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12201024076?profile=originalRoger Watson, curator of the Fox Talbot Museum, is lecturing in the United States and can be seen in a livestream of his lecture on 4 February 2016 at 12.00AM GMT.

AAHD alumnus Roger Watson, BFA 1982, is a curator at Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum, in Lacock, England, Britain's birthplace of photography. Watson's recent book is Capturing the Light: The Birth of Photography, a True Story of Genius and Rivalry, co-authored by Helen Rappaport. The Fox Talbot Museum celebrates the life and work of William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-77). Fox Talbot created the first photographic negative in 1835, taken of a small window at his home, Lacock Abbey.

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12201034074?profile=originalAn historic agreement between the Science Museum Group (SMG) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is set to create the world’s foremost collection on the art of photography according to a press release published by the V&A Museum.

  • World’s leading collection on the art of photography to be created at the V&A
  • RPS Collection to move to V&A London
  • National Media Museum to focus on STEM subjects
  • No future national museum of photography

The museums have announced that more than 400,000 objects from SMG’s three-million-strong photography collection, held at the National Media Museum, will be transferred to the V&A. These photographs, cameras, books and manuscript material will join the V&A’s existing collection of 500,000 photographs to create an International Photography Resource Centre. The new Centre will provide the public with a world-class facility to access this consolidated collection, which will become the single largest collection on the art of photography in the world.

The collection being transferred encompasses exquisite vintage prints, the world’s first negative, unique daguerreotypes and early colour photographs, as well as important albums, books, cameras and the archives of major photographers. At its heart is the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) Collection, which charts the invention and development of photography over the last two centuries.
Among the treasures moving to the V&A are works by British pioneers William Henry Fox Talbot, Hill & Adamson, Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron. The collection also demonstrates Britain’s role as an international hub for photography, with major holdings by artists such as Alfred Stieglitz, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Gertrude Käsebier, Paul Strand and Ansel Adams. Highlights of the consolidated collection will include Oscar Rejlander’s 1857 ground-breaking composite The Two Ways of Life, Mervyn O’Gorman’s intriguing 1913 autochrome Christina, Yusuf Karsh’s iconic Winston Churchill portrait and Angus McBean’s surreal study of Audrey Hepburn alongside works by contemporary photographers including Martin Parr, Sarah Jones, Susan Derges and Simon Roberts.

V&A Director, Martin Roth, said: The V&A and Science Museum Group have shared origins and uniting our complementary collections will create a peerless historical and artistic photography resource. Our ambitious plans for enhancing digital access, collaborative research, touring exhibitions and creating an International Photography Resource Centre will mean that future generations of visitors and researchers will benefit from these examples of the most important artistic developments in artistic photographic history.”

Dr Michael Pritchard, Director-General of the RPS, said: “The RPS has worked closely with the National Media Museum since 2003 to ensure that the world-class RPS Collection of photographs, technology, books and documents from 1827 to 2016 has grown and developed. I am pleased that we can further enhance the RPS Collection’s stature alongside the V&A’s own art photography collection and make it more widely available to the public and scholars and ensuring it remains a prime resource for future generations.  The RPS is extremely fortunate to benefit from the support and expertise of one of the world’s most revered cultural institutions.”

A commitment has been given that the RPS Collection will be retained as a distinct entity and there will be negotiations over the coming weeks to ensure that the the current partnership agreement with the National Media Museum is carried over to the V&A. While the move will prove beneficial in opening up access to the RPS Collection the Society is concerned that the absence of a single institution with the curatorial expertise to collect and interpret all aspects of photography beyond its art will lead to a selective and narrow appreciation of photography that existed before the formation of the National Media Museum in 1983 when the V&A and Science Museum worked independently.

There will be challenges for the V&A which houses the national collection of art photography to deal with photographic technology and science that forms a key part of the RPS Collection. The Society will be keen to see the V&A expand its remit to take responsibility for the National Photography Collection. There will be further announcements over the coming weeks regarding the transfer, timings and impact on the other collections held at the National Media Museum and senior curatorial staff have entered a period of consultation regarding their jobs. 

