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12201190473?profile=originalReposting this from a few years ago, I have an 1870s albumen photo by Mansell, and my colleague Thomas Harris has an 1846 Daguerreotype by Mayall of the same image, clearly an early rubbing of the Rosetta Stone with applied graphics. After years of searching we have yet to find any information about it. My albumen has pencil notations on the reverse that suggest someone was trying to decipher a particular hieroglyphic line.

Can someone here suggest a person I can contact at the British Museum about this?  

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12201187284?profile=originalThe Hyman Collection has announced a new website with additional features and expanded scope to reflect the breadth of the collection. It replaces the original site launched in 2015.  The Hyman Collection is the private collection of Claire and James Hyman. It started in 1996 and consists of over 3000 works from across the world, in all media. 

The current exhibition is: Visual Politics: Recent acquisitions by the Hyman Collection which runs until 1 April 2022. See:

The Hyman Foundation exists to promote and advance education in and appreciation of the arts, in particular the art of photography, in particular but not exclusively by:
a) The establishment and maintenance of an archive, collection and library of historical and contemporary photography; and
b) Providing support to contemporary artists working in photography through the awarding of grants and commissions in particular but not exclusively to young artists and to women working with photography.

Scope of Activities
The Hyman Foundation aims to promote and support photography in Britain in all its diversity.

The charity aims to facilitate the work of contemporary artists, fund research and scholarship, and address issues of legacy and the preservation of archives.
To serve these objectives, we plan to do the following:

  1. Create a series of funded grants and projects. These include:
    • Grants with a focus on young artists and women working in photography
    • Mentoring for younger and mid-career artists to advise on their careers, consider legacy issues, and encourage best practice for archiving their work.
    • Working with older artists to help preserve, archive and digitize photographic work for future heritage.
    • Research grants for art historical scholarship
  2. Establish and maintain an archive, collection and library of historical and contemporary photographs.
  3. Form partnerships with other arts organizations, including Universities, to provide a hub for British photography past, present and future.

Visit the website here:

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12201186679?profile=originalFour Corners, in collaboration with Oxford House, and celebrating their exhibition Youth of Yesterday, is sitting down with local photographer Raju Vaidyanathan, who has been documenting London's East End as a Brick Lane and Tower Hamlets resident, since the 1980s.

As a teenager in 1983, Raju acquired an old second-hand camera and started taking photos. Without enough money to print them, it wasn't until the mid-2010s that he started to develop what had by then become over forty thousand negatives of people and personalities in the neighbourhood.

In this talk, Raju will discuss his approach to taking photographs, and how he captured his local area of Brick Lane.

Raju Vaidyanathan in Conversation
Thursday, 3 February 2022 at 1845 (GMT)
Live event, Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG

Free, donations welcome
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12201183883?profile=originalAny new book from Elizabeth Edwards is significant. Her most recent book has just been published. Photographs and the Practice of History asks what is it to practice history in an age in which photographs exist? What is the impact of photographs on the core historiographical practices which define the discipline and shape its enquiry and methods? In Photographs and the Practice of History, Elizabeth Edwards proposes a new approach to historical thinking which explores these questions and redefines the practices at the heart of this discipline.

Structured around key concepts in historical methodology which are recognisable to all undergraduates, the book shows that from the mid-19th century onward, photographs have influenced historical enquiry. Exposure to these mass-distributed cultural artefacts is enough to change our historical frameworks even when research is textually-based.

Conceptualised as a series of 'sensibilities' rather than a methodology as such, it is intended as a companion to 'how to' approaches to visual research and visual sources. Photographs and the Practice of History not only builds on existing literature by leading scholars: it also offers a highly original approach to historiographical thinking that gives readers a foundation on which to build their own historical practices.

Photographs and the Practice of History: A Short Primer
Elizabeth Edwards
Bloomsbury Academic, 2022

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12201183299?profile=originalAs part of its on-going series of talks looking at collections of photography the RPS Historical Group is  hosting Anne Gleave, Curator of Photographic Collections, Archives Centre, Maritime Museum, National Museums Liverpool, who will give an introduction to the Stewart Bale Ltd photographic collection held at National Museums Liverpool. 

The collection consists of most of the surviving Bale negatives, around 200,000, principally large format glass and film, along with approximately 4,000 prints and original documentation i.e. order books or negative registers and client registers.  The date span and diverse range of Bale’s commissions has left a unique visual legacy of Liverpool’s built environment and industrial, shipping and commercial history during a major period of social change and development.  Although principally from the North West, commissions extended nationally.  The range of subject matter is particularly well represented in shipping; docks and cargo handling; engineering; architecture; industry; commerce; transport and World War II bomb damage in and around Liverpool.  The talk will aim to show a cross section of image content, some details of the firm’s history, the collection and the work that has been undertaken to date to preserve and catalogue it.

