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March 2014 Blog Posts (15)

Exhibition: 'The Golden Age of Photojournalism' - the story of three photographic businesses 1930's - 50's

A fascinating new photographic exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Perth & Kinross Council, tells the story of three Perth photographic businesses at a time when the demand for newspaper photography grew hugely.

The exhibition was put together by Paul Adair Photographic Officer at the…

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Added by Will Carleton on March 31, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

Workshop: Daguerreotype workshop using hot mercury processing

David Burder FRPS, FBIPP, BSc, has one place left on his very special, hands-on, workshop on 6 April in his North London studio. David will take participants through the many aspects (some safe, some dangerous), of Daguerreotype imaging, the cameras and actual hands-on production of an actual Daguerreotype image.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

Lecture: Sebastian Dobson - John Wilson, Japan and photography

Sebastian Dobson will give a lecture at UMass Amherst on a “Singular Man” from Cape Cod who embarked on an arduous journey to Japan in the early 1860s, the tumultuous last years of the Tokugawa shogunate. John Wilson (1816-1868) was a trader and a photographer, whose impact on the birth of Japanese photography was…

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Added by Sebastian Dobson on March 27, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

NMeM: a £900,000 shortfall and a new threat

The Bradford Telegraph and Argus reports that the future of the National Media Museum is once again under threat - only eight months after government ministers declared it had been 'saved'. According to the newspaper the museum faces a potentially devastating £900,000 budget shortfall, an inquiry by MPs has…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments

cfp: The Business of War Photography, Producing and Consuming Images of Conflict

The intersection of photography and war encompasses a broad and complex field. Yet conceptually, “war photography” is often restricted to the activities of photojournalists producing aesthetically compelling images used to humanitarian ends. Scholars have primarily focused on issues of veracity, iconicity, memory, affect and ethics. Insightful though this work is, we lack crucial information and critical reflection on fundamental questions regarding how commercial, tactical and personal…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 23, 2014 at 12:07 — No Comments

Puhar: Glass plate photography origins?

Many years ago (1981), as director of Yr Oriel Ffotograffeg in Cardiff, I was organizing a survey exhibition of contemporary Yugoslavian photography (never presented due to blinkered Xenophobia) and found myself at a small symposium in a Slovene town called Kranj at which there was considerable excitement around informing me and others that glass plate photography had been invented there in 1841 or '42 by a priest named Janez Puhar (who may also have invented a photographic process on metal…

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Added by William Messer on March 21, 2014 at 21:30 — 3 Comments

Muybridge blog - souvenir book

I've recently been busy preparing a souvenir book of my WordPress blog: Muy Blog : it's now available from…

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Added by Stephen Herbert on March 20, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Shimooka Renjo exhibition catalog now available online

Further to my earlier post regarding the retrospective on Japanese photographer Shimooka Renjo (1823-1914), which is currently running at the …

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Added by Alice Gordenker on March 13, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

Event: London Photograph Fair - 9 March 9th at 11.00am

The next London Photograph Fair takes place this Sunday March 9th. We've moved the opening time to 11am, so please bear this in mind if you are coming. We're sorry - but we will not let anyone in early! Dealer access is from 9am and not 8am.

We've got a good level of bookings, and with no fair…

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Added by James Kerr on March 7, 2014 at 16:00 — No Comments

£275,000 appeal to save Scott's 1911 negatives

The Scott Polar Research Institute has launched an appeal to save Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ‘lost’ polar negatives. A last minute stay of execution means it now…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 7, 2014 at 13:26 — No Comments

Event: Photobook Bristol - 6-8 June

Photobook Bristol is a a weekend of events, talks and the opportunity to buy photobooks. It will kick off with a talk by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, Not in Parr & Badger, and end with a panel discussion on the future of the photobook. In between there will be sessions on documentary…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

KKF Book Awards shortlist announced

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has revealed the shortlist for the 2014 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards for photography and moving image books. BPH's two favourite titles from each short-list are in bold. 

The KKF Book Awards are the UK’s leading prizes for books published…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2014 at 7:00 — No Comments

Searching For: Carleton Artists – Advertising Photographers – Portman Square London - 1950's

This in from PPHP reader Rebecca Warren:

'My father used to work for Carleton Artists in Portman Square in 1959. They used to photograph many different adverts for publications such as women's weekly .....details here on the PPHP - thanks !

Added by Will Carleton on March 4, 2014 at 8:54 — No Comments

Exhibition: Photographs of Spitalfields a Century Ago

Residents of the streets of East London are captured with startling clarity by the enigmatic C A Mathew. The purpose of the photographs remains unknown, but on the morning of Saturday 20th April, 1912, our photographer walked the short distance from Liverpool Street Station into the heart of…

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Added by Michael Wong on March 2, 2014 at 23:34 — 1 Comment

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