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12201061070?profile=originalThe 'Crozat's Photographic System' in Ireland and in the UK,1864-1871Irish and/or British researchers of the history of photography and collectors who want to share information about the spread of the 'Crozat's System' in Ireland and in the UK and/or photographs made with this method, can contact us by writing to:

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Thank you.

Roberto Caccialanza (Cremona, Italy)

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12201056861?profile=originalMatt Isenburg, leading photographic collector and historian and driving force behind the Daguerreian Society, has passed away at the age of 89 on 14 November 2016.

Matt was a WW2 US Navy veteran and fascinated by history, in which he obtained a Bachelor's degree at Northwestern Universary. He started as a camera collector, with a major interest in Leicas but switched to collecting early photographica, focussing particular interest on the first 30 years of photographic history. He equally collected images, cameras and related photographic hardware and photographic literature, to tell the complete story of photography across his era of specialty using two collecting maxims, namely to collect the best of the best and to not be afraid to pay tomorrow's prices today. As a result, few private collectors have ever amassed anything like the diversity of important and rare material that Matt did.

Matt enjoyed writing about his extensive collection, producing many articles, a book with Charles Klamkin "Photographica : a Guide to the Value of Historic Cameras and Images" and he gave lectures on a wide array of photographic subjects over the years. In 1978 he founded the Daguerreian Society with John Wood, serving as President for many years. With Matt's encouragement, the Daguerriean Society held its 25th anniversary symposium in Paris in 2013 but his health prevented him from attending.

12201056861?profile=originalMatt possessed an unsurpassed collection of daguerrotypes, including a large family collection from the Southworth family (of the Southworth and Hawes studio in Boston), images of the Capitol Building and White House, a large number of full plate daguerreotypes of the Californian gold rush, 23 daguerreian cameras including the first one in America imported by Samuel Morse, numerous choice ambrotypes, tintypes, stereoviews and cartes de visite mostly from America but also other countries; photographic albums, frames and viewing apparatus; unexposed daguerreotype plates and developing outfits; advertising material; letters, documents and manuscripts relating to early photographers and extensive runs of daguerreian and wet plate era photographic periodicals in English, French and German and well as many of the key books on photography from that period.

Hundreds visited Matt's home in Hadlyme, Connecticut over the years to view his amazing collection and were regaled with not only the history of the items, but also the many stories of the chase in obtaining them and often into the very early hours of the morning! Matt possessed an intense passion for early photography and a driving desire to share it and was always generous in providing information and offering advice and encouragement.

In 2012, Matt sold his world class collection for $15, 000000 to media magnate David Thomson to be housed in the Archive of Modern Conflict facility in Toronto 2012. With his health failing, Matt realised his legacy had to continue to be utilised and enjoyed and he was comfortable with his decision, seeing his collection remain intact even though it was leaving the country. The collection has since been gifted to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in 2015 for inclusion in a larger collection called Origins of Photography.

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12201057062?profile=originalThe Photographers’ Gallery presents the first major London exhibition of Roger Mayne’s (1929 - 2014) work since 1999. Roger Mayne is best known for his seminal and pioneering body of work on community life in London’s Southam Street in the 1950s and early 60s. Mayne’s humanistic approach to his subjects has influenced subsequent generations of photographers and made a significant contribution to post-war British photography. 

Self-taught, Mayne counted among his influences Cartier Bresson, Paul Strand (whom he met in Paris) W. Eugene Smith and most notably photographer Hugo van Wadenoyen, who would prove to be an influential mentor throughout his formative years. Moving to London in 1954, Mayne began working for clients including the Observer, Sunday Times, Vogue, Pelican Books and BBC TV. He mixed with diverse artistic circles, corresponding and conversing with a wide range of painters, sculptors, architects, and playwrights. His approach to photography and engagement with the critical discourses of the day were greatly enlivened by these relationships. 

It was, however, his admiration for the St Ives scene of Terry Frost, Roger Hilton and Patrick Heron that would have an enduring impact on his life and work, encouraging Mayne to experiment with large photographic prints, mounting methods and installation based exhibitions at a time when there was little or no precedent for this within photography. These methods, alongside his considered and vocal debates on the topic helped to shift photography in Britain from a technical and commercial practice and position it within the wider arts.

