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12200907495?profile=originalThe Port Arthur convict photographs are a truly remarkable survival from Australia's colonial past. Taken shortly before the infamous Tsmanian penal settlement closed for good, these images record the faces of men sent to Australia on convict ships between the 1820s and the 1850s, and were taken in the 1870s. 

This study tells the stories of 65 individuals whose images are held in the National Library and the Queen Victoria Museum in Launceston.Using transportation records, trial documents, prison files and eyewitness accounts, the author has pieced together biographies of some of the men - and their female partners - who found themselves transported to the colonies. Perhaps your ancestors are among the men pictured in this book?

On a more controversial note, disputing some of the facts in the book can be found in this blog here. You can be the judge!

Either way, if the book is of interest, try and search for it on the Amazon link on the right.


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NPG Hoppé and Kar events

The National Portrait Gallery has a number of events connected with its two photographic exhibitions the first dealing with E O Hoppé is open now and the next on Ida Kar opens in March. The events are summarised below but see the NPG website for more information and to book ( In my experience events tend to fill up quickly so I would recommend early booking in order to secure a place.


Until 30 May 2011

Exhibition Tour: Free with a timed exhibition ticket.
Friday 4 March 2011, 19.30
Join Curator of Photographs Terence Pepper for a tour of the exhibition.
Hoppé’s London: Whitehall and St. James’s
Saturday 19 March 2011, 11.00 - 15.00
E.O. Hoppé’s camera lens was drawn towards the unusual and quirky sides of London and Londoners. Led by a Blue Badge Guide, this walk will explore the London that Hoppé knew. Walk lasts approximately 2 hours. Tickets: £15/£12.
Talk: Picturing Everyman
Thursday 24 March 2011, 18.30
Writer Geoff Dyer and artist Dryden Goodwin take the exhibition as their starting point in a discussion on photography and portraiture’s search for ordinary, representative subjects.
Tickets: £5/£4. 

Opens 10 March 2011
Tickets: £3/£2.50/£2

Kar stood at the heart of the creative avant-garde and was the first photographer to have a retrospective exhibition in a major London Gallery. As one of the shining stars of the 1950s art world, Kar’s work has remained surprisingly hidden. This exhibition re-presents this key twentieth-century figure and offers a unique opportunity to see iconic works, which have not been exhibited publicly since the 1960s.

Curator Tour: Free with an exhibition ticket
Friday 18 March 2011, 19.30
Curator Clare Freestone takes a look at some of the highlights in the exhibition.


Finally one other photography events is:

Guardian Eyewitness Event: Photojournalism into the new Millennium
Thursday 3 March 2011, 19.00
Join Roger Tooth, the Guardian’s Head of Photography and editor of Eyewitness Decade, for a whirlwind tour of photographic journalism and its role within a national newspaper.
Tickets: £5/£4.

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Greenway Associates has reported that it is now working with the Science Museum, London in partnership with the National Media Museum, on Media Space a substantial exhibition and events space in London. The space offers not only a re-presentation of NMSI’s photography, film, and television collections, via temporary exhibitions and new programming, but also a space that is physically and programmatically geared towards adults and visitors coming to the South Kensington site. This is the previously designated National Media Museum's London presence.

Charlotte Cotton, the creative director of Media Space which is opening in 2012 will be giving a free history of photography seminar at the Courtauld, Londonm on 23 March (see: and

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12200911091?profile=originalWith the announcement in 2008 of the creation of the Ryerson Photography Gallery and Research Centre (RGRC), Ryerson University took its place amongst the top international centres for photography and related disciplines. The Gallery is home to the world-renowned Black Star Historical Black & White Photography Collection, as well as the many collections in the School’s Mira Godard Study Centre. 

As curator, you will develop and execute the exhibitions and educational programs for the RGRC. 

Equipped with an impressive array of qualifications and experience, you bring:
- A graduate degree in art history, history of photography or curatorial studies, along with at least three years¡¦ curatorial experience, and a relevant publication history (equivalencies will be considered)
- Expertise in developing long-term exhibitions plans, strategy proposals on themes and in enforcing exhibition policies
- The ability to identify public programming proposals on themes, fundraising opportunities, guest curators
- Experience in executing plans, including collaborating with organizers, guest curators and other institutions to address public programming initiatives, accessibility considerations, logistics and budgeting
- Proven project management experience, including marketing and communications strategies, schedules, as well as budgets for launch events, symposia, lectures and screening series
- A background in consulting on the design and installation of exhibits, loan agreements and negotiating for the loan of individual works or entire exhibits
- A commitment to client service, especially students, faculty, staff and external contacts
- Excellent research and written communications for writing reports, press releases, invitations, advertising, web updates, presentation materials and scholarly articles
- The ability to work both independently and collaboratively
- Flexibility and time management skills to ensure completion of work while responding to changing priorities.