Once transferred, the collection will be stored, digitised and made accessible for study. In the short term, the permanent gallery space dedicated to photographs at the V&A will be doubled. A second phase will see the opening of an International Photography Resource Centre to provide unprecedented opportunities for access, collaborative research and education with this unrivalled collection. As part of the agreement, the V&A will work closely with SMG to give access to the transferred collections for future scholarship and exhibitions.

12201034270?profile=originalThe National Media Museum in Bradford – one of the four museums that make up SMG – is refocusing its photography collections to align with its own strategic emphasis on the science, technology and culture of light and sound. The National Media Museum will retain the collections which support an understanding of the development of photographic processes (such as the Kodak Museum collection), the ongoing cultural impact of photography (such as the Daily Herald archive) as well as photographic archives that have specific relevance to Bradford (such as the Impressions Gallery archive). A new £1.5 million interactive light and sound gallery is due to open in March 2017.

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12200971657?profile=originalThe National Media Museum is developing an exciting new interactive gallery, in keeping with its core mission to explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. Reporting to the Head of Content for the new interactive gallery, the post holder will research and develop an engaging learning programme to support this gallery.

The new gallery will be a hands-on, immersive environment containing around 25 physical interactive exhibits and a fully equipped events space. The target audience is children between the ages of 7 and 14, with accompanying adults (school and family groups). The new learning programme will consist of science shows and gallery extension learning activities, and will be supported by pre and post visit learning resources and activities for teachers and parents. All elements of the project will be themed around light, sound and perception, the key scientific principles that underpin the Museum collections.

You will be responsible for researching science and technology content and translating this into an engaging learning programme; sourcing all associated props and materials; and training the Learning Team to deliver the new programme. You should have experience of researching content, developing learning resources and presenting educational shows or workshops. You will understand learning in an informal environment such as a museum and have an awareness of potential barriers to learning.

Job Description:
National Media Museum, Bradford
Learning Programme Developer – Interactive Gallery 
Full time: 35hrs per week 
Salary: £17,000 - £18,000 pro rata 
Fixed Term: 10 months (March to December 2016)
Application Instructions:
To apply please visit:

Closing date: 11.59pm Sunday 31st January 2016
Interview date: 12th February 2016
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12201031867?profile=originalSir Kenneth Corfield, the designer of the Corfield Periflex series and, later, the WA77 and Architect cameras, died on 11 January, aged 91 years. With Brian Gould he ensured that the Gandolfi company survived. He enjoyed a successful career in business as chairman and chief executive of STC. He was a life member of the Royal Photographic Society. Amateur Photographer carries a short report here:

12201032053?profile=originalMichael Pritchard writes...I first met Sir Ken in the 1980s when would attend the camera auctions at Christie's. Despite his role as a leader of industry he was always an engineer at heart as epitomised by his Corfield camera - the last commercially successful British camera range. Sir Ken was always friendly and helpful and willing to answer questions on his cameras. He remained fascinated by camera technology long after the final Corfield camera was sold and combined his technical background with that of an historian to great effect. For many of us his great legacy will be the Periflex camera.

Please comment with your own memories of Sir Ken. 

Image, top right: © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London.

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Another exhibition to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) from the same source (the Victoria and Albert Museum) as the exhibition I travelled up to Sydney to review last year.

I am always ecstatic when I see her work, no more so than when I view images that I have not seen before, such as that dark, brooding slightly out of focus portrait of William Michael Rossetti (1865) or the profusion of delicate countenances and gazes that is May Day (1866).

The piercing gaze of Julia Jackson (1867, below) always astounds, as though she is speaking to you, directly, from life. The r/evolutionary English naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin (1868, below) is pictured - no, that's the wrong word - is materialised before our eyes at the age of 59 (looking much older), through low depth of field, delicate tonality and the defining of an incredible profile that imbues his portrait with the implicit intelligence of the man. I would have loved to have known what he was thinking.

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Dr Marcus Bunyan

Many thankx to the Victoria and Albert Museum for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. Please click on the photographs for a larger version of the image.