Presenting the... Stewart Bale Ltd Collection
8 February 2022
Free, online
Register here:

Past talks are available

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12201185485?profile=originalThe Archivist post sits within the Programming department at The Photographers' Gallery which includes the Exhibitions, Digital and Education teams. Programming staff are responsible for the planning, development, delivery, evaluation and archiving of: exhibitions, events, projects and related activities. 

The Archivist post will oversee the acquisitions, management, preservation and dissemination of the collections within Archive, alongside participating in the wider work of the organisation. The successful candidate will be a qualified professional with knowledge and experience of archiving practice within a visual arts organisation, with an interest in photography. 


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12201190079?profile=originalThis informal illustrated talk will explore the photographic practice of Augusta Crofton Dillon (1839 - 1928) of Mote Park House, Roscommon and Clonbrock House, Ahascragh, Galway. Crofton was a talented amateur photographer. Her work is included in one of Ireland's finest photographic collections - the Clonbrock Collection at the National Library of Ireland - and is highly sought-after by private collectors worldwide.

Orla Fitzpatrick has an extensive knowledge of historical photographic practices in Ireland. In her research into Augusta Crofton's work she has examined a wide range of previously neglected source materials. In this talk, Fitzpatrick will draw on her close examination of Crofton's diaries and personal account books. They span a thirty-year period from 1865 to 1895 and reveal new insights into Crofton's experiments with the wet plate collodion process in the 1860s through to her adoption of later technologies and hand-held instant cameras.

This talk is presented as part of In Our Own Image: Photography in Ireland 1839 to the Present - the first comprehensive historical and critical survey of photography in Ireland. The launch exhibition in this year-long programme is on display at the Printworks, Dublin Castle until February 5th.

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Photography, femininity and leisure: Augusta Crofton Dillon's photographic practice, 1865 to 1895
Dr Orla Fitzpatrick

Live and streamed
Monday, 31 January at 1.15pm
Poddle Room, Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland

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12201183086?profile=originalImpressions Gallery is a charity that helps people understand the world through photography. Established in 1972, we have grown to become one of the UK’s leading centres for photography.

We are seeking to appoint a Curator to work as part of our small and dedicated team.

The Curator will be responsible for the delivery of exhibitions, commissions, and other curatorial projects in line with Impressions Gallery’s vision and mission. They will contribute ideas to the artistic programme, with opportunities to curate and lead on exhibitions that champion high-quality and risk-taking photography that is accessible to all.

See more and apply here:

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12201189296?profile=originalThe London Transport Museum, Covent Garden is opening a new exhibition Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce from 11 February.  The exhibition celebrates the contribution Caribbean people have made to transport in London since the 1950s to the present day, while also documenting the struggles these individuals and their families endured, especially at the start of their new lives in the Capital.

Striking archive photography, oral recordings of family history, new films, some never-before-displayed objects and advertising posters explore how generations of Caribbean workers have shaped London and its transport.

After the Second World War, the UK’s need for workers to help re-build the country coincided with the Caribbean population’s need for jobs. Britain benefited greatly from those making the difficult 7,000km journey to London.

From 1956 to 1970, LT ran a direct recruitment campaign from Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica, looking for employees to come and work for the organisation. Arriving with high hopes about starting a new life in Britain, many were shocked with the difficulties they faced including racism, poverty, homesickness and damp, cold British weather.

New recruits worked as bus conductors, station staff, canteen assistants and in track maintenance. Though many employees were skilled and well-educated, they had to take basic, low-paid work and often found promotion difficult due to informal but pervasive discrimination. 

Yet, despite these challenges, many employees have fond memories of enjoying their work, helping to create new social and sports clubs such as the London Transport Caribbean Association and joining LT’s many sports teams.

Visitors will be able to uncover stories and memories from first, second and third generation Caribbean people who worked for LT in the past and now work for its successor, Transport for London (TfL).



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12201182299?profile=originalFfotogallery has announced Siân Addicott as its new Director. Siân will join Ffotogallery at the beginning of April from her current role as Head of Undergraduate Photography at University of Wales Trinity St David’s (UWTSD).Siân joined UWTSD in 2013, before becoming Programme Director of the BA Photojournalism & Documentary programme in 2016. In 2019, she took on the leadership of the wider undergraduate photography programme, covering Documentary Photography & Visual Activism and Photography in the Arts. Prior to joining the University in 2013, Siân spent eight years working as International Editor at Camera Press, one of the UK’s largest independent photographic agencies.

