The early photographic world in Britain was characterized by massive experiments. Two photographers in that ear flourished and they established photography as an independent art form.
Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron were Britain’s most successful photographers during the 19th Century. The photographs in this exhibit, Early British Photographs from the Royal Collection, were collected by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Both of them were inclined to photography at that time. The queen liked portraits and the prince preferred fine art photography. When she died in 1901, the total number of collected photographs totaled to 20,000.
Together, Fenton and Cameron offer an unexpected glimpse into the life of the royal family and the artistic world of Victorian England.
Roger Fenton and Julia Margaret Cameron:
Early British Photographs from the Royal Collection
Blackwells Arts & Crafts House
Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JT
Until April 27th 2012
_Images and information in this article were taken from Gilpin Life
In 1951, the Festival of Britain was organized as a way of boosting the morale of its citizens just a few years after the Second World War ended. The festival opened on May 4 and was basically a celebration of the British arts, science, and history. One of its most popular attractions was the Telekinema, described as a "state-of-the-art" cinema operated by the British Film Institute and seated up to 400 viewers.
The Science Museum in London is set to play host to a showcase of some of the earliest known images taken by photography pioneers, selected from the collection of the world's oldest surviving photographic society.
Geoffrey Berliner is the Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation and the Center for Alternative Photography in New York. As the head of an organization whose goals are 'to be a comprehensive resource for photographers at any level' and 'to continue to publicize the impact photography has had and continues to have on culture, history and the arts,' his exposure to photographic materials -from 19th century gems to modern equipment- is so extensive, one cannot even begin to fathom just how much knowledge and experience this man has acquired. His collection of over 2000 vintage Petzval lenses is unparalleled, and the object of envy of both traditional and contemporary photographers. Although such lenses are reputed to require a certain level of skill to be used, Berliner seems to manage them with so much ease, producing splendid results.
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Mysterious apparitions and other inexplicable phenomena on film, or generally speaking, for that matter, are as highly debated topics today as they were many decades ago. In 1934, a certain Mr. C.P. MacCarthy of 15 Wilkinson Street, Sheffield held a lecture at 76 Clarkehouse Road located in the same city to "demonstrate under test conditions Fake Psychic Photography" before an invited committee. MacCarthy's demonstration was accompanied by a series of photographs titled "Psychic Photography From a New Angle."
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Con immediately felt at home the first time he started browsing through the community's collection of inspiring photographs and articles. Treating film photography as a form of a challenge, he enjoys shooting candid portraits and spontaneous street photographs. Meet our newcomer of the week from United Kingdom, Constantin Kirwan-Taylor!
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