Masterworks of Modern Photography 1900-1940: The Thomas Walther Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Exhibition at Jeu De Paume 14 September 2021 - 13 February 2022

In 2001 and 2017, The Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired just over 500 photographs from the collector Thomas Walther, from the period 1900 to 1940, by the recognised masters as well as…


The London Photograph Fair - 40 Years On

2022 will mark the fortieth anniversary of the establishment of the London Photograph Fair. Its first outing was on Sunday September 12th 1982, and it was held at The Photographers’ Gallery in…


A Gust of Photo-Philia: Photography in the Art Museum
by Alexandra Moschovi

Where does photography stand in today’s art museum? And how did it arrive there? These questions are at the heart of Alexandra Moschovi’s new book, A Gust of Photo-Philia: Photography in the Art…


The Democratic Picture: Grace McCann Morley and Photography in the San Francisco Museum of Art

The San Francisco Museum of ArtThe author would like to thank the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Archives for kindly allowing the publication of the cited archival material and photographs, the…


History of Photography in China: New Discoveries and Research

Since the publication in 2013 of the last of my 3-volume History of Photography in China,Terry Bennett, History of Photography in China 1842-1860 (London: Quaritch, 2009); Terry Bennett, History of…


Wendy Red Star at Joslyn Art Museum:
Re-examining The Indian Congress 1898.
An Interview with Annika Johnson, Associate Curator of Native American Art

In the summer of 1898, over 500 citizens of 35 Native American nations gathered in present-day North Omaha to participate in the Indian Congress. Some had travelled over 800 miles to get there. The…


Antonia Gotte:
A Much Photographed Model

I have written somewhere else about Antonia GotteDenis Pellerin, History of Nudes in Stereoscopic Daguerreotypes – Collection W. + T. Bosshard, 2020. The book was published simultaneously in…


What Did the Victorians See in the Stereoscope?

Is it possible, for us who live in the 21st century, to imagine or – probably even more difficult – understand what the Victorians saw in the Stereoscope? In 1980 literary theorist, philosopher and…


The Epidemic Conflagration

Medical Science and Photography at the Time of the Plague in Manchuria 1910-1911 L’incendie épidémiqueThis expression figures in a text by Dominique Chevé and Michel Signoli, “Corps dans la…


Images of Persia
Du Khorassan au pays des Backhtiaris, trois mois de voyage en Perse

It's a fascinating collection. An exceptional archive, regrouping a set of 403 original photographs, printed on albumen paper from glass negatives, or in some cases on gelatin silver paper, and…


The Troubled Life of a Dandy: John J. McKendry, Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Met (1967-1975)

“Mad Romantic” is a term often used in the literature to describe the biographical journey of the extravagant John J. McKendry. Born in 1933 in Canada, McKendry was the Curator of Prints and…


Florence Nightingale:
The Mysteries Behind Her Iconic Photographs

Joint research by Denis Pellerin and Rebecca Sharpe Florence Nightingale apparently loathed having her photograph taken. There are consequently relatively few photographic portraits of her and…


Chronic Nostalgic:
How I became a dealer in vernacular colour slides

I was a young girl on the Canadian prairies in the 1980s and early '90s, when public television was particularly rife with Anglophilia. My first cinematic influences were The Wizard of Oz, Carry On…


The Commissioned Oxford Stereos of Spiers and Son

Modern stereo of the acid free cardboard boxes housing the original wooden containers holding the negatives presented to the Weston Library by Walter Lewis Spiers. Housed in three wooden boxes…


Collecting as a Mirror of Changing Times:
Photography at the Städel Museum

Collection, preservation, research, exhibitions and education together make up the bedrock of a museum’s work. The accompanying operational structures and conception of exhibition objects, on the…


When a family album turns out to be a piece of photographic history

During the summer of 2019, while we were going through stereo cards and photographs at Bruno Tartarin’s professional premises, my assistant Rebecca drew my attention to a photo album she had just…


Collecting photographs before the modern photography market

Your editor has asked me to answer the question “Why did you begin to collect photographs?” In order to answer, I have to go back over fifty years, so you must forgive me if memory fails, but here…