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Job: Media Space Assistant

Opened in 2013, Media Space is an exciting collaboration between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum in Bradford, home of the National Photography Collection. A new London venue for world quality photography exhibitions and events, Media Space includes a 525m² major exhibition gallery and the flexible…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2014 at 5:41 — No Comments

Job: Associate Curator, Media Space

Opened in 2013, Media Space is an exciting collaboration between the Science Museum and the National Media Museum in Bradford, home of the National Photography Collection. A new London venue for world quality photography exhibitions and events, Media Space includes a 525m² major exhibition gallery and the flexible…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2014 at 5:39 — No Comments

Exhibition: Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s

This spring the V&A will present a display of over 50 recently acquired photographs that explore the experiences of black people in Britain in the latter half of the 20th century, enhanced by excerpts from oral…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 16, 2014 at 20:24 — No Comments

Publication: Dr Thomas Keith and John Forbes White

A major new study of two of Scotland's most influential Victorian amateur photographers, the surgeon Dr Thomas Keith and his future brother-in-law, miller and art collector, John Forbes White will be published in April 2015 and limited to an edition of 500 copies. 

Written and researched by John…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 16, 2014 at 18:51 — No Comments

Website: Object:Photo / Modern Photographs 1909-1949

The exhibition of Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949 which is on show at New York's Museum of Modern Art until 19 April 2015 is supported by a website Object:Photo. Modern Photographs 1909–1949: The Thomas Walther…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 15, 2014 at 6:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Soldiers and suffragettes: the photography of Christina Broom - 19 June-1 November 2015

Christina Broom is widely considered to be the UK’s first female press photographer, beginning her photographic career at the age of 40, in 1903, when she published her first news photographs as postcards.

This major exhibition, the first entirely dedicated to her, will…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 14, 2014 at 10:00 — No Comments

Research: Elgin Marbles - Who was the photographer for Mansell & Co.?

Here are 3 albumen prints of what I assume are sections of the Parthenon Frieze in the British Museum. There are tiny oval blind stamps within the images -I can only read 'Mansell & Co.': 

Would anyone know who the photographer…

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Added by David McGreevy on December 13, 2014 at 16:00 — 9 Comments

Seminar: A L Coburn's photographic autobiography as an instrument of 'ennoblement'

On Wednesday, 17 December 2014 Cathrin Hauswald will present a paper ‘A. L. Coburn's photographic autobiography as an instrument of “ennoblement”’ The paper is part of a larger project tracing the development from pictorialism to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 13, 2014 at 8:20 — No Comments

Symposium: The State of Photography - 23 January 2015

T he State of Photography symposium will take place at the Library of Birmingham on 23 January 2015. It will explore, debate and review how photographers and photography practice develops, responds and thrives in the current challenging times. During the Symposium we will hear…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 13, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards / the First Book Award 2015

Media Space is set to host the Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2015, a celebration of the very best in photography and moving image publishing from the last year.

At an awards ceremony on 18 May 2015, a £10,000 prize will be split between the winners in the Best Photography Book…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 13, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Revelations - Experiments in Photography

Originally planned to be Media Space's opening show in June 2013 Revelations will finally open on 20 March 2015 after the its exhibition programme was reviewed and revised. The ambitious exhibition will show the influence of early scientific…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 13, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

Library of Birmingham cuts threat

The Library of Birmingham Europe's largest public library and widely acclaimed for its building and public programmes is threatened as the city council looks to save money as government cuts bite. The library is planning to slash opening hours from 73 to 40 per week, cut staff numbers by 100 and will spend less on books…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 11, 2014 at 14:00 — No Comments

Publication: Routledge publishes Photography and Its Origins

Edited by Tanya Sheehan (Colby College, USA) and Andrés Mario Zervigón (Rutgers University, USA), Photography and Its Origins is a collection of 16 original essays published by Routledge. It showcases both prominent and emerging voices in the field of photography studies, including…

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Added by Tanya Sheehan on December 7, 2014 at 12:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Alvin Langdon Coburn / 13 December 2014 - 8 February 2015, Madrid

BPH member Pam Roberts has curated a ground-breaking exhibition on A L Coburn. Despite the key role that he occupies in the history of avant-garde photography, Alvin Langdon Coburn (Boston, 1882 - Wales, 1966) remains one of the least known artists of his time. This is principally due to the fact that…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 6, 2014 at 18:05 — 1 Comment

Workshops: Photograph identification and conservation

West Dean College is running two workshops in 2015 dealing with photograph identification and conservation. Both are led by respected conservator Susie Clark.

Preserving historic photographs will take place on Wednesday, 4 March 2015 at the British Library. Photographic collections are found in libraries,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 6, 2014 at 17:30 — No Comments

Meeting and Photographing Picture Post's Bert Hardy

Meeting and Photographing Picture Post's Bert Hardy -- Researched & Written by David Joseph Marcou.

Among my 81 books so far and numerous essays on many subjects I've authored about a half dozen books about Picture Post and Bert Hardy, that magazine's lead-photographer.

My meeting and photographing Bert Hardy in November 1981, around the time of my 31st birthday (just two years after I'd taken…

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Added by David Joseph Marcou on December 6, 2014 at 2:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection

The National Media Museum's new exhibition Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection opened at Media Space last night to great acclaim from the press and those attending the opening reception.

The exhibition of some 200 photographs plus cameras and manuscript material includes photographs…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

cfp: Reflecting the World: Museums and collections of visual and sound documentation around 1900

Reflecting the World: Museums and collections of visual and sound documentation around 1900 is an international conference organized by the Elysée Museum, the University of Lausanne and the University of Geneva, Switzerland, 5-6 November, 2015. A paper copy of the call can be…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 24, 2014 at 11:19 — No Comments

TV transmission: The Real Tom Thumb

The Real Tom Thumb: History’s Smallest Superstar, a documentary on the life of Charles Stratton, will be broadcast on BBC4 on Tuesday 25 November, at 9pm. The programme features contributions from David Burder FRPS discussing early photography (shown, below) and the demonstration of the collodion…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 23, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

Call for Papers: Fast Forward: Women in Photography – Then and Now

Following a lively panel discussion about the role of Women Photographers, both historical and current, held at the TATE Modern in April 2014, we are now inviting papers and visual presentations for a conference to be held at the Tate Modern, London in the autumn of 2015.

The original panel brought together women…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 23, 2014 at 17:34 — No Comments

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