Located in the heart of Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in the country, Ryerson University is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. The University is known for innovative programs built on the integration of theoretical and practically oriented learning. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum and strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities. Ryerson is also a leader in adult learning, with the largest university-based continuing education school in Canada.

For a detailed position description and to apply online by March 9, 2011, please visit

Ryerson University has an employment equity program and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and women.


Full details can be found here. Good luck!



Posted:February 18, 2011
Vacancy Type:Vacancy Notice
Department:Ryerson Photography Gallery and Research Centre
Salary Scale:$60,460 - $90,691
Hours of Work:36.25 hours per week
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Collections Manager (Projects)
Bradford and York
£20,717 p.a.
Fixed term until October 2011


NMSI is undertaking a major review and relocation of its reserve collections currently stored at the National Media Museum (NMeM) in Bradford and the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York. As Collections Manager (Projects), you will coordinate the review and rationalisation of the stored collections in both Museums. 

Reporting to the NMSI Major Projects Manager, you will provide curatorial expertise as part of a highly efficient project team. You will ensure that collections are cared for and conserved in line with Museum standards and broader legislative requirements. When required, you will also oversee safe transfer to new locations. 

Significant collections management experience is essential, with in-depth knowledge of object handling, logistics and collections care. You must be able to master a brief quickly, lead a small team and make the right decisions at the right times. This is an opportunity to make a positive, long-term impact on core NMSI collections – and your meticulous approach and collaborative style will set an example for others to follow. 

For a full job description please email


Interested? Please send your CV and covering letter to 

We regret that we can only respond to successful applicants.

No agencies please.

We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sections of the community in which we work. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people and we guarantee interviews to suitably qualified disabled applicants.

Deadline for applications: 8th March 2011



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12200905493?profile=originalAs noted here ( the BBC's Antiques Roadshow programme featured an item of photographic interest in this evenings programme. A descendent of J B B Wellington brought along a selection of photographs and exhibition medals that belonged to Wellington. Described as 'museum quality' by expert Marc Allum the archive was valued at £10,000-15,000.  The programme can be seen here: (the segment starts at 11m 24s in) for the next seven days.


As many BPH readers will know Wellington was Kodak's factory manager at Harrow for a short period in the 1890s before establishing his own paper and plate manufacturing firm Wellington and Ward at Elstree. The firm was eventually absorbed into Ilford Ltd. Wellington was also an accomplished amateur photographer and had his house, The Leys, in Elstree designed by George Walton, who also worked for Kodak and W & W.




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iMuseum: Home of Manx Memories

12200909475?profile=originaliMuseum is Isle of Man's new digital museum which provides unprecedented access to the Manx National Heritage collections. This exciting new facility brings together a selection of archives into one digital resource. This includes over 150 years of newsprint, advertisements, announcements, news reports, and tales of local heroes all searchable by key word, names, and dates. 55,000 baptisms records from 1800 to 1878 detailing not only the child’s name, but also their parent’s name and father’s occupation ranging from lighthouse keeper to surgeon will also be available. Digital records holding the names of over 2,300 people who are remembered in the two World Wars and other conflicts around the world can also be found.

Of interest to BPH members are over 3,000 photographs of Manx people and places from the 1850s. Whether you’re looking for a family portrait or a picture capturing the Isle of Man in years gone by, a search in the iMuseum collections could reveal where your ancestors lived, worked or played. Many of the photographs come from original negatives and fragile glass plates from a Douglas Photographic Studio, where the proprietor WH Warburton meticulously recorded the name of each person photographed in his studio. Initially, just over 3,000 photographs will be available, with the digital collection being significantly enhanced over coming months and years.

The iMuseum opens in March 2011 and is situated on Kingswood Grove in Douglas, only a short walk from the Manx Museum complex. In the meantime, the Manx Museum is holding a series of workshops over the half-term holidays for families to discover the history of photography through portraits of people and places in the Isle of Man from years gone by.

Details of the workshops are available here, and information on the iMuseum/Manx Museum here.