Julia Margaret Cameron
Julia Jackson
Albumen print
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London




Julia Margaret Cameron
Charles Darwin
1868, printed 1875>
Albumen print
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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Whilst researching for my proposed book on "Cuthbert Bede" I just happened to try John Moyer Heathcote on the 'net (although I have already a substantial amount of information on him; he was a friend of "Bede" whilst the latter was curate of the combined parishes of Holme-with-Glatton 1850-54) - and up popped, under the British Photographic History site, a quite indistinct photograph by JMH taken c.1852, which the blogger (or anybody else) had no knowledge of its locality - thinking it might be a fen parish. It immediately roused my interest - as it looked very familiar to me instantly. I'm 99.9% certain that it is the parish church of All Saints' Elton, Cambridgeshire (formerly Huntingdonshire). I quickly compared it with a postcard photo I have (1912) taken from virtually the same angle, which confirmed my belief. I will shortly post this 1912 photo. I have in my collection, since the 1970s, a print of another photograph which JMH must have taken during the same visit (Conington is a good twelve miles from Elton), this is of Elton watermill. It shows attached to the end of the mill, the miller's thatched cottage, which was taken down in the 1880s; I will also post this too. Hope this proves noteworthy.  

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12201030498?profile=originalThe science Museum has announced the latest in its series of Research Seminars. They are open to students, museum professionals and academics with an interest in the history of science, technology, engineering, medicine and maths; museums, their audiences and collections. Of particular note, on 15 March, Ella Ravilious will discuss Photography at the South Kensington Museum/V&A

The South Kensington Museum (later renamed the Victoria and Albert Museum) made, used and collected photographs from its earliest beginnings in the 1850s through to the present. This activity had many purposes and the photographic prints were viewed and used in myriad ways. The photographs of art objects and artefacts made by the Photographic Studio and the photographs collected by the National Art Library, the Circulation Department and the Photographs Collection together constitute a formidable resource. The shared photographic history between the Science Museum and the V&A is rich and include connections which are still coming to light today.

All seminars take place between 1-2pm in the Dana Study, Dana Research Centre and Library, 165 Queen’s Gate. Bring a packed lunch. 

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Digitisation and the Question of Retouching

12201031262?profile=originalThe opportunity to digitize a collection such as ours is an amazing thing. It allows for material of local and national interest to be preserved for posterity and to be shared on the internet with a whole world of people who would otherwise have no access to such a unique collection. For us, as researchers of the sitters and places depicted, it enables the access and identification of sources in faraway places that could potentially uncover information otherwise out of our grasp. In our case, these fragile glass plates could so easily have been lost, but even after their rescue and relocation to the Sutton Archives in 1978 they remained stored away, uncatalogued and largely unknown for close to 40 years. The nature of this collection and its fragile state means it is unlikely that they would ever have been ‘available’ to the public without the opportunity that digitisation offers. Digitisation will not only preserve them for posterity, it will bring them back to life. But of course, as with many opportunities of this sort, you only get one chance to get things right. The kind of investment that is required for a project of this type, both financial, and of time and commitment means that there are a number of things of which we must remain aware and must be careful to avoid or take into account.

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12201030269?profile=originalThe Hidden Lane Gallery, Glasgow is showing this work by the Scottish-Canadian photographer Margaret Watkins until the 21st February 2016. The gallery is open Tue-Sat 1100-1700. The work has not been seen before.

07760 669011

1081 Argyle St,

G3 8LZ

I can recommend the Hidden Lane Tearoom to visitors desiring refreshment - ask for directions from the gallery as it is indeed well hidden!

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Hilary Term 2016

Tuesdays (Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7) – 12:30pm - 2pm*

Co-organizers: Mirjam Brusius & Geraldine Johnson

January 19th (Tuesday, Week 1) – 12:30pm -- 2pm:

Portraiture and Time: The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis

Shamoon Zamir, NYU Abu Dhabi

Location: Dept. of History of Art, Littlegate House, St Ebbes

February 2nd (Tuesday, Week 3) – 12:30pm – 2pm:

The Engraved Photograph, the Victorian Periodical and the Nature of Photographic Trust

Geoff Belknap, University of Leicester

Location: Dept. of History of Art, Littlegate House, St Ebbes


February 16th (Tuesday, Week 5) – 12:30pm – 2pm:

From Documentary to Abstract Photography: Aaron Siskin’s Aesthetic Transformation

Richard Howells, King’s College London

Location: Dept. of History of Art, Littlegate House, St Ebbes


March 1st (Tuesday, Week 7) – 12:30pm – 2pm:

Site Visit—Photography at the Sackler Library:

Eadweard Muybridge’s ‘Animal Locomotion’

Martin Kemp and Kelley Wilder in conversation

Location: Sackler Library, St John Street

Register to book a place** (limited places—only 8 can attend)


*Please bring your own lunch for informal conversation from 12:30pm to 1pm.

