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Lecture and book signing: Stereoscopy and Victorian Painting

Photohistorians Dr Brian May CBE and Denis Pellerin are presenting an exclusive lecture on behalf of The Royal Photographic Society. May and Pellerin have researched the little known connections between Victorian art and stereo-photography.  For the first time they examine the art behind many popular…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 30, 2014 at 7:51 — No Comments

Symposium: Building with Light: The Legacy of Robert Elwall - An International Symposium on Architectural Photography

The RIBA announces an international symposium on architectural photography in conjunction with the first major retrospective of the British architectural photographer Edwin Smith (1912-1971), whose prolific work helped redefine the notion of post-WWII Britishness.

The symposium will…

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Added by Justine Sambrook on July 29, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

Publication & Exhibition: The Poor Man’s Picture Gallery

In this pre-internet, pre-television, pre-cinema, and pre-radio time known as the Victorian age, there were  only a limited number of ways for middle class people to have access to pictures or art. They could stop outside a printseller’s shop to look at the prints and lithographs displayed there, buy…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 29, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Magic Lantern Tales: UK tour

Using real magic lantern projectors as used during the First World War poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan and photographer and artist Ian Beesley tell a story of the First World War from the point of view of men who survived it and lived on to old age and a changing world. They also tell the tales of women who worked…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 27, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Official: New Head of Photography for Science Museum Group

Renowned curator of photography Kate Bush is joining the Science Museum Group as Head of Photography.

She will lead an ambitious programme of photography exhibitions for Media Space at the Science Museum and the National Media Museum and the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Kate Bush to become NMeM/Media Space's Head of Photography

Curator, Kate Bush, who was at the Barbican, London for eight years is joining the National Media Museum and Media Space as Head of Photography. In addition to her overall role she will have particular responsibility for acquisitions and touring exhibitions. The announcement was made by Jo Quinton-Tulloch, Director of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Art Everywhere to feature Cameron's Iago

Art Everywhere is the largest outdoor exhibition with 30,000 poster sites and billboards up and down the country celebrating a summer of art by showing 25 artists' work.  Artists, curators, media owners and entrepreneurs joined by a love of art have fuelled this massive charitable celebration.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 21, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Living Dangerously opened

'Living Dangerously' - The Terence Spencer Photographic Exhibition is the first such show at the newly launched £10m Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in the heart of the town's historic centre. The Museum is based in the former Music Hall which was the town's principal entertainment venue from 1840 to 2009 and saw many musical acts including The Beatles in 1962/3. Now the Fab Four are back with some beautiful images taken by Terence Spencer when he followed the band around for four months…

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Added by Tim King on July 21, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Living Dangerously - The Terence Spencer Photographic Exhibition

An exhibition of photography by war hero Terence Spencer is now open at the new Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery this summer until 31st August. With two audacious careers, first as a World War II fighter pilot and later as a celebrated photo-journalist for American…

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Added by Tim King on July 20, 2014 at 21:30 — No Comments

Conference: Archives and Cultural Industries - registration open

The Archives and Cultural Industries conference which takes place in Girona, Spain, from 13-15 October has a reduced early bird registration until 31 July. 

Find the registration form here:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 18, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Violet Hamilton

BPH has learnt that Violet Hamilton, who worked closely with Michael G Wilson OBE in developing his collection of photography has died suddenly. Violet, an Australian by birth but a long term UK resident,  was a Senior Curator of the Wilson Centre for Photography, London, and a photographer in her own right, exhibiting her work. She lectured, was a researcher, historian and writer with a specialist knowledge on nineteenth century women photographers, in particular of the work of Julia…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2014 at 10:00 — 5 Comments

Snowdon donation to the NPG

Snowdon has given 130 original prints of some of his most iconic photographs to the National Portrait Gallery, London. Several of them will be shown at the gallery for the first time in an important display this autumn.

Coinciding with a new monograph published by Rizzoli, Snowdon: A…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2014 at 7:54 — No Comments

Exhibition: Memorializing Infant Loss in 19th Century Photography

I thought it appropriate to notify you of my exhibition of memorial/postmortem photographs- Memorializing Infant Loss in 19th Century Photography. The exhibit is being shown at a conference at the University of Hertfordshire and opens July 16th.  The conference title is Perceptions of  Pregnancy…

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Added by Stanley B. Burns,MD on July 12, 2014 at 2:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: The photograph and Australia, March-June 2015

The photograph and Australia is the story of the interactions between people and country, and their representations in photography. The exhibition explores how photography operates aesthetically, technically, politically, and in terms of distribution and proliferation, in the Australian context. The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Masters of Light: Treasures from The Royal Photographic Society Collection

Treasures from the world’s oldest surviving photographic society are to go on display in South Kensington, the site of one of the UK’s first ever public exhibitions of photography. Masters of Light: Treasures from The Royal Photographic Society Collection  will show at the Science Museum's Media Space gallery…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2014 at 15:37 — No Comments

1845 - the world's first photography exhibition in an art museum?

Frankfurt's Städel Museum is claiming to be the first art museum in the world to have exhibited photographic works. The first…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2014 at 13:49 — 3 Comments

Auction: Leica that made an iconic WW2 photograph to be auctioned

Bonhams is to sell the Leica camera with which Russian photographer Yevgeni Khaldei took Raising a Flag over the Reichstag, one of the most famous photographs of World War II. It is being offered at Bonhams Leica Centenary Sale in Hong Kong on 30 November and is estimated at £230,000-340,000 ($HK…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Call for applications: The Wilson Fellowship in Photographic History

De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Wilson Fellowship for its MA in Photographic History. The Fellowship offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International.The Wilson Fellowship will be awarded to applicants…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2014 at 17:19 — No Comments

Photohistory XVI programme announced

The Photographic Historical Society has announced the program of papers to be presented at PhotoHistory XVI that will take place in Rochester, New York on 10-12 October 2014. Martin L. Scott, Program Chair of PhotoHistory XVI, made the announcement.

According to Scott, the program committee has selected…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2014 at 5:00 — No Comments

For sale: Bristol camera obscura for £1.7 million

If you are looking for a camera obscura you could do no better than buy The Observatory in Bristol which overlooks Brunel's Clifton suspension bridge and Avon gorge. Back on the market at a reduced price the eighteenth century building houses one of the few remaining public camera obscuras. A special covenant relating…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 6, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

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