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October 2016 Blog Posts (32)

Exhibition: John Beasley Greene / until 2 December 2016

Born in 1832 in Le Havre, France, to American parents, the photographer John Beasley Greene was a student of the noted photographer Gustave Le Gray in Paris, who, as author and historian Eugenia Parry writes, was “a magician of change who inspired and shaped the genius of John Beasley Greene.” Greene’s unusual still lives made on a rooftop in Paris, probably during his…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2016 at 18:46 — No Comments

The first RAI photographic salon / 7 December

The RAI Photographic Committee invites you to attend the first salon, a convivial and informal evening of conversation and drinks exploring the relationship between anthropology and photography, aimed at graduate students and early career researchers.

Every participant will have the opportunity to talk about their work for no more than five minutes. If you are…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2016 at 18:39 — No Comments

Exhibition: A Century of Photography, 1840-1940

From October 2016 London's National Portrait Gallery will celebrate photography with an installation dedicated to its extraordinary photography collection. The display will feature works by internationally renowned makers such as Edward Weston and Frederick Evans alongside photographs from the archives of Cecil Beaton and Madame Yevonde.

Included will be some of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2016 at 18:22 — 1 Comment

Online course: Photographic Chemistry for Preservation

The Photographic Chemistry course was initiated by FAIC in 2015, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This series explores key elements of photographic chemistry that are essential to understanding the nature of silver-based analog photographs, their creation, and their deterioration mechanisms. These topics are…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2016 at 18:18 — No Comments

Publication: From a Photograph. Authenticity, Science and the Periodical Press, 1870-1890

Throughout its early history, photography's authenticity was contested and challenged: how true a representation of reality can a photograph provide? Does the reproduction of a photograph affect its value as authentic or not? From a Photograph examines these questions in the light of the early scientific periodical press, exploring how the perceived…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2016 at 19:30 — No Comments

Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate, 1916: Lewes Remembers

An exhibition of 80 light boxes in 65 windows throughout Lewes, 1916: Lewes Remembers will show work from the years of the First World War by Benjamin Reeves, grandfather of the present Reeves photographic studio owner Tom Reeves.

This will include individual and group portraits of soldiers and their families, as well as civilian life during the war, and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 24, 2016 at 6:52 — No Comments

Robert Howlett - grave restoration. Your support needed...

The photograph here shows the final resting place of pioneering photographer Robert Howlett - the man whose photograph of Isambard Kingdom Brunel is now one of the most famous images in history.

Howlett tragically died just one year later at the age of 27 and was not buried in London but in a quiet corner of Norfolk at his father's church of St Peter and St Paul,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 22, 2016 at 18:30 — 2 Comments

X-Ray 120th Anniversary / World Radiology Day

Marking the 120th anniversary of the first medical X-Ray performed in Birmingham by radiology pioneer Major John Hall-Edwards,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 22, 2016 at 18:15 — No Comments

Wellcome Cameron and Herschel

The Wellcome Collection has produced a short film looking the relationship between Julia Margaret Cameron and Sir John Herschel using materials from its collection. 

Added by Michael Pritchard on October 22, 2016 at 18:06 — No Comments

Job: Project Officer, Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock

We are looking for somebody who can take responsibility for the successful delivery of the [James] Fenton Collection Project. With the support of volunteers, this project aims to catalogue a significant photographic collection of 4,500 items, consisting of photographs, cameras, pre-cinema object and printed materials. All of this will be carried out…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 19, 2016 at 20:51 — No Comments

Job: Collection Online Assistant (20th Century Photography)

The post-holder will be responsible for identifying and making accessible a largely unknown part of the Royal Collection's photograph collection. With the guidance of curatorial colleagues and the Picture Library team, the postholder is responsible for creating, editing and enhancing online records for selected groups of twentieth century photographs by significant…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2016 at 6:30 — No Comments

William Blackmore Collection Album 1

I am currently researching the last photograph in this album - William Blackmore and Red Cloud, taken by Alexander Gardner in 1872.

I stumbled across this site and a very interesting blog from 2014 in which Kevin J McCann was researching an aspect of the William Blackmore Collection and both Paula Richardson Fleming and Antony Hamber contributed.

I am hoping that they might be able to answer some questions I have. I am awaiting the arrival of Antony Hamber's biography of…


Added by susan jane aitchison on October 16, 2016 at 8:43 — 3 Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / London, Autumn/Spring 2016/17

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced its Autumn/Spring 2016/17 seminar programme. Each is free and open to all, at 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.

Monday 24 October, 6:00-7:30pm

Room 106

Tim Satterthwaite (Visiting Lecturer, University of Brighton)

Spiritualising the machine: the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 19:44 — No Comments

Publication: Making Kodak Film (second, expanded, edition)

Robert Shanebrook writes...In 2010, I published a 94-page book Making Kodak Film. The book provided a high level view of the technology used to provide silver halide films. The positive response encouraged me to write a second edition with much more in-depth coverage of the subject.  To gather information, I consulted over 100 photographic film experts.  This…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 19:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph / from 18 November

The life, work and inventions of William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of modern photography, are presented in a major exhibition at the National Media Museum, Bradford.

Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph (18 November, 2016  – 5 February, 2017. Free entry) features more than 200 images and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 18:22 — No Comments

Archive of Andrew and Stuart Douglas’s photographs of stars saved

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired a group of portraits of leading British cultural figures photographed in the 1990s - including Daniel Day-Lewis, Damon Albarn, Alan Bennett, Tilda Swinton, Bob Geldof and Salman Rushdie.

They have been saved from destruction after being rescued from a condemned warehouse in King's Cross. The important body of portraits from…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments

Job: Curatorial Research Assistant (Photographs)

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or who are currently contributing to British history and culture. The Gallery attracts over 2 million visits a year and is among London’s most popular attractions, it reaches and engages these, and further UK and global audiences, with its extensive display,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 17:51 — No Comments

Symposium: Politics through the archives of Photography, Film and Art / 22 October

Artist Lala Meredith Vula will speak about her exhibition Flowers of Earth and Blood and about her journey in photography documenting important political and social events. The audience are invited to view the exhibition in the Alison Richard…


Added by Kelley Wilder on October 14, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

Daguerreian Society Auction - October 22, 2016

The 2016 Daguerreian Society auction is available on both the Daguerreian Society web site and on LiveAuctioneers. It is the first annual fully online auction and offers a spectacular collection of offerings thanks to Greg French, Tim Lindholm and the Auction Committee team.

Please register and follow the auction, mark your favorites and feel free to bid...…


Added by Jeremy on October 13, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Seminar: The Department of Science and Art Revisited: The View from South Kensington / 18 October

This seminar will offer a talk about – and in the guise of – the South Kensington Museum, which was the original home of what was later split into the V&A Museum and the Science Museum. It was created by the government's Department of Science and Art, which was run by Henry Cole, the South Kensington Museum's founding director and the prime mover behind the Great…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2016 at 9:54 — No Comments

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