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Antiques Roadshow & Early Photography

12200908696?profile=originalI've been duly informed that for the Hampton Court episode, Fiona Bruce and her team will be showing treasures from the public which include a record of early photography!

The programme will be screened on BBC1 this Sunday (20th Feb) at 8:00pm, or you can catch it on iPlayer.

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Talbot: Happy 210th birthday!

12200909088?profile=originalLast Friday night (11th Feb), a group of photographers gathered together to celebrate the anniversary of William Henry Fox Talbot's birthday (210th!), in the Barn Restaurant at the George Inn Lacock which was the carpenters shop where his first camera was made.

Photo:  L to R Back Row Will Nicol (Chronicle and Somerset Guardian) Paul Walters (Chronicle and SWNews) Jerry Richards (Chronicle and WDP) Colin Shepherd (Chronicle and SWNews) Front Trevor Porter (Wiltshire Times and event organiser) Barry Batchelor (Press Association)

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Stereoscopic: Lincoln in 3D

12200908665?profile=originalStereographic photography was all the rage during the 19th century. Its transportive quality was enjoyed in parlors across the country, its immersive imagery replicating life both mundane and fantastic. It was, in its way, an inexpensive way to “see the world” in realistic depth and dimension. Stereo images continue to fascinate today, as seen in the resurgence of 3-D films.

Here is a chance to experience these astonishing images as they were intended: dimensionally. Culled from the Library of Congress's enormous 3-D negative collection and from private owners, many of these images have never been published, and a number have never been seen as intended.

Despite the title, the book is not composed solely of images of the 16th president, but rather it is an astonishing collection of stereographs that really brings the Civil War era to life as never before.

The Civil War Trust recently had the chance to sit down with Civil War photography experts Bob Zeller and John Richter, authors of the new book. You can read the full interview here, and purchase the book by searching for it using the Amazon link on the right. Don't forget about the Civil War exhibition across the pond too, with details here.

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12200907896?profile=originalThe Polar Museum recently reopened after a £1.75 million renovation of its galleries and facilities to maximise access to its historical and scientific collections.

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic learning professional to develop new and exciting education and outreach programmes. The successful candidate will interpret the science and history of both the Arctic and Antarctic for schools and public audiences. He or she will also be able to deliver high quality learning provision both in gallery and online.

Responsibilities include investigating and applying for funding opportunities, extending the network of contacts for the Museum and developing partnerships with other organizations.

The Scott Polar Research Institute was founded in 1920, in Cambridge, as a memorial to Captain Robert Falcon Scott, RN, and his four companions, who died returning from the South Pole in 1912.  The SPRI Picture Library houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of historical phrotographs of the Polar Regions. It also holds a growing collection of modern photographs taken by scientists and researchers working in the field.


Job Title: Education and Outreach Officer

Organisation: Scott Plar Research Institute

Salary: £23,661 to £26,629 pa

Full time to include some Saturdays and evenings for one year

Closing Date: Friday 4th March 2011

How to apply:

Job Ref:  LD07825

Download further particulars from:

By email:

By telephone: 01223 336541

Closing date: 4 March 2011 Interview date: 10 March 2011


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12200905273?profile=originalYouth Engagement Officer. The National Media Museum is an innovative celebration of modern media and communication technologies. We are constantly exploring ways to engage and attract young people through new exhibitions and as Youth Engagement Officer, you will work with a group of young people to develop content for a major forthcoming project. 

Due to open in 2012, the project will be an exploration of how the internet has changed everyday life. It is a new project that offers an opportunity for 15 young people to learn about curating and producing exhibition content and related events that contribute to a world-class visitor experience. 
Significant experience of working with young people in contemporary media arts projects is essential. You must have excellent teambuilding skills, a broad knowledge of new media and a real empathy with the ambition, aspirations and aims of young people. Experience of developing exhibition content and media production would be ideal.
Award winning, visionary and truly unique, The National Media Museum embraces photography, film, television, radio and the web. Part of the NMSI family of museums, it aims to engage, inspire and educate through comprehensive collections, innovative education programmes and a powerful yet sensitive approach to contemporary issues.

