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March 2020 Blog Posts (11)

Publication: Emma Turner - A life looking at birds

This new book uses archival material donated to the British Trust for Ornithology in 2011 and seeks to document and contextualise the life and work of Emma Louisa Turner (1867-1940). ELT, as she was known, was inspired to move on from pictorial photography to taking up serious bird photography by a chance meeting with Richard Kearton.in 1900. She became of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 29, 2020 at 18:30 — No Comments

The Arts & Crafts Movement and photography

The Pictorialist Movement in photography took place in a parallel time frame to the Arts and Crafts Movement. However, though both were shunned by the academic arts establishment, the A&C movement never embraced photography, perhaps in small ways, but never fully. My take on this is that the A&C Movement was fully engulfed in Medievalism, which was antithetical to photography.

There were separate movements in Pictorial Photoraphy like the Photo-Secession or the Linked Ring,…

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Added by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS on March 27, 2020 at 16:30 — 9 Comments

Luminous Lint goes free until 18 April 2020

Alan Griffiths the founder of the photo-history resource Luminous Lint writes: While we all go through the turmoil of COVID-19 we each have to do what we can. It is important for all students to have access to high quality materials on photohistory as universities, schools and libraries around the world close down so I've opened up…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 23, 2020 at 7:10 — 3 Comments

British photography - COVID-19 cancellations and postponements - UPDATED

The British photography world continues to react to the government's latest announcements and advice concerning the coronavirus. Venues are closing and events are being cancelled or postponed. Some of the actions taken by the main photography venues along with upcoming events are noted below. Please comment with details of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 23, 2020 at 7:05 — 2 Comments

Course: Preserving Historic Photographs / London: 24 September 2020

Photographs are found in museums, libraries and archives all over the world and their care can present special challenges. This course is aimed at those responsible for their care. You will learn how to identify the common photographic processes, recognise potential conservation problems and solutions and prioritise care accordingly. The environmental,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 21, 2020 at 11:01 — No Comments

Horace Roye

A while back I wrote a short biography of the British photographer Horace Roye most famous for his picture Tomorrow’s Crucifixion (1938) — a surreal image of a naked girl on a cross wearing a gas mask with clouds of smoke in the background. He was murdered in 2002 in Morocco aged 97.  Let me know what you think of the article.…

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Added by Wolfbait Books on March 21, 2020 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

PHRC websites survey

As you all know, it has become more and more difficult to justify spending money on websites, especially for improving them, maintaining them and curating them from one server to another. The Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University is committed to bringing you research resources free of charge, as we have done since…

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Added by Kelley Wilder on March 18, 2020 at 17:00 — No Comments

National Science+Media Museum engages with public to help inform future plans

A ‘collaborative space for the public to explore, engage and have conversations with museum staff’, the new Ideas Hub will house a series of objects representing all areas of the Museum’s collections. Once visitors have interacted with these exhibits, they will be encouraged to offer feedback on their preferred ways of learning about such items’ stories –…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Scotland's Coasts / various venues, until 30 August 2021

An exhibition on Scotland’s coasts featuring photographs and illustrations from Historic Environment Scotland's (HES) archives will go on display at the Shetland Museum and Archives until 17 May as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters.

The exhibition explores the Viking era, fishing and oil industries, 19th century seaside holiday makers, coastal…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2020 at 11:21 — No Comments

Historic England celebrate women photographers

In time for International Women's Day today - 8 March - Historic England has recognised the contribution of women photographers represented in the Historic England photography archive. Photographs include the earliest from 1864 by Miss E Scott (shown here) to the more recent architectural work of Margaret Harker.

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 8, 2020 at 0:30 — No Comments

Source magazine: Arts Councils' photography collections

The current issue of Source magazine (no. 100 / Winter 2019/20) reports on the most recent photography acquisitions and existing photography collections of the Arts Councils of Ireland, England and Northern Ireland. The Scottish Arts Council stopped collecting in 1996.

A tables summarises the top twenty photographers with the most held prints…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 7, 2020 at 17:00 — No Comments

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