Formal presentations will begin at 1pm and finish by 2pm.

 **To register for the Sackler Library site visit, please go to:

Co-sponsored by Dept. of History of Art (Centre for Visual Studies) and Bodleian Libraries




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Bernard Alfieri query

12201028463?profile=originalI'm looking for some help to learn more about the two photographs pictured here. One is inscribed: "Photography by Bernard Alfieri / Fantastic Figures by S.M. Sulton" or possibly "Sutton."  Bernard Alfieri was a British photographer (1860-1839), mostly a Pictorialist, but these could also quite possibly be by his son, also named Bernard Alfieri, also a photographer.12201028463?profile=original12201029259?profile=original

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12201024876?profile=originalThis one-day conference at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, will present new research on the pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron's social, religious, colonial and artistic contexts.

International speakers will explore themes such as Cameron’s experimental techniques and exchanges with other artists and her lasting impact and relevance for contemporary practitioners.

Friday 15 January 2016, 10am-5:15pm, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This conference is organised in conjunction with the V&A exhibition 'Julia Margaret Cameron', on view until 21 February, 2016 (

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12201027098?profile=originalIn a blog posting the New York Public Library announced that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections would be available as high-resolution downloads and, in its words 'No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!

The release of more than 180,000 digitized items represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a trove of unique and rare materials: a removal of administration fees and processes from public domain content, and also improvements to interfaces — popular and technical — to the digital assets themselves. Online users of the NYPL Digital Collections website will find more prominent download links and filters highlighting restriction-free content; while more technically inclined users will also benefit from updates to the Digital Collections API enabling bulk use and analysis, as well as data exports and utilities posted to NYPL's GitHub account. These changes are intended to facilitate sharing, research and reuse by scholars, artists, educators, technologists, publishers, and Internet users of all kinds. All subsequently digitized public domain collections will be made available in the same way, joining a growing repository of open materials.

To encourage novel uses of the NYPL's digital resources, it is also accepting applications for a new Remix Residency program. Administered by the Library's digitization and innovation team, NYPL Labs, the residency is intended for artists, information designers, software developers, data scientists, journalists, digital researchers, and others to make transformative and creative uses of digital collections and data,and the public domain assets in particular. Two projects will be selected, receiving financial and consultative support from Library curators and technologists.

To provide further inspiration for reuse, the NYPL Labs team has also released several demonstration projects delving into specific collections, as well as a visual browsing tool allowing users to explore the public domain collections at scale. These projects, which suggest just a few of the myriad investigations made possible by fully opening these collections, include:

  • a "mansion builder" game, exploring floor plans of grand turn-of-the-century New York apartments; 
  • then-and-now comparison of New York's Fifth Avenue, juxtaposing 1911 wide angle photographs with Google Street View; and
  • "trip planner" using locations extracted from mid-20th century motor guides that listed hotels, restaurants, bars, and other destinations where Black travelers would be welcome.

The public domain release spans the breadth and depth of NYPL's holdings, from the Library's rich New York City collection, historic maps, botanical illustrations, unique manuscripts, photographs, ancient religious texts, and more. Materials include:

Visit for information about the materials related to the public domain update and links to all of the projects demonstrating creative reuse of public domain materials. 

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12201034101?profile=originalThe post of Associate Curator, Photographs (Content and Interpretation) offers an exciting opportunity to become a key member of the photography team at the National Portrait Gallery. This is a new position reporting to the Head of Photographs and in consultation with him/her, the post holder will have an instrumental role in developing content, assuming responsibility for photographic displays and facilitating the inclusion of photographs in the Gallery’s national programme and other Gallery initiatives. The post will deputise for the Head of Photographs when requested. The post holder will be expected to help generate ideas for the interpretation and presentation of the collection, develop drafts of interpretive text for displays and website information, and curate temporary displays within the galleries as requested. They will also play a significant role in the day to day management of the Gallery’s annual Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, and work closely on a programme to re-develop the collection displays as part of a major capital project.