In addition to his depictions of Southam Street, the exhibition also features some of Mayne’s less well known work from outside the Capital. These include images from his young adulthood in Leeds (early 50s) where Mayne first developed his photographic interests. His early pictures of street life around the city chart his gradual move from pictorialism towards his characteristic realist style.

Between 1961 - 65 Mayne visited the newly developed estate of Park Hill in Sheffield for a variety of commissioned work. The high-rises may seem far from the decay and haphazard life of Southam Street that had previously inspired him, nevertheless, his photographs of the residents conveyed similar empathy and nuance observed in daily social interactions and children at play. In addition to his human subjects Mayne’s images were also concerned with the urban environment, capturing the sharp angles, shades and abstract forms of the buildings.

At the Raleigh Cycles in Nottingham (1964), Mayne embraced the dynamic setting and low lighting of the factory to produce a series of dignified portraits of the workers in his distinctive black and white tonality. Restaged for the first time since 1964 is Mayne’s pioneering installation The British at Leisure. Commissioned by architect Theo Crosby for the Milan Triennale it features 310 colour images projected on five screens to a commissioned jazz score by Johnny Scott.

Also included in the exhibition are further examples of Mayne’s interest in photographic and graphic layouts including magazine spreads, book covers, and photography and poetry books.  A selection of Mayne’s correspondence testify to his early critically engagement with arguments concerning the contemporary appreciation of photography as an art form and further cement Mayne’s significance in the history of British Photography.

The exhibition is co-curated by Anna Douglas and Karen McQuaid and in collaboration with Katkin Tremayne, Roger Mayne’s daughter.

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Image: Roger Mayne Two boys in Southam Street, London, 1956
© Roger Mayne / Mary Evans Picture Library Courtesy of the Mary Evans Picture Library

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12201058898?profile=originalThresholds, is an innovate exhibition project about one of the first exhibitions of photography in the United Kingdom and is seeking support through a new Kickstarter Campaign. 

Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, the project will re-present the exhibition of photogenic drawings staged at King Edward’s School, New Street in 1839 by the inventor William Henry Fox Talbot. 

There are four venues lined up for our tour: PhotoLondon at Somerset House in May, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in June, Lacock Abbey in September, and the National Media Museum Bradford in November.

12201060454?profile=originalThe project lead is artist Mat Collishaw, a visual artist with over 25 years experience exhibiting in galleries worldwide. He is supported by a team including: Paul Tennant at Nottingham University Mixed Reality Lab (part of their computer Science department), VMI Studio and The White Wall Company in London. The Mixed Reality Lab are developing the movement detection side of the project while VMI Studio are recreating our VR room in CG. The White Wall Company will be building the actual room. Work has been underway since January 2016 and we are now moving into the final phase. My partners on Thresholds are Pete James (a photographic historian), Larry Schaaf (an authority on Fox Talbot), The Science Museum, The British Library, The Royal Institution, The King Edward Grammar School, Lacock Abbey and The National Media Museum Bradford. 

The project has been kindly supported financially by King Edward's School, Birmingham, The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham, Colmore Business District, Birmingham City University and The Art Fund.

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Publication: The Thorns of Bude

12201058684?profile=originalThe Thorn photographers were pioneers of the art in Bude, in Cornwall. this book celebrates their enormous contribution to Cornish history. over 250 images taken from their original glass negatives, many never before published, show the landscape, seascape and shipwrecks, of north Cornwall, as it was in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, packed with personalities and characters, recalling the hard but gentle pace of Cornish life as well as the incidents that live on in the memory of the Cornish people. the advent of photography captured the moment as it was. We are transported back to an age often regarded as romantic. however, life was so different from ours today: we have glimpses of the trials and tribulations of the time.

