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April 2018 Blog Posts (19)

Lecture: Lives and Afterlives: The Photographic Lens and Legacy of Frederick Dally

The  Centre for the GeoHumanities is pleased to announce that Professor Joan M. Schwartz (Queen's University Canada) will give the third Denis Cosgrove Lecture on the 23rd May 2018. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 23, 2018 at 6:41 — No Comments

Edward Scott, Photographic Attendant to Clementina Hawarden, 1861

Ever come across Edward Scott? He is listed in the 1861 census as one of the (many) servants in the Hawardens’ London household. His role is listed as “Photographic Attendant.” His age is given as 19 and his birthplace as Ireland.

Any idea who he was? I assume that he would have gone to work (and live) with Hawarden on the recommendation of an associate in the Photographic Society. Perhaps he went on to work in a studio after her death in early 1865.

Another point: I wonder how…


Added by Virginia Dodier on April 18, 2018 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

Reflections On A Glass Plate: Photography and Archive Centre Symposium

Glass plate negatives are found in many collections in museums, libraries and archives. This half day event is aimed at heritage professionals or anyone with responsibility for these collections, who are looking to undertake projects with these materials for the first time. The event will offer introductions…


Added by Kath Shawcross on April 18, 2018 at 20:30 — No Comments

Job: Freelance curator - Hidden Histories of rural north Devon: Opening up the Beaford Archive

Beaford Arts has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out a major conservation and digitisation exercise that will curate and publish online around 10,000 unseen images that together illustrate the late 20th Century social history of rural north Devon. It is seeking a freelance curator for the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2018 at 20:01 — No Comments

Job: Head of Membership and Fundraising / Martin Parr Foundation

The Martin Parr Foundation was formed in 2014. The aim of the Foundation is to support and promote photography from the British Isles and with this it:: 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2018 at 8:14 — No Comments

Exhibition: John Thomson and his photography in Asia / until 22 June 2018

The first London exhibition devoted to the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) and his photography in Asia will be shown from 12 April-22 June 2018 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS. Thomson’s photography of China, Siam (Thailand) and Cambodia was widely praised by his peers and continues to enthuse new…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 16, 2018 at 8:15 — 2 Comments

Film premiere and seminar day: British Photography from the 1970s / 20-21 April 2018

The Martin Parr Foundation is presenting a programme of events, over the course of two days, celebrating and exploring British photography from the 1970s. The world premier of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay, produced and directed by Grant Scott and Tim…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:44 — No Comments

Job: Archive Manager, Autograph ABP

Autograph is looking for a Full Time Archive Manager to help it undertake a programme of work to catalogue and care for its unique photographic collection as well as assess the potential to achieve accreditation.

The archive contains digital and analogue assets dating from the 1860s to current day and includes…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:34 — No Comments

Lantern slides: Teaching Geography through Illustrated Lectures

Cambrdige University Special Collections has six textbooks published between 1910 and 1914. In October 1907 it hired the British artist Alfred Hugh Fisher to journey around the British empire…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

John Thomson grave restoration project: your help requested

The final resting place of the photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) who photographed in China and Asia in the 1860s and 1870s has been recently located and is the subject of a project to restore it. Located in Streatham cemetery, south London, the badly eroded headstone has fallen over and is lying flat on the ground…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Returning the 1888 Chapman camera to use

Restoration has been kept to the minimum needed to make the camera light-proof and usable: all the interventions are reversible. Rather than fit new bellows, leaks have been repaired with removable strips of gaffer tape (inside the bellows) and splits in the dark slides have been repaired with wax…


Added by Tom Evans on April 10, 2018 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Research: Information on the work and life of Charlotte Marx (assistant of Adolf Morath)

As part of my research on the photographer Adolf Morath I came across the (German born?) photographer Charlotte Marx who was his assistant during the 1950s and 1960s. According to the archival files she joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1963 and gained her Associate the same year.

Apart from this, I have pratically no information on her life, her education and her work as a photographer. I am thankful for any information on Charlotte Marx or any assistants who worked with Adolf…


Added by Laura Hindelang on April 9, 2018 at 14:46 — No Comments

Papers, photographs and collections of Prince Albert to be published for the first time

A major new digitisation programme announced by Royal Collection Trust will transform understanding of Prince Albert's role in national life and his profound influence on Victorian society. The Prince Albert Digitisation Project is supported by Sir Hugh and Lady…


Added by Helen Trompeteler on April 6, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

Announcing the first Katz International Photography Award (KIPA), 2018

The Katz International Photography Award (KIPA) is an independent and privately funded non-profit initiative. It was conceived and created in 2018 by Ms. Atalia Katz representing the Katz Family (Israel) whose many of its members engage in creative activity.

Ms. Katz is an active and…


Added by Nissan N. Perez on April 3, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

Review: Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855 / London: The Queen's Gallery, 9 Nov 2018 - 28 Apr 2019

This portrait (below) shows Captain Alexander Leslie-Melville (1831-57), known as Lord Balgonie. He was the eldest son of the 8th Earl of Leven, a Scottish peer. Lord Balgonie served in the Grenadier Guards during the war, and died only a couple of years after returning to Britain. At the time, his death…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on April 3, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Resource: Virginia Woolf photo albums

Apologies if this has been posted before. I've just come across Harvard Library's high-resolution scanning of all of Virginia Woolf's photo albums, covering her life during the years 1890 to the late 1940s (continued by Leonard after her death in 1941). Many famous faces here, including her mother Julia Jackson…


Added by Jonathan Dore on April 2, 2018 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

Seminar: PHRC, De Montfort University, Leicester, 9 April 2018

The next Cultures of Photography seminar in conjunction with the Photographic History Research Centre takes place at De Montfort University, Leicester, on 9 April 2018 from 1700-1830. 

In a paper titled: For ‘the interchange of thought and experience among photographers’. The role of the photographic society in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Mirror Mirror / near Salisbury, 16-20 May 2018

For the past seven years, photographer Tif Hunter has nursed an interest in ‘tintypes’. These are handmade, one-off images which use a 19th century technique, developed in the early days of photography. First invented in the 1850s, tintypes were particularly popular during the Civil War in late 19th century…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2018 at 8:23 — No Comments

Conference: Photo History Photo Future / Rochester, NY, 20-22 April 2018

Rochester, NY will draw hundreds of people April 20th-22nd to celebrate the past and present of photography at the RIT Photo History Photo Future Conference. 

The three- day conference includes presentations from academics, individual researchers and hobbyists alike. Topics to be covered range from…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2018 at 8:16 — No Comments

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