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Responsible to: Head of Photographs Collection

Main duties:

  • Manage the day to day curation of the annual photographic portrait prize working closely with the Gallery’s collections and publications team to deliver all outputs to schedule.
  • Working with the Head of Photographs, develop and execute a strategic plan for photographic displays as part of the ‘Inspiring People’ project. Participate in gallery interpretation, and plan and develop accompanying in gallery and digital information where needed.
  • Support scheduled exhibitions, co-curate exhibitions and research and develop exhibition ideas for presentation as directed by the Head of Photographs.
  • Manage the day to day running of photography patrons group, working closely with the Development Team.
  • Play a substantive role in conceptualising and developing temporary displays for the photographs section and manage production across the team, ensuring interpretative texts and other deliverables arrive on time and at a high standard, proofing texts as necessary and help with day to day upkeep and installation of displays.
  • Curate temporary displays as required, generating ideas, selecting objects, writing display texts, and liaising with other departments under the guidance of the Head of Photographs.
  • Prepare and deliver regular gallery talks on displays, exhibitions, and aspects of the collection for the public programme and support other Gallery departments (eg VSA) in their contributions to the public programme.
  • Develop a network of artists, gallerists, patrons, scholars and other specialists as they pertain to NPG initiatives. Attend Frieze, Photo London, and other trade fairs as appropriate.  Working in concert with the Head of Photographs, represent the Gallery at openings and other photography-related events in London, and elsewhere.
  • Co-ordinate the installation of lens-based media (film/video/electronic media), working directly with artists and technicians as needed.
  • Contribute to the Gallery’s publications programme, under the guidance of the Head of Photographs, generating draft texts for collections works as required and generating ideas for future publications. Contribute, as the occasion arises, to the Gallery’s research programmes, where opportunity and funding allows.
  • Create and facilitate web content under the guidance of the Head of Photographs and other senior staff.
  • In conjunction with other members of the photographs team, answer public, statutory and scholarly enquiries regarding photographic portraiture consulting with other curators as necessary.
  • Contribute to the smooth running of the Gallery by sitting on various cross-gallery committees as directed by Curatorial Director/ Head of Photographs.
  • Support National Programme initiatives and work with the Gallery’s regional partners by assisting in the selection of photographic works, undertaking research, and/or helping to draft text as required for approval by curator colleagues and liaising with the National Programmes Manager.
  • Undertake line management of the Assistant Curator, Photographs (Content and Interpretation) and supervise interns or volunteers as requested by Head of Photographs.

This is not, however, an exhaustive list of duties and the Gallery’s management may, at any time, allocate other tasks which are of a similar nature or level.

Person Specification


  • A Postgraduate degree in art history/history of photography or related field, with a specialisation in photography and/or new media, or an equivalent combination of qualification and experience.
  • Ph.D. in art history / history or equivalent expertise of art is desirable.
  • At least three year’s relevant work experience within a museum or gallery environment working on displays or exhibitions.
  • An understanding and engagement with interpretation practices and a willingness to work directly with staff across the Gallery to generate and deliver changes to interpretation.
  • Experience of and enthusiasm for giving gallery talks and presentations to the public and among peers and writing text for a general public audience.
  • Experience of managing junior staff.
  • The ability to speak with authority about lens-based media, as well as trends and key figures in the history of photography as they pertain to NPG collections from the 19th century to the present.
  • A strong interest and excellent knowledge of British art, history and portraiture in the given period.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to copy edit text to a high standard of accuracy, write up research and edit existing texts producing clear and engaging copy for a public audience.
  • A commitment to undertake academic research in a relevant field and evidence of research outputs.
  • An interest in and knowledge of a variety of different types of museum interpretation and commentary including in gallery texts, web microsites, blogs, digital in gallery texts, social media etc.
  • Training or interest in new media (film, video, electronic media).
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills, the ability to support the Head of Photographs and work on their own initiative, co-ordinating and liaising with other curatorial staff, and staff across the Gallery.
  • Exemplary research skills using published and primary art historical sources and familiarity with online research databases on history, biography and art.
  • Excellent organisational, research and planning skills, coupled with the ability to work calmly under pressure, meet tight deadlines and retain excellent attention to detail.
  • Good computer literacy with databases, a variety of IT packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.) and the ability to generate image spreadsheets from collections databases.
  • A good eye for design and an understanding of the issues in designing displays and hanging works of art.


