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Rejlander to be honoured

12200953871?profile=originalIn 2013 Wolverhampton Photographic Society will be celebrating its 125th anniversary and the 200th anniversary of its most famous photographer's birth, Oscar Gustave Rejlander (1813-1875). To celebrate this a commemorative plaque will be laid on Rejlander's unmarked grave in Kensal Green Cemetery ( on Saturday, 3 November 2012.

The project has been fully funded from WPS funds and from personal donations from members of WPS Historical Group.The project has taken two years to come to fruition, and the WPS is very grateful for the help and support it has  received from staff at Kensal Green, and especially Joe Hughes from the Friends of Kensal Green. The memorial plaque was hand-carved and gilded by the sculptor David Kelly.

Everyone is invited to attend a short ceremony to mark the laying of this plaque at 12 noon on Saturday 3rd November 2012. The event will start at the Anglican Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery, and then proceed to Rejlander's grave for the formal laying of the commemorative plaque. Afterwards it will move to the Dissenter's Chapel for refreshments. The event will end at around 1.30pm.

Booking is Essential. If you wish to attend, please email:


After the event why not pay homage to Frederick Scott Archer who's grave is also in the cemetery ( There are also plenty of other photography related individuals 'resting' there...

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12200947482?profile=originalThis exhibition consists of almost 100 years of photography starting with Clarence Taylor's 1862 work in Nepal and finishing with the great expeditions to Everest and Kanchenjunga in the 1950s. It also introduces the impressive collections from the Society of historic maps, over half million photographs dating from 1850 to the present, rare boos etc.

The exhibition will also provide a rare opportunity to see and purchase Limited Edition prints of original material held in one of the country's foremost collections. Details of the exhibition can be found here.


Shive Dagon: the Pilgrim's Rest

A group of Victorian travellers gaze out across the tranquil landscape from the Pilgrim’s Rest, at the foot of the Schwedagon pagoda, near Rangoon in Burma (Myanmar). The pagoda is one of the most revered in Burma, possibly in the whole of Southeast Asia, and is surrounded by rest-houses for pilgrims and numerous smaller pagodas.

Picture: Vincent Clarence Scott O'Conner, c.1910

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Booklet: Hurter and Driffield

12200952460?profile=originalRon Callender has published a small illustrated booklet Mr Driffield and Dr Hurter. Their lives & times in pictures. The booklet provides a useful summary of their lives and work. The booklet is available from Ron Callender for £4.50 including postage. Email:

The Royal Photographic Society is holding the next in its Hurter & Driffield Memorial Lecture series on 10 September in London. The series started in 1918. See:

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12200935866?profile=originalHere's another offering from the new Media Space in London - good luck!

Fixed term part time contract until 31st March 2013

The ScienceMuseum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions. Media Space is a major new gallery space development which will house a series of temporary exhibitions featuring the collections of NationalMediaMuseum and the ScienceMuseum. 

You’ll be based at the Science Museum and will be working to process the national and international loans for the first Media Space exhibition, Revelations. You will need to deliver collections registration and collections documentation work for the exhibition, creating records to a good standard in the object database (MIMSY XG) working as part of the team to ensure the objects are fully documented and ScienceMuseum policies are adhered to.

 During the project you will arrange delivery of objects to the museum from lenders. You will be required to work with Media Space  project staff and other museum staff including those in the Collections Information and Conservation and Collections Care teams. Experience in collections registration and dealing with insurance, indemnity and transportation of objects is essential.  

Interviews will be held on 21st September. Full details can be found here.


Job Details

Job Title:        Collections Information Officer, Loans, Media Space Project

Department:   Corporate and Collections Information, SMG

Location:        ScienceMuseum     

Reports to:     Collections Information Manager, SMG    

Part Time       18 hours per week


Posted: 29/08/2012 14:17
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £18,909 p.a. pro rata
Location: Science Museum - London
Level: Corporate & Collections
Deadline: 12/09/2012 23:59
Hours: 18
Benefits: BUPA dental and medical; generous pension and holiday
Job Type: Part Time - Fixed Term
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Job: Head Photograph Conservator, Qatar

12200949100?profile=originalThe Media Museum collection consists of over 100,000 objects including an important collection of 19th and 20th century photographs. Classification of these objects consist of early daguerreotypes and salt prints, albums and photographically illustrated books to contemporary colour photographs.

Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) has acquired masterpieces through the years, which QMA is committed to preserve and showcase to the world. QMA is dedicated to accomplish the vision of His Highness The Emir of Qatar through education and cultural interaction with communities in and outside of Qatar.

QMA’s mission is to unite and focus the efforts of all museums in the State of Qatar for the acquisition, preservation and interpretation of collections and monuments held in trust for the Qatari people, to be shared with national and tourist audiences.  In addition QMA will travel exhibitions or loan to other institutions to promote QMA’s mission abroad.

Job Title: Head Photograph Conservator

Organization Name:  Qatar Museums Authority, Media Museum Collection

Location: Doha, Qatar  


Brief Description/ Purpose of Job:

As the first full-time conservator to be hired for the Media Museum project you will be responsible for the long term preservation of the collections You will be responsible for managing the conservation laboratory and advising on a new laboratory design, plus treatment projects on rare photographs and planning an efficient workflow.


Detailed Description/Job Responsibilities:

Ability to perform comprehensive treatments on a wide variety of photographic materials, advising on the conservation aspects of any existing and new stores or display areas, advising on the display and use of the collections, carrying out condition surveys and preservation needs assessments, preparing written reports on survey findings, re-housing the collection as needed, advising the curatorial staff on conservation matters, ordering of conservation supplies, keeping up to date with developments in conservation and helping to organize an international conference & workshop on photographic conservation in the Middle East to take place in 2012.


Job Requirements:

MA or Accreditation with ICON in photographic conservation, qualifications in paper or photograph conservation completed recognized programs. 10 years professional work experience, a portfolio of conservation treatments & professional activities plus competence references.  


Additional Details:  

Salary range depending on qualifications. Position includes accommodation. 


For further information or questions please contact Nicholas Couts at

Deadline for applications is September 15, 2012. 

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Job: Head Librarian, Media Museum, Qatar

12200949100?profile=originalThe Head Librarian, International Media Museum (IMM), is responsible for providing library and research services for the organization and maintenance of the photographic research library and its collections and establishing a public reference library.



The Head Librarian reports directly to the Museum Director and provides librarian and research services. Providing adequate services will ensure that materials are current and accessible, and available to library users when required.



1. Manage the planning, administrative and budgetary functions of library and information services


Main Activities

  • Establish and implement library and information policies and procedures
  • Develop and manage convenient, accessible library and information services
  • Establish and manage the budget for library and information services, technology and media
  • Develop and manage cost-effective library and information services, technology and media
  • Order materials and maintain records for payment of invoices
  • Analyze and evaluate library and information services, technology and media service requirements
  • Prepare reports related to library and information services, technology and media services, resources and activities


2. Provide effective access to library collections and resources


Main Activities

  • Develop and maintain collections management policies and procedures
  • Perform original cataloguing and classification of print, audio-visual and electronic resources
  • Develop and maintain special indexing systems and files for special collections



3. Maintain the organization of library materials


Main Activities

  • Ensure an accurate inventory of resources
  • Ensure efficient retrieval by users
  • Search external database programs for the availability of cataloguing copy
  • Maintain inventories, compile statistics and generate reports as required
  • Develop and maintain cataloguing procedures
  • Distribute materials for cataloguing
  • Determine the type of cataloguing required
  • Enter cataloguing data into the library's automated system
  • Process resources for placement on shelf
  • File cards in shelf list
  • Complete cataloguing records where only partial copy is available
  • Index materials for the pamphlet collection


