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Talk: Sharing Photography and Photographs

Titled Sharing Photography and Photographs, the event is a series of talks which will explore an alternative history of photography as a shared activity.

Roger Hargreaves will give a talk while Colin Harding will look at the work of groups such as the Photographic Exchange Club in the 1850s as well as later manifestations of print-circulating societies such as the…


Added by Michael Wong on October 4, 2013 at 19:41 — No Comments

Royal Photographic Society appoints 63rd President

Derek Birch takes over from Roy Robertson and is the sixty-third President since the Society's was formed in 1853.

"Reflecting The Society's interests across the art and science of photography Derek's background is from the science of traditional photography," says the Society. "For 33 years he worked for Kodak as a research scientist helping to develop products…


Added by Michael Wong on October 4, 2013 at 19:31 — 1 Comment

World record for Peter Henry Emerson

£75,900 to be precise - which was more than double its estimate!

It was the most expensive book to be sold by Keys, the Norfolk auctioneers. The book in question was 'Life and Landscape on the Norfolk Broads' which contained 40 platinum prints of…


Added by Michael Wong on September 27, 2013 at 0:12 — No Comments

Exhibition: First one-man show of Charles Nègre in the States

Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs will present an exhibition of more than 40 early photographs by French photographer Charles Nègre (1820-1880) from 17th September through 1st November, 2013. Nègre is primarily known for his landscapes and architectural photographs of Paris and the South of France made in…


Added by Michael Wong on September 24, 2013 at 22:49 — No Comments

W W Winter Photographers Open Day

For those of you who missed the Open Day earlier this month, no fear as you can watch a clip of it on the link at the bottom.

W. W. Winter is a long established photography business in the UK, operating today from its purpose-built studio premises in Midland Road, Derby, which the firm moved into in 1867. The building and contents offer an historical insight…


Added by Michael Wong on September 24, 2013 at 22:30 — No Comments

Rare 19th and 20th century photo collection to be sold by Paris’s Catholic university

The Institut Catholique de Paris, a private university founded in 1875 in the French capital, is putting most of its collection of historical photographs from the 19th and early 20th centuries up for auction in November. The archive has been a unique resource for researchers since it was made accessible in 2000. The sale total is estimated at…


Added by Michael Wong on September 23, 2013 at 13:49 — No Comments

Harry Ransom Center to get Magnum Photos collection

Magnum Photos collection, which contains nearly 200,000 press prints of images taken by world-renowned Magnum photographers, has been donated to the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. The gift was made by Michael and Susan Dell, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman and John and Amy Phelan.

The donation of the Magnum Photos…


Added by Michael Wong on September 23, 2013 at 13:36 — No Comments

Exhibition: Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris

The first retrospective exhibition in the United States, and the only scholarly catalogue on the renowned 19th-century French photographer Charles Marville (1813–1879), will present recent groundbreaking discoveries informing his art and biography, including the versatility of his photographic talents and his true identity, background, and family life. The exhibition…


Added by Michael Wong on September 13, 2013 at 19:20 — No Comments

A Tour of Edinburgh Libraries’ Collection of Early Photography

Check out this series of videos below by digital filmmaker and photographerRich Ferguson, created for the Edinburgh Libraries in the capital of Scotland. It’s a brief tour through the collection of early Victorian photography held by the libraries.…


Added by Michael Wong on September 4, 2013 at 22:25 — No Comments

Exhibition: James Glass (19th century Derry photographer)

Explore the story of the 19th century Derry photographer, James Glass.  The exhibition includes some of his portrait images and his iconic images of Gweedore County Donegal, in the ‘Glass Album’.

Glass is often remembered for a unique series of photographs of the Gweedore and Cloughaneely areas, taken in the late nineteenth century.…


Added by Michael Wong on September 4, 2013 at 20:25 — 2 Comments

Camera Museum, Malaysia: History in the Making

The first museum of its kind in Malaysia, as well as in South East Asia, recently opened its doors to the public. Local photography fans can now take a journey through the evolution of the camera from the 19th century to its present day at the Camera Museum located in a two-storey pre-war shophouse in George Town.