  • A demonstrable interest and commitment to the work of the National Portrait Gallery and an awareness of the demands and responsibilities of a National Museum collection.
  • A genuine and demonstrable interest in the practice of interpretation and audience development within museums.
  • Ability to research and develop the biography of the sitters and artists providing insight into photographic compositions and their history and significance.
  • Willingness to stay up to date with contemporary developments in photography and new media and desire to explore future trends.
  • The post may require occasional evening and weekend work as agreed.

Period of Appointment

This is a permanent post.


Your contracted hours of work will be 40 hours (5 days) per week, from Monday to Friday, including a lunch break of one hour a day.


The salary for this post will be £27,849 per annum.

Annual Leave

Your annual leave allowance is 25 days per annum, rising to 29 days at the start of the annual leave year following completion of five years’ service, and up to 33 days after 10 years service.

Place of Work

Most of the work is based in the Gallery at St Martin’s Place, but all staff are required to work at other locations if necessary.


The Gallery believes in the employment and advancement of people solely on their ability to do the job required.  When recruiting people, we will therefore disregard their gender, marital status, race, age, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, religion and sexual orientation.  There will be no unfair discrimination on the basis of disability.  If you would like to submit your application in a different format we are happy to allow this.  Please contact us (telephone: 020 7306 0055 email: so that we may discuss suitable alternatives.


Pension benefits are provided under the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme (PCSPS).

Probation and Trial Period

All appointments are subject to satisfactory employment and character references, security clearance and eligibility to work in the UK. There is a probationary period of 1 year for all permanent posts. The probationary period for this post is 12 months.

Data Protection Act

Information provided by you as part of your application will be used in the recruitment process.  Any data about you will be held securely with access restricted to those involved in dealing with your application in the recruitment process.  Once this process is completed the data relating to unsuccessful applicants will be stored for a maximum of 6 months and then destroyed.  If you are the successful candidate, your application form will be retained and form the basis of your personnel record.  Information provided by you on the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form will be used to monitor the National Portrait Gallery’s equal opportunities policy and practices.  By signing and submitting your completed application form you are giving your consent to your data being stored and processed (if you submit your application by e-mail and the application form is un-signed we will assume that consent by you is given) for the purpose of the recruitment process, equal opportunities monitoring and your personnel record if you are the successful candidate.

Season Tickets

Interest free loans are available for the purchase of a season ticket for travel to work.

Please return your completed application form to:

Personnel at:

Or by post

Caroline Speed
Head of Personnel
National Portrait Gallery
2 St Martin’s Place

By 9am on Wednesday 20 January 2016.

We are expecting to hold interviews on Friday 29 January, 2016. Please indicate on your form if you are unavailable on this date. Please indicate on the form if you will not be available on any particular days during this week.  

If you are delivering your application by hand, please take it to the reception desk at 39-45 Orange Street.

To ensure the best possible use of our limited resources we are unable to respond to every application.  If you have not had a response to your application by 12 February, 2016, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

We would like to thank you for your time and effort in returning your application.

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12201024275?profile=originalHello, I have an odd request. I am considering getting a tattoo of the London Stereoscopic company CDV back mark. I have been obsessed with this graphic for some time, but don't have a decent copy of it, and the images I can find online are of poor quality.

I was wondering if any members here could provide me with a high resolution scan or image of this back mark:

Many thanks in advance,


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12201027261?profile=originalBearnes Hampton & Littlewood of Exeter is offering a selection of photographs from Herbert Ponting, Noel Chanan, Lewis Hine and Cecil Beaton on 19 January 2016. The lots can be viewed on its website  in the Picture Section of the January Two Day Fine Art Sale [FS29] or through the link

Image: Herbert George Ponting [1870-1935], Giant Bamboos of Peradeniya, Ceylon, carbon print.