4. Provide library services in response to the information needs of library users


Main Activities

  • Respond to daily on-site requests for information
  • Train library users to effectively search the Library catalogue, Internet and other electronic resources
  • Provide an interlibrary loan service for both book and audiovisual materials and maintain records
  • Maintain records for the interlibrary loan service
  • Maintain circulation files, records and statistics


5. Perform other related duties





Must have proficient knowledge in the following areas: 

  • library policies, procedures, methods, ethics and professional standards
  • library programming standards
  • research and information gathering systems and methods
  • a variety of information database systems
  • conducting Internet searches
  • organization and structure of the library
  • other information and library resources
  • computerized information database systems
  • library systems for cataloguing,
  • acquisitions and searching, on-line bibliographic utilities
  • capabilities and information resources of the Internet and other electronic databases



Must demonstrate the following skills:


  • ability to manage a library and its collection
  • team building skills
  • research skills
  • organizational skills
  • analytical and problem solving skills
  • decision making skills
  • effective verbal, presentation and listening skills
  • effective written communications skills
  • computer skills including the ability to
  • operate computerized library, spreadsheet,
  • word-processing, spreadsheets, email,
  • development programs at a highly proficient level
  • computer skills including the ability to
  • operate email and conduct Internet research
  • stress management skills
  • time management skills
  • familiarity with Symphony systems 


Personal Attributes

Must maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of the Librarian.

Must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:


  • be honest and trustworthy
  • be respectful
  • possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • be flexible
  • demonstrate sound work ethics



Physical Demands


Environmental Conditions

The Head Librarian is usually the first point of contact for library users.

The head Librarian will spend a considerable amount of time in the library where there are constant interruptions and distractions.


Sensory Demands

Must be especially adept at listening to and understanding

  • others from a variety of cultural backgrounds.


Mental Demands

Accuracy and attention to detail are essential when

classifying and organizing resources to ensure accessibility to library users.


Job is for a full-time position based in Qatar. 

Salary is competitive and accommodation is provided. 

Interested candidates should send CV to Dr. Marcia De Franceschi Neto 

Consideration of candidates close on the 14 September





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12200953694?profile=originalAre you an art curator looking to join a cross-discipline team exploring and questioning science, technology and visual media? The Science Museum Group is looking for two motivated individuals with experience of researching, developing and delivering artist-led exhibitions, events and participatory projects for adult audiences. You will be self-motivated and able to work effectively within a team and comfortable communicating with a range of people including artists, experts, colleagues, volunteers and students. You will be willing and able to balance creative curatorial work with routine and necessary tasks as and when appropriate.

Under direction, you will use your experience and enthusiasm to research and deliver ideas that utilise our world-class collections in an artist-led content programme. Previous experience of managing the delivery of art commissions, exhibitions and/or events is important.   

  • Two posts
  • One year fixed term
  • Closing date 17 September 2012

Application details

When you apply you will be asked to upload one document in Microsoft Word format which includes both your CV and a covering statement. If you are applying for more than one role please upload your CV and then answer online the role specific question.

In your covering statement please state why you feel you are suitable for this role. Please focus only on the experience you consider to be most relevant to this role.

Information for internal applicants  

The post is offered on SMG Enterprises terms, but employees currently on Museum terms may apply, and remain on Museum terms, subject to conditions to be discussed at time of offer.


This position will be offered as a secondment. Your department must be willing to release you and hold your post open for your return, and you are advised to check that this is possible before you apply.

SMG Job Description

Job Details

Job Title: Associate Curator, Media Space and Arts Programme

Department:Exhibition Unit

Location: ScienceMuseum, London 
Reports to :Head of Media Space and Arts Programme

Date: August 2012

Purpose of the Job

To research, develop and deliver Media Space and Art exhibitions, interventions, events, on-line and residencies, working with artists to investigate science, technology and visual media (photography, film, television and new media).


