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12200971887?profile=originalAnne M Lyden has been appointed International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland, based at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. The job was advertised earlier this year (see: and interviews were held in May. 

Lyden's last day at the Getty Museum was on Thursday and she thanked colleagues for '18 wonderful years' on her Facebook page which was quickly liked by over 60 people. An official announcement from the NGS is due after the Edinburgh Festival. BPH has 12200972266?profile=originalknown of the move since late June but had been asked to refrain from publishing by the NGS. As the news is now in the public domain and widely known BPH has taken the decision to publish.Those who know Lyden have widely welcomed the move with one person calling it 'awesome' and have commended the NGS for the appointment. 

The SNG photography collection consists of 863 images and the Photography Gallery, refurbished in 2012, is named The Robert Mapplethorpe Photography Gallery in recognition of a $300,000 donation from the Mapplethorpe Foundation. The funding will, over the next three years, be used to support innovative displays, exhibitions, research and related publications in the new space.

Lyden is currently an Associate Curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.  She is one of seven curators in the Museum's Department of Photographs, which was established in 1984 and has a collection of approximately 100,000 objects emphasizing the first 150 years of the medium. Contemporary photography has become increasingly relevant to the Museum's mission and all staff participate in portfolio reviews to inform themselves about current practices while critiquing work and offering insights into the manner in which large institutions like the Getty may spend several years following the career of an artist before committing to 12200972868?profile=originalacquisitions or an exhibition. Lyden has been a reviewer for Atlanta Celebrates Photography; Review LA, Los Angeles; Palm Springs Photo Festival; and PhotoNOLA in New Orleans.Her final exhibition A Royal Passion. Queen Victoria and Photography will open at the Getty in 2014. 

A native of Scotland, Lyden received her Master of Arts degree in the history of art from the University of Glasgow and her Master of Arts in museum studies from the University of Leicester, England.  Since joining the Getty in 1996, she has curated numerous exhibitions drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, including the work of Hill and Adamson, P.H. Emerson, Frederick H. Evans, John Humble, and Paul Strand.  She is the author of several books including,Railroad Vision: Photography, Travel and Perception (2003), The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans (2010) and A Royal Passion. Queen Victoria and Photography (forthcoming, 2014).

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12200977092?profile=originalPurpose of the Job: To research, develop and deliver content for an innovative programme of exhibitions, displays, multimedia and events.  This will include internationally significant, innovative exhibitions delivered for Media Space, working with colleagues at the Science Museum.

To ensure all processes & documentation is adhered to, liaising with colleagues across museum including Collections, Conservation and CCI.


Key Deliverables/Accountabilities

1.           Research, develop and deliver authoritative and innovative content for permanent and temporary exhibitions, displays, on-line content, and events that provide inspiring experiences for visitors and build the Museum’s reputation for trialling bold, novel communication techniques including multi-media and interactive exhibits, to time and on budget

2.           Work with colleagues at the ScienceMuseum to research and develop internationally significant exhibitions for Media Space, and support the redisplay within theMediaMuseum

3.           Source and collect objects for exhibitions and associated events to aid visitors’ interpretation of agreed messages

4.           Manage placement students and volunteers as required

5.           Develop the use of web platforms to increase reach of the Museum and engage new audiences through on-line channels

6.           Write content proposals and exhibit briefs for exhibitions, on-line and interactive media to ensure agreed exhibition messages are successfully conveyed

7.           Manage relationships with external consultants and contractors to ensure delivery of agreed outcomes on time and to budget

8.           Co-ordinate the delivery of projects on time and to budget with effective management of resources

9.           Produce and deliver high quality events for a variety of audiences, including families and independent adults and enable the content to be leveraged through different media where possible

10.       Develop proposal documents and work with the Development team to deliver high quality funding proposals

11.       Work with the Press and Marketing team to increase media profile of exhibitions and events where possible and appropriate

12.       Take care of your personal health and safety and that of others and report any health and safety concerns.  Ensure proactive compliance with SMG H&S Policies, including risk assessments and implementing safe systems of work


