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October 2018 Blog Posts (20)

Auction: Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History / London: 13 November

This auction includes many photographs from the mid-19th century through to the mid-20th century, covering many parts of the globe. Of great rarity is a group of glass plate negatives of China by Thomas Child, which are the only known negatives by Child to survive and were made in Beijing in the 1870s and 1880s (lot 201).  We are also delighted to offer photographs from the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2018 at 3:23 — No Comments

Auction: Fine books and photographs / London; 27 November

Bonhams' auction of fine books and photographs includes, amongst other photography lots, a pair of albums 'Presented to the Rev. Robert Vaughan Pryce... by his father George Pryce, F.S.A. on his Birthday, December 15, 1866", containing

Also ncluded is a picture of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, flanked by his assistants Nicolas Tredwell and William Jacomb taken…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2018 at 3:16 — No Comments

V&A Photography Centre: a message from the curatorial team

The photographs section at the V&A Museum have issued a newsletter following the launch of the Photography Centre.

We are delighted to be in touch with an update about the exciting activity that has been taking place at the V&A these past months.

 Phase One of the V&A Photography Centre is now open. To mark this occasion, HRH The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2018 at 3:01 — No Comments

Events: Photography and Collecting, and the Art Market

Dr Juliet Hacking is speaking at two upcoming events: 

Saturday 3rd November, afternoon

Workshop: An Insider’s Guide to Photography and the Art Market…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2018 at 2:57 — No Comments

Auction: Early French Masterworks from the Hyman Collection / 1 November 2018

Early French Masterworks from the Hyman Collection showcase rare, important works from the 1840s to 1850s by the first practitioners of negative-positive photography in France. This exceptional selection of 12 lots comprises 11 salt prints, of which three are accompanied by their unique paper negatives, and one albumen print. The 13 featured pioneer-photographers – Édouard…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 24, 2018 at 20:27 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer / Ottawa, until 3 February 2019

Oscar Gustaf Rejlander (1813-1875) was a Victorian artist whose innovations in both the production and conceptual aspects of photography have secured him a place within the history of the medium. Surprisingly there has never been a major examination of his career ….until now.

The Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada presents the first-ever…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 22, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

Talk: The Poor Man's Courtauld Gallery / London, 31 October 2018

There will be a London Stereoscopic Company 3D talk at the Courtauld Institute on 31 October. Titled The Poor Man's Courtauld Gallery it will examine how artists and stereo photographers explored the same themes with the advantages and limitations of their respective medium. 

Admission is free but needs to be booked.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 22, 2018 at 6:30 — No Comments

Symposium: Anna Atkins / New York: 3 November 2018

On 3 November 2018 New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Celeste Auditorium, hosts the first international symposium dedicated to the pioneering photography of Anna Atkins (1799-1871). Scholars in the fields of photography, conservation, natural history, and rare books will discuss her photographic legacy.

The symposium is open to the…


Added by Rose Teanby on October 21, 2018 at 19:30 — No Comments

Blog: Conserving Talbot’s ‘The Pencil of Nature’ for display

Lauren Ashley-Irvine, Conservator of Photographs and Paper, at the Victoria and Albert Museum has published a blog describing how one of the fascicles from Talbot's Pencil of Nature (1844) was conserved and prepared for exhibition in the museum's new photography galleries. The publication is part of the Royal Photographic Society Collection…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 20, 2018 at 13:42 — 1 Comment

Daily Mirror Photographers and the Great War

As the 100th anniversary of the Armistice is looming I am asking for help to contact any living relatives of former Daily Mirror photographers who served in WW1 or worked for the paper in the UK during the conflict. 

I am particular interested in Bernard, Thomas and Horace Grant  who had all covered conflicts around the world before the outbreak of the Great…


Added by John Mead on October 17, 2018 at 14:00 — 1 Comment

Publication: Photography and the 1851 Great Exhibition

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, held in London from May to Ocbober of 1851, was the genesis of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Published to accompany the opening of the V&A Photography Centre, this book makes extensive use of the V&A collections and archival material related to the 1851 Great…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2018 at 7:27 — No Comments

Archive: Boots the Chemist

Boots Archive are delighted to announce the second phase release of the online catalogue of the Walgreens Boots Alliance archive collections. This digital resource, which launched in 2017 has been supported by the Wellcome Trust, through their Research Resources programme. The archive includes phootgraphy and material relating to Boots' involvement with amateur…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2018 at 16:49 — No Comments

Event: John Thomson: pioneer of travel photography / London, 15 October 2018

In this lecture Deborah Ireland explores how the Royal Geographic Society's first instructor in photography, John Thompson, applied images to the science of geography, to guide and influence a new generation of travellers. Thomson had a career as a photographer in China and elsewhere in Asia and took the photographs for Street Life in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2018 at 16:40 — No Comments

V&A Photography Centre opened to the public today

The first day open to the public was a busy one for the V&A Museum's new Photography Centre as the pictures here show. Phase one of the Photography Centre more than doubles the space dedicated to photography at the V&A, spanning four new galleries. It opens with the major display Collecting Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital, beginning in the newly…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

Workshop: Van Dyke Brown Workshop / London: 30 October + 24 November 2018

Make exquisite rich brown images using this 19th century print technique.  Lead by photographic artist Catriona Gray who specialises in alternative processes, this short, three-hour workshop, will show you all you need to make gorgeous and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2018 at 17:08 — No Comments

Auction: Cottingley Fairies image realises £15,000+BP

An image of Alice and the Fairies taken in 1917 by Elsie Wright, and one of the hoax photographs known as the Cottingley Fairies sold for £15,000 (plus 20% buyer's premium) at Dominic Winter auctions on 4 October. 

First in the series of five Cottingley Fairies photographs, a hoax that deceived a number of eminent figures, most notably Sir…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2018 at 17:04 — No Comments

Cavendish and Monde Laboratoires.

Colleagues and friends who will have seen David Haynes notification drawing attention to the new addition of historical photographic images to the Cambridge digital Library, might be unaware of the threat hanging over the Cavendish and Monde Laboratories where scientific research and experiments took place over a period of nearly 100 years by James Clark-Maxwell, JJ…

Added by michaelg on October 10, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

Brian Griffin - POP

The sixth 'Photography on Screen' work by Street Level Photoworks for Regional Screen Scotland.

Added by Street Level Photoworks on October 7, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

Auction report: Alfred Swaine Taylor archive / 5 October 2018

Yesterday saw the dispersal of the Alfred Swaine Taylor family collection and archive at Lacy Scott & Knight auction house in Bury St Edmunds. BPH reported on the auction back in June and an earlier disposal which highlighted the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 6, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

Publication: 'On a Hill Road' is now published

The book is a 'Now and Then' book which explores the 3D stereo archive of keen Scottish amateur photographer Andrew Milne who travelled Scotland with his Stereo Victo camera between 1902 and 1905.  Although an amateur, Andrew's image stand up well against many of the commercial images of Scotland made by more famous names.

There is a launch talk with 3D images on the…


Added by Ian Wallace on October 1, 2018 at 22:00 — No Comments

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