Siân said “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to lead the team at Ffotogallery and build upon its success as the home for contemporary photography in Wales. I’m really looking forward to exploring exciting and new collaborative partnerships with photographers, artists and organisations, and with communities across Wales and beyond, and helping to develop Ffotogallery’s potential following its recent relocation. At a time when photography’s legacy and on-going role in shaping cultural identities is rightly being challenged and re-examined, there has never been a more timely opportunity to ensure Ffotogallery is a welcoming and inclusive space for progressive photography in Wales. “

Mathew Talfan, Chair at Ffotogallery said, “We are delighted with the appointment of our new Director, and believe that Siân will bring a wealth of experience to the role. Her deep knowledge of photographic practice, her combined background in commercial and education settings as well as real understanding of cultural identities in Wales and her commitment to social justice make for a really strong platform on which to lead Ffotogallery.”

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12201185669?profile=originalThis session of Addressing Images is based on the work of Singapore photographer Yip Cheong Fun (1903-1989) in the 1960s and 1970s. We will discuss how Yip achieved 美感 (mei gan), or a feeling of beauty, that he along with other “amateur” practitioners in the local photographic community were seeking in the vignettes they composed, sometimes on group field trips across the island city.

Anchoring the discussion is Beauty on Top, made up of concentric rectangles in partial shadow that draws our attention to the female protagonist standing off-centre, her wavy hair and what we can see of her floral qipao contrasting with the angular environment. This photograph by Yip was accepted and hung at the Bournemouth Camera Club International Exhibition in 1964. His participation in photography contests serves as a form of documentation of his work, which he treated more as a hobby than a profession, even after winning multiple awards.

Writings on the oeuvres of Yip and his contemporaries, such as Lim Kwong Ling (1932-), Tan Lip Seng (1942-) and Wu Peng Seng (1915-2006), have thus far focused on the choices they made with general composition and the use of light, and not yet their depictions of the human figure. In this Research Forum event, we will examine how this band of photographers framed the body through their camera lenses. We will also consider how the visual portraits they created can collectively enrich what we know about life in a rapidly urbanising Singapore at the time.

Nadya Wang is a PhD candidate at The Courtauld Institute of Art where she is completing her thesis, titled “Accidental Career Girl to Working Mother of the Year: Her World, Women and the Fashion Industry in Singapore, 1974-1990”. She is Founder and Editor of Art & Market and Fashion & Market, which present specialist content on practices within the Southeast Asian art and fashion communities respectively. Nadya is also a lecturer in the School of Fashion at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

Framing the Body: Yip Cheong Fun and Singapore Photography in the 1960s and 1970s
Nadya Wang
Courtauld Research Forum
Online,  Friday 28 January 2022
12.30pm to 1.30pm
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My great grandfather, André François Bulot (1810-1873) is part of the beginning history of photography.  I have found some history about him in British photography history.  I’m thankful for this. I would love more about him.  

He came to the USA in 1856, made his home in Nashville, Tennessee. There he did miniature portraits in watercolor.  I own one of them.  He died there in 1873.  I don’t have his likeness in any form. I’m hope full that I might find this or more information with the work he did in England and France. 

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12201196276?profile=originalDr Sara Dominici writes... I am writing to introduce the new website for my project on amateur darkroom practices. I am keen to connect with researchers and practitioners interested in the histories of the darkroom, and its conceptualisation and theorisation.:  

​Dr Sara Dominici (she/her)
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader MA Art and Visual Culture
School of Humanities I University of Westminster I 309 Regent Street I London I W1B 2HW

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12201189462?profile=originalAs part of International Women's Day the Royal Photographic Society will be presenting Rose Teanby who will talk about early women photographers in the Photographic Society. 

Queen Victoria became joint patron of the Photographic Society of London (later the Royal Photographic Society) in May 1853 and continued her support until her death in 1901. From its beginnings women were encouraged to join the Society at a time of widespread exclusion from many aspects of Victorian life, and this talk features women members of the society demonstrating their skill and enthusiasm for the new photographic art.

‘Ladies shall be eligible’ Women in the Photographic Society
Tuesday, 8 March 2022 at 1900 (GMT) | 2000-2100 (CET) | 1400-1500 (EST)
Free, register here:

Image: Charles Clifford, Queen Victoria, 1861, J Paul Getty Museum, 84.XA.876.2.27

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12201188853?profile=originalWhat is the shape and size of a photographic history that is written from the point of view of having no photographs? When photographs are destroyed, lost, repressed, or never intended to be permanent, it leaves a gap in what we usually refer to as our main research material.