Key Deliverables/Accountabilities

  • To manage up to five Programme Assistants/Assistant Curators, volunteers and placement students as required
  • To research, develop and deliver an authoritative and innovative programme of exhibitions, events, residences and online content, to time, budget and quality
  • To manage participatory practice and community engagement with arts projects
  • To manage evening events and activities as part of the Media Space programme
  • To ensure all processes and documentation are adhered to, liaising with colleagues across the museums including Collections, Conservation and Corporate and Collections Information departments
  • To monitor budgets up to £50,000
  • To administer consultancy agreements with artists in consultation with the Museum’s legal department
  • To manage the delivery, including the management of contractors and consultants, of art installations both in Media Space and elsewhere as required in the ScienceMuseum
  • To contribute to the development of sponsorship proposals and fundraising documents
  • To build networks and generate new ideas and proposals through active research for the Media Space and Arts Programme
  • Take care of your personal health and safety and that of others and report any health and safety concerns.  Ensure proactive compliance with Science Museum Group H&S Policies, including risk assessments and implementing safe systems of work


Working Relationships and Contacts

  • Curator, Media Space and Arts Programme (line manager) – delivery of the content programme
  • Head of Media Space and Arts Programme (senior line manager) – to ensure the content programme reflects Science Museum Group brands and values and is consistent with overall programming
  • Collections (both at ScienceMuseum and NationalMediaMuseum) – delivery of high quality content and to develop the collections and understanding
  • Design – delivery of high quality design for exhibitions and associated products
  • Workshops – delivery and installation of gallery products
  • Conservation – appropriate object handling, and display
  • Corporate and Collections Information – loan and purchase agreements
  • Learning – delivery of associated learning products
  • Visitor research – co-develop interpretation strategies for exhibitions
  • New Media – delivery of innovative multimedia products
  • Development and fundraising – support the team and provide information for sponsors
  • Marketing and communications – to ensure accurate and effective marketing and PR, maximising opportunities for external communications
  • Artists – delivery installations
  • External experts – research of high-quality content
  • External contractors – construction of new exhibitions with specialist contractors

Line Management and Budget Responsibility

Directly line manages: Up to 2 Programme Assistants / Assistant Curators, plus volunteers, interns

Indirectly line manages: None

Contractors/freelancers: Ongoing management/liaison of relationships and contracts


Budget Holder of £ Up to £50K project budgets


Candidate Profile


  • Demonstrable evidence of developing sound curatorial ideas and innovative ways of engaging audiences with content
  • Demonstrable evidence of managing the delivery of audience-focused exhibitions, events and artworks in museums or large-scale visitor attractions
  • Experience/understanding of community engagement and participatory practice with artists/art projects
  • Experience/understanding of the challenges involved with delivering themes to an adult audience
  • Demonstrable experience of commissioning and working with artists/photographers to develop concepts and ideas
  • Demonstrable experience of working with subject specialists to deliver accurate, engaging content for non-specialist target audiences
  • Demonstrable experience of event and/or conference development, organisation and delivery
  • Demonstrable experience of the two-dimensional and three-dimensional exhibition design process
  • Demonstrable evidence of effectively working in a team, supporting colleagues and managing stakeholders
  • Good external networks and understanding of the display of contemporary art and photography
  • Experience/understanding of the management of staff

Skills, Knowledge and Relevant Qualifications

  • A proven record in communicating art, media art and science through exhibitions or live events
  • Strong curatorial skills with a critical awareness of contemporary art and/or photography discourses
  • A degree in an arts-related subject, or equivalent experience
  • Strong communication skills and ability to liaise with photographers, artists and external specialists/organisations
  • Ability to research and develop accurate and engaging content within tight deadlines
  • Proven track record of delivering projects on time that involves co-ordination of a number of stakeholders
  • Proven ability to work effectively on more than one project simultaneously, managing different programmes to achieve high quality results
  • Ability to manage and deliver complex live events with a number of stakeholders 
  • Excellent research skills and ability to originate ideas
  • Evidence of strong negotiation and influencing skills
  • Evidence of managing resources carefully
  • Evidence of coordinating the work of different teams within demanding timescales
  • Good writing skills
  • Familiarity with and experience of the PRINCE 2 project management system


