Call for Papers Issued For PhotoHistory XVI Symposium

The Photographic Historical Society has issued a Call for Papers to produce the program for PhotoHistory XVI, the world’s only continuous symposium on the history of photography.  The symposium first presented in 1970, will take place at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York on October 10-12, 2014.

Those interested in presenting papers at PhotoHistory XVI should submit a 300-word abstract of their presentation indicating the proposed length of 30 minutes or less to:

Mr. Rolf Fricke
54 Tyringham Road
Rochester, New York 14617

Deadline: no later than March 1, 2014.

Electronic submissions may be made to The subject line should read: PHXVI Proposal.

“We seek only lectures that have not been presented or published previously and we would like to have some variation in the length of the programs, some shorter and some longer,” said Rolf Fricke, Program Chairman for the event. “More leading authors have presented here than at any other venue. We strive for a program offering a wide range of photo-historical topics, including the social/commercial impact, esthetics, and technology of photography. The lives of those who shaped this field are also of interest,” Fricke concluded.

“Hundreds of historians, collectors, and enthusiasts from around the world are expected to gather for a stimulating weekend of lectures, exhibits, and a major sale of antique photographica. And, in addition, special interest groups often meet while at the symposium,” said PhotoHistory XVI General Chairman, Jack Bloemendaal. For information on the symposium contact Bloemendaal at:

The Photographic Historical Society of Rochester, NY, is the first organized society devoted to photographic history and the preservation of photo antiques. Founded in 1966, it has a membership of about 120 individuals.

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