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February 2018 Blog Posts (30)

Publication and reader offer: Photography and Other Media in the Nineteenth Century

It’s my pleasure to announce the publication of the book Photography and Other Media in the Nineteenth CenturyIn this volume, leading scholars of photography and media examine photography’s vital role in the evolution of media and communication in the nineteenth century.

In the first half of the nineteenth century, the…

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Added by nicoletta leonardi on February 9, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Event: The 19th Century Craze for Stereoscopic Photography / 26 February

Stereoscopic photography rapidly became a worldwide craze after the Great Exhibition of 1851. Cheap viewers and mass-produced stereographs brought startlingly vivid images within reach of a mass audience, making this the form in which most people first encountered photography – a fact largely ignored in conventional photographic history. 

Like the commercial…

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Added by Andrew Hurst on February 8, 2018 at 3:00 — No Comments

Exhibition Unboxing Photographs: Working in the Photo Archive / Berlin, 16 February–27 May 2018

'Unboxing Photographs: Working in the Photo Archive' opens the boxes of four photo archives to showcase the material diversity of photographs as three-dimensional objects: from glass plate negatives, to 35 mm film, to prints on albumen or silver gelatin paper.

These photo-objects are taken in the hand, tilted and turned over, labeled, cut down, framed, glued into…

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Added by Costanza Caraffa on February 7, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

Export licence deferred on Cameron's Norman Album

Arts Minister Michael Ellis has placed a temporary export bar on Images from the Life (the Norman Album), by Julia Margaret Cameron, to provide an opportunity to keep it in the country. The extraordinary collection of photographs is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £3,700,000.

This is the second time that…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 6, 2018 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Biography: ‘His heart was with his work’ Alfred Swaine Taylor and Caroline Taylor: a brief biography

BPH reported on the auction of early photographs and other material from, and relating to, Alfred Swain Taylor. Helen Barrell, Taylor's biographer has provided the following biography of Taylor and his wife, Caroline. 

Alfred…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 17:01 — No Comments

V&A Photography Research Centre moves forward

Work on the first phase of the development of the V&A's new Photography Research Centre has started and two former galleries are currently in the process of being converted to a single space for photography.

Phase 1 of the project will create a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

Seminar: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / Spring 2018

In 1968, less than a year after it first became possible to produce holograms of people, Bruce Nauman began to work on two series of holographic self-portraits. Nauman made these luminous, intangible, three-dimensional images of his body during a period in art’s history that is closely associated with the notion of dematerialisation. This paper uses Nauman’s holograms to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 16:55 — No Comments

Exhibition: Collected Shadows. The Archive of Modern Conflict / until 8 April

Collected Shadows is an exhibition of 200 photographs drawn from the extensive collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC). The AMC is an organisation that was first established 25 years ago as a repository for vernacular photography and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars. Today it holds a growing collection of over 8 million photographs that…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 16:51 — No Comments

Talk: Finding Fred: The Story of City of London Police’s Blitz Photographer / London, 8 March

The Cross and Tibbs Collection provides a unique photographic record of WWII bomb damage inflicted on the City. This talk by Rebecca Walker looks at the life and times of one of the collection’s photographers - Frederick Tibbs, a City of London police officer - and of the City he patrolled from the Roaring Twenties through to World War…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 16:45 — No Comments

Tribute: Terry Dennett (1938-2018), photographer

London-based photographer and researcher Terry Dennett, who passed away recently, would have turned 80 on 4 February.

There will be a service at the Islington Crematorium, 278 High Road, East Finchley, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday 7 February. 

Over the past 20 years, Terry was a mentor and dear friend, always sharing his wide ranging photographic knowledge…

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Added by Julia Winckler on February 2, 2018 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

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