  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise effectively
  • Ability to react positively to change and uncertainty
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines, often in pressured environments
  • Ability to follow directed research creatively
  • Proactive and organised in approach to work, with attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders of different backgrounds, supporting and learning from other team members
  • Ability to work well within teams located over more than one site
  • Ability to manage projects effectively, maintaining excellent standards and effective communication
  • Enthusiastic and committed to delivering innovative projects
  • Encourages creativity and supports innovation and work of the highest quality
  • Motivate, develop and support staff to ensure a cohesive, skilled and focused team

Scope for Impact

  • Delivery of high quality, life-enhancing, audience focused experiences that increase visitor awareness of media art and the collections of the Science Museum Group
  • Delivery of exhibitions that are world-class standards in curation, exhibition, presentation and display of photography and contemporary art
  • Delivery of a regular, rich, engaging programming of innovative products that enhances the Museum’s reputation and establishes the Museum at the forefront of the field
  • Extend the reach of the Museum by developing new products that appeal to an adult audience
  • Increase breadth of the collections by suggesting programming ideas that proactively increase the collections

Please note:

  • This job description is not exhaustive and amendments and additions may be required in line with future changes in policy, regulation or organisational requirements, it will be reviewed on a regular basis.
  • This role is subject to a Disclosure Scotland basic criminal record check
  • This role will require some evening work

More information:

Posted: 28/08/2012 09:30

Start Date: Not Available

Salary: Indicative salary £19,526 to £22,972 per annum

Location: Science Museum - London

Level: Exhibitions

Deadline: 10/09/2012 23:59

Hours: 36

Benefits: BUPA dental and medical; generous pension and holiday

Job Type: Full Time - Fixed Term

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Next London Photograph Fair - September 9th

12200951099?profile=originalDon't forget - the next London Photograph Fair is on September 9th - with 40 dealers exhibiting vintage and modern photography, alongside a wide range of photobooks. New exhbitors include Dennis and Erin Waters from the USA ( and from Israel, Vivienne Silver-Brody ( We're open 10am - 4pm and admission is £3 - or free after 2pm on production of a voucher from
We've set some provisional dates for 2013 - they will be confirmed within the next couple of weeks.

March 10th

June 16th

September 8th

November 10th or 17th

The London Photograph Fair

Image:  Roy Brody, "Bedouin Hands,"1970s, 27.8  x 18.5cms, digital print, £450 pounds

(Vivienne Silver-Brody)



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Carshalton Camera Club Diamond Anniversary

12200950881?profile=originalTo mark Carshalton Camera Club's 60th anniversary there will be a special exhibition in Sutton Library (South London). It will be opened by Tom Brake MP on Monday 17 September 2012 with a private viewing. Members of the public can see it during the library's normal opening times from Tuesday 18 September through until Saturday 22 September 2012.

Sutton Library, St Nicholas Way, Sutton SM1 1EA

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12200948858?profile=originalBetween 1985 and 1995 the RCA in London was an international centre of excellence for artists working with holography. A forthcoming retrospective exhibition at The Glue Factory in Glasgow is the first to focus on this remarkably creative episode in the history of this relatively new and still developing medium, and a rare opportunity to see some of the groundbreaking work produced then.

For more information at

Image: Hologram of the Royal College of Art emblem by Jonathan Cope

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12200946691?profile=originalThe National Portrait Gallery is to allow free downloads and non-commercial use of its images, reports Museums JournalThe change means that more than 53,000 low-resolution images are now available free of charge to non-commercial users through a standard Creative Commons licenceMore than 87,000 high-resolution images are available for free for academic use through the gallery’s own licence. Users will be invited to give a donation in return for the service. 

Tom Morgan, head of rights and reproductions at the NPG, said: “Image licensing is really important to the NPG and across the sector, and we’ve always been keen to carefully manage the balance between what we make available for free and what we charge for"

The NPG joins a growing list of major museums opening up their image collections free of charge.

