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December 2018 Blog Posts (20)

Royal Mail criticised for D-Day stamp mix-up

Royal Mail has withdrawn a stamp design marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day - after BBC News pointed out it showed US troops landing in what was Dutch New Guinea, nearly 8,500 miles from France.

For the full article see…


Added by Joanna Sassoon on December 30, 2018 at 4:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: 'Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins' / New York, until 17 February 2019

What is interesting to me is not just Atkins choice of the new medium of photography to describe, both scientifically and aesthetically, the beauty and detail of her collection of seaweeds; but within that new medium of photography, she chose not the photogenic or calotype process, but the graphic cyanotype process with its vivid…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on December 26, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Kennington and Bourlet Ltd / Kenprinter

Just after World War 2 the UK Developing and Printing (Photofinishing) trade was still mainly printing amateur snapshots by contact methods. But by the mid 1950s automatic projection printers had been developed and the so called “enprint” was born. At this time, in the UK, Kodak Limited had brought out their Velox Projection Printer and Ilford Limited…


Added by Paul Godfrey on December 21, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Identification: Crimean war officer

Looking to identify this Officer. 6 x 4 inch albumen print with no ID.  Grenadier Guards? I think that's a cap with plumage, and a sword hilt.

Many thanks in advance,

David McGreevy…


Added by David McGreevy on December 19, 2018 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

CFP: Photography and power - 'Daguerreotype. Studies in the history and theory of photography'

In one of his recent statements, Noam Chomsky presented a truly pessimistic diagnosis of our times: the very beginning of the 21st century led us towards the crisis of democracy. Nowadays, we need to confront the system in which property relations play a decisive role in our social network. Power, according to Chomsky, is inevitably associated with wealth. In…


Added by Weronika Kobylińska-Bunsch on December 18, 2018 at 20:00 — No Comments

Artist talk: John Myers / Bristol, 8 January 2019

John Myers will discuss his new publication Looking at the Overlooked, which documents the claustrophobia of the suburban landscape in the 1970s, published by RRB Photobooks 2019.

Looking at the Overlooked presents Myers’ photographs of substations, shops, houses, televisions and landscapes without incident (boring photographs), which are now…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2018 at 7:36 — No Comments

Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2019 - invitation to submit

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards recognise individuals or groups of individuals who have made an outstanding original or lasting contribution to the literature of or concerning the art and practice of photography or the moving image. Two winning titles published between 1 January and 31 December 2018 will be selected; one in the field of photography and one in…


Added by Alex Anthony on December 15, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments


Three years ago we launched to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have continued to develop the collection and the range of our activities


Since our 2017 newsletter…


Added by James Hyman on December 10, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

CDA: Immersive Images 1820-1920: Bill Douglas Cinema Museum / closes 18 January 2019

An exciting opportunity has arisen to explore the popularity of immersive and interactive images in visual culture 1820-1920.  This Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) will be based on the extensive and unique resources of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, and would make a substantial contribution to both…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2018 at 8:42 — No Comments

Roger Fenton: vintage prints of the royal children

We at Bazar Nadar are proud to announce there are three vintage salt prints of Roger Fenton added to our gallery. 

The portraits of the royal children are made in 1854. They come together with the later official gelatine silver prints made by Kirk Armitage as a coronation gift to King Edward VII. Only six of these exist. We found a matching print for…


Added by Wouter Lambrechts on December 9, 2018 at 12:30 — No Comments

cfp: The business of photography / Leicester: 17-18 June 2019

‘Business’ can have many meanings. In the most straightforward sense, it refers to the photographic marketplace, its industry and the commercial relations established among different agents. Some of these actors, such as studios and companies of the like of Kodak and Ilford, are specifically photographic and have featured prominently in histories of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2018 at 9:43 — No Comments

Lecture: John Thomson in the Straits, 1862–65 / Singapore, 12 December 2018

Today we take pictures of anything we fancy on our phone. But in the early 1860s, the idea of portraying daily life using the long exposures and the temperamental wet-plate process of photography was not even imagined. To include people in a photographs, the subjects had to stay still for several minutes – something only achievable in a studio, or…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 9, 2018 at 9:40 — No Comments

Talk: Derby, the RPS and the history of photography / Derby: 12 December 2018

The W W Winters Heritage Trust is hosting a talk titled Derby, the Royal Photographic Society and the history of photography on 12 December 2018. All welcome.

Contact W W Winters on 01332 345224 or to book a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 3, 2018 at 6:57 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Origins of Photography in Salisbury 1839-1919 / from 19 January 2019

This exhibition provides an overview of the rise of photography in Salisbury during the first decade or so of the medium’s existence up to the end of the First World War. While amateur photography began in and around the city during the 1840s, it was following the 1851 Great Exhibition that commercial photography took off in Salisbury.  The exhibition…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2018 at 17:33 — No Comments

Lecture: André Kertész - A Biographical Journey / London: 14 December 2018

The inaugural Colin Ford CBE lecture takes place at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, on 14 December. Robert Gurbo will discuss the Hungarian-born photographer André Kertész (1894-1985).

Gurbo is the Curator of the André Kertész Estate in New York and has promised a fascinating first hand perspective on this celebrated photographer's life and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2018 at 17:26 — No Comments

Collections: National Trust for Scotland photographic collections

The Morton Charitable Trust has been funding fieldwork on the National Trust for Scotland’s photographic collections since 2014. In 2018–19, this work is raising the profile of these collections through research, articles, talks and dedicated projects, as well as digitising the Margaret Fay Shaw photographic archive of mid-20th-century Hebridean…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2018 at 17:18 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Mackinnon Collection / Edinburgh, 15 November 2019–16 February 2020

From 2019 to early 2020 the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinbrugh, shows off highlights from an unparalleled collection of Scottish photography recently acquired jointly by the NGS and the National Library of Scotland. Amassed by collector Murray MacKinnon, The MacKinnon Collection documents Scottish life and identity from the 1840s…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

Auction: early Scottish portraits from the 1850s

An important album of forty-nine early Scottish portrait photographs dating from the 1850s is being offered…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

3D and 2D film on the history of William Henry Fox Talbot

3D and 2D film on the history of William Henry Fox Talbot and his association with the father of 3D stereoscopic imagery Charles Wheatstone. photographed at Lacock Abbey and Village in Wiltshire. UK

The 4K Fox Talbot 3D is film is now available on YouTube in three versions: 
My Youtube channel: …

Added by Philip Brown (3D Phil) on December 1, 2018 at 22:00 — No Comments

Auction: The Art of the Nude / online until 12 December 2018

Bellmans dedicated photography auction The Art of the Nude, a collection of 19th and 20th century works, will be hosted on as an online timed auction going live on the 29…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 1, 2018 at 14:15 — No Comments

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