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The 19th-century Photography Show / 22 October

You don't want to miss this spectacular event. The 19th-century Photography Show on Saturday, Oct. 22nd in NYC will have 100 top photo dealers from ten countries participating. It will be the world's largest show ever for 19th-century Photography with booths and table tops. It will be held on the entire 2nd floor of the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel near Penn Station on 8th Avenue at 34th Street from 9:15 am-4:15 am for the table top areas, and until 6 pm for the booth areas.

And the Conference itself has the top experts speaking on their areas of 19th-century Photography expertise. For a complete conference program go here:

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12201038271?profile=originalThe Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University, Leicester has announced its autumn seminar programme, themed Photography and the Greater Middle East. All seminars are free and open to everyone, Clephan Building 2.30, Tuesdays 4-6pm. 

  • 18 October. Faces of  Insurgents: Encountering the Taliban through Judith Butler’s Ethics and Jacques Rancière’s Dissensus. Dr Jenifer Chao
  • 29 November. Re-imagined Communities: Understanding the Visual Habitus of Transcultural Photographs. Caroline Malloy
  • 6 December. Digital ‘Deep Play’: The Soft Politics of Iranian PhotoblogsDr Shireen Walton

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12201041668?profile=originalDominic Winter Auctions have a number of lots of relevance to British photographic history in their upcoming 6 October auction which has just gone online. Of particular note is a self-portrait in watercolour of Oscar Gustav Rejlander (lot 254, shown right), a group of early albumen and salt prints, and a 1931 portfolio from the RPS's Tyng Collection (lot 235). 

The Rejlander lot can be seen here:

The full catalogue can be seen here:

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For sale: D O Hill's Rock House, Edinburgh

12201037899?profile=originalEstate agents Knight Frank are advertising Rock House for sale with offers in excess of £1,795,000. Rock House came to worldwide fame as the home and studio of David Octavius Hill, the artist and pioneering photographer who, in 1843 12201038669?profile=originaltogether with Robert Adamson, developed their expertitse at working the calotype process there. The house is now a family home on Edinburgh's Calton Hill.

The current owners have managed to create a 21st-century home that is sympathetic with the original period of the house. Built in the 1750s, it is reputed to be one of the oldest houses in Edinburgh’s New Town. 

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12201043680?profile=originalAn interesting concept for an exhibition. I would have liked to have seen the exhibition to make a more informed comment. Parallels can be drawn, but how much import you put on the connection is up to you vis-à-vis the aesthetic feeling and formal construction of each medium. It is fascinating to note how many of the original art works are photographs with the painting following at a later date, or vice versa. Photographically, Julia Margaret Cameron and John Cimon Warburg are the stars.

Photographs have always been used by artists as aide-mémoire since the birth of photography (Eugené Atget's called his photographs of Paris "Documents pour artistes", declaring his modest ambition to create images for other artists to use as source material) ... but I take that statement with a pinch of salt. Perhaps a salt print from a calotype paper negative!

Dr Marcus Bunyan for Art Blart

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John Cimon Warburg (1867-1931)
The Japanese Parasol
c. 1906
711 x 559 mm
© Royal Photographic Society / National Media
Museum/ Science & Society Picture Library

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A day of presentations and discussions around the theme of Ireland, Photography and the Photobook. The day will be a celebration of photography and the book form and is an opportunity to hear some important international photographers who have made photobooks in Ireland talk about their processes and achievements. It will also introduce some emerging photographers who’ve recently published their first books to wide acclaim and acknowledge the growing significance of the area in contemporary visual culture.

Speakers to include Bertien Van Manen, Krass Clement, Martin Parr, Bill Kirk and Frankie Quinn, Jose Luis Neves, Mary Hamill, Jan McCullough and others to be announced. A final schedule will be confirmed in late September. The day has been organised by Belfast School of Art in collaboration with Belfast Exposed Gallery. Belfast Exposed will be showcasing books made by those photographers presenting at the event along with recent publications made by the next generation of photographers in Ireland. The day will be of interest to photographers, artists, students, cultural historians, researchers and all those interested in the medium and of photography, publishing and its place within creative visual culture today. Booking is essential.

Teas, Coffees and a light buffet lunch will be provided.