For a full job description please email

Job Description: Youth Engagement Officer, Bradford

£17,500 - £20,400

Fixed term until 31st March 2012

5 days per week incl. Saturdays

Closing Date: 6th March 2011


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Lectures: Japanese photography in London

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in London has announced two events concerning Japanese photography. Modern Photography in Japan at lecture at Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP on 10 March 2011 from 7:00-7.45pm followed by a drinks reception to 8.30pm, organised by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation in association with Tate Modern (see: and Photographing Cities: The Diorama Map, on 22 February 2011, 6-7pm, followed by a drinks reception to 8pm, organised by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation (see:
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Photographic disaster in Australian floods

PHOTOGRAPHIC DISASTER IN BOOVAL (IPSWICH), QUEENSLAND, JANUARY 2011-- I received an email on Friday 14th January from Ian Parker of the Club Rollei in Jersey (Channel Islands) telling me of the tragedy that had just overtaken Sandy Barrie the well-known camera and image collector. I then heard from Ian Carron in Melbourne with the same news. I then contacted one of Sandy’s friends, Marcel Safier in Brisbane, to make some arrangements, packed a few essentials, got straight in my car and drove north from Sydney to Brisbane some 800kms to see what I could do to help.

As I approached Grafton there were some 800 trucks parked by the roadside waiting for the flooded Princes Highway to be re-opened. I had to detour via the Summerland Highway and Bruckner Highways through Casino and Lismore to Byron Bay to re-join the Princes Highway to Brisbane. I finally arrived in Brisbane late Saturday afternoon, the journey having taken nearly twice as long as normal. Early Sunday morning Marcel drove me out to Booval to Sandy’s home.

Arriving there the first thing that hits you after the visual of all the mud in the trees and everywhere else, furniture and wrecked cars in front yards, was the foul smell as the sewers were also flooded. The recent Queensland floods had inundated his house to around two feet (600mm) short of the second floor ceiling. His six by eight meter shed at the bottom of the garden had been totally under water. He had moved his car up the hill to be safe, but sadly it also was under water and lost.

After a warning to evacuate from the State Emergency Services, he had spent the whole previous day to the flood moving the more valuable literature cameras and images upstairs in the firm belief they would be safe up there. The stream is some 100 meters to the rear of Sandy’s home, and some 30 meters lower. When I first saw it, … having receded, … it looked so innocent.

On Saturday Channel Seven news spent two hours doing a feature story on his circumstances which was shown nationwide as a five minute slot on the Sunday news.

Lydia Egunnike a conservator from the State library, but working under the auspices of the AICCM (Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material, was kept busy during the day removing for treatment and either freezing or refrigeration as appropriate, literally several Car and trailer loads of prints and negatives.

The camera collection is mostly ruined. Possibly some several thousands of items altogether, mostly rare and unusual things too, collected with loving care over the many years Sandy has been collecting.

The books, catalogs and ephemera were almost all totally ruined, irretrievably stuck together. This was estimated at around four tons for removal! The conservators chose a few of the especially rare items to take away for conservation and preservation.

Marcel and I started sorting brass lenses with iron parts in them (such as iris diaphragms) for drying so they didn’t rust. We found a Thornton Pickard multi lens camera first.

Next we opened up the wood and brass cameras so the bellows could dry. They were already growing mould at a great rate of knots, and the glue on the wood was already letting go.

At the same time a number of folk from the local collectors group, Cameraholics, were separating and drying prints. All were doing sterling back-breaking and foot-killing work. I joined the print rescue team just before it got dark.

Half way through the afternoon the Police arrived to check Sandy’s firearms were still under lock and key, only to find some ammunition and ordinance of First World War vintage. Later the army arrived to remove these items to a secure facility.

Poor Sandy meanwhile was in a state of shock, both missing his Voigtlander Daguerrian brass camera, and also finding valuable ($500-$600 each) photographic prints in the house contents that had been cleared by the non-photographic helpers that cleared his house. Also out front in the garden were huge printers, laminators and computers. A sad sight indeed … maybe the best part of one million dollars worth altogether.

Still in the shed was the unique and massive nearly three meter tall goliath-sized plate camera that had floated off it’s stand, and had fortunately come to rest tilted so the water drained out of it. Mercifully the weather was good, and there was no wind, so the prints that had been laid out on stretchers to dry didn’t blow away.

I guess the lesson we all learned from this is that if you have a large collection of anything, you need to identify the mostvaluable items (not by price, but rather in terms of replaceability) so that they can be salvaged quickly, and then the more replaceable items can be left for subsequent rescue or replacing. The important thing is to have many hands available to help, with heaps of packing materials, and suitable transport and safe alternate storage available.

