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Fellowships at the Harry Ransom Center

Colleagues, Please consider applying for a research fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center, home of the Gernsheim Collection, the Magnum Photos, Inc. Collection, and several major archives. Search our holdings here: …


Added by Jessica S. McDonald on October 16, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Robert Howlett remembered

On Saturday, 14 October around 30 people came together in the small parish church of St Peter and St Paul, Wendling, to remember the photographer Robert Howlett (1831-1858) who died on 2 December 1858, aged 27 years. A…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2017 at 7:51 — No Comments

Workshop: A Million Pictures / 11 and 12 January 2018

The final Workshop of the Million Pictures project will be held in Exeter, south-west England, on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 January 2018, with an additional meeting of the research group on the morning of Saturday 13 January.

The project is a collaboration between magic lantern researchers in five…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

The Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research

The Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research at the Humboldt Area Foundation has awarded 35 grants since its inception in 2005.  A website …


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2017 at 18:18 — No Comments

Call: Visiting scholarship scheme 2018

The University of St Andrews has an outstanding collection of books, archives and photography, accumulated throughout the six hundred years since the University’s foundation.  The collection is especially rich in the History of Science, Theology and Church History, Literary Studies and Photography.  In…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2017 at 18:14 — No Comments

Explore your Archive / 18-26 November launch week

Explore Your Archive is a campaign that showcases the best of archives and archive services in the UK and Ireland. The campaign is owned by the sector itself and delivered by a wide range of partners and stakeholders, including The National Archives (UK) and the Archives and Records Association (UK &…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 15, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Question:Brunel, Robert Howlett, and the Great Eastern Explosion.

I have acquired a half stereo view, from the series "The Great Eastern in the Stereoscope", showing a scene onboard the great ship, after "The Explosion".  One of the funnels is clearly broken in half, and a gent in top hat is observing.

I assumed that this must be Brunel himself, viewing the…


Added by David McGreevy on October 11, 2017 at 23:30 — 2 Comments

Event: Brett Rogers OBE / 23 November

As part of the Stills Centre of Photography 40th anniversary events  Stills is pleased to present a talk by Brett Rogers OBE, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery, London. She will talk about the organisation's history, current…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 11, 2017 at 19:01 — No Comments

Event: Photo Conservation: Round Table Discussion / 17 November

The Icon Photographic Materials Group is running an event on Friday 17th November to share knowledge on the conservation of photographs and film, following on from the successful Icon Scotland news and ideas exchange.

Speakers from public institutions, private conservators and students will talk about their…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 11, 2017 at 18:50 — No Comments

Publication: The Autochrome in Great Britain

"It has been called a revolution" reported the magazine Photography in 1907 describing the introduction of the autochrome plate. As the first colour photography process, which was easy to use and could achieve excellent colour results, the autochrome was celebrated as a turning point in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 11, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

Job: Director, Photoworks

Photoworks seeks to appoint a new Director to succeed current Director,  Celia Davies, after eight successful years with the organisation.

We seek a dynamic and ambitious individual who’ll build on our achievements to date and our distinctive and respected reputation. The new Director will…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 10, 2017 at 19:01 — No Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, London

History and Theory of Photography Research Centre. All events free and open to all, at 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD.

24 October 2017, 6:00-7:30pm

Keynes Library (room 114)

Dr. AnnaLea Tunesi (independent scholar)

Art Dealing, Taste and Politics: Photographs…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2017 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Job: Senior Curator, Photographs

The J. Paul Getty Museum invites applications to the position of Senior Curator, Photographs. The Senior Curator oversees the Museum’s renowned collection of nearly 150,000 photographs representing the history of the medium from its inception to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 7, 2017 at 18:22 — No Comments

Publication: Travel Marketing and Popular Photography in Britain, 1888–1939: Reading the Travel Image

This new book explores how popular photography influenced the development of British travel marketing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Taking as its touchstone the image archive of the Polytechnic Touring Association, a London-based, originally philanthropic, travel firm, the book reveals the…


Added by Sara Dominici on October 6, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Photography - Princeton University

The Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University is pleased to announce a call for applications for a new 12-month postdoctoral or more senior research associate in the history of photography. The selected candidate will engage in research on any aspect of the history of photography while in residence at…


Added by Anne McCauley on October 2, 2017 at 23:00 — No Comments

Assistance required on PRB photographers Parsons, Downey, Emery Walker, Dodgson

I am conducting research into the relationship between art and photography with reference to those who worked with Pre-Raphaelite artists specifically Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  There are several such as John Parsons, Emery Walker, William Downey and of course C L Dodgson.  Whilst there is some literature on Dodgson relating to this it is mainly restricted to his diary entries cross referencing with biographical details from other sources.  John Parson is more problematic; any information on…


Added by Elaine Williams on October 2, 2017 at 20:35 — 1 Comment

Conference: AHFAP / 6 November

The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography will be holding its 2017 Conference on Monday 6 November at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Cambridge.

Details and the programme can be found here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 2, 2017 at 19:27 — No Comments

Talk: Charles Wheatstone and the early years of the stereoscope / 7 October

The Stereoscopic Society is presenting Denis Pellerin of the London Stereoscopic Company in a public talk. Denis will examine how Wheatstone tried to promote his reflecting stereoscope till the 1870s in spite of the popular success of the lenticular viewer.

There will also be 3D projection of several 3D…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 2, 2017 at 19:22 — No Comments

Symposium: India’s Place in Photography’s World / 6 October 2017 (UPDATED)

Photography arrived in India in 1840 and ever since it has remained rooted in the distinctive aesthetics and cultural iconography of the sub-continent while also serving as a reflection of the political context of the times. The symposium will be chaired by Rahaab Allana, consultant curator of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 2, 2017 at 7:16 — No Comments

Workshop: Cyanotype Printing and Pinhole Photography / 28-29 October

Join visual artist Almudena Romero for an introduction to the historical processes of cyanotype printing and pinhole photography. Gather inspiration in the Gallery and learn the basics of analogue photography and these early printing processes so that you will be able to practice independently after the course.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 1, 2017 at 13:39 — No Comments

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