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Research: Mourning photo.

Hello, I was hoping someone here can help me identify or understand this recently acquired albumen photo.I believe it is British, and shows a man, a dog, and a dead bird. Can't really tell what's going on here...Was the bird a pet-parrot perhaps? did the dog kill it? or is this a hunting photo?

Is the man…

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Added by David McGreevy on July 31, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Review: Alvin Langdon Coburn by Pam Roberts

This beautifully bound, large-format, 296 page hardcover book was written by Pamela Roberts to accompany her exhibition based on the unique contribution to the developing photographic aesthetics made by the pioneering artistic photographer Alvin Landon Coburn. Having been unveiled at Fundacion Mapfre in Madrid, the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 29, 2015 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Publication: Guildford Photography

In 113-pages Rita and Jack Tait relate the story of Ifor and Joy Thomas and the Guildford school of photography. Part biography and part a history of early post-war photographic education the book shows the importance of the Thomas’s and their influence across a large swathe of photographers and educators –…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 29, 2015 at 19:56 — No Comments

Film: Eadweard

Released early in 2015 and shown at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June Eadweard is a psychological drama centred around the British photographer, Eadweard Muybridge, famous for his studies of motion who is recognised as the godfather of cinema. Along the way he murdered his wife’s lover,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 29, 2015 at 13:31 — No Comments

Happy Birthday William Friese-Greene!

As part of the Brighton programme in this year's Scalarama Film Festival The Luxbry celebrates the 160…

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Added by Alexia Lazou on July 28, 2015 at 3:00 — No Comments

Talk: Photography, Theory and Practice: British Photography Education After 1960

As the cradle for both global and domestic photographic talents, Britain has always been a frontier in British photography education, which keeps focusing on the critical thinking and creativity in their students under the principle of interdisciplinary speculative knowledge. Graduates from such education usually impress…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 27, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Getty Aquires early British and French photography

The J. Paul Getty Museum has announced the acquisition of thirty-nine French and British photographs from the 1840s through 1860s, representing some of the most impressive architectural and landscape prints and negatives produced in photography’s early years. The works were acquired from Jay McDonald, a Santa…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 27, 2015 at 7:00 — No Comments

Jobs: PhotoLondon

There's just over one week left to apply for two roles available with Candlestar and Photo London. Candlestar which manages the Prix Pictet Prize and PhotoLondon is seeking to appoint two individuals to important senior roles.

The first is for a Project Manager for Prix Pictet and the second will join the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2015 at 10:41 — No Comments

Symposium: Beyond Vision: Art, Photography and Science / 12 September 2015

Early scientific ‘photographs of the invisible’ — from x-ray to photomicrography, motion studies to pictures of electrical charges — have had a profound effect on the development of modern and contemporary art.  Bringing together world-renowned artists, curators and academics, and coinciding with the final days of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2015 at 12:46 — No Comments

Images wanted of 'Abused Tintypes'.

Hello, I am writing an article on what I am calling the 'Abused Tintype' - short bit of explanatory blurb below:

"The Abused Tintype: The Tintype was a form of early photography that was extremely popular in the mid nineteenth century. It was cheap to produce and versatile enough to be sent in…

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Added by Gavin Maitland on July 21, 2015 at 16:00 — 4 Comments

Professor Elizabeth Edwards honoured

Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Professor of Photographic History, Director of Photographic History Research Centre, at De Montfort University, Leicester, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA). The honour is given in recognition of outstanding research and it is the first time…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 21, 2015 at 6:37 — No Comments

cfp: Archiving 2016 conference

The IS&T Archiving Conference brings together an international community of imaging experts and technicians as well as curators, managers, and researchers from libraries, archives, museums, records management repositories, information technology institutions, and commercial enterprises to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 20, 2015 at 15:46 — 3 Comments

Publication: The Photograph and Australia

Visually rich with fine reproductions and high-level production, The Photograph and Australia tells the many stories of photography in Australia over the last 175 years. It examines the sense of wonder which the photograph can still induce for its ability to capture both things of the world and those of the…

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Added by Judy Annear on July 19, 2015 at 3:30 — No Comments

Impressions Gallery: The Bigger Picture

York, and more recently Bradford-based, Impressions Gallery, along with London's The Photographers' Gallery, are the United Kingdom's oldest extant photography galleries. They have both survived the years and continue to produce exciting, ground-breaking and simply, interesting, exhibitions of photography,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 17, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Bursary: History of the German-language Photobook: Call for Applications

The History and Archives department of the German Photographic Association (DGPh) is awarding a grant concerning the history of the German-language photobook. This grant, which, initially, is going to be advertised over a ten-year period at two-yearly intervals, is intended specifically to promote historical research…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2015 at 20:06 — No Comments

Lecture: The Camera and the King: Photographing the Excavation of Tutankhamun's Tomb / 23 February 2016

Christina Riggs, FSA, will discuss the use of photography in the excavation of the legendary Egyptian tomb, which Howard Carter discovered in 1922. How did photography shape the way the excavation was conducted, the presentation of the find in the press, and the archaeologists’ own ideas about what…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Publication: Photographs, Museums, Collections Between Art and Information

The status of photographs in the history of museum collections is a complex one. From its very beginnings the double capacity of photography - as a tool for making a visual record on the one hand and an aesthetic form in its own right on the other - has created tensions about its place in the hierarchy of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2015 at 19:50 — No Comments

Archive opening: The Pauline Heathcote Archive

Bromley House Library, Nottingham, is opening The Pauline Heathcote Archive at Bromley House Library on 29 July at 2.30pm. Bromley House was the home of the first commercial photographic studio in Nottingham and was in use from 1841 until 1955. Eric Butler has been working with Bernard Heathcote and Bromley House to set up a research centre for the history of photography based on Pauline Heathcote’s extensive and thorough research notes. There is also a small photographic museum celebrating…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2015 at 8:11 — No Comments

Newspaper Archives - whatever happened too?

Over the past five years as Trinity Mirror's archivist I have begun to bring together all its national and regional photographic archives into a central archive based at Watford.

What has become apparent that a number of the regional archives are incomplete and that no one person knows what happen to the them. There are Chinese whispers of…

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Added by John Mead on July 10, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Symposium: The Daguerreotype / 8-9 October 2015

Bry-sur-Marne, France, the birthplace of Louis Daguerre, which has done much to reclaim his legacy in recent  years, will be the venue for The Daguerreotype Symposium organised Daguerreobase in collaboration with…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

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