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Job: Project Officer, Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock

We are looking for somebody who can take responsibility for the successful delivery of the [James] Fenton Collection Project. With the support of volunteers, this project aims to catalogue a significant photographic collection of 4,500 items, consisting of photographs, cameras, pre-cinema object…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 19, 2016 at 20:51 — No Comments

Job: Collection Online Assistant (20th Century Photography)

The post-holder will be responsible for identifying and making accessible a largely unknown part of the Royal Collection's photograph collection. With the guidance of curatorial colleagues and the Picture Library team, the postholder is responsible for creating, editing and enhancing online records for selected groups…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2016 at 6:30 — No Comments

William Blackmore Collection Album 1

I am currently researching the last photograph in this album - William Blackmore and Red Cloud, taken by Alexander Gardner in 1872.

I stumbled across this site and a very interesting blog from 2014 in which Kevin J McCann was researching an aspect of the William Blackmore Collection and both Paula Richardson Fleming and Antony Hamber contributed.

I am hoping that they might be able to answer some questions I have. I am awaiting the arrival of Antony Hamber's biography of…


Added by susan jane aitchison on October 16, 2016 at 8:43 — 3 Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / London, Autumn/Spring 2016/17

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced its Autumn/Spring 2016/17 seminar programme. Each is free and open to all, at 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.

Monday 24 October, 6:00-7:30pm

Room 106

Tim Satterthwaite (Visiting Lecturer, University of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 19:44 — No Comments

Publication: Making Kodak Film (second, expanded, edition)

Robert Shanebrook writes...In 2010, I published a 94-page book Making Kodak Film. The book provided a high level view of the technology used to provide silver halide films. The positive response encouraged me to write a second edition with much more in-depth coverage of the subject.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 19:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph / from 18 November

The life, work and inventions of William Henry Fox Talbot, inventor of modern photography, are presented in a major exhibition at the National Media Museum, Bradford.

Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph (18 November, 2016  – 5…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 18:22 — No Comments

Archive of Andrew and Stuart Douglas’s photographs of stars saved

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired a group of portraits of leading British cultural figures photographed in the 1990s - including Daniel Day-Lewis, Damon Albarn, Alan Bennett, Tilda Swinton, Bob Geldof and Salman Rushdie.

They have been saved from destruction after being rescued from a condemned warehouse…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments

Job: Curatorial Research Assistant (Photographs)

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or who are currently contributing to British history and culture. The Gallery attracts over 2 million visits a year and is among London’s most popular attractions, it reaches and engages these, and further…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2016 at 17:51 — No Comments

Symposium: Politics through the archives of Photography, Film and Art / 22 October

Artist Lala Meredith Vula will speak about her exhibition Flowers of Earth and Blood and about her journey in photography documenting important political and social events.…


Added by Kelley Wilder on October 14, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

Daguerreian Society Auction - October 22, 2016

The 2016 Daguerreian Society auction is available on both the Daguerreian Society web site and on LiveAuctioneers. It is the first annual fully online auction and offers a spectacular collection of offerings thanks to Greg French, Tim Lindholm and the Auction Committee team.

Please register and follow the…


Added by Jeremy on October 13, 2016 at 16:00 — No Comments

Seminar: The Department of Science and Art Revisited: The View from South Kensington / 18 October

This seminar will offer a talk about – and in the guise of – the South Kensington Museum, which was the original home of what was later split into the V&A Museum and the Science Museum. It was created by the government's Department of Science and Art, which was run by Henry Cole, the South Kensington Museum's founding…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2016 at 9:54 — No Comments

Resource: Transit of Venus 1874

The transit of Venus in 1874 has long been of interest to the photographic historians and the periodicals of the period. A newly released collection of digitised papers at Cambridge Digital Library has been added to the successful Board of Longitude Collection that was released in 2013. The Transit of Venus collection…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2016 at 9:44 — No Comments

Job: Director, Australian Centre for Photography

The ACP is looking for a new Director with the vision, skills and capacity to lead the institution successfully through the next phase of its history.

The Director is ACP’s chief executive officer reporting directly to the Board and is responsible for leading the organisation strategically and operationally to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2016 at 9:37 — No Comments

China | 'Photographic Studies' Issue 1 Paper Call

'Photographic Studies' ( working title ) is a collection of scholarly essays in Chinese and partially English published on a flexible basis. Each issue centers around new trends in contemporary photography, approaching it from a historical and theoretical perspective. Through this, the publication seeks to dig deep into issues on the forefront of photography and further the discussion about them. The focus of "Photography and Culture Studies" is to emphasize the relationship…


Added by Yining He on October 12, 2016 at 5:00 — No Comments

Silvester's Household Brigade (stereoview)

This Alfred Silvester Stereoview puzzles me. I'm unable to understand its meaning. A goose (a Gallic cock, maybe ?) whose head is that of Napoleon III, is pushed or kept at bay by a group of maidens. Knowing that the relations between the…


Added by Jose Calvelo on October 12, 2016 at 0:00 — 2 Comments

Lecture: Charles Wheatstone & the craze for the stereoscope / 19 October

Photo historians Brian May and Denis Pellerin will give a 3D talk on the birth and rise of the stereoscopic craze between 1832 and 1862, and on the prominent place held by King’s College London lecturer, Charles Wheatstone, in the history of 3D, then known as Stereoscopy. Professor Wheatstone was the first to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 8, 2016 at 10:00 — No Comments

Publication: The Swains. A photographic dynasty

The Swains involvement in photography spans over 150 years and encompasses the making of cameras and magic lanterns, studio, wedding, commercial, aerial and war photography, photographic retailing, photographic processing, photographic wholesaling, cinematography and much more.

Little has been…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 6, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Qing Dynasty Shanghai. The Photographs of William Saunders / 4-12 November

Life in Qing Dynasty Shanghai: The Photographs of William Saunders features a selection of over 35 original nineteenth-century albumen silver prints, most hand-tinted, by William Saunders from the Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 6, 2016 at 19:56 — No Comments

Publication: The Keartons: Inventing nature photography

In 1892, brothers Richard and Cherry Kearton took the first ever photograph of a bird’s nest with eggs. Realising the camera’s potential to reveal secrets of the natural world, they resolved to make the best possible records of their discoveries in the habitats, habits and behaviour of birds and other creatures. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2016 at 19:34 — No Comments

Publication: Anthropology & Photography

The latest online publication from the RAI Photography Committee is now available. Volume 5 Carol…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 4, 2016 at 18:45 — No Comments

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