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Job: Project Cataloguer Royal Photographic Society Collection

As the V&A prepares to make the RPS Collection accessible through the V&A study rooms and collections website, we have an exciting opportunity for a cataloguer for the collection. This fixed term position will run until end of March 2018 in the first instance to prepare documentation. The project will…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 17, 2017 at 6:32 — No Comments

Blog: North American Photographic History

Tim Greyhavens has launched North American Photographic History, modelled on BPH as 'a place where students, academics, scholars, and independent researchers of the history of photography in North America can connect with each other. Here you can reach out to others with your photographic news, announcements, commentaries, inquiries, job notices, and anything else you feel may be of interest to the broader photographic history…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2017 at 22:10 — No Comments

Award: 2017 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

BPH is particularly pleased to see that Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Photography Catalogue of the Year  is New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century by Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom (Rijiksmuseum/2017). The BPH review of the exhibition was enthusiastic about both the exhibition and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

Conference: Sound and vision in science museums / 23-24 November

The National Science and Media Museum is the host of the 2017 Science Museum Group Research Conference, exploring the theme of sound and vision in science museums.

To mark the rebranding and renaming of the National Science and Media Museum, this year’s conference will explore…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2017 at 21:28 — No Comments

Display: Into the Woods: Trees in Photography / from 18 November, V&A (UPDATED)

This autumn, the V&A will explore how trees have been a source of inspiration to photographers all over the world, from the earliest practitioners to the present day. This display features photographs by celebrated artists such as Ansel Adams, Alfred Steiglitz and Agnes Warburg who consistently responded…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins / from 28 February 2018

At a time when individual rights are being contested and those on the fringes of society feel ever more marginalised from mainstream political and social narratives, the exhibition Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins, celebrates and explores photography’s enduring relationship…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2017 at 8:41 — No Comments

Conference: French paper negatives: production, characterization, preservation / Paris, 7-8 December 2017

Over two-days a series of papers will discuss different aspects of French paper negatives including their history, their production and conservation. French institutions and museums hold impressive collections of negatives, and this conference is a way to look at these objects from several perspectives.



Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

Robert Hunt honoured with a blue plaque

The life of Robert Hunt FRS (1807-1887), a one-time Falmouth resident who made great contributions to early photography, has been celebrated with the unveiling of a plaque at his former home in Kimberley Park Road.

Robert Hunt was chemist, writer and early photographer, and a blue plaque was officially unveiled…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2017 at 17:32 — 1 Comment

Seminars: Professor Nina Lager Vestberg

Professor Nina Lager Vestberg (NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and Technology) will be in the United Kingdom this coming week and will give three seminars. On 6 November at the Photographic History Research Centre in Leicester she will discuss Analogue Ancestors and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

cfp: Photographic assets: A heritage at risk / Lima, 2018

Centro de la Imagen is pleased to announce the call for speakers for the II Meeting of Photographic Archives “Photographic Assets: A heritage at risk”, that will be held from May 25th to 27th in Lima, Peru.


On 26th and 27th of April…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2017 at 17:28 — No Comments

Exhibition: Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895-1925

This exhibition spotlights the work of Clarence White (1871-1925), a founding member of the Photo-Secession, a gifted photographer celebrated for his beautiful scenes of quiet domesticity and outdoor idylls, and an influential teacher and photographic mentor. The first retrospective devoted to the photographer in over…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2017 at 17:18 — No Comments

cfp: Photographic Histories in Central and Eastern Europe / 2018

Since its very beginnings, professional as well as non-professional photographers have used photography in Central and Eastern Europe to record all aspects of life. Photography has thus participated in spreading and shaping knowledge about the region, its people, and the rest of the world. In spite of the central role…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2017 at 17:12 — No Comments

Job: Assistant Curator (Prince Albert Project)

Royal Collection Trust is embarking on a major project exploring the life, works and legacy of Prince Albert. The Collection, formed of prints and early photographs, is an indispensable resource for the study of the many works collected and commissioned by Prince Albert.



Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2017 at 5:45 — No Comments

Surrey Advertiser Archive

With the Surrey Advertiser moving to smaller premises we have had to move their photographic archive up to the Trinity Mirror’s central archive in Watford. Like so many of the local titles I have repatriated to Watford the negatives prior to 1963 appear to have been lost. The journalists and present leadership team at the Advertiser have no knowledge of what happen and when. If anybody has any information what happened to the archives of the Surrey Advertiser, Surrey Times, The Guildford Time… Continue

Added by John Mead on November 2, 2017 at 10:35 — No Comments

'World's largest 19th century glass negatives' listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World

Glass negatives taken by Bernhardt Otto Holtermann in 1875 to capture the beauty of Sydney Harbour - measuring 1.3 meters wide and weigh around 30kg each are listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World. They are held at the State Library of New South Wales.

Here is the full story…


Added by Joanna Sassoon on November 1, 2017 at 0:30 — No Comments

Searching For: Footage - working life in Fleet St photo departments

Over at our Press Photo History project we are on the lookout for footage of Fleet Street photo agencies or newspaper photographic departments.

The Press Photo History project has been researching and publishing memories and images from photo agency, here…


Added by Will Carleton on October 31, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

Research day, Sheffield / 18 November 2017

The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group is holding its annual research day. It will consist of presentations by new and experienced photographic history researchers. presenting results and conclusions from completed projects. Each presentation will be allocated 20 minutes. Those wishing to talk about…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 31, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: In to the Light: Photography and Abstract Art / Tate, from 2 May 2018

The birth of abstract art and the invention of photography were both defining moments in modern visual culture, but these two stories are often told separately. Into the Light is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between the two, spanning the century from the 1910s to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2017 at 17:58 — No Comments

Petition: Save London's Cinema Museum

London's Cinema Museum occupies a NHS-owned building, the former Lambeth workhouse in Kennington -  which housed the child Charlie Chaplin. The premises are now under threat and a petition has been launched to ensure that this important museum, archive and collection can remain in such an important and relevant building.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 30, 2017 at 17:53 — No Comments

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