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December 2013 Blog Posts (17)

Exhibition: Through the Lens of John Thomson: Hong Kong and Coastal China, 1868-1872

Through the Lens of John Thomson: Hong Kong and Coastal China, 1868-1872, is a photography exhibition running until 16 February 2014 at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum - at Central Ferry Pier No 8.

Born in Edinburgh in 1837, the Scotsman trained as a lensmaker at the age of 14. And then, like many youngsters of his time, Thomson headed east to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 30, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Publication: A Victorian Gentleman's North Norfolk

W J J Bolding (1815-1899) is the subject of a new book about this 1850/60s North Norfolk photographer. The book records what is known about Bolding along with a selection of his outstanding photographs. A chapter by John Benjafield contextualises Bolding's work in the early history of photography. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 28, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Rare early photography available to the public

The Guardian reports on the government scheme to accept items in lieu of tax. Items accepted must be made available to the public for viewing. Included on the list are the following photographic items:

  • David…

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 27, 2013 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Master Classes: Photograph identification, conservation and techniques

The Fotorestauratie Atelier VOF offers English Master Classes in various subjects surrounding the preservation of photographs. During the first half of the year we are placing special focus on preservation strategies surrounding modern photographs. 


All courses will be given in Amsterdam and prices include coffee breaks,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 27, 2013 at 19:51 — No Comments

British Library: Papers of W H F Talbot now searchable online

We are happy to announce that The Papers of William Henry…


Added by Mirjam Brusius on December 23, 2013 at 16:30 — No Comments

Publication: Oliver G Pike (1877-1963)

A new monograph records the life and achievements pioneering wildlife photographer and cinematographer Oliver G Pike FRPS. The 56-page publication is available for £5 plus p+p from the author's website: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 23, 2013 at 14:40 — No Comments

Digitisation: The RPS Journal and the BJP to be made available

The world's two oldest photographic periodicals have announced their digitisation. The Royal Photographic Society's Photographic Journal, which dates from March 1853 and the British Journal of Photography which dates from January 1854 will be made available in digital forms to researchers and the public. Both publications have been published continuously…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 22, 2013 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

Call for papers: Conference on current research in photography

The State Hermitage Museum is pleased to invite you to take part in the international conference "Current Research in Photography" held to mark the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage and 175 years since the invention of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 22, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Erich Retzlaff Volksfotograf

Photography, like other modern media, was readily utilised in the promulgation of political and ideological concepts in Germany between the two world wars. This is especially true for the visualisation of racial and eugenic ideas developed in the nineteenth century and ideas of a ‘Germanic’ nation, subsequently incorporated in National Socialist thinking and propaganda. This…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 19, 2013 at 20:16 — No Comments

Auction: Sothebys, Cameron and others (UPDATED)

Sotheby's have produced a special catalogue for The Val Prinsep album compiled by Julia Margaret Cameron. A PDF copy can be had by clicking here. The auction takes place on 10 December 2013. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2013 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Course: Conservation of Photographs / 30 June-3 July 2014

This three-day short course at West Dean College will be led by Susie Clark, ACR.  Susie was formerly the conservator for a collection of approximately 20 million photographs at the BBC Hulton Picture Library (now Getty Images) and is now an accredited freelance paper and photograph conservator and consultant.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 11, 2013 at 9:26 — 3 Comments

National Media Museum 5 year plan accepted

The National Media Museum has had its five year plan to turnaround the museum accepted by the trustees of the Science Museum Group. The plans, presented by Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Head of the museum,will create two new permanent galleries, a temporary exhibition space, an overhaul of the lobby and entrances and will join the museum with a commercial cinema partner. They are dependent on securing funds to realise them. 

The Bradford Telegraph and Argus newspaper…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Photo Archive: Oxford University Images

OUImages, the online digital media library of the University of Oxford, brings together every element of Oxford's visual identity into a single, easily accessible database.

Within some of the most beautiful architecture in the world, Oxford's colleges, museums and libraries house some of the finest, and most diverse, art collections and historical artifacts, and its…


Added by Michael Wong on December 4, 2013 at 23:33 — No Comments

Publication: Illuminating Shadows: The Calotype in Nineteenth-Century America

In this volume Hanlon turns conventional photographic history inside out, restoring American photography to its proper place among the great early traditions. Too often the United States is seen as a provincial player in calotype photography; a poor cousin to the Britons who invented the technique and the French who perfected it. In this book,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2013 at 20:04 — No Comments

Call for Papers: Beyond the View (New) Perspectives on Seaside Photography

This peer-reviewed conference taking place 10-11 July 2014 will explore seaside photography in its very broadest sense and provide a critical space for debate and enquiry. This conference invites submissions that explore seaside photography in all its manifestations.

Proposed papers might…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2013 at 19:46 — No Comments

Seminars: DMU History of Photography

Leicester's De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre has announced its Spring terms seminars which explore Photography Evidence and Law. They are open to everyone at no charge on Tuesdays from 4-6pm in the Edith Murphy Building. 

January 14th (Room: EM 1.27)

Professor Jennifer Tucker…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 1, 2013 at 15:40 — No Comments

Terence Pepper to partially retire from the NPG at the end of 2013

Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, is to take partial retirement on 31 December 2013. He will continue working on specific projects on a part-time basis as Special Exhibitions Advisor. 

Born in 1949 Pepper joined the NPG in 1975 as librarian and curated his first show of E O Hoppé's work two years later. He became curator of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 1, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

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