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12201041263?profile=originalWilliam Henry Fox Talbot first conceived of the art of photography in 1833 and achieved results by 1834. However, it was not until Daguerre announced his process in January 1839 that Talbot was prompted to make his method public.  The two approaches were radically different.  Daguerre produced beautifully detailed unique images on silvered sheets of copper.  Talbot’s photographs were technically inferior, but he conceived of the idea of a negative that could produce multiple prints on paper. In the end, Talbot’s more versatile approach was to define the mainstream of photography right down to the digital age.  

The resources available to the historian for these two men are also radically different.  Only a handful of Daguerre images and Daguerre letters survive and no research notebooks.  For Talbot, there are more than 10,000 letters, hundreds of notebooks and more than 25,000 negatives and prints surviving worldwide.  Around fifteen years ago Professor Larry Schaaf made full transcriptions of the 10,000 letters available online.  However, to have put 25,000 images in a research structure with 1990s technology would have ‘broken the web’.  Today, with advanced technology, the online Catalogue Raisonné of Talbot’s photographs is being prepared for the Bodleian Library in Oxford.  Both the letters and the photographs have implications for the history of photography, conservation, and for historians in many fields.

Larry Schaaf will talk about Talbot at on behalf of Le Centre de Recherche sur la Conservation et la Fondation des Sciences du Patrimoine on 26 September at 4pm at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (in the l'auditorium de la Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, 36, rue Geoffroy Saint Hilaire, 75005 Paris). The presentation will be given in English.

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12201037274?profile=originalThe Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum’s collection holds nearly three hundred albumen prints from the 1860s and 1870s in China and Japan. These images were collected by Andrew Carnegie in 1878 during his trip around the world. The collection includes photographs by both local and western photographers, such as Lai Afong, Felice Beato, Milton Miller, William Saunders, Shuzaburo Usui, Uchida Kuichi and Baron von Stillfried.  This event brings together scholars of Chinese and Japanese art, photography and cultural geography with the aim of uncovering the rhetorical complexities of these prints, and exploring the fluidity of the lines between local/western, insider/outsider, art/photography and commercial/fine art images, as well as analysing the relationship between landscape photography and political power.

This symposium which takes place on 7 October at Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, Moodie Street, Dunfermline, with presentations by: 

  • Professor Nick Pearce, Richmond Chair of Fine Arts (Chinese Art and Photography), University of Glasgow
  • Dr Chia-Ling Yang, Senior Lecturer of at the School of Art History (Chinese painting), University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Luke Gartlan, Senior Lecturer at the School of Art History (History of Photography), University of St Andrews
  • Dr Rosina Buckland, Senior Curator (Japanese Collections), National Museums Scotland
  • Dr James Ryan, Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Geography, University of Exeter

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12201040679?profile=originalPhoto London returns to Somerset House in May 2017. Featuring over 90 of the world’s leading galleries Photo London has in its first two editions established itself as a key destination for everyone who is intrigued by the rich history of photography and fascinated by the future directions of the medium. In the lead up to Photo London 2017, it will offer a course on collecting photography, led by the curator, editor, lecturer and consultant Zelda Cheatle.

The course is aimed at seasoned collectors, as well as those who have begun, or are beginning to think about collecting photography. The course will explore the practical handling of photographs; it will host talks and lectures, will visit private and museum collections, as well as exploring photography at auction and in commercial galleries, in view of larger conversations on the art market, and how photography sits within the commercial art world.

The six week course will culminate in a private VIP tour of Photo London - the international gathering of the best photography galleries, exhibitions, education programmes and photobook publishers, and the leading global platform for the new artists, new work by established artists and gems from the dawn of photography.

The 6 week course will be hosted on Monday evenings, 7pm-9pm, from Monday, 27 March 2017 (except for the private event at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which is hosted on a Friday and the VIP day at Photo London on Wednesday 17 May 2017).


Programme of events:

Monday 27th March 2017
Venue: The Screening Room, Somerset House

The group meets one another; we discover wish lists, likes and dislikes within photography, and explore a general outline to the history of photography and its history in London.
A chance to meet the Founders of Photo London and look through some photographs to begin the process of acquiring knowledge through identifying many print processes and types.

Monday 3rd April 2017
Venue: The Screening Room, Somerset House
A presentation given by the highly esteemed Angels Arribas, an expert in Conservation, who was educated at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.
This will be a practical and useful guide to conservation, preservation and storing of photographs, archiving and handling, framing, hanging, UV light and much more.

Monday 28th April 2017 
Chelsea, London

A special opportunity to visit an important private collection, normally closed to viewings. An insight into 20th century collecting, with magnificent 19th century examples from Fox Talbot up to the most recent practitioners of the 21st century.