The museum is the brainchild…


Added by Michael Wong on September 4, 2013 at 20:17 — No Comments

Job: Curator of Film and Broadcast Exhibitions (National Media Museum)

The National Media Museum, Bradford are looking for a confident, flexible and highly skilled Curator to join their Collections & Exhibitions team. This is an exciting opportunity to develop your curatorial career by leading the content team for our 2014 summer exhibition. You will also manage two Associate Curators and take responsibility for all aspects of our…


Added by Michael Wong on August 27, 2013 at 23:34 — No Comments

Exhibition: Mug Shots

With crimes ranging from theft to child cruelty and rape, these photographs capture Victorian criminals immediately after arrest, and provide fascinating detail of their wretched existence – with charge sheets going as far as listing missing fingers or hands and any diseases the delinquents suffered from.

Previously unseen by the general public, the images were all…


Added by Michael Wong on August 16, 2013 at 19:11 — 3 Comments

Job: Digitisation & Cataloguing Assistant – Aerial Photography of Commonwealth Countries (RCAHMS)

This post is based in Collections Group within the team that is responsible for the National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP) at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

With financial support from Creative Scotland, RCAHMS is making a film in partnership with the Scottish Documentary Institute – …


Added by Michael Wong on August 9, 2013 at 8:18 — No Comments

Job: Manager of Design and Exhibition Services (National Media Museum)

As Manager of Design and Exhibition Services at the National Media Museum in Bradford you will lead exhibition design and production at the museum ensuring all galleries meet our high standards of design and interactivity. Providing strategic direction for the planning and scheduling of gallery replacement and life-span, you will…


Added by Michael Wong on August 9, 2013 at 8:09 — No Comments

Book: Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation

In the 1840s and 1850s, "Brady of Broadway" was one of the most successful and acclaimed Manhattan portrait galleries. Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Dolley Madison, Henry James as a boy with his father, Horace Greeley, Edgar Allan Poe, the Prince of Wales, and Jenny Lind were among the dignitaries photographed in Mathew Brady's studio. But it was during the Civil War…


Added by Michael Wong on August 9, 2013 at 7:58 — No Comments

Petzval Lens: A Blast from the Past ....

In the 19th Century, the vast majority of photos were shot with the extremely popular Petzval lens. The lens was invented by Joseph Petzval in Vienna in 1840 and had a huge impact on the development of photography. Photos shot with a Petzval lens are immediately recognisable for their sharpness and crispness, strong colour saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect,…


Added by Michael Wong on July 25, 2013 at 23:18 — No Comments

Book: Raja Deen Dayal: Artist-Photographer in 19th Century India

During his lifetime, the path-breaking and prolific lensman Raja Deen Dayal (1884 1844-1905) was one of the most widely recognized photographers from the Indian subcontinent. Today he remains among the most celebrated figures from this earlier era. This book brings together for the first time extensive archival…


Added by Michael Wong on July 12, 2013 at 23:32 — 3 Comments

Celebrating The Life and Legacy of Dr Norman Morrison (1869-1949)

This project took off in Shawbost when a ‘treasure chest of pre-WW1 glass negatives were discovered in the barn of a local lady, now sadly deceased. The negatives are the work of Dr Norman Morrison (1869-1949), who was born and raised in Shawbost.  A successful author publishing works on local history, folklore, adder snakes, and…


Added by Michael Wong on July 10, 2013 at 17:29 — No Comments

Book: Antique Photographica: The Collector's Vision

The closure of the era of chemical imaging coincided with the turn of the 21st century: now is the perfect time to review what photography has been, consider what it is now, and contemplate what it will become. With contributions from 20 collectors and scholars, the collections in this book range from 1840–1940, including camera obscuras and cyanotypes to autochromes,…


Added by Michael Wong on June 30, 2013 at 18:40 — No Comments

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