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October 2022 Blog Posts (27)

Auction: Charles Darwin cartes / 8 November 2022

Nineteen carte-de-visite portraits of Charles Darwin are estimated to fetch £50,000-100,000 when they are offered at auction next week. The cartes are contained in an album was compiled by  Henrietta Emma Litchfield, the daughter of Darwin and is inscribed with her husbands name, R. B. Litchfield. 

The cartes…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2022 at 7:50 — No Comments

cfp: In the Photographic Darkroom / deadline 9 January 2023

What role has the photographic darkroom played in the histories of photography and visual culture? How has this space, at times known as the camera obscura, developing room, laboratory, operating room, operating box, darkened chamber, photographic tent, dark tent, and developing tent, shaped ways of living and knowing?

Historical accounts of the wet…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 25, 2022 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

Course: Introduction to Photographic Histories (online) / from 1 November 2022

Photography has become an essential part of how we communicate and understand the world around us. This introductory course hosted by The Photographers' Gallery, will look at movements and ideas that have shaped the development of photographic practice, through engaging with artworks, critical texts and photographs as visual culture.

Sessions will…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 24, 2022 at 20:00 — No Comments

Call: The Sloan Fellowship in Photography

The Bodleian Libraries is offering a series of Fellowships. Of particular note is the Sloan Fellowship in Photography which is offered in conjunction with Trinity College, Oxford. It encourages researchers to come to Oxford and use Bodleian Libraries collections to advance their research in the history of photography and photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 22, 2022 at 14:35 — No Comments

Blog: Behind the scenes at Kodak and Ilford Ltd factories

Google Arts and Culture has pulled together a series of photographs showing photographs from the recent Daily Herald Archive digitisation which look behind the scenes at the British branch of Kodak, and of Ilford photography manufacturing in the 1930s.

See the blog post here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 22, 2022 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Event: Charles Dickens and his World in the Stereoscope / online, 2 November 2022

To accompany the exhibition To Be Read At Dusk: Dickens, Ghosts & the Supernatural on view at at the Charles Dickens Museum, photographic historian Denis Pellerin, from…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 22, 2022 at 14:30 — No Comments

Blog: working in the Jean Straker archive

Annebella Pollen, Professor of Visual and Material Culture at the University of Brighton, and Jayne Knight, collaborative PhD candidate (University of Brighton / National Science and Media Museum), discuss their…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 22, 2022 at 9:00 — No Comments

Event: MPF Collection in focus - Ten.8 Magazine / Bristol, 26 November 2022

Join MA Curating student Jocelyn Gale for an in-depth look at the Ten.8 magazines held at the Martin Parr Foundation, with special guest speaker Darryl Georgiou. Jocelyn has been working closely with the MPF collection for the past year and Darryl Georgiou is an artist and educator, and currently Professor of Media Arts at various UK and overseas…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 20, 2022 at 21:11 — No Comments

Wanted: Photographic negatives of varying time periods and types

As part of a forthcoming display at the V&A Museum, London, about the history and use of different cameras, the museum is seeking donations of a small selection of negatives. Ideally, the subjects depicted in the negatives will be visible (ie. landscapes are difficult to read at such a small scale) and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 20, 2022 at 21:00 — No Comments

Lecture: Between Analogue Photographs and their Digital Surrogates / London: 27 October 2022

Join Joan Schwartz, Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, in this public lecture where she will discuss the challenges of photograph digitisation.

Under pressure from institutions, funders and users, collections managers often make photographs available online as searchable single items. In the process, meaningful…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2022 at 21:13 — No Comments

Talk: Autochromes and Representation / online 18 October 2022

The CHSTM working group on Colour Photography in the 19th Century and Early 20th Century: Sciences, Technologies, Empires is hosting Catlin Langford who will be talking about Autochromes and Representation on Tuesday, 18 October 2022 from 1430 to 1600 BST. 

The talk is open to members of the Colour Photography in the 19th Century and Early 20th…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2022 at 10:00 — No Comments

Auction: early photography to the fore / 9 November 2022

Bonhams auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts on 9 November 2022 includes several lots of photographs. Three in particular stand out. Lot 32 is a portrait photograph of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, by Julia Margaret Cameron, given by Cameron to Mrs Tennyson in 1869. The print is estimated at £1500-2000. 

The second is lot 33 an album…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2022 at 20:24 — No Comments

Exhibition: Classroom photographic journeys: the Alfred Hugh Fisher Collection / Cambridge, until 13 January 2023

Curated by Sabrina Meneghini, Curator and Archival Assistant at the Royal Commonwealth Society Department of Cambridge University Library, this exhibition presents reproductions of photographs and paintings by British artist Alfred Hugh Fisher (1867-1945).



Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2022 at 19:55 — No Comments

Daily Herald Archive Google collaboration releases 100,000 new images

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford has worked in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture to digitise nearly 50,000 never before seen photographs, front and back, to bring the vast Daily Herald Archive to life through new online stories and a visual experiment on the platform.  

The collaborative project adds 100,000 new images and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2022 at 0:30 — No Comments

Online: ‘Talking with Images’: Private Photographs from the Imperial War Museums / 13 October 2022

Using Ruth Locke’s Private Photographs from the Imperial War Museums Photograph Archive to Explore the Family’s Experiences and Intergenerational Memories. Alice will be examining photographs from the private collection of Ruth Locke. Ruth (née Neumeyer) and her younger brother Raimund came to England from Germany…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 10, 2022 at 21:16 — No Comments

Silent films to live on in movie theater lobby card project

World renowned film poster collector Dwight Cleveland's current project involves digitizing a portion of his historic lobby card collection with the Ivy League University Dartmouth. Here is the link to the article. For more…


Added by dwight cleveland on October 10, 2022 at 20:00 — No Comments

Shoair Mavlian appointed new Director of The Photographers’ Gallery

The Photographers’ Gallery has announced that Shoair Mavlian has been appointed as its new Director. Currently Director at Photoworks, Shoair will take up the post in January 2023.

As Director of Photoworks Shoair leads the strategic vision and artistic direction of the organisation including exhibitions, biennial festival, commissions, learning and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 10, 2022 at 10:00 — No Comments

Publication: Perdendosi, by Norman McBeath and Edmund de Waal

Perdendosi is a collaborative work by photographer Norman McBeath with Edmund de Waal. This publication which includes de Waal's text Twelve Leaves was launched recently at the London Review of Books…


Added by Norman McBeath on October 10, 2022 at 8:00 — No Comments

Lecture: Richard Benson: Master Photographer, Printer, Teacher and Maker of Things / 18 October 2022

The Richard Benson Lecture on the Reproduced Image commemorates the life and work of American photographer, printer, teacher and author Richard Benson (1943 – 2017). Benson developed innovative techniques for photographic offset printing and inkjet printing, embracing technologies old and new.




Added by Michael Pritchard on October 10, 2022 at 7:35 — No Comments

Request: Do you have the first Kodak manual?

As part of my PhD research I am taking a close look at the first Kodak cameras 1888-90, gleaning what I can from photographical journals, biographical material about George Eastman and promotional literature.

For illustration purposes, I would like a good copy of the diagram of the film path and mechanism in the first of the Kodak cameras, to be found…


Added by Peter Domankiewicz on October 9, 2022 at 21:30 — 6 Comments

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