Harry Thorn was the first photographer in Bude village, as it then was, in the 1850s (population around 600). he started to record the events of the day. inevitably these included many shipwrecks which were a common occurrence. he did not have the advantage of wealth - his father was a carpenter and he was one of ten children, but he started a career in photography from very little and became accomplished at the new art. he was a true pioneer for Bude in a field with many hazards, particularly the chemicals used, about which not a lot was understood. it is probable that the chemicals led to his early death, at the age of thirty-eight, in 1876.

In the 1860s he was joined by his sister, brother and later his niece, who carried on the business after his death until 1928. Between them they have left us with a wonderful pictorial record of the area from Clovelly to Tintagel. after 1900, many of their photographs were printed as postcards which immediately appealed to collectors and this continues today. their legacy to Cornwall has not yet been fully appreciated – this book will give them the recognition they deserve.

Format: Large format hardback, 144 pages, 238 x 258mm, profusely illustrated throughout
Price: £24.99
ISBN: 978 1 906690 63 2

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Jobs: Photographic Collections Network

12201055874?profile=originalThree new roles are on offer to work for the newly formed Photographic Collections Network.

Administrator/co-ordinator: freelance role with a fee of £20,000 working from early 2017 for 15 months. Would particularly suit someone with a commitment to photography and a track record of project co-ordination and admin.

Researcher: freelance role with a total fee of £5,000 working during 2017. Would particularly suit a researcher with a commitment to and knowledge of photography and its archives and collections.

Evaluator: freelance role with a total fee of £3,000 from early 2017 over a 15 month period. Would particularly suit an experienced project evaluator.

Deadline to apply is 09:00 on 10 January 2017.

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12201055291?profile=originalThe Gallery Manager’s role is to support the Senior Gallery Manager who is responsible for all aspects of monitoring and maintaining the Gallery’s building, planning and producing the installation and de-installation of Exhibitions, Events and Projects.


A minimum of three years’ experience in a similar role within an arts organisation either as an employee or a part-time gallery technician

  • Ability to work well within a small team
  • Design and carpentry skills to lead on, organise, and make bespoke exhibition display objects essential.
  • Flexibility of working hours is essential including working weekends
  • Technical skills and experience managing and planning exhibitions
  • Ability to problem-solve, provide viable practical solutions and be pre-emptive and responsive to many operational and technical demands.
  • Good staff management skills
  • Understanding basic IT and ability to troubleshoot computer and communications equipment when necessary

Closing Date for Application is:  Monday 12 Jan 2017

Interviews will be held on: Week 23 Jan 2017

The full job description and application form can be downloaded here. 

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12201053875?profile=originalDr Geoffrey Belknap, a historian of photography, visual culture and Victorian science, has been appointed Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology at the National Media Museum. He replaces Colin Harding who is undertaking PhD research looking at the work of Horace Nicholls. The Museum is due to announce its new name and re-brand in Spring 2017. 

Dr Belknap has spent a large part of his career studying and writing about photography: in particular its contribution to scientific communication in the Victorian era and the publication of photographs in 19th century periodicals. He has previously worked at Harvard University, leading a team of graduates in a study of Charles Darwin’s personal correspondence and use of photographs at the time On the Origin of Species was being produced. He completed a PhD at Cambridge University which included an analysis of photographic images in the British periodical press in the late 1800s.

Dr Belknap joins the National Media Museum from his current role at the University of Leicester and the Natural History Museum (London). He will complete the academic year as post-doctoral fellow on the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)-funded Constructing Scientific Communities: Citizen Science in the 19th and 21st Centuries project, before taking up the position of curator in June 2017.

From June he will be responsible for the Museum’s collection of photographs and items of photographic equipment, including internationally renowned works and objects from the Daily Herald, Kodak, and Impressions Gallery collections.

Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Director of the National Media Museum, said: “Geoffrey brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Museum, and will oversee the application of our renowned photography collections to our mission of exploring the science and culture of image and sound technologies. His specialist subjects of photography, visual culture and Victorian science are an enticing prospect at a very exciting time for the Museum, as we take a fresh look at how our objects can tell stories which will inspire the scientists and innovators of tomorrow.”