For more on this see:

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Scotland's Colourful Record

12200950479?profile=originalDid you know that almost 80 years ago, Scotland's Daily Record was the first newspaper in the world to use colour? This was a ground-breaking achievement that eventually lead the world to colour printing and photography. 

Over the next two weeks they will reveal more stunning pictures from their photographic collection – from the iconic to the never before published – covering the world of celebrity, sport, work and play.

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12200952060?profile=originalWe have in our archives a large (10,000+) collection of glass plate negatives which came from the Edwardian photographer David Knights-Whittome. We're beginning work on a project to preserve and make them more widely available. This will be a massive task as some of the plates are broken but worse some are stuck to their original envelopes or image pealing off. As a starting point I've set up a small Flickr set here :

I hope you enjoy and please comment. You can see his work was varied and included the well to-do. many thanks,


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Britain Then and Now

12200956256?profile=originalA new 60-minute documentary for ITV1 follows the residents of one East London street as they attempt to turn back the clock and re-enact a street party held for the Coronation to the last detail. Part of the programme recreated Picture Post photographer John Chillingworth's 1953 classic photograph with John using the same models of cameras that he had back in the 1950s. John comments: "I can remember being there, now again, looking at the pictures… it is like yesterday.”

From tracking down the original party-goers, piecing together peoples’ memories of the day Morpeth Street held its party in 1953, to recreating the original Spam sandwiches and photographs, what unfolds is a fascinating look into the lives of people in post-war Britain.  One of the main obstacles facing the 2012 party’s organisers is that the street has changed beyond all recognition – where there were once Victorian terraced houses now stand 1960s tower blocks.

12200957054?profile=originalNarrated by Sarah Lancashire, the factual documentary charts how Morpeth Street resident Ruth Scola teams up with other locals to bring the street party together and shows the parallels between life in 1953 and 2012. Ruth’s fellow organiser Elaine Embery says: “We are trying to recreate exactly what happened 60 years ago, so I would really love you all to get involved. Sandwiches, yes. Bunting, yes. I want you all to get on your telephones, try and get people who were involved at that time. If not try to get involved yourself because getting together and doing something like this would be wonderful.” 

Many of the people in the photos taken by Picture Post photographer John Chilllingworth no longer live in the area. But then-teenage waitress Ruth Scola’s father put the original event together.  “Well, he started it up and we didn’t think it would be anything like this. When the Picture Post came down, we thought ‘Hello, what’s going on here then?’ It worked out wonderfully really, it was really lovely.” 


Britain Then and Now,

Episode 1 is aired on ITV1 on Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 9:00PM - 10:00PM (subject to change)


Photographs: above: John Chillingworth by Matt Frost / ITV; Right: John Chillingworth, from his original Picture Post story.

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12200955665?profile=originalIncluded in the 'Catchers of the Light' - a History of Astrophotography is a chapter on Frederick Scott Archer. As such it represents the first biography of this much neglected pioneer of photography; based on research into contemporary documentary records, which correct many of the errors and inaccuracies found in the usual sources.

For example, it is usually stated that FSA was born in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England in 1813, the son of a butcher and that he was orphaned at an early age. All of this is a myth. Primary contemporary records held in the Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies office, prove beyond doubt that he was in fact born at Bull Plain, Hertford on the 30th of August 1814.

Although his mother died in 1817 when he was two years old, his father Thomas Archer remarried in 1830 when FSA was fifteen. Furthermore his father was no ordinary butcher, but an influential citizen of Hertford, a wealthy farmer and supplier of meat, who became the town's mayor in 1818. In 1820 Thomas Archer was declared a bankrupt and two years later the subject of a trial at the Assize Court.

New research indicates that FSA was greatly influenced by the landscape artist, J. M. W. Turner and that almost all of his photographic output were the subject of drawings or paintings by this giant of art.

