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Online seminar: Photography and the making of modern medicine in France (1860-1914) / 21 January 2021

A free online history of medicine seminar, organised by the University of Birmingham's IAHR is being held on Thursday, 21 January 2021 from 1730-1900. Dr Beatriz Pichel, senior lecturer in photographic history at De Montfort University, will present her paper Photography and the making of modern medicine in France (1860-1914) which examines how…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 17, 2021 at 17:12 — No Comments

Information request: Bertram Hutchings photographs

The donation of a large quantity of photographs and other records relating to Hutchings Caravans, and its founder Bertram Hutchings, to the Caravan and Motorhome Club Collection at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, in 2015  has prompted a call for help with identification. The Hutchings company was a maker of high-quality, bespoke, caravans…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 17, 2021 at 15:00 — No Comments

Postdoctoral research: the Material Culture of Modern Occultism in Britain’s Science, Technology, and Magic Collections / closes 11 February 2021

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities, in collaboration with the Science Museum Group, is offering a 0.2 FTE Postdoctoral Research Fellow position to work the project “The Media of Mediumship (TMM): Encountering the Material Culture of Modern Occultism in Britain’s Science, Technology, and Magic Collections.” The Fellow will work in collaboration with Professor…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2021 at 14:03 — No Comments

Grace Robertson OBE HonFRPS (1930-2021)

The British photographer Grace Robertson has died aged 90 years. She worked for Picture Post and was married to Thurston Hopkins and helped preserve his legacy. Her own as a humanist photographer is equally illustrious. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2021 at 22:00 — No Comments

Dame Margaret Weston (1926-2021)

Dame Margaret Weston who was instrumental in the setting up of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in 1983 and was a pioneer for women in a male-dominated world as the UK's first female director of a national museum, has died aged 94 years.

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2021 at 8:30 — No Comments

Information request: Augustus Mahalski (1831-1900), photographer in York

Mahalski operated a photographic business at various addresses in York for more than 40 years.  I am preparing an article about him and I am seeking examples of his work primarily as sources of information about the style and range of his work.  Like other photographers of the period he produced CDVs in his Portrait Rooms but produced a variety of other formats.  He…


Added by Julian Holland on January 13, 2021 at 7:00 — No Comments

Photography of Protest and Community - interview and review

My interview with Dr Rosemary Deller on my book  'Photography of Protest and Community: The Radical Collectives of the 1970s'  for the LSE Review of Books is available to read at …


Added by Noni Stacey on January 13, 2021 at 5:30 — No Comments

Call for papers: Towards a social and cultural history of photographic image producers / deadline 30 April 2021

To what extent does the meaning of a photograph depend on social experience, industrial contingencies, the professional environment or the culture of its producers? This special issue of Photographica - from the Société française de photographie - aims to explore this question and thus extend the discussions initiated during a seminar at the EHESS in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 12, 2021 at 17:30 — No Comments

Stanley B Burns, MD Medical photography collection sold to Yale University Medical Library

The Stanley B Burns, MD Medical Photography Collection was sold to Yale University Medical Library in anticipation of Dr Burns developing a specialized medical photography museum. The Washington Post among other papers carried the story. The collection of over 15,000 images (1840-1950) includes numerous British medical photographs including a rare…


Added by Stanley B. Burns,MD on January 11, 2021 at 16:30 — No Comments

Event: Pictures of Nursing: Nurses and nursing on postcards 1890-1910 / 11 February 2021

What can picture postcards tell us about the history of nursing, and images and stereotypes of nursing over the years? Join historian Julia Hallam to find out more.

Pictures of Nursing is a travelling exhibition and digital resource curated by…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 8, 2021 at 18:59 — No Comments

Publication: Revival London 1989-1993 / Roy Mehta

Brent has a rich history of multiculturalism. Roy Mehta’s exquisite black and white photographs capture the daily rituals of its various communities, most notably the Afro-Carribean and Irish, engaged in seemingly simple activities at home, in the street and at church. Shot from 1989-1993, the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 8, 2021 at 18:19 — No Comments

Publication: Photography in the Third Reich: Art, Physiognomy and Propaganda

This lucid and comprehensive collection of essays by an international group of scholars constitutes a photo-historical survey of select photographers who embraced National Socialism during the Third Reich. These photographers developed and implemented physiognomic and ethnographic photography, and, through…

Added by Christopher Webster on January 6, 2021 at 12:30 — No Comments

VII Interactive. In Conversation: Photographers and Archives / from 7 January 2021

This series of three seminars considers the evolving importance of photograph archives.  Moderated by Paul Lowe, curators Alison Nordström and Hilary Roberts will draw on their vast professional experience to consider how archives are created, what is involved in maintaining them for…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 4, 2021 at 21:03 — 3 Comments

Publication: Stefano Lecchi. Pupil of Daguerre: the latest revelations (2020)

I’m proud to inform you that a new biographic study has been published: "Stefano Lecchi pupil of Daguerre: the latest revelations" (texts in English, French and Italian).

Following detailed research in an international context, the author of…


Added by Roberto Caccialanza on January 4, 2021 at 8:30 — No Comments

Television: documentary reveals new photographs of 1890s Highlands railway construction

A new BBC ALBA documentary to be transmitted on New Year’s Eve reveals newly discovered photos taken during the construction of the railway line between Fort William and Mallaig from the late 1890s. Arguably one of the most spectacular railway lines in the world, this collection of over one hundred plates were unearthed in a sale in Cornwall in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 31, 2020 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

Job: Junior photographer / digitising the Daily Herald collection / closes 10 January 2021

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford is undertaking the digitisation of the Daily Herald Archive to greatly improve the public accessibility of this nationally important collection. We are therefore recruiting two Junior Photographers to start on the 1st February 2021 in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 31, 2020 at 10:46 — No Comments

Film: Gandolfi & Sons, camera makers of Peckham, London est. 1885

There's a delightful accessible online 1974 short BBC documentary of elderly Gandolfi brothers of Gandolfi & Sons camera makers of Peckham, London which company had operated in the area for over 100 years. The artisan nature of the skilled brothers at the end of their camera crafting working lives has one of the brothers in…


Added by Bobbie Carnegie on December 29, 2020 at 0:00 — No Comments

Hyman Collection 2020 annual update

The Hyman Collection has published its 2020 annual update which can be read on its website. Of particular note is the availability of bespoke loans and exhibitions from the extensive collection and the establishment of the Hyman Foundation, a new charitable foundation to support photography in Britain.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 25, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments

Online gallery tour on exhibition of early Japanese photography

While not directly related to the subject of British photographic history, unless you count mention of Felice Beato's panorama photographs of the Japanese capital taken in 1863, I'd like to share this online gallery tour of an exhibition of early Japanese photography now on view at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. I've learned so much from this group and…


Added by Alice Gordenker on December 21, 2020 at 12:00 — No Comments

PhD Opportunity: Feminist Documentary Photography and Activist Networks Scholarship

The University of St Andrews is pleased to offer a full scholarship funded by St Leonard’s Postgraduate College, to support an exceptional student undertaking doctoral research in the following project: Feminist Documentary Photography and Activist Networks.

The past two decades have witnessed a surge of scholarly and curatorial interest in feminist…


Added by Antares Wells on December 21, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

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