Dr Belknap said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at the National Media Museum, and to have the privilege of curating the world-class photographic collections that it holds. I am keen to integrate my own research experience, which has focused on photography as a reproductive technology within the contexts of the history of science, to the future of the collections, exhibitions and research culture within the Museum. One of the keys to this future will be the development of new crowd sourcing platforms to engage with and improve our knowledge of photographic collections. It is an exciting time to be joining the National Media Museum and I look forward to working with both old and new communities to the Museum and its collections.”

Dr Belknap’s most recent book From a Photograph: Authenticity, Science and the Periodical Press, 1870-1890 was published in November this year, and he has previously authored or co-authored titles including Through the Looking Glass: Photography, Science and Imperial Motivations in John Thomson's Photographic Expeditions and Photographs as Scientific and Social Objects in the Correspondence of Charles Darwin.

The National Media Museum is currently constructing the £1.8m Wonderlab gallery, due to open in spring 2017, which will explore the science of light and sound through 25 state-of-the-art interactive exhibits and experiments. Work also continues on the development of the £5m Sound and Vision gallery, which will showcase the world-firsts and other significant items in the Museum’s photography, cinematography and television collections.

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12201053284?profile=originalOnly four years after the invention of photography was announced to the world in 1839, two Scots had mastered the new medium and were producing works of breathtaking skill in extraordinary quantities. A Perfect Chemistry: Photographs by Hill & Adamson at the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, will explore the uniquely productive and influential partnership of David Octavius Hill (1802-1870) and Robert Adamson (1821-1848), which lasted a few short years from 1843 until early 1848. These stunning images, which belie the almost unimaginable technical challenges faced by the duo, are arguably among the first examples of social documentary in the history of photography. 

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Image: David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, Lady Mary Hamilton (Campbell) Ruthven, 1789-1885. Wife of James, Lord Ruthven. Gift of Mrs. Riddell in memory of Peter Fletcher Riddell, 1985

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Auction: Lewis Carroll Alice Liddell image

12201051873?profile=originalSotheby's online auctions is offering a hand-coloured image of Alice Liddell c.1860 in a timed auction which ends on 16 December. The description reads: Hand-colored albumen print depicting Alice Liddell seated beside a potted Fern. Carroll Image No. 613. One of 8 images known, which includes the small vignette cut-out at the end of Carroll’s Alice manuscript. Carroll arranged for the photograph to be colored for presentation to Alice Liddell. It is estimated at $120,000-180,000. 

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Holography history archives merge

12201049674?profile=originalDumfries and Leicester, UK – Two important archives are being merged to capture the history of holograms and their innovators. Prof Sean Johnston of the University of Glasgow has donated a large research archive to an even larger collection at De Montfort University (DMU), gathered and managed by by Prof Martin Richardson at DMU’s Leicester Media School.

12201050086?profile=originalJohnston (left), a historian and physicist, is Professor of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Glasgow, Scotland; Richardson (right), an artist, researcher and entrepreneur who gained his PhD at the Royal College of Art, is Professor of Modern Holography at De Montfort University in Leicester, England. Their aim is to preserve the history of the still-mysterious art of holography and to inspire continuing innovation.

The materials include correspondence and interviews with dozens of seminal figures in the field such as Emmett Leith at the University of Michigan and Yuri Denisyuk of the Vavilov Institute in St Petersburg, Russia. The collection also contains reminiscences, photographs, exhibition catalogues, unpublished documents and holograms from holographic artists, engineers, scientists, business people, enthusiasts and collectors. Richardson’s archive, which he has been amassing through his varied career, carefully preserves art and commercial holograms from pioneering businesses that have come and gone.

12201050863?profile=originalBased in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Dumfries Campus of the University of Glasgow, Johnston’s archives were built up over the past fifteen years during his historical studies of holograms, their creators and their audiences. His research has led to publications and presentations around the world, and culminated in two books published by Oxford University Press: Holographic Visions: A History of New Science (2006) and Holograms: A Cultural History (2016). Now, as his research extends in new directions, Johnston wants to make the collection available to other scholars and creators.

