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Publication: How Change Happens: Photography, Education and Society

There was a paradigm shift in the way photography was taught in Britain in the 1960/70s. In How Change Happens: Photography Education and Society May McWilliams uses four colleges - Derby College/Trent Poly, Newport College, London College of Printing, Regent Street Polytechnic -  as case studies to illustrate the change. Oral history accounts…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2020 at 12:00 — No Comments

Fotografiska London is no more...for now

Fotografiska London, the Museum of Photography, which was originally due to open in 2018 has been cancelled as the investment group behind it, Fotografiska…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 17, 2020 at 20:00 — No Comments

Exhibition of G W Wilson carte-de-visite views, 1862-1900.

New research based on a view of 'Roslyn Chapel --- The Apprentice's Pillar' confirms Mr Wilson introduced CDV views before late 1868. The printed caption appears on the recto and the seller's label, 'William Smith, 43 Lord Street, Liverpool' on the verso.

In 1862, the British Journal of Photography suggested to readers, they buy from Mr. Smith at 43 Lord street cartes of American personalities, published by Anthony of NYC, to support a Lancashire charity. Gore's Liverpool…


Added by Edward McCann on September 16, 2020 at 17:00 — No Comments

Passenger Pigeon Manifesto - a call to liberate cultural heritage

Passenger Pigeon Manifesto...A call to public galleries, libraries, archives, and museums to liberate our cultural heritage. Illustrated with the cautionary tales of extinct species and our lack of access to what remains of them.…


Added by Adam Harangozó on September 15, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

A 3,000 camera collection in Fife

Some of you might have seen this on the BBC News site; if you want to know more, there's information on the trust and St Monan's photographic roots here…


Added by Anne Strathie on September 14, 2020 at 20:00 — No Comments

Pop-up exhibition: Byker, UK comes to Madison Avenue, NY

Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's Spacehopper hit Manhattan's Upper East Side last week as part of Madison Avenue Welcome Back Saturdays. This large window display and exhibition inside will be up through the end of the month. To all those in or passing through New York, we hope you have the chance to see it!…


Added by L. Parker Stephenson on September 14, 2020 at 13:00 — No Comments

Online conference: Let Us Now Praise Famous Women / 24 October 2020

Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: Discovering the work of Female Photographers is an online conference being held on 24 October as part of Photo Oxford. It will explore the critical work of women writing about, collecting, and curating photography by women.

Key questions include how women’s voices are heard in the history and criticism of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 13, 2020 at 8:52 — 2 Comments

Auction: Snowdon - A life in art and objects / 4-24 September 2020

Although he would come to be best known as a member of the British royal family, Lord Snowdon was first, foremost and to the end, a photographer. A selection of his prints and other personal possessions are offered in a Christie's auction:  Snowdon: A Life in Art and Objects running online from 4-24 September. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on September 13, 2020 at 8:45 — No Comments

Found photographs from 70 year old Perutz film

Found in a Leica FILCA cassette, these photographs taken in Switzerland and Northern Italy in the early 1950s and developed in Dublin in 2020.

There are a lot of discussions and technical considerations in this article. The object is to trace the families of the people in the photographs and to unite them with the images. Any suggestions about how to…


Added by William Fagan on September 12, 2020 at 15:00 — No Comments

Roger Watson to retire from Lacock's Fox Talbot Museum

Roger Watson, curator of the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock, is to retire at the end of this month. In a Facebook post to friends he said: 'After 20 years at the Fox Talbot Museum it seems the right time to go. I leave with so many great memories. This has been the most significant portion of my career and I’ve enjoyed it so much. The best memories were my talks…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 8, 2020 at 20:00 — 4 Comments

Glasgow's Street Level Photoworks gallery re-opening

We are pleased to announce that the gallery will be re-opening to the public on Thursday 10th September, with our Oscar Marzaroli exhibition extended to 20th December 2020.



Added by Street Level Photoworks on September 7, 2020 at 17:00 — No Comments

Lacock Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum re-open

The National Trust has re-opened Lacock Abbey grounds and the adjacent Fox Talbot Museum. Admission is by pre-booked timed ticket. The Abbey rooms remain closed.

Admission is £10 and at the time of writing there are slots available at half-hourly intervals until 13 September. Tickets are released weekly each Friday and must be booked by 1500 on the day…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 6, 2020 at 14:33 — No Comments

Capt Sir Tom Moore, Keighley and photography

One of the more heart-warming stories coming out of the UK's COVID-19 lockdown was the fund-raising garden walk of centenarian Tom Moore, who raised over £30 million and was knighted for his efforts. There is a photography angle to this and the following text from the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 6, 2020 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Publication: ‘Women from The AmberSide Collection, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh’

Women from The AmberSide Collection, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh’ review, Studies in Photography Journal, Summer 2020, The Scottish Society for the History of Photography, National Galleries of Scotland. …


Added by Noni Stacey on September 4, 2020 at 14:00 — No Comments

New book: Photographing Crime Scenes in Twentieth-Century London

A new, illustrated book, published 3rd September 2020, explores historical forensic photography and narratives of crime, including what crime scene photographs and the practices that created them can tell us about crime and culture in twentieth-century Britain.…


Added by Alexa Neale on September 1, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments

Can you identify any of these photographers?

These were all photographed by Bill Jay and are part of an unseen archive of his work I am attempting to catalogue with his daughters. Any help gratefully received. I know that Daniel meadows and artist Peter Blake are included here.

Keep scrolling down....…


Added by Grant Scott on September 1, 2020 at 7:00 — 15 Comments

Online course: Looking to the present, looking to the past / from 9 September 2020

This first, of a three-part series, led by Colin Pantall, consists of eight lectures. It will introduce you to the contemporary practice of photography through examples that link the historical, the contemporary, and the theoretical in a way that is dynamic, visual, and accessible to everybody.

Touching on major photographic genres such as landscape…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2020 at 17:23 — No Comments

Online talk:From Banff to Balmoral: The photography of George Washington Wilson

From Banff to Balmoral: The photography of George Washington Wilson is an online talk by Paul Stonell from the Royal Collection Trust, for Aberdeen University museums and special collections. 

See: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2020 at 16:20 — 1 Comment

Online conference: Don't Press Print - the collodion process: online conference / 1-2 October 2020

The announcement in The Chemist (March, 1851) of Frederick Scott Archer’s wet-collodion process transformed how photography was practiced…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2020 at 15:59 — No Comments

Hackney Flashers historic exhibitions

This is an exhibition panels from three historic exhibitions Who's Holding the Baby? Women and Work (1975) and Clydeside 1974 - 76 © Hackney Flashers. 

This was in the 1970s.…


Added by Noni Stacey on August 31, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

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