Working Relationships and Contacts

  • Senior Exhibition Manager (Line Manager) – to ensure effective delivery of cultural programme
  • Head of Collections and Exhibitions(Senior Line Manager) – to ensure the exhibition programme reflects NMeM brand and values and is consistent with overall Museum programming
  • New Media team – delivery of innovative multimedia products
  • Design colleagues – delivery of high quality design for exhibition and associated products
  • Exhibition Services colleagues – delivery and installation of gallery products
  • Conservation – appropriate object handling and display
  • Learning colleagues – delivery of associated learning products
  • External experts – research of high-quality content
  • External contractors – build of new exhibitions with specialist contractors; development and delivery of specialist content including software and interactives
  • Collection colleagues – delivery of high quality content
  • Visitor research team – co-develop interpretation strategies for exhibitions
  • 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


Line Management and Budget Responsibility

Directly line manages: interns and volunteers as required

Budget Holder: Budgets of up to £20,000

May manage project budgets of up to £100,000

Candidate Profile


  • Demonstrable evidence of co-ordinating the development and delivery of exhibitions and/or events
  • Demonstrable evidence of delivering audience-focused projects in museums or large-scale visitor attractions and/or other media outlets
  • Experience/understanding of all types of media and the challenges involved with delivering messages to a variety of different audiences
  • Demonstrable experience of working with subject specialists to deliver accurate, engaging content for non-specialist target audiences
  • Experience/understanding of effective team working, motivating and supporting staff and volunteers to ensure a cohesive, skilled and focused team.  Encouraging creativity, innovation and work of the highest quality
  • Demonstrable experience of the 2D and 3D exhibition design process
  • Demonstrable evidence of effectively working in a team, supporting colleagues and managing stakeholders
  • Demonstrable evidence of developing sound curatorial ideas and innovative ways of engaging audiences with content


Skills, Knowledge and Relevant Qualifications

  • A proven record in communicating contemporary practice of either Photography, Film & Broadcast or Photographic Technology, through print, multimedia, exhibitions or live events
  • Strong communication skills and ability to write high-quality content for different media, including web
  • A relevant degree in either Photography, Film & Broadcast or Photographic Technology or equivalent experience
  • An understanding of museum-based exhibits and museum visitors
  • Strong communication skills and ability to liaise with external specialists/organisations
  • Ability to handle large quantities of complicated information and break down complex content and issues into simple, compelling stories
  • 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
  • A high level of web literacy, preferably with knowledge of social media
  • 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
  • Familiarity with and experience of the Prince 2 Project Management systems
  • 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 work collaboratively with colleagues and stakeholders of different backgrounds, supporting and learning from other team members
  • Ability to manage projects effectively, maintaining excellent standards and effective communication



  • Team Working: Good team worker who demonstrates and encourages positive approaches, seeks to resolve issues and conflicts, focuses on win-win outcomes, actively champions the team; motivates others and enthusiastically shares knowledge & expertise, actively participates sensitively and flexibly as a team member
  • Achieving Results: Takes initiative and ownership to deliver results within time, quality and cost expectations. Able to work to tight deadlines, often in pressured environments. Ability to manage projects effectively and efficiently, maintaining excellent standards and effective communication. Copes well with ambiguity, competing priorities and enjoys change. Motivated, self-starter, able to work to clear outcome targets
  • Problem Solving & Creativity: Discusses problems appropriately, exploring viable options to resolve issues. Positive, proactive, unfazed by challenges and quick to look for new ways to problem solve
  • Customer Service: Proactively helps, understands customers and acts to meet their needs, enthuses about the product or service or working collaboratively with non-specialist audiences in developing cultural offers, goes the extra mile, answers all questions & provides additional information
  • Inspiring: Regularly meets with team members to clearly communicate direction for team and alignment with the organisation. Enthusiastic and committed to delivering innovative projects that place the Museum at the forefront of the field
  • Developing: Supports teams by coaching, mentoring and leading as appropriate, ensuring professional and personal development. Encourages creativity and supports innovation
  • Thinking: Makes sound decisions based on effective analysis and exploration of options. Prepared to challenge current thinking, look for opportunity for new approaches and take measured risks
  • Leadership: Ability to communicate a vision, identify strategies required to achieve the vision and translate the vision into specific targets and tasks. Confident in decision making and able to manage resistance effectively


Scope for Impact

  • Delivery of high quality, inspiring, audience focused experiences that increase visitor awareness of different types of media and the artistic, technological, social and cultural impact of it has on their lives
  • Delivery of a regular, rich, engaging programme of innovative products that enhances the Museum’s reputation and inspires people to learn about, engage with and create Media
  • Delivery of a series of high profile, internationally significant exhibitions in Media Space, building strong collaborative relationships with ScienceMuseum teams
  • Establish relationships with stakeholder partners to ensure that exhibition content provides life-enhancing experiences for visitors and builds the reputation of the museum as an effective, collaborative organisation to work with
  • Initiate partnerships to develop new ways of engaging researchers and experts with visitors and ensuring their experience in the Museum and online is memorable and unique
  • Proactively establish effective working relationships with colleagues across the museum to ensure sufficient resource allocation and effective delivery of all projects
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12200976497?profile=originalThe Bodleian Libraries' public appeal to secure the Talbot archive has led to forty-two previously unknown photogenic drawings being discovered. They have been given to the Bodleian Library.

