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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

In the beginning was the chase

The next of our Visiting Scholar 2018 reports is from José Luís Neves, Lecturer in Photography at Ulster University. In this report José shares with us his highlights from this summer’s visit to St Andrews – one of the photographic albums in the Library’s Special Collections. The encounter… The discovery of the beautiful photographic album…

23 November 2018Photographic Collection Visiting Scholars

University Library Special Collections Visiting Scholars Show and Tell Programme

Back in March, we announced the names of this year’s University Library Special Collections Visiting Scholars. We have enjoyed getting to know the first of them over the last few weeks. From this coming Monday, our Visiting Scholars will be presenting some of the highlights of their research in a series of show and tell…

18 July 2018Events Visiting Scholars

New Acquisitions Highlight: Mark Neville’s Photobooks

Mark Neville (b. 1966) is a photographer known for his multi-layered social documentary projects. I first came across Neville’s work when visiting the Scottish Parliament where I saw his large format photograph ‘Annie and Snowy’ (2008) which explores the complicated relationship between landowners and tenants. Although Neville was commissioned by the landowners, the mise-en-scène of…

21 April 2016new acquisitions Photographic Collection Rare Book Collection

New acquisition: Peter Fraser’s collection of Martin Parr photobooks

This past Monday morning was a sad morning. It was the last Monday morning in a series of Monday mornings that I’ve been spending inside the headspace of Martin Parr. Starting the week by spending some quality time with this series of photobooks that we’ve recently acquired has meant that I’ve had a bit of…

20 November 2014new acquisitions Rare Book Collection

52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 14: Lighting a Portrait

For this week’s Historical How-To post, we’re turning our eyes (and our lens!) to the 20th century for some inspirational portrait photography! We’re going to take a backward glance at the craft of photography to when it was being popularised in the press and was flourishing in the form of photobooks. In the past few…

30 January 2014How-To's Photographic Collection Rare Book Collection

New Acquisition: six new Photobooks added to the Photographic Books Collection

If you’ve been keeping your eye on the catalogue, you might have noticed that the new Photographic Books Collection is starting to grow. Most of this is due to the efforts of our summer intern, Krista Keller, who has been weeding through the main library stock and the rare book shelves for photobooks already in…

18 July 2012new acquisitions Rare Book Collection