The introduction of the wet collodion process in 1851 by FSA marked the end of the use of the daguerreotype in astronomical photography and in doing launched the next stage in its development: "In 1851 Scott Archer and Dr. Diamond introduced the collodion process in practical form, and this finally prepared the way for such a worker as Mr. De La Rue; for the introduction of the collodion process was an event in photography second only in importance to the discovery by Daguerre in 1839." Lady Margaret Lindsay Murray Huggins, pioneer of astronomical photography, 1889

Only with the introduction of 'mass produced' Gelatino-Bromide 'dry' photographic plates from the late 1870s and early 1880s was Archer's wet collodion process replaced in astronomical photography:

The FSA biography is available here:


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Scanning and archive equipment

12200954480?profile=originalSpecial Auction Services is to offer equipment from an archive and library digitisation business which includes an ICAM Guardian book table (see: which originally cost £14,000 and is being offered with an estimate of £1000/1500. The table and other parts are pneumatically controlled.

In addition there are a Contax 645 and Hasselblad 501 with a Phase One back and a smaller Kaiser book copying device.

The auction will take place on 4 October (see:

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The other Shackleton .....

12200957263?profile=originalOne of the largest collections of early photographs by a female photographer in Ireland was taken by Jane W. Shackleton from the late 1800s. Jane was married to Joseph F. Shackleton of the famous Shackleton family. She developed a keen interest in photography in the 1880s when her children were young, so her first subjects included family and friends, and the area around Lucan, County Dublin.

Soon Jane began to take her camera around Ireland, capturing aspects of Irish life often missed by other photographers. Her favoured subjects included inland waterways and industrial buildings, the Aran Islands, the west of Ireland and Irish antiquities. By the end of her life Jane had become one of the most prolific Irish photographers of her time. For the first time in over a century, Jane Shackleton's remarkable photographs, and her skills and achievements, can be fully appreciated by all.

Due to be published towards the end of this month, you can pre-order it using the Amazon link on the right.


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Glimpses of Imperial Bengal

I was always appreciative and fascinated by the Imperial Heritage of Bengal and Calcutta. Amidst all the changes, the city still retains the pristine charm of the Raj era architecture, which are subjects of my deep interest and photographic narratives. Not only as visual documentation, but trying to create artistic compositions to capture the aristocratic ambience and exclusivity of many such buildings and premises, some of which are inaccessible to unrestricted public entry.

I had created a photo album book on the 200 year old, magnifiecnt Government House at Calcutta, modelled after the Kedleston Hall of Derbyshire. The foreword was penned by Gopalkrishna Gandhi, H.E the former Governor of West Bengal. As a sequel, I have photographed the Belvedere, estate of the erstwhile Lieutenant Governor of Bengal, The Flagstaff house, the Temple of Fame and the gardens at Barrackpore and the Government House at Darjeeling.

These buildings are witness to history and story of the Kings, Queens and princes; famous statesmen and soldiers; wars, treaties and reclamations; in fact everything that goes to the making of history will show what important and central position these Government Houses held in British India during the whole of the memorable 19th century, continuing into Independent India in the present times. This composite narrative is titled : 'Glimpses of Regal Bengal - The Government House and Estates'.

A selection from this narrative has been mounted as an exhibition at the Government House of Calcutta. It was inaugurated by the Honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal in presence of H.E The Governor and other dignitaries. The exhibition will remain in public display at the Victoria Memorial Hall till mid September '2012 and then come back to The Government House, where the pictures will be put up permanent display.

Few photographs from this work, as well as other narratives on Calcutta, mainly bordering on the Imperial heritage, are presented in the 'Imperial Gallery' of my simple website :

I cordially invite you all to visit. I shall be honoured to know your impressions.


With kind regards. Your's sincerely,

Anirban Mitra.



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12200951092?profile=originalThe Scottish Record Society has published D. Richard Torrance's Scottish Studio Photographers to 1914 and workers in the Scottish photographic industry (ISSN 01439448). The two-volume case bound books total some 850 pages. There is a useful introduction to the research in volume 1. The set costs £20 plus postage and can be ordered from:

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