After hearing about the Bodleian’s campaign, Noel Chanan, biographer of John Dillwyn Llewelyn, was approached by Sir John Venables-Llewelyn, great-great grandson of the photographer, with a view to offering to place a previously unknown collection of forty-two early photogenic drawings by Talbot on deposit at the Bodleian, to supplement the Talbot Archive. These precious and fragile photographs, most of which are annotated by Talbot, depict mostly botanical specimens, as well as places including the cloister and the gothic gateway at Lacock Abbey (right), Oxford’s Botanical Gardens, and the Tower of Magdalen College. 

12200976873?profile=originalOther subjects include fragments of lace, a breakfast table, a tiger from a Bewick engraving (above, right), the Great Seal of England, and a facsimile of an old printed page.

Gifts to support the appeal to secure the Talbot archive for the Bodleian can be made here:

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12200975100?profile=originalOxford, 31 July 2013 -- The Bodleian’s appeal was launched in December 2012 with an initial deadline of the end of February 2013 to raise £2.2 million pounds needed for purchasing the Archive. A significant grant of £1.2 million from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) late last year gave the appeal a vital boost. Thanks to the most recent gift from the Art Fund along with donations from numerous other private individuals and charitable trusts, the Bodleian has managed to secure almost £1.9 million towards the purchase of the Archive.

The Bodleian has successfully negotiated an extension to the fundraising deadline and must raise the remaining £375,000 needed to fully fund the acquisition by August 2014. The Bodleian continues to seek and welcomes any further contributions to help acquire the only significant Talbot collection remaining in private hands.

Gifts to support the appeal can be made at:

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said:  ‘We are delighted to be supporting the Bodleian Libraries’ aim to acquire a major archive of works by British inventor and photographer William Henry Fox Talbot.  This collection of material is of unparalleled importance in shedding light on both his life and his pioneering work. I urge everyone to support the final stage of the Bodleian's appeal.

Richard Ovenden, Deputy to Bodley’s Librarian said: ‘We are extremely grateful for all donations which we have received so far, from the grants awarded by the Art Fund and the NHMF to all the individual donations. Every single one of them brings us closer to reaching our target of £2.25 million needed to acquire the Talbot archive which is an essential resource for scholars on the history of photography, the history of science, and a range of other disciplines.

12200975697?profile=originalWilliam Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877) was one of the greatest polymaths of the Victorian age, and is most famous today for being the British ‘founder of photography’.  The archive contains great potential for fuller understanding of the breadth of Talbot’s scholarly activities, and of the influences exerted by the women in his family, in particular their educative roles, their shared interests in botany, languages, art, travel and history that are so central to Talbot’s work, and their roles as practitioners, supporters, and collectors of the new art.     

Amongst the recipients of examples of Talbot’s earliest photographs were his aunt, Lady Mary Cole and his cousins, who lived at Penrice, near Swansea. Emma, the youngest of the cousins, was married to another of the South Wales gentry, John Dillwyn Llewelyn, and Talbot’s photographs quickly made their way to Penllergare, the home of the Dillwyn Llewelyns. Inspired by Talbot’s invention, Llewelyn became an early practitioner of the art of photography. 

The Talbot Archive also includes artefacts such as glassware and artworks that Talbot photographed for the ground-breaking publication The Pencil of Nature, the first book illustrated with photographs. There is a strong connection to Oxford, as the archive includes some of the first pictures of the city.

Alongside items related to his pioneering work in photography, the archive also sheds valuable light on his family life, his role managing his estate at Lacock, his life as a Member of Parliament, and his range of intellectual interests from science to ancient languages. 