Since holograms were first conceived by Dennis Gabor in 1947, there have been at least 20,000 contributors to the field, 7,000 patents, 1,000 books and countless commercial products. Holograms have evolved to intrigue audiences over three generations, although most ‘holograms’ viewed today are in fact inferior technologies based on Victorian stage tricks. Viewing genuine holograms remains a privileged and memorable experience.

Collections that document the history of the subject are far rarer. Most are still in the hands of their creators, many of them now retired. National museums and large companies, even in the countries that have contributed to holographic innovation, do not have sustained collecting policies for the subject. Acquiring, documenting and protecting the materials can be expensive for institutions. As a result, the history of the subject is threatened with disappearance. ‘I’ve been approached by holographers in industry, engineering and art seeking a permanent home for their life’s work’, says Johnston, ‘and I’ve recommended building a critical mass by merging collections’. To encourage such moves, Johnston and Richardson aim to unite their diverse treasures to preserve the broad history of holography.

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12201052671?profile=originalThe social sciences and the humanities as well as the art market have discovered African photography. There have never been as many publications and exhibitions on this subject as today. At the same time, however, it is forgotten in what desolate state and precarious conditions most photo and cinematographic archives are, the guardians of the visual heritage of the continent. And even though, in recent years, much has been done to conserve and digitize photo archives in Africa, the long-term preservation of the material and, in particular, access to analogue and digital photo and film archives is by no means assured.

For this reason and with the experience of several years working in and with photo archives in Cameroon, African Photography Initiatives has formulated the Yaoundé Declaration. The Yaoundé Declaration is calling on the government and other stakeholders to assume their responsibilities and make every effort to preserve and provide access to analogue and digital photo and film archives in Cameroon.

As a concrete request, the Yaoundé Declaration is asking for the recognition by the Ministry of Arts and Culture of the Buea Press Photo Archives and the Yaoundé Press Photo Archives as cultural property as intended in the national law on Cultural Heritage from 18 April 2013.

The Yaoundé Declaration was presented on November 9 at the University of Yaoundé I in the framework of an international conference. Endorsed by the vice-chancellor of the University, the organizers of the conference and over 50 first signatories from Cameroun, the Yaoundé Declaration will be included as first recommendation in the proceedings of the conference.

The Yaoundé Declaration with the list of the signatories will be handed over to the Ministries of Communication and Art and Culture in due course.

We are kindly inviting you to sign the Yaoundé Declaration. Together, we hope to create momentum and point the way to the sustainable preservation of and access to analogue and digital photo and film archives in Cameroon and, by extension, to other African countries.

Please, if you agree, advertise for the Yaoundé Declaration and distribute this call through your network.

Yaoundé Declaration online:

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For subscribing please send an email to with the subject "Yaoundé Declaration". Please indicate your name and institution.

Thanks you for your support.

Jürg Schneider & Rosario Mazuela 

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12201049274?profile=originalThe Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University has announced its Spring 2017 seminar series: Medical Histories in Photography and Film. Each takes place in the Clephan Building on Tuesdays from 4-6pm. They are are open to all.  

  • January 10, 2017 (room CL 2.35). Dr Katherine Rawling (Associate Fellow, CHM, University of Warwick). Authority, Agency and Ambiguity: Doctor-Photographers and the 19th Century Medical Photo

    The figure of the doctor-photographer is a crucial actor in the production of many medical or psychiatric patient photographs. Frequently with one foot in each of the camps of science and art, the doctor-photographer responded to the concerns of both spheres of discourse in her or his practices. In this paper I wish to investigate a selection of photographers who were also psychiatric doctors, in an attempt to unpick their dual roles and consider how they negotiated or approached this highly ambiguous and complicated task of photographing their patients. How did practitioners reconcile these roles, or did they feel they needed to? What happens to a photograph when it is taken by a doctor? Is the act of photographing approached in a different way? What is the effect on the subject/sitter/patient? Do doctors produce different photographs compared to non-medical photographers? Are their photographs then viewed differently?
    As a representation of the doctor-patient encounter, psychiatric patient photographs offer an opportunity to consider issues of control, authority, consent, complicity, resistance, intimacy, agency, the production and communication of knowledge, and professionalization and identity formation. Each photograph produced by a doctor is a visualisation of the relationship between a patient and their practitioner but, also, that between a subject or sitter and their photographer. The images are therefore ambiguous and fluid, with multiple meanings and uses.

