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Auction: Mervyn Heard magic lantern collection / 17 July 2018

Special Auction Services auction of Fine Photographica on 17 July includes the Mervyn Heard collection of magic lantern slides, optical toys and stereoscopy.Also included are photographs and cameras.  A respected collector and scholar of the popular visual culture and and the lantern Heard died last year.



Added by Michael Pritchard on July 13, 2018 at 6:26 — No Comments

Job: Assistant Curator of Photographs / closes 23 July 2018

We are seeking an Assistant Curator to work in the Word & Image Department for 12 months. You will have responsibility for assisting with projects connected to the museum’s important and growing collection of fashion photographs. As a member of a curatorial team, an Assistant Curator provides curatorial…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 13, 2018 at 6:08 — No Comments

Help identify the subject of this Maull & Polyblank photo

Hello, I am looking for help in identifying this rather artistic looking man. Maull & Polyblank Albumen print. Circa 1855-8

I have searched the National Portrait Gallery, The Science Museum, The Getty, The Met collection, etc. , to no avail.

There doesn't seem to be a complete…


Added by David McGreevy on July 11, 2018 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Free eprints: 'Cyclo-Photographers', Visual Modernity and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s-1890s

50 free eprints of my article "'Cyclo-Photographers', Visual Modernity and the Development of Camera Technologies, 1880s-1890s", recently published in the journal History of Photography (42:1), for anyone who may be interested but doesn't have access to a subscribing library:…


Added by Sara Dominici on July 9, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

New Exhibition: Modern Nature. Photographs from the Hyman Collection, Hepworth Wakefield

We are delighted that the Hepworth Wakefield (Museum of the Year 2017) have curated an exhibition from photographs in the Hyman Collection.

Hepworth Wakefield Press Release:

'From the deep indigo and black scarlets of the industrial heart we sailed through the unimaginable beauty of unspoiled countryside.…


Added by James Hyman on July 9, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Publication: Secure the Shadow. Somerset Photographers 1839-1939

This new publication by Robin Ansell, Allan Collier and Phil Nichols is not just a dating guide to old photographs, but is also a celebration of Somerset’s photographic history, as seen through the lives and work of nearly 800 photographers. It will appeal to family, local, social and photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2018 at 17:56 — 1 Comment

Job: Curator, Photoworks / closes 16 July 2018

Photoworks seeks to appoint a Curator. This post is an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual to work with the new Director to help shape the curatorial programme. Within the first six months of taking up the post, the successful candidate will help deliver Brighton…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2018 at 12:37 — No Comments

Discovery: Ackermann's Photogenic Drawing (April 1839)

For the last year or so a group of volunteers have been doing a stock-take of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science (PSNS) library held in Perth Museum. This is prior to the closure of the museum and removal of its contents to a new collection store to be built as part of Perth and Kinross Council’s proposed cultural…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2018 at 12:32 — No Comments

Video and exhibition: A step by step guide of the chlorophyll printing process

With the support of Arts Council England and the Artist Information Company, a-n, Almudena Romero has made a step by step film explaining the chlorophyll printing process.

The process also features in the Photofusion exhibition Growing Concerns. This unique body of work…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2018 at 12:13 — No Comments

Job: Postdoctoral post on experimental photo history

The Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg and the Hasselblad Foundation have a long-term partnership for the purpose of supporting the development of critical study and research on photography. As part of this shared programme of work, we are now seeking applications from photo-based artists, photo…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2018 at 11:57 — No Comments

Assistant Curator: Photographs (Art Fund)

With support from Art Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum runs a programme to help the development of curatorial expertise in the art and culture of photography, working with regional museum partners. The programme has been in place since 2014, and has resulted in collaborations with Nottingham Castle Museum…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 6, 2018 at 21:07 — No Comments

4800 Welsh portraits added to Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata

Over the last 4 years the National Library of Wales has worked with Wikimedia to provide open access to more than 10,000 public domain images. These include the Welsh Landscape Collection, photographs, maps and manuscripts. This partnership has led to more than 455 million views of Wikipedia articles containing…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 2, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

Auction: Alfred Swaine Taylor / 5 October 2018

BPH reported on two auctions which took place late last year.and included material relating to the early photographer and experimenter Alfred Swaine Taylor.  A further, and final group of material is being…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 25, 2018 at 7:07 — No Comments

Workshop: Alternative Processes / 21-24 August 2018

London's Photofusion is running a four-day alternative process summer week where you can learn how to:

Day 1: Make Digital Negatives suitable for Alternative/Historical Processes.

Richard Wills – Tuesday August 21, 11:00 – 17:00.

Day 2: Make…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 23, 2018 at 19:55 — No Comments

Symposium: Radical Visions: the cultural politics of Camerawork 1972-1985 / 28 June 2018

This event accompanies the Radical Visions exhibition at Four Corners Gallery, and the launch of its new digital archive. It will consider Camerawork's engagement, role and influence with community-practice, feminism and representation, and ask how its broader legacy can be understood within the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 21, 2018 at 7:27 — No Comments

Free download: Canada in the Frame

Canada in the Frame explores a photographic collection held at the British Library that offers a unique view of late nineteenth century and early twentieth century Canada. The collection, which contains more than 4,500 images, taken between 1895 and 1923, covers a dynamic period in Canada’s national history…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 21, 2018 at 7:17 — No Comments

Job: Development Coordinator / The Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery is the UK’s leading centre for the presentation and exploration of photography in all its forms and a dedicated home for an international photographic community. Established in London in 1971, the Gallery has been instrumental in reflecting photography’s pivotal role in culture and society…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 21, 2018 at 6:59 — No Comments

Exhibition: Artists' Visions Pictorial Photographs 1890-1960 / until 16 September 2018

A new exhibitions which examines pictorialism has opened at the museée Nicéphore Niépce and runs until 16 September 2018. Curated by Dr Julien Faure-Conorton Artists' Visions offers a new, broader, view of European pictorialist photography. The exhibition presents recent research and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 18, 2018 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Call: DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2018

The DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2018 will be open for all elements of research into photography's many aspects. Besides aspects of traditional history and theory of photography, topics will be considered that deal with photography's social meaning, or the impact that the medium has had on society. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

NPG acquires 11 portraits by Philippe Garner

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired eleven portraits, including one self portrait, shown right) by Philippe Garner. Garner will be known to many as an auctioneer who started the first auctions of photography in the United Kingdom in 1971 at Sotheby's before he moved to Christie's, where he is remains a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2018 at 7:51 — No Comments

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