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St Andrews Then and Now: A Rephotography Project: Part V

This is the last instalment in a series of five blog posts featuring juxtapositions of early photographs of St Andrews, selected from the Special Collections Division of the University Library, with the same views today. Published during the 2019 Photography Festival, this project aims to bridge 180 years of photographic history by inscribing these comparisons both…

30 October 2019Photographic Collection

St Andrews Then and Now: A Rephotography Project: Part IV

This is the fourth instalment in a series of five blog posts featuring juxtapositions of early photographs of St Andrews, selected from the Special Collections Division of the University Library, with the same views today. Published during the 2019 Photography Festival, this project aims to bridge 180 years of photographic history by inscribing these comparisons…

23 October 2019Photographic Collection

St Andrews Then and Now: A Rephotography Project: Part III

This is the third instalment in a series of five blog posts featuring close juxtapositions of early photographs of St Andrews selected from the Special Collections Division of the University Library, with the same views today. Published during the 2019 Photography Festival, this project aims to bridge 180 years of photographic history by inscribing these…

16 October 2019Photographic Collection

St Andrews then and now: A rephotography project: Part II

This is the second instalment in a series of five blog posts featuring close juxtapositions of early photographs of St Andrews selected from Special Collections, with the same views today. Published during the 2019 Photography Festival, this project aims to bridge 180 years of photographic history by inscribing these comparisons both within the context of…

9 October 2019Photographic Collection

St Andrews then and now: A rephotography project: Part I

PhD candidate Édouard de Saint-Ours introduces a mini-series of posts which coincides with the St Andrews Photography Festival. For a historian of photography, living in St Andrews can often feel like being a kid in a candy store. Although small and still very isolated in the 1840s, the town played a central role in the…

2 October 2019Photographic Collection

Science and Photography Symposium

We are happy to announce the programme for a one day symposium on the topic of ‘Science and Photography’ on the 23 October 2019. To book your place visit our online shop. We will look at how photographs are used in scientific research; how and why we have photographed the human body; what scientific innovations advanced…

31 July 2019Events Photo Festival Photographic Collection

THE ORIGINS OF PHOTOGRAPHY GREAT BRITAIN: ST ANDREWS, PART 2. PREPARING FOR JAPAN

In the first part of this blog, we told you about a major exhibition featuring loans from the Library’s photographic collections that opened earlier this month in Tokyo, Japan. It is standard practice for items requested for loan to have their condition thoroughly inspected before they can be approved for exhibition. As soon as the…

21 March 2019exhibitions Photographic Collection

The Origins of Photography Great Britain: St Andrews

Last week a major exhibition, The Origin of Photography Great Britain, on the birth of British photography opened in Japan at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. Curator Keishi Mitsui had been working on this exhibition for several years and this also included multiple research trips to the UK, including St Andrews and the Library’s Special…

14 March 2019Announcements exhibitions Photographic Collection

Pioneering Photographs: Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s ‘Idylls of the King’, photographically illustrated by Julia Margaret Cameron (1875)

Thanks to a most generous grant from the Friends of the National Libraries’ B. H. Breslauer Fund, the Library has recently been able to acquire a beautiful copy of one of the most famous nineteenth-century collaborations between a poet and a photographer: Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, and Other Poems, 1875, photographically illustrated…

12 March 2019new acquisitions Photographic Collection

Daguerreotypes in the Library’s Special Collections

To start off the new year, our Photographic Collections Manager takes a look at the daguerreotypes in the Library’s photographic collections on the anniversary of Daguerre’s announcement to the world of his new photographic process. Before 7 January 1839 only a few avid scientists knew what photography was, or a rendition of it anyways. But…

7 January 2019Anniversaries Photographic Collection