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Studying women photographers from the nineteenth century

The study of women photographers continues to attract new research and the V&A's Parasol and new curatorial post is the latest example from the UK (see BPH last week). Different ways of looking…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 21:07 — No Comments

Course: Course: Recontextualising the Archive / weekly from 20 September

This four-week course looks at the role of photography archives in relation to their social, historical and cultural uses. Citing collections within both UK and internationally, each session will…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 20:46 — No Comments

Publication: The Lindsays of Balcarres

The Lindsays of Balcarres began with the rediscovery of some dusty photograph albums at the home of the author’s late father in Fife. The wealth of images within, unexplored for over eighty years, provided the perfect way to present the fascinating untold stories of the family and their lives. From a photography perspective it starts with…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 16:30 — No Comments

Publication: Fleet Street Exposures

This book tells the story of Stephen Markson who rose from messenger boy at The Times to the top of his profession as senior staff photojournalist for that paper. The book tells the stories behind the pictures, images and anecdotes that give a tantalising glimpse of the danger and glamour, tragedy and celebrity, seen through the lens of a talented…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 16:23 — No Comments

Blog: Friese-Greene protofeminist?

Peter Domankiewicz has written a blog in which he suggests, and cites evidence, that William Friese-Greene was a supporter of women's rights. Friese-Greene was active when such issues were very topical and the subject of wide debate and in a lecture he gave to Bath Photographic Society in 1890 he stated: '‘Now the next subject I shall connect with this…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 14:47 — No Comments

Online symposium: Daguerreian Society 2021 / 15-17 October 2021

The 33rd Annual Daguerreian Society symposium will take place from 15-17 October. The event will include a virtual fair featuring 19th and 20th century photographs, books, and ephemera including images from the highest levels of the art to vernacular snapshots, collectible books, historical images, and a broad range of historical photographic material.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 14:00 — No Comments

Publication: The Right Exposure - education for photography at Salisbury 1956-2020

For more than 60 years the Department of Photography and Film at Salisbury provided education for professional photographers and cinematographers. Starting in 1956 with part-time courses at The College of Art it developed to become one of the country’s leading provincial centres.

With over 200 pages of illustrations, stories and a chronological…


Added by Dr Ian R Smith on September 19, 2021 at 11:30 — No Comments

MFAH acquires Cameron's 'Norman' album

The Museum of Fine Art Houston is the final home for Julia Margaret Cameron's 'Norman' album. The album was the subject of an export licence deferral in 2018 but UK institutions were unable, or unwilling, to match an independent valuation of £3.7 million (see links below) and an export licence was granted. The album had been the subject of an earlier export…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2021 at 9:00 — No Comments

Job: Ffotogallery Director / applications by 22 October 2021

Ffotogallery is recruiting a new director to take over when David Drake steps down at the end of the year. The gallery is one of the UK’s leading organisations for contemporary photography and lens-based art. Based in Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, the organisation commissions and presents outstanding and diverse work from Wales and the world, supports the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 17, 2021 at 19:30 — No Comments

Hybrid event: ‘Fairies Photographed! The Cameo Camera and the Case of the Cottingley Fairies’ / 30 September 2021

In December 1920, The Strand Magazine published a series of sensational photographs taken by two young girls from Cottingley that allegedly showed real-life fairies dancing at the bottom of their garden. Their authenticity was vouched by no less a person than world-famous Sherlock Holmes creator and spiritualist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 13, 2021 at 20:30 — No Comments

Bird photographer Eric Hosking Hon.FRPS collection for auction / 24 November 2021

Tennants Auctioneers will be auctioning the library, pictures and camera collection of Eric Hosking OBE Hon.FRPS FBIPP (1909-1991), in its forthcoming Books, Maps & Manuscripts sale being held on 24 November 2021.

The collection is being sold by Eric Hosking’s son David, who is himself a professional photographer and collaborated extensively with…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 13, 2021 at 19:30 — No Comments

Alvin Langdon Coburn grave restoration

Brian Iddon is leading a project to restore the grave of Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882-1966) at Llandrillo-yn-Rhos, north Wales. Coburn's grave is an poor condition and the plan is to restore the grave and to produce an interpretation plaque at the graveyard in north Wales. The local stone masons have quoted £1122 for the work. The Universal Order which…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 12, 2021 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Thomas Annan - Old Closes & Streets photo trail / 9-20t September 2021

To coincide with the 150th anniversary of Thomas Annan's Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, photographer Frank McElhinney re-traces Annan's footsteps with a photo trail along the same streets where Annan made the original photographs. Annan's famous street studies of this historic area of Glasgow are shown in the windows of modern businesses along High…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 12, 2021 at 15:50 — No Comments

Online talk: Prince Albert Patron of Early Photography / 11 September 2021

Helen Trompeteler is giving a talk Prince Albert. Patron of early photography. She will discuss the integral role that Prince Albert played in the advancement of photography. Alongside Queen Victoria, Prince Albert’s support for the new medium was a cultural and social catalyst – furthering opportunities for creativity, experimentation, and the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2021 at 20:42 — No Comments

Exhibition: Light at Peckham 24 / until 25 September 2021

Emerging artists reflect on the current context of Hong Kong through the theme of light in an exhibition curated by Monica Allende for Seen Fifteen and Safehouse 2 this Photo London week in the capital and then showing until 25 September.

Each artist offers varied interpretations of…


Added by Nicola Jeffs on September 9, 2021 at 16:30 — No Comments

Job and News: V&A announces The Parasol Foundation Women in Photography Project

The V&A museum has announced The Parasol Foundation Women in Photography Project, a major new curatorial programme to support women in photography. The Project, funded by Ms. Ruth Monicka Parasol and the Parasol Foundation Trust, encompasses a new curatorial post alongside acquisitions, research, education and public displays, aiming to foreground and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 8, 2021 at 21:30 — No Comments

Festival: Dialogue Vintage Photography Festival / Amsterdam, 18 September 2021

On 18 September 2021 the Dialogue Foundation will organise the third edition of the Dialogue Vintage…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 5, 2021 at 17:00 — No Comments

Film: Robert Macpherson and his Photographic Vedute of Rome

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art has published a short film interviewing Wilfried E. Keil who was Rome Fellow at the British School Room from …


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 5, 2021 at 17:00 — No Comments

Fair: Bloomsbury Photograph Fair / London: 10 October 2021

Etc Fairs has announced the return of the Bloomsbury Photograph Fair, running alongside the Bloomsbury Book Fair on Sunday, 10 October from 0930-1500 at the Holiday Inn, Coram Street.

The Bloomsbury Book Fair will be taking place as usual in the Booker and Turner Suites, with the Photograph Fair will be held in meeting rooms on the first floor.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 5, 2021 at 16:17 — No Comments

Online exhibition: Kodak in Harrow – Celebrating the 130th Anniversary / from 6-30 September 2021

To celebrate the 130th anniversary since the Kodak factory opened its doors in Harrow, Headstone Manor Museum is launching a digital exhibition showcasing its history as well as the many faces of the people who worked there. Through oral histories and memories, this exhibition will highlight historic moments in Kodak’s history in Harrow. A film will be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 5, 2021 at 16:00 — No Comments

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