The significance of the collection for various academic fields is reflected by the variety of well-known names who have lent their support to the Bodleian’s fundraising efforts to acquire the Fox Talbot archive:

  • two of the world’s greatest photographers Martin Parr and Hiroshi Sugimoto;
  • scientists: Sir Paul Nurse, President of The Royal Society; Sir Michael Berry, FRS, Melville Wills Professor of Physics, (Emeritus), University of Bristol;
  • historians: Colin Ford, CBE, Founding Head, National Media Museum; Prof Martin Kemp, FBA former Prof of Art History, University of Oxford
  • Michael Pritchard, Director-General of The Royal Photographic Society
  • David Hockney, the best-known British artist of the 20th century

The Bodleian Libraries have now until August 2014 to raise the remaining funds.  A series of public events is planned to support access to the Archive, including a major exhibition in 2017. Highlights from the Archive will also feature in the opening exhibition for the Weston Library, and in a number of smaller displays.


About William Henry Fox Talbot

William Henry Fox Talbot (1800 – 1877) was a British humanist, scientist and inventor, best known for his invention of photography.  His 1839 announcement of the negative, which could produce multiple prints on paper, defined the central path for photography right down to the digital age. He became the first artist to be trained by photography. Talbot also made significant contributions to fields as diverse as Assyriology, astronomy, botany, electricity, etymology, mathematics, optics and politics. As a scientist, Talbot blended 18th century traditions of the amateur with 19th century concepts of progress and professionalisation. He was a Fellow of the Astronomical, Linnaean, and Royal societies; the latter gave him two gold medals, one for the invention of photography and one for mathematics. Talbot came from a family with strong diplomatic, social and royal connections and sat briefly as a Whig (reform) Member of Parliament. He sensitively guided his estate of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire through the perils of the social uprisings in the 1830s and the expansion of the railways in the 1840s. Talbot published eight books and more than a hundred journal articles and was granted twelve patents. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate from Edinburgh University. Although personally shy, Henry Talbot was a brilliant figure who lived within a sphere of substantial influence.

About the Personal Archive of William Henry Fox Talbot

The Fox Talbot archive includes:

  • original manuscripts by Talbot
  • family diaries
  • family drawing and watercolour albums and sketchbooks, including images made  by Talbot’s mother, his wife,  and by his sister
  • correspondence
  • early photographic images made by Talbot
  • an image made by Talbot’s wife, c. 1839, which may be the earliest image made by a woman
  • several hundred photographs received by Talbot - by other photographers from Britain and across the continent, contemporaries of Fox Talbot who shared their images and attempts at early photography
  • portraits of Talbot and his family
  • materials and artefacts related to the Lacock estate including estate plans, bills etc
  • books from Talbot’s personal library
  • musical scores from Talbot and his immediate family
  • scientific instruments from Talbot’s own collection
  • botanical specimen albums made by Talbot and members of his immediate family.

 About the Art Fund

The Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art, helping museums to buy and show great art for everyone. Over the past 5 years we’ve given over £26m to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections and placed hundreds of gifts and bequests, from ancient sculpture and treasure hoards to Old Master paintings and contemporary commissions. We also help museums share their collections with wider audiences through supporting a range of tours and exhibitions, including the national tour of the Artist Rooms collection and the 2013-2014 tours of Grayson Perry’s tapestries The Vanity of Small Differences and Jeremy Deller’s English Magic, the British Council commission for the 2013 Venice Biennale. Our support for museums extends to the Art Guide app – the comprehensive guide to seeing art across the UK, promoting a network of over 650 museums and galleries throughout the country, and the £100,000 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year – an annual celebration of the best of UK museums, won in 2013 by William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow. We are independently funded, the majority of our income coming from over 100,000 members who, through the National Art Pass, enjoy free entry to over 220 museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK, as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions.

Find out more about the Art Fund and the National Art Pass at


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12200974100?profile=originalIn July 2013, the Musée Maison Nicéphore Niépce in St Loup de Varennes - founded and exclusively financed by the Speos International Photography School since 1999 -- was nominated Maisons des illustres by the French Ministry of Culture in the presence of high-ranked French government representatives. The house where the world's first photo was taken has finally received national recognition as a museum.

Visit the house website at:

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12200977886?profile=original20 July: One of the oldest, extant, dedicated photographic archives in the world, the Barnardo's photographic archive, currently housed in Barkingside, East London is under threat. Following its digitisation the archive will be transferred to another organisation or will be destroyed.

Over the next few months, Barnardo's will be having its entire photographic archive digitised in Manchester. Due to space issues at Barnardo's, the organisation will then destroy the original images unless an archive or museum can be persuaded to save these important historic documents. The material consists of about of shelving around fifteen feet in length holding archival boxes about 8 inches deep and about 20 inches high. The pages from the original admissions ledgers have been cut out and placed in archival plastic sheets.

