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November 2015 Blog Posts (16)

Conference: Julia Margaret Cameron at 200 / 15 January 2016

This one-day conference will present new research on the pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron's social, religious, colonial and artistic contexts. International speakers will explore themes such as Cameron’s experimental techniques and exchanges with other artists and her lasting impact and relevance for contemporary…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 30, 2015 at 9:09 — No Comments

Symposium: Julia Margaret Cameron: Victorian networks, empire and the history of photography today / 20 January 2016

The year 2015 marked the bicentenary of the birth of Calcutta-born photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.  In eight short statements, researchers and curators will reflect on the status of the Victorian photographer in the history of photography at large while also using her work as a springboard to think about the present and the future of an increasingly globally conceived…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 30, 2015 at 9:03 — No Comments

Exhibition: Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century

In March 2016, the V&A will present the first retrospective of the American artist Paul Strand (1890-1976) in the UK for over 30 years. Revered as one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Strand defined the way fine art and documentary photography is understood and practiced today.

Part of a tour organised by Philadelphia Museum of Art, in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 29, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Canadian Photography Institute formed

The National Gallery of Canada in conjunction with the National Gallery of Canada Foundation has announced the creation of the Canadian Photography Institute, a national research and exhibition centre of excellence devoted to photography. The Institute will foster transformative partnerships and cooperation opportunities worldwide for the integrated study of its collection,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 28, 2015 at 19:12 — No Comments

Eveleen Myers/ Unidentified Portrait Sitters

Eveleen Myers (née Tennant) (1856-1937) was a beauty, but certainly not a “professional beauty” in the commercial sense of the term; hers was a physical attractiveness recognized and portrayed by the celebrated artists of her time. None other than John Everett Millais and George Frederic Watts painted her in her vibrant youth.  Myers herself would recall meeting photography pioneer Julia Margaret Cameron as a child and having posed for her. This meeting seems to have been…


Added by Judy Oberhausen on November 27, 2015 at 19:40 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: David Peat at Panter and Hall, London, 13-22 January 2016

In the late 1960s. twenty-one year old David Peat created a portfolio of Glasgow photographs to help him gain entry to the film business.  Shortly before he died in 2012, Peat, long respected as a leading and award-winning cinematographer and documentary film maker, finally made these extraordinary images available to the public.  As perceptions of street life in Gorbals and…


Added by David Bruce on November 25, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

The Case of The Mysterious Roving Moustache

We'd appreciate comments and suggestions regarding this mystery.

Added by Kath Shawcross on November 18, 2015 at 14:42 — No Comments

James A. Sinclair : biographical information sought

I am researching some photographs by the British camera manufacturer and dealer James A. Sinclair, FRPS. (d.1940).  A great deal seems to be known about his famous cameras; very little about himself.   It may well be that his life is more familiar to specialists in cameras and the camera industry than to specialists in photographs themselves.  I suspect, for example, that as an eminent dealer in the heart of London – and as the author of distinguished how-to books – Sinclair may well have…


Added by Francis Hodgson on November 16, 2015 at 18:11 — 6 Comments

Exhibition: Sir Charles Wheatstone

Physicist, inventor and businessman, Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802-75) was professor of experimental philosophy at King’s College London for over 40 years, during which time he invented the electric telegraph, the stereoscope and a number of musical instruments. He embodied in his career and accomplishments the developing significance of science as a discipline and its…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 15, 2015 at 17:49 — No Comments

Appointment: Dr Kelley Wilder to direct PHRC

Dr Kelley Wilder, currently Reader in Photographic History, has been appointed director of De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre. She will take over from Professor Elizabeth Edwards who…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 10, 2015 at 5:30 — No Comments

Symposium: Women in Photography - 21 November 2015

To coincide with the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron, The Royal Photographic Society in partnership with the National Media Museum and the University of Westminster presents a day of lectures that celebrate women in photography from both sides of the lens.

The talks reflect on the historical and contemporary contribution made by women to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2015 at 14:06 — No Comments

Review: 'The road less travelled' / Exhibition: 'Julia Margaret Cameron

It was a flying visit to Sydney to see the Julia Margaret Cameron exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The trip was so very worthwhile, for I had never seen JMC's large contact photographs "in the flesh" before, let alone over 100 vintage prints from the Victoria and Albert Museum collection. They did not disappoint. This exhibition is one of the…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on November 9, 2015 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition review: 'Photography - A Victorian Sensation' / NMS, Edinburgh

In our contemporary image-saturated, comprehensively mediated way of life it is difficult for us to understand how "sensational" photography would have been in the Victorian era. Imagine never having seen a photograph of a landscape, city or person before. To then be suddenly presented with a image written in light, fixed before the eye of the beholder, would have been a…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on November 9, 2015 at 8:30 — No Comments

Workshop: Bromoil - 5 March 2016

Learn the photographic art of bromoil printing from negative to finished print, and leave with a finished bromoil, plus transfer demonstration. Arranged by The Bromoil Circle of Great Briatin. Places are limited to 15. 

The cost is £50 including tea and coffee.

See more at: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 9, 2015 at 8:00 — No Comments

Online resource: European History of Photography network

Nuno Pinheiro writes...Thank you for the warm reception on the idea of creating a Network for European History of Photography. I believe this is a project which will help us all.

I hope in the future to have better web housing and better designed site, however the most important is to have a place to share information, to get connected to each other, to have discussions, to present our work, to search for connections. Now we have such a place: A blog, a Facebook page and an e-mail.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2015 at 2:00 — No Comments

London Photograph Fair... 8th November

Only a week till the London Photograph Fair which is next Sunday, 8 November, at the Holiday Inn in Bloomsbury. There will be a lot of exhibitors selling vintage photographs and albums. I will be displaying about 35 of my Grandfather S.D.Jouhar's original black and white prints dating from approx. 1940 to 1960.  You can see some examples at…


Added by Kelvin Jouhar on November 1, 2015 at 21:30 — No Comments

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