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Coming to Light - Birmingham

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Coming to Light - Birmingham

Time: November 16, 2011 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: Calumet Birmingham
Street: 100 Hagley Road
City/Town: Edgbaston B16 8LA
Website or Map: http://www.calumetseminars.co…
Phone: 0121 326 7636
Event Type: seminar
Organized By: Calumet Birmingham
Latest Activity: Oct 21, 2011

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Event Description

Pete James is the Head of Photographs at Birmingham Central Library. With over 20 years experience as the curator of this Internationally acclaimed photographic collection he has a wealth of knowledge on  many of the collections historically significant and more unusual images.

Birmingham Central Library holds one of the UK’s national collections of photography.  Totalling some 3.5 million images, these internationally significant collections include work by some of the UK's greatest photographers: Francis Frith, Francis Bedford, Roger Fenton, Edward Muybridge, Sir Benjamin Stone, Bill Brandt, Tony Ray Jones, Paul Hill, John Blakemore, Brian Griffin Peter Marlow and Chris Steele Perkins amongst others.  The collection also includes a vast number images ranging from the less well-known to the downright bizarre. 

In 2013 the photography collections will move into the Library of Birmingham where new facilities, including state-of-the-art gallery space, will open up full public access to these collections for the first time.  In this, the first of a series of talks about the collections presented by Calumet and the Library of Birmingham, Pete James, Head of Photographs at the Library, will talk about some of the more obscure and less well-known photographs from the collections.  Further talks by photographers and curators will follow in 2012.

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