Dr. Thomas Barnardo began photographing the 'waifs and strays' that came into his care at his first childrens home in Stepney causeway as early as 1875, employing two photographers, Barnardo preceded most prisons and asylums by seeing the benifits of photography for institutional record keeping. He soon came into legal trouble for faking the condition of the children for the purposes of publicity. 

The importance of these beautiful images - not just to photographic history but to the study of archive practices and British social history - cannot be overstated. It is imperative that their material importance is upheld and that they do not simply become yet another archive solely made up of a smattering of zeroes and ones.

There are certain stipulations regarding the public use of images of children within their care and the images would be subject to a 100 year privacy rule but would still be accessible for private and/or scholarly work.

If you might know of an institution, archive, museum, group of people or persons that would be willing to help save this archive of historical importance please contact the head archivist at Barnardos.

Read more about the Barnardo archive here:


Update 1: A petition has been launched to 'save' the archive. Click here to view and sign. The petition addressed to Culture Minister Maria Miller has been signed by over 1000 people. 


Update 2: Barnardos has commented publicly for the first time. It says it is 'confident it will find a destination for 500,000 historic photos'. 

Update 3: According to Amateur Photographer magazine over forty offers to house the archive have been received.  

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12200973878?profile=originalAn oil portrait of Benjamin Brecknell Turner is being offered by a British seller on eBay. The auction closes on 28 July. According to the auction entry Turner was was one of Britain's first photographers and a founding member in 1853 of the Photographic Society of London. 

See the auction entry here:

UPDATE: The painting sold for £310

Born in London, Turner was the eldest son in a family of eight children. The family lived above the family tallow-chandlers business where candles and saddle-soaps were made and sold. At sixteen Benjamin became an apprentice to his father, he joined the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers in 1837 and became a Freeman of the City of London in 1838. On 17 August 1847, he married Agnes Chamberlain, a member of the Worcester China family.

In 1849 Turner took out a licence to practice paper negative (Calotype or Talbotype) photography from its inventor, William Henry Fox Talbot. He quickly mastered this form of photography and went on to produce many images during the 1850s, taking part in many photographic exhibitions during this time. He joined the Photographic Society, later the Royal Photographic Society, and was recorded as a member from 1854, although it is likely he joined in 1853 and remained a member until at least 1893, albeit with a break in membership between c.1871, rejoining in 1883. Brecknell's personal album from The Photographic Club, a grouping of members of the Photographic Society is held in the Royal Photographic Society Collection at the National Media Museum

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12200973089?profile=originalWilliam Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877) was a British pioneer in photography, yet he also embraced the wider preoccupations of the Victorian Age—a time that saw many political, social, intellectual, technical, and industrial changes. His manuscripts, now in the archive of the British Library, reveal the connections and contrasts between his photographic innovations and his investigations into optics, mathematics, botany, archaeology, and classical studies.

Drawing on Talbot’s fascinating letters, diaries, research notebooks, botanical specimens, and photographic prints, distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines, including historians of science, art, and photography, broaden our understanding of Talbot as a Victorian intellectual and a man of science.

The authors: Brusius, Mirjam, Dean, Katrina, Ramalingam, Chitra (Eds.)., William Henry Fox Talbot: Beyond Photography, Studies in British Art 23 (New Haven; London: Yale Center for British Art and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in association with Yale University Press, 2013).

With essays by Katrina Dean, Eleanor Robson, Mirjam Brusius, Graham Smith, Larry J. Schaaf, Simon Schaffer, Herta Wolf, Vered Maimon, Anne Secord, Chitra Ramalingam, and June Barrow-Green

Mirjam Brusius is postdoctoral fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University Katrina Dean is a university archivist at Melbourne University. Chitra Ramalingam is postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.


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

12200972292?profile=originalIn 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, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field. The totally distinctive look of Petzval photos is all about the fantastic lens design that gives you the satisfaction of the instant optic experience that goes far beyond using photo editing software and filters.

This legendary lens has now been reinvented and updated for 21st century use (eg a larger f/2.2 maximum aperture) for all Nikon F and Canon EF Mount Analog & Digital SLR cameras by Lomography. Expected delivery date of the lenses is on February 2014. However, they are confident to have the first 1000 lenses shipped out by December 2013.