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12201026653?profile=originalSociety “Liber pro arte” in collaboration with Polish Association of Photography Historians and a yearly journal Dagerotyp is organizing an international conference Discovering “Peripheries”: Photographic Histories in Central and Eastern Europe which aims to explore the wealth of photographic practices in the region now commonly referred to as the former Communist bloc. As, generally speaking, photography in this part of the world has been understudied, the conference intends to promote discussion on its cultural, social and political characteristics in contexts such as national and state ideology, art, museums, education, business, everyday life and journalism.The event will be held from 31 May-1 June 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.

The organisers welcome applications from all disciplines and career stages for 20 minutes papers. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent by 15 February 2016 to 

For further information regarding the call for papers:

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12201036055?profile=originalDe Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre has announced its Spring term seminars. They are held on Tuesdays from 4-6pm, Hugh Aston Building, and are free and open to all.

‘Type-cast?’: Rethinking Studio Photography in the Hill Stations of British India
January 19    (Hugh Aston 2.08)
Professor Clare Harris (University of Oxford)

It is well known that from the 1860s onwards, individuals from all over the Indian subcontinent were photographed and classified according to ethnic, religious, and caste criteria, and thereby reduced to ‘type’ within the colonial anthropological project. This paper examines a parallel but neglected phenomenon of the late nineteenth century: the production of ‘type’ photography in commercial studios in the Himalayas and its reception in the ‘visual economy’ of the British Empire. By paying close attention to the activities and outputs of photographic studios and considering them as sites of transcultural encounter rather than of strict segregation between coloniser and colonised, I seek to reverse the process of ‘type’-casting that was inflicted on the local actors who performed within them.

Personal wartime photography in Egypt, 1898—1918 
February 16  ( Hugh Aston 2.08)
Paul Fox (University of York)   

Historians of the First World War have recently turned their attention to ‘personal photography’: the taking of photographs with privately owned portable cameras, and the disposal of the resulting prints in personal photograph albums or collections. The paper will contest the notion that this wartime phenomenon was without precedent by comparing First World War practice in Egypt with the way early portable cameras had been employed by British officers participating in the 1898 campaign to defeat a jihadist uprising in Sudan.

The paper will examine how privately owned portable cameras were used in the Sudan, and trace the public afterlife of photographs returned to Britain. It will then turn to the personal photography of members of the Royal Flying Corps based in Egypt during the First World War. It will explore the impact of the proliferation of camera use to include soldiers of all ranks, not least the potential to present life on active service from new social perspectives.

Travelling Memories: the Boissonnas photo-albums Salonique et ses basiliques (1913) and Smyrne (1919) 
March 15  (Hugh Aston 4.15)
Dr Colette Wilson  (University of Westminster)  

Two photograph albums by the Swiss photographer Frédéric Boissonnas and his son Edmond-Edouard, Salonique et ses basiliques (1913) and Smyrne (1919), capture Salonica (Thessalonika) and Smyrna (Izmir) at crucial turning points in their histories before a chain of events ignited Greek and Turkish nationalism leading to their near destruction. While maintaining an awareness of the ‘locatedness of memory’ within a national context (Radstone), the albums, with their clear focus on Greek-Christian national identity and heritage, arguably function as carefully designed propaganda tools, the aim of which was to create a memory that would travel transculturally (Erll) around the world gaining support for Greece which hoped to unite all the Ottoman lands with Greek populations into a single Greek state, whose capital would be Constantinople. Greece’s ‘Great Idea’ may have died in the flames of Smyrna, but it lives on in the Boissonnas albums and their online presence.

Contact in case of queries: Professor Elizabeth Edwards Dr Kelley Wilder

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12201026054?profile=originalThe Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group presents the Society's Hurter and Driffield Memorial lecture which this year will be given by Dr Sam Weller FRSA who will be talking about: Kodak Moments: A look through the rear view mirror. Sam was formerly  Director of the Kodak European Research Laboratories in Cambridge.

The lecture takes place in London on 26 January 2016 from 5.30pm.

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