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December 2021 Blog Posts (19)

Publication: Belgium Photographers 1839-1939: a bibliography

This new book Belgian Photographers 1839-1939 - A Chronological Bibliography of Publications from 1945 to 2020' offers an overview of printed publications, published between 1945 and 2020, about Belgian photographers who were active from the invention of photography until the beginning of the WWII. It is a chronological bibliography, followed by an…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 29, 2021 at 9:30 — No Comments

Job: Consultant Technician (Historic Photographic Collections) / closes 10 January 2022

The Folly is a Grade I listed historic house from 1679 in the heart of historic Settle. It houses the Museum of North Craven Life, which tells which tells fascinating tales of the people and landscape of the local area. We have recently acquired the Horner Collection, comprising approximately one thousand glass plate negatives from the Horner Photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 25, 2021 at 10:38 — No Comments

Job: Curator of Television and Broadcast / closes 16 January 2022

The National Science and Media Museum is implementing new programmes of research and interpretation of its world-leading collections relating to photography, film, television and sound technologies. The role of Curator of Television and Broadcast will take a leading role on championing our world class collections of Television and Broadcast in relation…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 19, 2021 at 8:47 — No Comments

11th International Magic Lantern Convention / Birmingham, 29 April–1 May 2022

The Magic Lantern Society has announced preliminary details of its 11th international convention which will take place in Birmingham from 29 April-1 May 2022. It will take place at its regular venue, the Birmingham and Midland Institute. 

See more here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 18, 2021 at 13:50 — No Comments

School of Scottish Studies Archive acquires Sutton-Hibbert photography

Earlier this year, the School of Scottish Studies Archive and the Centre for Research Collections teamed up with renowned Scottish photographer, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, to add a landmark collection of photos to the School’s documentary collections. Sutton-Hibbert has worked as a freelance…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 18, 2021 at 13:45 — No Comments

Caroline Douglas' research throws new light on Hill and Adamson

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art has published a short film about Caroline Douglas’s research project which focuses on a series of calotype salt prints made by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson in Edinburgh in the late nineteenth century. Hill and Adamson’s series of portraits of Newhaven fishwives are one of the world’s earliest…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 18, 2021 at 13:30 — No Comments

Auction: the Rossetti Family at home by Lewis Carroll

The Guardian newspaper reported that Bonhams New York was to sell an albumen photograph of the Rossetti Family at home (detail, right), dated 1863. The catalogue entry noted ' No similar quality original Lewis Carroll photograph of the Rossetti family has sold on the open market in recent years. Of the three known complete images of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 18, 2021 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Photography in Ireland Timeline - Gallery of Photography, Ireland

Folklore recording in Poulaphouca, County Wicklow, 1939. This shows the recording of local folklore before the flooding of a large area in 1939 for a reservoir and hydroelectric scheme. Image courtesy of the National Folklore Collection at University College, Dublin. One item of many in a new feature from the Gallery of Photography,…


Added by William Fagan on December 16, 2021 at 15:00 — No Comments

cfp: Fashion and Photography / by 11 February 2022

In the early 20th century, fashion and photography were indelibly wedded through the efforts of a number of photographers, fashion designers, and magazine publishers. Once these cultural power shapers created the form, fashion photography took on a life of its own and became—perhaps always was—art. This art form has…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 14, 2021 at 10:29 — No Comments

Wanted: Photographs of troops and civilians making craft objects in contexts of wars, 20th-21st centuries

For my current book project, I am looking for photographs of troops making craft objects to cope, heal or rehabilitate from injury or trauma associated with wars of the 20th and 21st centuries. I am also looking at civilians making craft to cope and to send items to troops in training or abroad. By craft, I mean objects made mainly by hand, using clay, fibers, metals, wood, and paper, and that tend to be valued for their hand-made properties in contrast to machine-made mass produced and…


Added by Jennifer Way on December 13, 2021 at 17:00 — 7 Comments

Research: Stereo cards of Newbury in West Berkshire

Do you have any stereo cards of scenes in or around Newbury (Berkshire, UK)? This is a request for your help with some research I'm doing.

Below is a nice example of a card by the professional Newbury Photographer E T Brooks. It was probably one of a short series of cards produced for sale to tourists. I would imagine it dates from the 1870s. This card…


Added by Ian Wallace on December 11, 2021 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Online course: The photographic book since 1843 / 5-10 June 2022

The nature, form, and impact of the book changed dramatically with the introduction of photography, altering the way books would be made, would appear, and would help transform the communication of ideas in visual form. In parallel to this phenomenon, the ability of the photograph to reach its widest audience would entail an essential…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 11, 2021 at 17:03 — No Comments

XIX·XXI Project - A tribute to Charles Wheatstone and William Henry Fox Talbot

Just finished a Photogravure on Copperplate (Heliogravure) work with three steroscopic photogravures. The work is based on some data found on the epistolar relationship between Charles Wheatstone and William Henry Fox Talbot about stereoscopy and photogravure.

More details in a post of my blog:…


Added by Carles Mitjà on December 11, 2021 at 10:00 — No Comments

Aluminium, Orange Glass and f11.3 from Dublin in the 1890s: What was it for?

The latest addition to my collection is this Howard Grubb aluminium Aplanatic 12x10 lens made in Dublin, probably in the late 1890s. This was probably one of the earliest aluminium lenses made by Grubb. Were there aluminium lenses from other manufacturers before this time? Aluminium was lighter than brass, but was then new as a refined product for…


Added by William Fagan on December 8, 2021 at 23:30 — No Comments

David Wise

You may be interested in an article I have just published in Litro on the Hartlepool photographer David Wise - he is a figure who deserves greater recognition.

I first came across the photographs of David Wise in the Independent Magazine (24 March 1990) where they illustrated an article about drinking in Hartlepool…


Added by David Ford on December 7, 2021 at 17:30 — No Comments

Publication: Images of Progress. Photography and civil engineering in the 19th century / Imágenes del progreso. Fotografía y obras públicas en el siglo XIX

The history of photography in the 19th century has been constructed according to its creators, techniques and geographical origin, and there are still many possible ways of looking at its significance. Among them is that of the photography of civil engineering, the nature of which is explained within the historical, political, economic, cultural and…


Added by Helena Pérez on December 6, 2021 at 8:30 — No Comments

Online panel: Rethinking Histories of Empire: Visual Cultures in/or the Archive / 8 December 2021

This event will focus on photographic archives and histories of empire. Three speakers will present short interventions (10 minutes) on the challenges and opportunities of working with such material today. The speakers will address methodological, ethical, and cultural considerations, offering case sy reflections on the changing research landscape for…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 6, 2021 at 8:00 — No Comments

Book: Nudism in a Cold Climate: The Visual Culture of Naturists in mid-20th Century Britain

Atelier Éditions has announced announce the release of Nudism in a Cold Climate: The Visual Culture of Naturists in Mid-20th Century Britain by Annebella Pollen, available in the UK/Europe at the end of November, 2021 and the USA/Rest of World early January, 2022.

Annebella Pollen’s richly illustrated study examines the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 3, 2021 at 19:51 — No Comments

Talk: Photography and the British eclipse expedition of 1871 / Warwick, 11 December 2021

As part of the British Society for the History of Mathematics meeting being held at the University of Warwick on 11 December Deborah Kent will give a paper “Fit for making a decent observation”? Photography and the British eclipse expedition of 1871. 

The abstract reads: 

Nineteenth-century mathematical innovations revolutionized eclipse…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 3, 2021 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

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