Friday 5th May 2017
Venue: The Victoria and Albert Museum
As an exclusive to this course, a late evening in the Print Room at the V&A will look at selected works in the National Collection as we listen to a V&A curator speak about photography in this National Collection, the role of Friends of Photography and the new acquisitions from the Royal Photographic Society.

Wednesday 10th May 2017 
Around the City
A gallery tour of the newest, most hidden, youngest and ones to watch - finishing in Kings Cross.
We will arrange private view invitations to the auction previews, and several galleries will host openings during the week of Photo London to which students of this course will be included. VIP events will also be extended to members of the class.

Wednesday 17th May 2017
Photo London, Somerset House

VIP day at Photo London with first tour of the galleries and exhibitions, before the Fair is open to the public. This group will be the first to see the galleries, some artists and gallery directors will speak to the group for a few minutes each on the tour.


The cost is £850.00, six week course
Numbers are limited

For any further information, or to reserve a place on the course, please email

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12201042095?profile=originalA one-day symposium accompanying Museums Sheffield’s new exhibition Street View: Photographs of Urban Life at the Graves Gallery, takes place on 24 November 2016. Featuring images primarily drawn from Sheffield’s own photographs collection, the exhibition explores the diversity of the street; as a social space, as a battleground for protest and as a source of artistic inspiration. Visitors will discover a range of works which, in many cases, have not been exhibited for over twenty years.

The symposium will contextualise the exhibition within the broader theme of street photography and the long-term development of photography in Sheffield. It also aims to emphasise the importance of UK-wide photography networks to continued development and research in the field. The symposium will offer the first chance to find out about the Photographic Collections Network. This is a new organisation, supported by Arts Council England, for anyone involved with photography archives and collections. It launches in October 2016 and there will be a presentation about its aims and plans.

Symposium speakers include Susanna Brown (Curator, Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum), Simon Roberts (UK-based contemporary photographer), Paul Herrmann (Director, RedEye: The Photography Network and representing the Photographic Collections Network), Paul Hill (UK-based photographer and Professor of Photography) and Ken Phillip (Sheffield-based photographer and former Lecturer of Photography, Sheffield Hallam University).

The symposium will be followed by a special evening viewing of the Street View exhibition 5.45pm-7.45pm with curator Catherine Troiano.

Symposium - Street View: Photography in Sheffield, the UK and Beyond

Thursday, 24 November, from 11.30am-5.30pm

Exhibition evening view:

5.45-7.45pm       Millennium Gallery, Sheffield    

Tickets are priced 12 / £10 concessions and are available now – please book via Eventbrite

For further information please contact Catherine Troiano:


Image: Langdon Clay, Kings Inn from the series Cars, New York, 1977 © Langdon Clay



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12201039900?profile=originalThe Cumbria Crack reports that photographer Henry Iddon has received Arts Council funding to photograph contemporary adventure sports with an antique camera.

Henry’s work will be an homage to the work of George and Ashley Abraham, brothers who grew up in Keswick in the Lake District in the late 1800s.  The Abraham brothers were passionate early rock-climbers and were the first to take cameras up into the hills of the Lake District to capture landscapes and action shots of their climbing.

The camera that Henry is using is on loan from the Mountain Heritage Trust, an organisation that aims to record and preserve Britain’s rich heritage in climbing, mountaineering and mountain culture, and is the very same camera that was used by the Abraham brothers.

The Underwood Instanto whole plate camera that the Abrahams, and now Henry, used, is made from solid mahogany, and is a heavy object.  It uses 10”x12” glass plates, which have to be carried up the mountain alongside the camera and other equipment.

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12201042691?profile=originalBearnes, Hampton & Littlewood's Fine Art Sale in Exeter on 5 October features an unusual group of rare, early items relating to Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, inventor of the Diorama, a theatrical  spectacle, and the daguerreotype, the earliest form of photography, made public in 1839.

Amongst the rarities is a copy of ‘Les Machabées’, (Lot 701) Estimate £400 - £600) a play for which, early in his career, Daguerre designed the sets in 1817. His name appears on the title page. Further lots include early published reports of both diorama and daguerreotype, with the daguerreotype itself represented by two of the earliest examples of photographic portraits, one French, by Victor Chevalier, and one English, from Richard Beard’s studio, undated but around 1841/2.  The two final items of the twenty-five strong contingent are portraits of Daguerre himself. One of them is a late (1880s) copy of an 1848 daguerreotype of the inventor, by Charles R. Meade Lot 724) estimate £1000 - £1500.