Tony Hilton

Brisbane (for the moment)

January 2011

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BBC Countryfile: James Bamforth (1842-1911)

12200909882?profile=originalThis coming Sunday, BBC's Countryfile programme will focus on the West Yorkshire town of Holmfirth. Located on the A6024 Woodhead Road in the Holme Valley, did you know that this town played a role in the growth of the British film industry in the early part of the 20th century?

It was in 1899 that James Bamforth, creator of saucy seaside postcards, started making films in Holmfirth. In the following 15 years, he shot and produced over 50 films in and around the town - all starring local people. Over a century later, the BBC's Countryfile team has been back to rediscover the man behind the movies. In this documentary a selection of lantern slides, postcards and greetings cards from the Bamforth collection which is held at the Tolson Museum in Huddersfield will be shown.  Bamforth progressed from portrait photography to lantern slides and then films with great commercial success at every stage.

The collection held by Kirklees Museums and Galleries at the Tolson Museum covers all aspects of Bamforth's work.  It ranges from 19th century portrait and landscape photographs to greetings cards from the 1980s. It also includes over 20,000 postcards, 1,500 pieces of original artwork for postcards and greetings cards and hundreds of lantern slides. Though now most famous for saucy seaside postcards, Bamforth worked in a range of styles producing religious song sets, sentimental wartime cards, photographic views and comic photographic postcards. He produced postcards, greetings cards, calendars, lantern slides and, of course, films.

The history of Bamforth's in Holmfirth is revealed on BBC One's Countryfile at 1900 GMT on Sunday 20 February, though I'm sure you can watch it on BBC iPlayer too. The full BBC report can be found here.

Image:  Photography and filming was at the heart of Bamforth's business.

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A museum is trying to trace biographical details for a commercial photographer called David Kronig who was working from a London studio at 1 Marylebone Street. London W1,  Telephone: WEL 6985 c1960s. If anyone is able to assist with any information (dates work and where, date of death, details if he is still living, or any other information) if would be gratefully received. Please contact me at or comment here. I will pass the information on.



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12200908475?profile=originalBritish Photographic History blog readers may be interested to learn that my latest book that has just been published by the Society of Genealogists. How to Get the Most from Family Pictures (London: SoG, 2011) includes inherited artworks, as well as family photographs, and spans the years c.1780-1950. It features around 220 images, the majority photographs encompassing daguerreotypes (including a late-1840s Claudet), ambrotypes, cdvs, cabinets, postcard photographs and amateur snapshots.

The book is priced £12.99  and is available from the SoG Online Shop ( ) or it will be available at the forthcoming Who Do You Think You are? LIVE show being held at Olympia 25-27 February ( ).   


Jayne Shrimpton, MA History of Dress

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Antoine Claudet will sold on eBay

12200908285?profile=originalA copy of Antoine Claudet's will has just been sold on eBay. The will was described by the American seller as: UK 19th C probate of the will of Antoine Francois Jean Claudet dated 30th January 1868, extracted by Scadding & Son, London, 100 pounds for filling, excise stamp, fold-out seal, 3 pages plus small page, 22" x 27" on vellum, left most of estate to wife, (even liquors and looking glasses noted) complete.

The link will take anyone interested to the full eBay entry: or search on item number: 300523505412

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Researching photographic history

12200910489?profile=originalThe Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group is holding a one day workshop at Birmingham Central Library on 5 March designed to help anyone researching photographs and photographic history. Researching photographic history is of interesting to many different historians not least of which are genealogists. The day will offer practical advice about undertaking research into all aspects of photographic history from active researchers in the field. Traditional sources and digital sources will be discussed. In addition, genealogists, local historians and photographic historians attending are invited to share their own experiences. 

Speakers will include Dr Michael Pritchard and Dr Ron Callender who have both completed a PhD and RPS Fellowships in different aspects of photographic history and are active researchers. There will also be presentations from other researchers presenting their research. One session will discuss how photographic history can be used to achieve a RPS distinction.

Admission is free but please register in advance. Click here for more information:

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Photography Conference in New York

On March 25-26, 2011, the conference 'Photo Archives and the Photographic Memory of Art History III' will take place at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York. This is the third in an ongoing series of conferences that investigate the role of photographic archives and collections in art historical studies. The discipline of art history and the technologies of image reproduction have developed concurrently, and their histories are closely interlinked. Presenters at this conference will explore the role of "hidden" photo archives in current art historical research, emphasizing those collections that re not digitized, catalogued, publicized, or readily accessible in person or on-site. For further details see


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