls together histories of photography that, re-evaluated the contribution women made to the medium's development. It displays the singular and progressive relationship between women and photography, in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2015 at 10:14 — No Comments

Exhibition: Centenary - Hurter and Driffield

Centenary describes two landmark exhibitions supported by The RPS Historical Group, which commemorate the lives and times of two 19th century photographic pioneers. In 1915, the Royal Photographic Society’s Council initiated a surviving three-part tribute to honour the memory of Ferdinand Hurter and Charles Vero Driffield, and which consists of a memorial volume, occasional…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2015 at 10:11 — No Comments

Exhibition and lecture series: The Eye of the Shah

The Eye of the Shah: Qajar Court Photography and the Persian Past presents some 200 photographic prints, a number of vintage photographic albums, and memorabilia that utilized formal portraiture of the shah, the exhibition shows how photographers—many of them engaged by Naser al-Din Shah Qajar (r. 1848-1896), the longest reigning Shah of the Qajar Dynasty (1785-1925)—…


Added by Mirjam Brusius on October 26, 2015 at 14:30 — No Comments

Publication: Catalogue on XIXth Architecture Photography

Published by Spanish National Library as a catalogue for the exhibition Mirar la Arquitectura – Fotografia Monumental en el Siglo XIX  included in the 2015 Photo España (3 July-4 October 2015) , this book edited by researchers, Delfin Rodriguez Ruiz, Helena Perez Gallardo, and with texts by the two former and Helene Bocard,  Inmaculada Aguilar Civera, Carlos…


Added by Nuno de Avelar Pinheiro on October 20, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Exhibition and Symposium: P H Emerson

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery is opening a new exhibition P.H. Emerson: Presented by the Author on 20 November 20, 2015  at 6 pm. The following day there will be a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 19, 2015 at 18:45 — No Comments

Exhibition: D. Amelia e a Fotografia (Photographs of the last Queen of Portugal)

D. Amélia e a Fotografia. The last 20 years (1890/1910) of Portuguese Monarchy were the subject for a wide number of photographers, ranging from the best known professionals to several members of the Royal Family. 

This exhibition collects 130 of those images from the collections of "Museu-Biblioteca da Casa de Bragança" and "Palácio Nacional da Ajuda" and will…


Added by Nuno de Avelar Pinheiro on October 16, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Publication: Lives of the Great Photographers

Thames & Hudson has published Lives of the Great Photographers, an original new title profiling thirty-eight celebrated photographers, which traces the evolution of their art in relation to their biography. Intelligently written and researched to the highest standards, this biographical compendium is the work of the photographic historian, Juliet…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 11, 2015 at 12:39 — No Comments

Agfa-Gevaert archive preserved in Antwerp

The future of the historical archives of Agfa-Gevaert, Mortsel, Belgium, has been secured with their deposition with Antwerp's Fotomuseum (FoMu). The collection includes photos, posters, films and other memorabilia, back to founder Lieven Gevaert, an industrialist who was also important for the history of Flanders. The archive had been kept in Varenthof, a castle next to the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2015 at 7:53 — No Comments

Event: Stereography: A Talk in 3D / 21 October

Photohistorian Denis Pellerin will share his passion for the ingenious art of stereography in a public talk at the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh. Stereoscopy was a nineteenth century craze with millions of inexpensive stereographs circulating worldwide. The event promises to be engaging and informative, with 3D glasses provided! The talk supports the museum's…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2015 at 7:38 — No Comments

George Eastman House: new name and website

Rochester, N.Y., October 6, 2015 —The George Eastman Museum has today announced its new name and launched a new website at Formerly George Eastman House, the institution encompasses one of the world’s foremost museums of photography and cinema and the historic Rochester estate of entrepreneur and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2015 at 7:29 — No Comments

Exhibition Defence Through The Lens - 100 Years of Military Photography

A century of military photographic images goes on show at Shrewsbuy Museum & Art Gallery from Monday 19 October 2015 until 10 January 2016 in a new exhibition by the Defence School of Photography.As well as marking the centenary of photography by members of the Armed Forces, the exhibition also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the School’s move to RAF Cosford in Shropshire in 1965.

The exhibition will showcase the very best work of photographers from the Army, Navy and Royal Air…


Added by Tim King on October 5, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Auction: Ponting / British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913

A collection of material relating to H G Ponting including his Emerson medal and correspondence with Buckingham Palace and the Royal Household between 1910 and 1929 is being sold on 3 November at Bonhams, London.

The catalogue footnote reads: 


    Ponting was the first professional…

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2015 at 19:16 — No Comments

Exhibition: Victorian London in Photographs 1839 to 1901 / LMA

This is a fascinating exhibition about the history of London portrayed through Victorian era photographs. The best photographs in the posting are by John Thomson. The composition of these images is exemplary with their eloquent use of light and low depth of field. The seemingly nonchalant but obviously staged positioning of the figures is coupled with superb rendition of…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on October 4, 2015 at 6:30 — No Comments

Auction: Early Shadbolt ballooning photographs lead sale

Dominic Winter's autumn Photography auction comprises 147 lots from 1850s onwards. Highlight of the sale is anticipated to be a series of 76 ballooning magic lantern slides that include 27 aerial photographic views of London (and one of the Eiffel Tower) by balloonist-aerial photographer pioneer Cecil Victor Shadbolt (1859-1892).

Among the aerial photographs is the…


Added by Chris Albury on October 3, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Digital resource: Aperture magazine goes online

The Aperture Digital Archive is a fully searchable online resource containing every issue of Aperture magazine since its founding in 1952. Users will be able to access all 220 issues of the magazine from their desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

“Aperture is a document of great artistic, cultural, and scholarly value,” says Dana Triwush, the publisher, “and the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 2, 2015 at 9:43 — No Comments

Seminars: The Photography Seminar, University of Oxford, Michaelmas Term 2015

The Photography Seminar, University of Oxford, Michaelmas Term 2015.


Michaelmas Term 2015

Tuesdays (Weeks 1, 3, 5) – 12:30pm - 2pm*

Co-organizers: Mirjam Brusius and Geraldine Johnson

October 13th, 2015 (Tuesday, Week 1) – 12:30pm -- 2pm:

Photography, Exhibitions and the Birth of a Discipline

Anthony Gardner (Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University)

Location: Dept. of History of Art, Littlegate House, St Ebbes



Added by Mirjam Brusius on October 2, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

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