  • February 7, 2017 (room CL 2.30). Dr Lukas Engelmann (Research Associate, CRASSH, University of Cambridge). Picturing the Unusual. Medical Photography as ‘Experimental System

  • March 4, 2017 (room CL 2.29).  Dr Anna Toropova (Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, University of Nottingham). Cinema and Medicine in Revolutionary Russia

 In case of queries contact Dr Beatriz Pichel

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12201048275?profile=originalIn 1839, the world woke up to the amazing new invention of photography. This revolutionary medium created a gold rush of eager practitioners. Victorian Perthshire, in common with most areas of Britain, produced its own adepts of what was called the ‘Black Art’. Today, the majority of Perthshire’s early photographers have been forgotten; much of their work has been lost or destroyed by unfortunate events, with fire an occupational hazard in photographic studios. Fortunately, examples survive in archives and private collections.

The aim of The Early Photographers of Perthshire is to shine a light on the Big County’s part in Scottish photographic history. It is also a celebration and archive of the contributions, large and small, made by Perthshire’s early photographers. Be they, David Octavius Hill, ‘one of the nest calotypists in photographic history’; Jessie Mann and Lady Kinnaird, ‘rivals for the accolade of Scotland’s first female photographer’; or James Moyes, ‘who seems to have combined his commercial photography business with his job as a gravedigger.’

The Early Photographers of Perthshire has been written by two Perth locals: professional photographer Roben Antoniewicz and historian Dr Paul S. Philippou. This is the pair’s second collaboration. The first resulted in the publication in 2012 of the very well-received, Perth: Street by Street.

Roben Antoniewicz’s links to Perthshire photography began in the mid-nineteenth century. In the 1850s, his great, great, great grandfather David Wood of Wood & Son, printers and booksellers, sold photographic papers in his shop at 52 High Street. Later, his great grandfather, also called David Wood, began commissioning local photographers for the firm’s Woodall Series of ‘Perthshire view’ postcards. Roben’s personal photography was celebrated in 2003 when he won the annual ‘Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize’ run by the National Portrait Gallery (London). The winning picture, a portrait of his granddaughter Mairead, was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery. Roben is fascinated by photography and over a period of many years he has enjoyed discovering photographs made by Perthshire photographers, many of which appear in this book.

Dr Paul S. Philippou is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History, University of Dundee. In 2015, he was awarded a PhD by the university for his thesis, ‘There is only one P in Perth – And, it stands for Pullars!: the Labour, Trade-Union, and Co-operative Movements in Perth, c1867 to c1922’. Post-doctorate work by Paul includes ‘Mutually Hostile Parties?: the co- operative movement in Perth and its relationship with the labour movement, 1871-1918’Scottish Labour History (2016). Paul has written other books: Spanish Thermopylae: Cypriot Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39Perth: Street by Street (with Roben Antoniewicz); Battleground Perthshire: Two Thousand Years of Battles, Encounters and Skirmishes; and Born in Perthshire (the latter two with Rob Hands).

£15, Tippermuir Books, ISBN: 9780995462328. 

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A lecture based on the book takes place on 15 December at Perth's A K Bell Library. See more here:

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12201045658?profile=originalA series of lots relating to the Irish Coghill family are being sold by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in its sale of Rare Books, Early Photographs, Manuscripts, Maps and Paintings, on 13 December 2016. Amongst the main photography lots are: 

  • Lot 753. Highly Important Album Some of the Earliest Irish Photographs Dated 1855 Coghill (Sir Joscelyn) First Secretary of the Dublin Photographic Society: A very important Album of original 'Photographs, 1855', dated on cover 1855, the album containing circa 100 numbered pages, oblong quarto, with about 140 images in various sizes, many neatly captioned, some about 6 x 8 ins, others smaller, mostly portraits but also including some important landscape photos.
  • Lot 754. Early Irish Photographic Prize Collection Coghill (Sir Joscelyn) Amateur Photographic Association Prize 1867 [an Album submitted for, and awarded the prize]. 
  • Lot 751. The John Shaw Smith Photographic Albums Photographs: Four Albums of almost 300 Photographs after the originals now in the National Photographic Archive, by John Shaw Smith, taken c. 1850 - 52 in Ireland, Egypt, & The Middle East, all carefully mounted in black oblong folio albums, & each neatly captioned underneath. 