And to help kick-start the project, they have used the growing popularity of crowd-funding. You can part some of your cash with them here.

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Website: Andrew Paterson collection

12200972057?profile=originalA website has been set up to showcase photographer Andrew Paterson, whose studio was based in Inverness between 1895-1980. He was an internationally renowned, multi-award winning artist-photographer. His services were sought over several decades by many leading political and commercial figures of the day. In 1935 the Glasgow Daily Record wrote that his 'name is known wherever the camera is regarded as a serious medium of expression in portraiture.'

Paterson won in total 23 awards and diplomas, both national and international, for his work and gave many exhibitions both at home and abroad. The Daily Record noted that 'his portraits have been regarded as setting new standards of excellence in the expression of character.” He was one of those who helped to elevate portrait photography into an art form equalling that of an oil painting.' 


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To coincide with the imminent 350th anniversary of Philosophical Transactions, the world’s oldest scientific journal, The Royal Society and the AHRC research project “Publishing the Philosophical Transactions” are organising a conference, to be held at the Royal Society in March 2015, on the history of science journal publishing.  Phil.Trans. has a long association with the early history of photography.  

Publish or Perish? Scientific periodicals from 1665 to the present


19-21 March 2015

The Royal Society, London



To celebrate the anniversary of the Philosophical Transactions, the world’s oldest scientific journal, the Royal Society will be hosting a major conference in spring 2015. At a time when the future of scientific publishing is in flux, this conference will take the long perspective by examining the transformations and challenges in the publishing of scientific journals over the last three and a half centuries, and into the future. We seek offers of papers, or proposals for three- or four-paper panels, which engage with any aspect of the commercial, editorial and distribution practices  of scientific journal publishing, in any period since 1665, preferably with a comparative or longue durée perspective.


Papers or panels might address:

  • The processes of printing, publishing or illustrating scientific journals
  • The commercial practices of journal publishing
  • The development of editorial and refereeing processes
  • Distribution networks and marketing – regional, national and international
  • Issues concerning the status, reputation and reception of competing journals

Offers of papers, including a 250-word abstract, should be sent to by the 30th of November 2013.


Participants must be willing and able to prepare their paper for speedy publication in autumn 2015.


Philosophical Transactions at 350


The Philosophical Transactions turns 350 on March the 6th, 2015. To celebrate this milestone in the history of science communication, a programme of events and activities is being planned for the Anniversary year. In addition, a major AHRC-funded research project, led by Dr Aileen Fyfe at the University of St Andrews in partnership with the Royal Society, is already under way, which will produce the first full history of the Philosophical Transactions.


Dr Noah Moxham

School of History, University of St Andrews

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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In the latest issue of Ancient Egypt magazine  (No.78, June-July 2013) I have an article entitled “Egyptology and Photography: Two Founding Fathers”  which traces the correspondence between W H F Talbot and Egyptologist Karl Richard Lepsius in the 1840s. Lepsius was then preparing for his pioneering expedition to Egypt, and wanted to learn the art of photography from Talbot so that his team could use cameras to record inscriptions and ancient monuments.  As well as examining the evidence for what actually happened in Egypt, the article discusses Talbot's interest in Egyptology and ancient languages.

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12200970476?profile=originalBernard Quaritch Ltd has confirmed the acquisition by the Hong Kong based Moonchu Foundation of the Terry Bennett Collection of Early Chinese Photographynow to be known as The Moonchu Collection of Early Photography of China.  Comprising approximately 10,000 photographs from 1844 to the end of the Qing Dynasty, the Bennett collection has been acquired in its entirety.The selling price has not been disclosed but it is believed to be a significant seven-figure sum. 

The Moonchu Foundation was established in 2007 and is a tax-exempt charity established by, but not beneficially owned by Mr Zhang Songyi and family members Ms Mui Bing How and Mr Chang Tsong Zung.  The Moonchu Foundation has entered into a loan agreement with the Hong Kong Museum of History for a major exhibition from the collection at the end of 2013, with the further aim that this loan should become a permanent gift.

12200971082?profile=originalThe range and depth of the collection is renowned, unrivalled in documented private or institutional holdings. It includes a daguerreotype (right) from Jules Itier’s visit in 1844, when he made the earliest surviving photographs of China; 70 albums by amateur and internationally acclaimed photographers such as Felice Beato, Milton Miller, John Thomson, and Lai Fong, William Saunders, Pow Kee, Paul Champion and William Floyd; some 325 cabinet and carte-de-visite portraits by Chinese and Western studios; many lantern slides and glass and paper stereoviews; hundreds of larger format portraits and views; rare photography periodicals such as The Far East and the China Magazine; multi-plate panoramas of Peking, Hong Kong, Macau and the treaty ports; awe inspiring scenes of natural landscape by Lai Fong and Tung Hing; and an early mammoth plate view of Hong Kong by C. L. Weed.