12201043284?profile=originalThe other, a unique piece, is a Societé Française de Photographie silver medal dated 1902 (Lot 725) estimate £800 - £1200, featuring double profile portraits of Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, and of Joseph Nicephore Niépce, his collaborator in the earliest steps in the development of the medium.

Update: the catalogue can be seen here:

For further details visit or telephone Rachel Littlewood on 01392 413100. 


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12201041882?profile=originalOfferings include an extremely rare solograph with includes a wonderful advertisement for Ezekiel Hawkins establishment.  Daguerreotype highlights include a killer guitar player, a spectacular close-up, a large frame with ten family images, half-plates, a Whitehurst stereo and a lovely postmortem.  Other hard images included a farmer with his prized steer, outdoor, a great half-plate military piece, a hotel and a rare identified Civil War panotype.  Cdv’s and cabinet cards include a  military photographer with camera, photographer advertisement, studio’s, an extremely rare still life of a photo retouching device, an image with Palmer Cox’s Brownies on the border, kids with dogs, occupational including a cool jockey, typesetters, bookies, and a disabled African American woman.  Other paper is highlighted by a camera supply booth.  

Of particular note for BPH readers is lot 28 (illustrated right and in large res on the website) which is described: 'Extremely rare and exciting sixth-plate English ambrotype of a man giving a speech in Regent’s Park Haymarket which is known as the Cumberland Market area today.  This is possibly one the earliest known photographs of this area...

Closing 10PM EST, Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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12201040478?profile=originalA series of presentations and a discussion reflecting on Terence Donovan’s work in magazines. Throughout his career, Terence Donovan worked for a variety of fashion magazines, including Town (where his collaborator was the groundbreaking art director Tom Wolsey), Elle and Marie-Claire in Paris, Harper’s Bazaar in Milan, as well as London-based magazines such as Vogue, Brides,Tatler and Nova.

This panel will set the scene for fashion photography from the early 1960s, and will look at Donovan’s work with and for magazines throughout his professional life. With Anne Braybon, Alistair O’Neill and Sandy Boler.

Anne Braybon is a curator, creative director, photo historian and lecturer. As an award winning editorial art director, she worked in Amsterdam, Paris and London before joining the National Portrait Gallery in 2005.

Alistair O’Neill is Reader in Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins. He is the author of London - After a Fashion (Reaktion Books, 2007) and writes widely on contemporary fashion.

Sandy Boler joined Condé Nast in 1962 as a junior fashion editor on Vogue. After a spell at the Sunday Times she became features editor on Brides and subsequently Editor (1993-2002). She worked with Terence Donovan at both Vogue and Brides.

Panel discussion: ‘Donovan in Magazines’, 21 September,
The Photographers’ Gallery

Wednesday 21 September, 6.30pm
£10 / £7 Members & Concessions (includes entry to the exhibition)
Booking essential. More info on The Photograper's Gallery Website


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I am currently engaged in research on the photographic network of R. Child Bayley (editor of the journal Photography) around 1904-1908. Does anyone know whether his letters or the files of the journal from that time are being kept somewhere? I tried contacting the offices of the current Amateur Photographer as it seems to be the post-post-post-successor of Photography, but had no luck so far. There are his letters to Alfred Stieglitz, that are kept in the Beinecke Library, but apart from that I was not able to find anyhting, yet.

If anyone has any information, I would be glad to hear from you.

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12201036289?profile=originalIan Christie, one of the UK's most renowned film writers and historians, will be giving the first The Bill Douglas Memorial Lecture, on 25 September. The lecture marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Bill Douglas, filmmaker and collector, who gives his name to The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, housed at the University of Exeter.

The Great 3D Scandal: how stereoscopy got written out of history
Ian Christie
Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History, Birkbeck College, University of London

Wednesday 28 September 2016 6.30-8pm Seminar Room A/B, Old Library, University of Exeter. Free.
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Nathan Lyons (1930-2016)

The photographer, curator and education Nathan Lyons died on 31 August 2016. There have been a number of obituaries published. Lyons was a curator of photography and an associate director at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York and, in 1969, founded the independent Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, which established a course of study relating to the history and practice of the photographic art form and curatorial studies specifically pertaining to the medium of photography. He started the Society for Photographic Education, becoming its first chairman. He was involved with various magazines, being assistant editor of Image, regional editor of Aperture, and founder of Afterimage.

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