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12201046900?profile=originalAs documentary evidence, the photographs attest to the lives of the disenfranchised. They mark the lives of individual people as that most valuable thing, a human life. In this sense they are important. But I find this photographic documentation of Britain's imperial history of empire and expansion quite repugnant, both morally and spiritually. Where the "Sir Johns" and "Sir Roberts" are named, but the pygmies are displayed anonymously all dressed up in Western attire: "Pygmies of Central Africa."

As Caroline Molloy observes, while standing as testament to cultural diversity in the late 19th/early 20th century, "the historical colonial connotations of the photographic exhibition strategies used in the Expansion and Empire gallery cannot be ignored." The taxonomic ordering of individual sitters identified by name, status, biography, by group portraits of racial type and status. Basically a white patriarchy in which a standard of male supremacism is enforced through a variety of cultural, political, and interpersonal strategies. Super/racism.

"Colonialism is the establishment of a colony in one territory by a political power from another territory, and the subsequent maintenance, expansion, and exploitation of that colony. The term is also used to describe a set of unequal relationships between the colonial powerand the colony and often between the colonists and the indigenous peoples." (Wikipedia)

Unequal relationships; exploitation; and the probing gaze of the camera to document it all.

Dr Marcus Bunyan


Exhibition dates: 18th May - 11th December 2016

#colonisation #colonialism #Britishphotography #photography #documentaryphotography #BritishEmpire #partriarchy #BlackChronicles #blacklives #racism #subjugation #exoticism #minorities #identity #portraits #portraiture


London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company Sir Henry Morton Stanley; Kalulu (Ndugu M’hali) 1872 Albumen carte-de-visite 3 1/2 in. x 2 1/2 in. (90 mm x 62 mm) © National Portrait Gallery, London Purchased, 1995


London Stereoscopic Company A member of the African Choir 1891 Courtesy of © Hulton Archive/Getty Images


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At long last my book on Lyddell Sawyer is here! 12201046283?profile=originalPrinted and Published! It has over eighty illustrations, 115 pages and 18000 words. Beautifully digitally printed with a soft cover. The price which will barely cover the costs is £15.00 plus the usual postage and packing.If anyone would like a copy please let me know.


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Job: Horblit Project Cataloger

12201041865?profile=originalReporting to the Associate Librarian of Houghton Library for Technical Services, the Horblit Project Cataloger performs original and complex copy cataloging of the photograph portion of the Horblit Collection of Early Photography and coordinates the digitization of the collection.  Note: This is a 2 year term position. An end date will be determined based on start date.

The Harrison D. Horblit Collection of Early Photography came to Houghton Library in 1995 as the gift of Mrs. Harrison D. Horblit and is one of the premier collections of early photographs. Harrison Horblit (1912-1988, Harvard College Class of 1933) began collecting early photography as a result of his interest in the history of science and technology.  The photography collection, over 7000 items, begins with some of the earliest photographic negatives and prints, daguerreotypes, and early works describing the invention of photography. It includes examples of all the photographic processes used in the nineteenth century and the images represent all the major photographers of that era.

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12201045659?profile=originalI am looking for the new owner of an autochrome that was auctioned by Dominic Winter in 2009. The auction website showed this jpg for lot number 863 captioned "Native North American, 1920, showing a seated man with a ?European child wearing a feather head dress". As I would like to reproduce this autochrome in my forthcoming book (and former PhD thesis) on Autochrome photography in Britain, I am looking for the owner of this photograph to ask for his or her permission.

Please contact me if you are the current owner or if you know its current whereabouts.

Many thanks


Editor's note. BPH will carry full details of Caroline's book when they become available. (MP)

12201045659?profile=originalAutochrome, that was sold under lot number

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