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Exhibition: 50 years, 50 books . Masterpieces from the Martin Parr Library / Arles, until 22 September 2019

This exhibition is dedicated to the collection of photographic works collected by Martin Parr. The photographer, a fervent defender of books, constituted a rich library of more than 12,000 books. Reflecting his particular vision, this colossal collection brings together books of great diversity  collected around the world.

Collaborative project between…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2019 at 12:46 — No Comments

cfp: Ways of Seeing: Women and Photography in Scotland symposium / submission by 11 October 2019

The National Trust for Scotland is pleased to invite papers for the Second Morton Photography Symposium, to be held on Thursday 2 April 2020 at Glasgow Women’s Library, titled 'Ways of Seeing': Women and Photography in Scotland.

The Trust’s major photographic collections feature many women as takers, collectors, preservers or subjects.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2019 at 12:34 — No Comments

Event: Luminous-Lint with Alan Griffiths / Bristol, 6 September

Since it was established Luminous-Lint has become one of the go-to online resources for photographic history bringing together a diverse range of images and texts and presenting them through curated content.  

Photohistory is a complex blending of biographical,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2019 at 12:25 — No Comments

John Thomson's grave restored

The restoration of the grave of John Thomson, one of the earliest photographers working in China and the Far East was commemorated today in front of an audience of twenty-five people.

The location of Thomson's grave was previously unknown until it was tracked down by photographic historian Terry Bennett and a crowdfunding campaign, led by Betty Yao…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 13, 2019 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Event: Historical View of the Moon / Bristol: 18 July 2019

The Moon has always inspired photographers, from Bond and Whipple’s first daguerreotype exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851 to the work of James Nasmyth and James Carpenter, who frustrated by the technical difficulties of photographing the moon with wet collodion plates resorted to building large scale plaster models, which were lit for dramatic…

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Event: John Thomson to be honoured on 13 July 2019

One of the earliest travel photographers in Asia, John Thomson, who travelled extensively across China, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, in the 1860s and early 1870s, is being honoured at a ceremony on Saturday, 13 July 2019 which will celebrate his newly restored grave.

Thomson photographed the people, landscapes and monuments across a large part of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 10, 2019 at 18:30 — No Comments

Was Roger Fenton in a James Robertson/Felice Beato Photograph taken outside British Army Headquarters in the Crimea?

A photograph taken by James Robertson or his assistant Felice Beato entitled Head…

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Added by David Robert Jones on July 1, 2019 at 5:30 — 2 Comments

cfp: Photography in Asia / proposal deadline 5 August 2019

Photographies journal has announced its second conference, which will be hosted in Singapore in January 2020. The two-day international event will bring together scholars, photographers, artists, curators, and critics to consider the rapid growth of photography in Asia and its impact in a global and international…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2019 at 18:18 — No Comments

Workshops: The stuff of photography / London: Mondays, 1-29 July 2019

This five-week series of workshops led by Michelle Henning and Rowan Lear, with guest speakers Esther Leslie and Louise Purbrick, will examine the materials of photography from a range of critical, cultural and creative…

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Publication: The Global Flows of Early Scottish Photography Encounters in Scotland, Canada, and China

Almost immediately after the invention of photography, Scottish photographers took their cameras on the road to capture the stories of peoples and communities touched by the forces of British imperialism. For the next thirty years, their journeys would take them far from their homes in the Lowlands to the Canadian wilderness and the treaty ports and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2019 at 17:57 — No Comments

Symposium: Charles Piazzi Smyth / Edinburgh, 3-4 September 2019

The core of the September Piazzi Smyth mini-festival is two full days of talks and debate by experts and researchers on topics related to the life and legacy of Charles Piazzi Smyth – mountain top astronomy, photography, meteorology, and pyramidology. This event is open to any interested member of the public.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2019 at 17:35 — No Comments

Auction: John Thomson books and photography / 3 October 2019

Dominic Winter's auction of photographs on 3 October includes rare publications by John Thomson and other rare topographical photographs. The highlight is a newly discovered fifth copy of Thomson's first China photography book, Views on the North River (1870). 

Thomson was one of the first to extensively document the…

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Screening: Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein / London: 15 July 2019

This enchanting feature documentary explores the life and work of a lost master of American photography. In his 2015 obituary The New York Times declared him 'one of the most accomplished recorders of the American experience.' yet most people have never heard of him.

The discovery in 2011 of vintage prints, contact sheets, and negatives…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2019 at 11:45 — No Comments

Talk: Colourism and Photography / London: 2 July 2019

This talk will investigate structural colourism in the history of photographic processes, emphasised through the invention of colour correction cards in the 1950s. These were used by photography labs to calibrate skin tones, shadows and light during the printing process – favouring lighter skin tones, while leaving darker skin tones looking blurred or…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2019 at 11:33 — No Comments

Exhibition: Terence Donovan - Vintage Prints from the Archive / London, from 3-27 July

An exhibition of over 30 vintage photographs from Terence Donovan’s early career will go on display at Huxley-Parlour Gallery from 3-27 July. Donovan (1936-1996) rose to prominence in the 1960s as part of London’s post-war renaissance in art, fashion, graphic design and photography. Terence Donovan: The 1960s will showcase…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

National Trust appoints Troiano as national photography curator

Catherine Troiano has been appointed by the National Trust as Project Curator - National Photography Collections. The position was advertised in March. The role provides oversight of the Trust's…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Holy Rood and Noiseless Noise by Norman McBeath / Edinburgh, until 22 June

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh presents Holy Rood, an exhibition of black and white photographs by Norman McBeath of branches,…

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Added by Norman McBeath on June 17, 2019 at 17:05 — No Comments

In Conversation: John Stezaker at the National Portrait Gallery, 21 June 2019, 7pm

Since the 1970s, the celebrated artist John Stezaker (b. 1949) has created distinctive collages using found photographs and illustrated ephemera, particularly mid twentieth-century film stills, press and publicity portraits. His minimal, but impactful interventions in these works – cutting out, slicing and splicing images – create uncanny and psychologically…

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Added by Constantia Nicolaides on June 17, 2019 at 13:00 — No Comments

Research throws new light on to the science of daguerreotype plates

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) and The University of New Mexico have announced the groundbreaking findings of a two-year study of the plasmonic properties of daguerreotypes. Using atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, together with numerical calculations, the team of scientists from The Met and UNM, in collaboration with Century…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2019 at 11:11 — No Comments

Video resource: photographic process of developed gelatino bromide

The Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) - Girona city Council (Catalonia) presents a new audiovisual product for a better understanding of the photographic process of developed gelatinobromide. This process was created by Richard Leach Maddox in 1871 and improved by Charles Harper Bennett in 1878. It has been very successful as it is the main…

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