12200971453?profile=originalThese photographs illuminate China’s history during the second half of the nineteenth century and the history of photography in China.

From the introduction of the daguerreotype to the era of the ‘Kodak’, the scope of this collection allows for comparative studies across multiple social, cultural and historical subjects.

Bernard Quaritch established a Photography Department in 2005 with Consultant Specialist, Lindsey Stewart, and a photobook department in 2010. It has published six catalogues and five photography books including the landmark three volume series History of Photography in China by Terry Bennett and Odalisques and Arabesques: Orientalist Photography 1839-1925 by Ken Jacobson.

Contact: Bernard Quaritch Ltd., 40 South Audley Street, London, W1K 2PR. Tel: +44 (0)20 7297 4888. Fax: +44 (0)20 7297 4866. or

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12200981698?profile=originalWe are looking for a Curator to take responsibility for the BFI National Archive’s collection of posters, designs and museum objects as part of a fixed-term maternity cover post, commencing late September/early October 2013. Working as part of the BFI curatorial team you will be required to document, develop, research and interpret the poster and designs collections, ensuring they are embedded within the cultural programme of the BFI.

You will have a strong knowledge of British film and television in both its historical and contemporary contexts. You should also have an interest in, and demonstrable knowledge of, 20thand 21stcentury British art and design, particularly as it relates to the film and television industries.

You need to be educated to degree level or equivalent, with a recognised qualification in art/paper conservation or a related area, as well as having a minimum of 2 years’ relevant experience in a gallery, museum or archive.

You will be based at the John Paul Getty Conservation Centre, Berkhamsted but you will be required in central London on a regular basis.

You will enjoy benefits such as a final salary pension scheme, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

For more information and to apply please visit

The closing date for applications is 10.00am Monday 05 August 2013.

Interviews will be held Monday 19 August 2013 (at Berkhamsted

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Publication: Country House Camera

12200982499?profile=originalPhotography was invented by William Fox Talbot in the world of the English country house. The leisured and affluent upper classes went on to make an art form of their new toy, creating intimate portraits of stunning beauty. Their work stands as poignant testament to a way of life that has all but vanished.

With a Preface by Michael Pritchard, Director-General of the Royal Photographic Society and previously unpublished photographs from the author’s archive this is a treasury of arisoctratic photography from the 1850s to 1930s. 

"An unparalleled collection of photographs ... No serious student of the turn of the century or period drama can afford to be without it." - Julian Fellowes

Christopher Simon Sykes is a writer and photographer. He is the author of David Hockney: The Biography, The Big House and The National Trust Country House Album. He contributes to a number of magazines including House and Garden, World of Interiors and Vogue.

Nigel Nicolson, the son of Sir Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackvile-West, co-founded
Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the late 1940s. He was a writer for The Spectator and the
Sunday Telegraph and was the author of many books on heritage and biography.

Clive Aslet is editor-at-large of Country Life magazine. He writes on British
architecture and regularly contributes articles to the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail
and The Sunday Times.

Christopher Simon Sykes’s
Country House Camera
Publication date: 10 October 2013
£29.99 • ISBN 978-1-909022 40-9

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12200981255?profile=originalI have just won 1st prize for my cyanotype print on watercolour paper called Vintage Blouse & awarded a one woman show at the Pallant House Gallery in 2014 (dates to be confirmed).

The Sussex Artists Award is a collaboration between St Wilfrid's Hospice & Pallant House Gallery Chichester aiming to raise funds for the two charities & championing the work of artists from across the country. The selectors were Toni Arden of Arden & Anstruther photographic gallery, James Steward of Zimmer Steward Gallery Arundel, Matthew Sergison-Main 2012 Outside In National Award Winner & Simon Martin Head of Collections & Exhibitions at Pallant House Gallery. Then from the selected pieces the judges Gregory Perry Director of Pallant House Gallery & John Gill former Director of the Brighton Photo Biennial & Chairman of the British School at Rome chose the 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes plus 2 x highly commended works.

