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December 2016 Blog Posts (19)

Obituary: Matt Isenburg, photographic collector and historian

Matt Isenburg, leading photographic collector and historian and driving force behind the Daguerreian Society, has passed away at the age of 89 on 14 November 2016.

Matt was a WW2 US Navy veteran and fascinated by history, in which he obtained a Bachelor's degree at Northwestern Universary. He started as a camera collector, with a major interest in Leicas but switched…


Added by Marcel Safier on December 17, 2016 at 23:30 — 3 Comments

Exhibition: Roger Mayne / 3 March - 11 June 2017

The Photographers’ Gallery presents the first major London exhibition of Roger Mayne’s (1929 - 2014) work since 1999. Roger Mayne is best known for his seminal and pioneering body of work on community life in London’s Southam Street in the 1950s and early 60s. Mayne’s humanistic approach to his subjects has influenced subsequent generations of photographers and made a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2016 at 17:37 — No Comments

Help fund the recreation of the 1839 exhibition of Talbot's photogenic drawnings in Birmingham

Thresholds, is an innovate exhibition project about one of the first exhibitions of photography in the United Kingdom and is seeking support through a new Kickstarter Campaign. 

Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, the project will re-present the exhibition of photogenic drawings staged at King Edward’s School, New Street in 1839 by the inventor…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

Publication: The Thorns of Bude

The Thorn photographers were pioneers of the art in Bude, in Cornwall. this book celebrates their enormous contribution to Cornish history. over 250 images taken from their original glass negatives, many never before published, show the landscape, seascape and shipwrecks, of north Cornwall, as it was in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, packed with…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

Jobs: Photographic Collections Network

Three new roles are on offer to work for the newly formed Photographic Collections Network.

Administrator/co-ordinator: freelance role with a fee of £20,000 working from early 2017 for 15 months. Would particularly suit someone with a commitment to photography and a track record of project co-ordination and admin.

Researcher: freelance role…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2016 at 16:46 — No Comments

Job: Gallery Manager, The Photographers' Gallery

The Gallery Manager’s role is to support the Senior Gallery Manager who is responsible for all aspects of monitoring and maintaining the Gallery’s building, planning and producing the installation and de-installation of Exhibitions, Events and Projects.


A minimum of three years’ experience in a similar role within an arts organisation…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2016 at 16:30 — No Comments

National Media Museum appoints new Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology

Dr Geoffrey Belknap, a historian of photography, visual culture and Victorian science, has been appointed Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology at the National Media Museum. He replaces Colin Harding who is undertaking PhD research looking at the work of Horace Nicholls. The Museum is due to announce its new name and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 15, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

François Cheval leaving the Nicéphore Nièpce Museum

François Cheval, curator of the Nicéphore Nièpce Museum is leaving after twenty years. There's an interview with him here:



Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2016 at 6:59 — No Comments

Exhibition: A Perfect Chemistry | Photographs by Hill and Adamson / 27 May−1 October 2017

Only four years after the invention of photography was announced to the world in 1839, two Scots had mastered the new medium and were producing works of breathtaking skill in extraordinary quantities. A Perfect Chemistry: Photographs by Hill & Adamson at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, will explore the uniquely productive and influential partnership…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Auction: Lewis Carroll Alice Liddell image

Sotheby's online auctions is offering a hand-coloured image of Alice Liddell c.1860 in a timed auction which ends on 16 December. The description reads: Hand-colored albumen print depicting Alice Liddell seated beside a potted Fern. Carroll Image No. 613. One of 8 images known, which includes the small vignette cut-out at the end of Carroll’s Alice manuscript. Carroll…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2016 at 15:00 — No Comments

Holography history archives merge

Dumfries and Leicester, UK – Two important archives are being merged to capture the history of holograms and their innovators. Prof Sean Johnston of the University of Glasgow has donated a large research archive to an even larger collection at De Montfort University (DMU),…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2016 at 12:57 — 1 Comment

African photography: The Yaoundé Declaration

The social sciences and the humanities as well as the art market have discovered African photography. There have never been as many publications and exhibitions on this subject as today. At the same time, however, it is forgotten in what desolate state and precarious conditions most photo and cinematographic archives are, the guardians of the visual heritage of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2016 at 12:36 — No Comments

Seminars: Medical Histories in Photography and Film

The Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University has announced its Spring 2017 seminar series: Medical Histories in Photography and Film. Each takes place in the Clephan Building on Tuesdays from 4-6pm. They are are open to all.  

  • January 10, 2017 (room CL 2.35). Dr Katherine Rawling (Associate Fellow, CHM, University of Warwick).…

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

Publication and lecture: The Early Photographers of Perthshire 1839-1918

In 1839, the world woke up to the amazing new invention of photography. This revolutionary medium created a gold rush of eager practitioners. Victorian Perthshire, in common with most areas of Britain, produced its own adepts of what was called the ‘Black Art’. Today, the majority of Perthshire’s early photographers have been forgotten; much of their work has been…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2016 at 12:23 — No Comments

Auction: Coghill family archive, photography from 1850s onwards

A series of lots relating to the Irish Coghill family are being sold by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in its sale of Rare Books, Early Photographs, Manuscripts, Maps and Paintings, on 13 December 2016. Amongst the main photography lots are: 

  • Lot 753. Highly…

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: 'Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948' at the National Portrait Gallery, London

As documentary evidence, the photographs attest to the lives of the disenfranchised. They mark the lives of individual people as that most valuable thing, a human life. In this sense they are important. But I find this photographic documentation of Britain's imperial history of empire and expansion quite repugnant, both morally and spiritually. Where the "Sir Johns" and "Sir…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on December 5, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

Publication: Lyddell Sawyer (1856-1927), photographer

At long last my book on Lyddell Sawyer is here! Printed and Published! It has over eighty illustrations, 115 pages and 18000 words. Beautifully digitally printed with a soft cover. The price which will barely cover the costs is £15.00 plus the usual postage and packing.If anyone would like a copy please let me…


Added by Geoff Lowe on December 4, 2016 at 19:00 — No Comments

Job: Horblit Project Cataloger

Reporting to the Associate Librarian of Houghton Library for Technical Services, the Horblit Project Cataloger performs original and complex copy cataloging of the photograph portion of the Horblit Collection of Early Photography and coordinates the digitization of the collection.  Note: This is a 2 year term position. An end date will be determined based on start…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2016 at 13:15 — No Comments

Looking for owner of Olive Edis' Autochrome from Dominic Winter auction in 2009

I am looking for the new owner of an autochrome that was auctioned by Dominic Winter in 2009. The auction website showed this jpg for lot number 863 captioned "Native North American, 1920, showing a seated man with a ?European child wearing a feather head dress". As I would like to reproduce this autochrome in my forthcoming book (and former PhD thesis) on Autochrome…


Added by Caroline Fuchs on December 2, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

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