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Free magazine: The Classic - A new magazine about classic photography

The magazine print sector has been hit extremely hard over the last ten years, with closures and cutbacks, but it's not all doom and gloom. Small, specialist magazines have found a way of surviving independently of the media giants. Most of the new photography magazines that are starting up are however, devoted to contemporary work and are focused on…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 24, 2019 at 15:39 — No Comments

Job: Project Curator - National Photography Collections / closes 31 March 2019

The National Trust is seeking a Project Curator in photography. Our ambition to curate at a national scale and develop our research priorities has seen us provide more investment to our collections.

The National Trust has outstanding collections in photography, across a wide range of properties. As the Project Curator you will use your experience in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 24, 2019 at 15:19 — No Comments

Skipped photographs shine a light on Scotland's water infrastructure

A forgotten treasure trove of Victorian photographs showing the construction of parts of one of Scotland’s most important pieces of infrastructure has been unearthed. The Katrine Aqueduct, which takes water to treatment works that supply 1.3 million people in Glasgow and west central Scotland, was built in the Victorian era to help…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 24, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

DVD: Gandolfi-Family Business / pre-order special offer until 24 March, available from April

When, in 1982, Fred Gandolfi decided to close the family camera-making business, photographer Ken Griffiths thought the Peckham workshop, and the Gandolf’s unique way of of life should be recorded for posterity. Joined by his brother David as cinematographer and supported by a passionate team of film-makers and photographers, they crafted a nostalgic feature…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 22, 2019 at 8:00 — No Comments

Talks: history of stereoscopy / Derby and Oxford

The London Stereoscopic Society is presenting two 3D talks on different aspects of stereoscopy. 

Derby, Saturday 13 April 2019 at 6.00 pm

This event takes place at QUAD as part of FORMAT19…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 22, 2019 at 7:52 — No Comments

Job: Conservator of Photographs and Paper / V&A, closes 31 March 2019

The V&A is the world's leading museum of art and design. We enrich people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

The Conservation Department fulfills a major role in helping the Museum deliver its wider objectives. It has a worldwide reputation for the excellence of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 22, 2019 at 7:46 — No Comments

Adrian Andrews stereoscopy collection / Bristol: 10 April 2019

A collection of Victorian stereoviews of Clifton Suspension Bridge and other significant bridges from across the globe are being conserved and digitised thanks to support from The Murless Fund (SANHS) and the Aurelius Charitable Trust. 

In 2018 the archives of Adrian Andrews - an expert in the history of engineering and of the Clifton Suspension Bridge…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 18, 2019 at 21:27 — No Comments

Multi Site Exhibition: Handsworth1985 Revisted / Birmingham, March 2019

Dramatic photos taken at the height of the Handsworth Riots are to appear on billboards across the city this month in a project by two of the city's most influential black artists.

Poems by Benjamin Zephaniah will accompany the images taken by…


Added by Pogus Caesar on March 11, 2019 at 10:30 — No Comments

Was Lord Balgonie shell-shocked?

Because of the facial expressions of some soldiers photographed by Roger Fenton in 1855 during the Crimean War, it was suggested by Richard Pare in the 2004 book All the Mighty World that they may have been suffering from what we now call shell-shock. Pare drew particular attention to Fenton’s portrait of Captain Lord Balgonie (see below). In the…


Added by David Robert Jones on March 11, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

Free open access article on Minna Keene FRPS

I have recently published an open access journal article in Image & Text 32 (2018) on Minna Keene FRPS, drawing from my research into her Life and Career in South Africa between 1903 and 1913. The article can be downloaded…


Added by Malcolm Corrigall on March 11, 2019 at 7:30 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Minna Keene and Violet Keene Perinchief / Toronto, until 20 April 2019

Stephen Bulger Gallery is presenting Two Generations of Photography, its first exhibition of work by Minna Keene FRPS (b.Arolsen, Germany, 1861; d.Oakville, Canada, 1943) and Violet Keene Perinchief (b.Bath, UK, 1893; d.Oakville, Canada, 1987)

This exhibition brings together two generations of work by famed photographers from the early 20th…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 10, 2019 at 15:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Unseen Hardman photos on display / from March 2019

38 photographs taken by renowned Liverpool photographer, Edward Chambré Hardman in and around his Rodney Street home and studio are to go on display  for the first time, four years after they were discovered by chance in the photographer’s darkroom.

The photos were developed from 23 rolls of film, found in the darkroom of the former…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 10, 2019 at 15:08 — No Comments

George Willis (1829-1890), photographer, of Scarborough

I am researching the life and work of my great great grandfather George Willis who was a photographer and early experimenter in photographic processes in Scarborough, Yorkshire. His sons carried on the business after his death in 1890 and unfortunately went bankrupt in 1900. Consequently, nothing from his career was passed down through the family.

I started collecting his photographs in 2007 and now have a good collection of CDVs, Stereoviews , cabinet cards and larger format…


Added by Jan Dick on March 9, 2019 at 8:00 — No Comments

Blog: Acquisition of negatives by J A Pugh AIBP ARPS

A blog posting by Weitian Liu, an Enlight Foundation scholar, pursuing an MPhil in History of Photography, describes the acquisition of some 900 negatives by James Pugh, AIBP. ARPS. between 1967 and 1972  which have been added to the St Andrews University Special Collection.

The negatives were bought at a car boot sale by the donor and mostly…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 7, 2019 at 18:26 — 1 Comment

Job: Associate Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology / closes 18 March 2019

Are you passionate about connecting museum collections and audiences? Across Science Museum Group, our curatorial team are committed to inspiring futures by sustaining and growing our world-class collection and delivering a creative and bold programme of outputs…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2019 at 17:12 — No Comments

Auction: Unseen photography by Francis Bruguière / London: 19 March 2019 (UPDATED)

Chiswick Auctions is delighted to have been appointed to sell an important private collection of photographic works by one of the most important photographers in the development of photography, Francis Bruguière (1879-1945).  Works include unseen and unpublished photographic prints and negatives spanning the ground-breaking photographer’s career. They will be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 4, 2019 at 1:47 — 1 Comment

Fair: London Photograph Fair / 17 March 2019

The next London Photograph Fair Collectors Fair takes place in in new location on Sunday 17th March 2019 at the Hellenic Centre in Marylebone. Exhibitors include: Allsworth Rare Books, Roland…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 4, 2019 at 1:00 — No Comments

Survey: Digital legacy for photography / closes 30 March 2019

This survey from the Photographic Collections Network looks at what is called digital legacy or digital heritage – by which it means the long-term storage, use and display of digital material, particularly photography. The basic research question is: how will people be…

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 4, 2019 at 0:30 — No Comments

Talk: Constructing the orient: John Thomson's portraits in China 1868-72 / Bournemouth, 28 April 2019

The scope of John Thomson’s photographic portraits in China is astonishing, especially considering the challenges which faced an itinerant photographer in the mid-nineteenth century.

Angela Cheung, a doctoral student in the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, London, explores in greater detail how and why Thomson took certain photographs, and who…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 1, 2019 at 8:06 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Road to Ypres: The War Photography of Olive Edis / from 1 March 2018

A touring exhibition highlighting the work of Norfolk photographer Olive Edis will head to Great Yarmouth’s library next month. It is the final stop for the touring display, The Road to Ypres: The War Photography of Olive Edis, which will be at the library from March 1-31. The new venue coincides with the centenary of when the photographs…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 1, 2019 at 7:45 — 1 Comment

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