The exhibition of winners & selected entries continues at the Pallant House Gallery ,Chichester, West Sussex until 4 August 2013.12200981476?profile=original

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RPS Historical Group Recreating the Past

12200978666?profile=originalI thought it might cause some amusement to post this picture from an the event held last weekend in Bath by the RPS Historical Group.

My picture touches four periods of photography: The sitter is David Burder, Daguerreotype aficionado, being photographed by Dr Guy Brown using a freshly made collodion wet plate in the camera while being captured on a digital camera by an attendee - my picture was from my smart phone.  How photography has changed!  

An absolutely great event and many thanks to all the organizers and presenters who's knowledge and skill was in abundance.    There a real difference in the appreciation you have for these processes when you can see them in action.  I should also mention the Wolcott & Johnson camera that on show by Roger Smith and the wonderful Bromoil preparation skills of the Preece's.


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12200976098?profile=originalDuring 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 research with close analysis of the significant body of Dayal s work preserved in the Alkazi Collection of Photography. Over the course of his remarkable career, Dayal opened studios in Indore, Secunderabad, and Bombay, employing over fifty staff photographers and assistants. Together, they produced more than 30,000 images of architecture, landscape, and people that have played a central role in how India's past has been visualized. This volume explores varied topics, from Dayal's public works, state visit, and hunting photographs to his images chronicling India's elite and growing middle classes. In this way, he lays the groundwork needed to rethink the history and practice of photography in India: as a commercial business, as an engagement with new technology, and as an aesthetic enterprise.
Trained as a draughtsman, Dayal rose quickly through the ranks as a Surveyor with the Public Works Department of the Central India Agency in Indore. He began photographing in the mid 1870s, becoming a master in the delicate art of developing glass plate negatives and albumen prints and producing what are still some of the most stunning views of the architecture and landscape of northern India. Ever the consummate businessman, Dayal soon counted the elite of British and Indian society amongst his clients. Eventually, he was appointed court photographer to the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, and the studio became the first Indian firm to receive the Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria. Dayal's career testifies to photography's paramount role in the overlapping arenas of the Princely states, British Raj, and the emerging cosmopolitan centers of nineteenth-century India.

You can pick up a copy using the Amazon link on the right.

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12200977877?profile=originalA non-profit research project named Daguerreobase launched by the Nederland’s Fotomuseum, and joined in 2009 by the Fotomuseum of Antwerp with the aim of generating as much as knowledge as possible, by identifying preserving and disclosing detailed information on daguerreotypes held in Dutch and Flemish collections. A dedicated website was created to allow institutions and private collectors to view, edit and store records on individual daguerreotypes and establish relationships between records, based on collections, owners and a wide range of typologies such as size, mounting, hallmarks, etc.

Recently a further step has been taken with a project proposal being submitted, on June 1st, 2011, by the FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerp and the Nederlands Fotomuseum to the European ICP program Call 5. The project aims to improve the current Daguerreobase structure and functionality and to connect the Daguerreobase to the portal for European Cultural Heritage.  The main goal of this initiative is to enrich the portal’s content with 25.000 descriptions of European daguerreotypes kept in private and institutional collections together with 6.500 pages of related European historical literature.

The project has a long list of objectives including: developing standards for the description of the daguerreotype plates together with a multilingual set of entries, high quality digitization parameters to reproduce the plates, aggregating metadata on historical and contemporary daguerreotypes and interfacing with Europeana and the founding of an European Daguerreotype Association (EDA)

The proposal was carefully examined by the European Commission, received a very good evaluation for its relevance, impact and implementation and, after a period of negotiation, the project was awarded a grant. SMPhotoconservation is one of the eighteen official participants forming the European consortium, for this project and is responsible for collecting daguerreotypes, descriptions and related objects in Italy.

Since November 1st 2012, the international consortium of eighteen European partners has now been invited to initiate this exciting adventure, that will span over thirty months; it will be completed by March 2015.

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12200980487?profile=originalThe Getty Conservation Institute has joined with the Arab Image Foundation, the Art Conservation Department of the University of Delaware and the Photograph Conservation Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art to form the Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative (MEPPI).

MEPPI is a strategic initiative designed to gather information, raise awareness, and build capacity in the preservation of photograph collections throughout the Middle East - here defined as the countries of the eastern Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Gulf. The third in a series of courses will begin with a workshop that will take place in Amman, Jordan from 20-28 January, 2014. The deadline for application is 19 August, 2013.

Details about the course and the application process can be found here:

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