By chance or by design, photographs disappear every day. They might be destroyed, or lost, or designed to fade. They might be rendered undiscoverable through complicated bureaucracy, secrecy, or algorithms. Contemplating the space left without photographs, a veritable foil to the enormity of the image archive, can enrich our understanding of photographic history and methodology. The PHRC seeks contributions interrogating the photographic histories that are not image led, that excavate imageless histories.

In this 10th annual conference of the PHRC we invite papers of 15 minutes addressing contemporary debates in and around the absence of photographs. We invite short abstracts of about 200 words on topics that address themes like (but not limited to):

  • Disappearing or fading photographs by design or by accident
  • Histories of archival findings and losses
  • Suppression of photographs
  • Photography as auxiliary to other things
  • Historiographical considerations of a photography without images
  • Methodological innovations to reconstruct photographic cultures when images are not available, or never were
  • Photographs rendered as data

If possible, we will be offering a hybrid conference this year, or entirely online if not. All speakers will be offered the opportunity to present remotely.

Photographic History Research Centre, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
When: 13-14 June 2022
Where: ONLINE via Microsoft Teams / hybrid (COVID-19 permiting)
Deadline for abstracts: 21 February 2022

Follow us on Twitter @PHRC_DeMontfort
Conference hashtag #PHRC22

Please send abstracts to by 21 February 2022, embedding in the document your name, contact details, up to 5 keywords and institutional affiliation (when applicable).

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12201181699?profile=originalFollowing the success of last year's guest exhibition at Four Corners Gallery, 'My name is Sara', this online panel event curated by the artist Sara Davidmann explores how academic research, art and exhibitions addressing issues of antisemitism and the Holocaust can generate new ways of raising public awareness about the past and present, including highlighting the rise of xenophobia and populism today.

Chaired by Prof David Feldman, Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, University of London

James Bulgin, Head of Content, Holocaust Galleries, Imperial War Museum
Alex Maws, Head of Educational Grants and Projects, Association of Jewish Refugees
Dr Simone Gigliotti, Deputy Director, Holocaust Research Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London
This project is sponsored by The Association of Jewish Refugees.

Hosted by Four Corners
Pay what you can. Book here.

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12201180868?profile=originalDuring the opening decades of the 20th century, William Hope was a well-respected medium among the spiritualist community in Britain, with positive endorsements from major scientific figures such as the chemist William Crookes and the author and physician Arthur Conan Doyle. He was often seen as one of the few mediums to be able to produce authentic spirit photographs.

However, all that changed in late February 1922 when a team of investigators led by the famous British psychical researcher Harry Price claimed to have caught Hope cheating during one of his sittings and discovered that he was swapping blank photographic plates with ones containing existing images that appeared to be depictions of spirit entities. Hope was publicly exposed as a fraud, and what ensued was a major debate between believers and sceptics over the legitimacy of the medium’s alleged spirit photography.

Using surviving materials from the Senate House Library and Science Museum Group collections, including photographs, private correspondence, published sources and camera technologies, this talk will explore this story, and reflect on what makes for trustworthy evidence in investigations of extraordinary phenomena.

The talk will be given by Dr Efram Sera-Shriar and will be hosted by the National Science and Media Museum, both live and online. It is free but registration is needed.


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ICON Photographic Materials Group

12201180853?profile=originalIcon Photographic Materials Group committee is looking for a new chair. After six years as chair on the PhMG committee, Jacqueline Moon is stepping down and the committee is looking for a replacement. You don’t need to be a specialist in photograph conservation to apply, just a keen interest in photographs who’d like to gain experience running events and sourcing content for our social media channels.

Please send your expression of interest (max 300 words) with your details to by the Friday 21 January 2022

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12201187301?profile=originalAn online 3D event celebrating the anniversaries of the births of Robert Burns and Charles Wheatstone, will be held on Saturday, 29 January 2022 at 1730 GMT. It is free but registration is required. The programme will feature: 

Robert Burns – Scotland’s National Poet – His Life and Legacy in Stereoscopic 3D

Speaker: Dr Peter Blair 

Robert Burns (1759–1796), Scotland’s national bard, was born on 25 January 1759. Known as the ploughman poet, in spite of his humble background and lack of formal education, he became celebrated during his short life for his contribution to Scottish literature and culture. His poetry and songs are enjoyed around the world. Stereoviews were popular “Burnsiana” souvenirs and a selection from my collection will be used to illustrate this talk on his life and legacy.

Remembering Charles Wheatstone, the Inventor of the Stereoscope

Speaker: Denis Pellerin

Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875), British scientist and polymath, was born on 6 February 1802. Despite a long and brilliant career and the multiple inventions we owe him – including that of the stereoscope in 1832 – he is hardly remembered these days and very few traces of his stay on this earth remain.

Registration can be made here via this Eventbrite link

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