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Exhibition: Artists' Visions Pictorial Photographs 1890-1960 / until 16 September 2018

A new exhibitions which examines pictorialism has opened at the museée Nicéphore Niépce and runs until 16 September 2018. Curated by Dr Julien Faure-Conorton Artists' Visions offers a new, broader, view of European pictorialist photography. The exhibition presents recent research and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 18, 2018 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Call: DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2018

The DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2018 will be open for all elements of research into photography's many aspects. Besides aspects of traditional history and theory of photography, topics will be considered that deal with photography's social meaning, or the impact that the medium has had on society. The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

NPG acquires 11 portraits by Philippe Garner

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired eleven portraits, including one self portrait, shown right) by Philippe Garner. Garner will be known to many as an auctioneer who started the first auctions of photography in the United Kingdom in 1971 at Sotheby's before he moved to Christie's, where he is remains a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2018 at 7:51 — No Comments

Job: Curatorial Project Manager / ABP Autograph

We are recruiting for a full time Curatorial Project Manager, a key role in our newly expanded curatorial and archive team of four.

You will provide the project management and logistical support necessary to develop and deliver our dynamic curatorial programme of exhibitions on and off site,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2018 at 7:42 — No Comments

Exhibition review: John Thomson at SOAS’s Brunei Gallery

Exhibiting historic photography is no easy task. To start with, it’s a conservator’s nightmare: nineteenth-century prints are physically fragile and chemically unstable and any prolonged exposure to light causes irremediable damage. Add to this the fact that they are usually quite small black and white…

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Added by Stéphanie Hornstein on June 14, 2018 at 17:30 — 3 Comments

Museum: Kent Museum of the Moving Image opens

Kent Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) is a not-for-profit museum that explores the deep history of the moving image — from the days of candle-lit magic lantern performances and hand-painted slides, through Victorian visual experimentation, to the advent and heyday of the cinema.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

Job: Auction House Specialist - Photographs

We are looking for a specialist to set up and lead a new photographs department within a thriving and expanding  Auction House.  Our client is aiming  to establish themselves in the middle market for the sale of photographs that span the history of the medium but which may initially focus on modern,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2018 at 18:28 — No Comments

Daguerreotypes with dubious signatures, etc. appears on market

Group of Reportedly Altered Daguerreotypes with Dubious Signatures, etc. Appears on Market and Includes Daguerre, Le Gray, the Bisson Frerer and Th. Jacobi. This is an article from my E-Photo Newsletter on a group of reportedly fake signatures on actual 19th-century daguerreotypes. If you'd like to be included on…

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Added by Alex Novak on June 11, 2018 at 20:30 — No Comments

Lecture: John Thomson: Master Photographer / London, 14 June 2018

Richard Ovenden's lecture will explore the life and work of one of the greatest innovators in the history of the photography. John Thomson was the first to photograph the ruins of Angkor Wat, the first Western photographer to travel extensively in the interior of China, and the first…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2018 at 20:00 — No Comments

Event: The Preservation of our Global Photographic Heritage / London, 10 July 2018

The Icon Photographic Materials Group, Tru Vue and The National Archives are delighted to announce an evening lecture by Professor Debra Hess Norris, titled: I’ve Just Seen a Face: The Preservation of our Global Photographic Heritage. 

Photograph and film…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2018 at 18:00 — 3 Comments

Event and book launch: George Washington Wilson / Edinburgh, 15 August 2018

In the nineteenth century, Scotland was a pioneer of photography. A leading practitioner was George Washington Wilson, whose innovations in stereoscopic photography created some of the most captivating 3D images. Join photographic historians Dr Brian May and Professor Roger Taylor as they trace Wilson’s career, show…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2018 at 16:07 — 1 Comment

Opportunity: Chair of Trustees, Photoworks

Photoworks is seeking to recruit a new Chair to lead its Board of Trustees, plus several new Board members to help guide its vision and development.

We are passionate about photography, a medium which has never been more influential on contemporary culture. We commission,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

Job: Assistant Curator of Photographs / FTC, Royal Collection Trust

It’s working as one team to deliver impressive projects. And it’s the satisfaction of presenting, and promoting, one of the world’s greatest and most diverse art collectionsThis is what makes working for Royal Collection Trust so different.

In terms of both quality and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2018 at 15:58 — No Comments

Research request: help identify this 1860 Adam Salomon photo

This is a French photo, but I believe may have British interest. I am looking for any information. Albumen print by Antoine Samuel Adam -Salomon, Sculptor in Paris. He was a rival of Nadar. 

This print was sold in New york, 1996, by the Lunn gallery, Ltd. As stated in their catalogue, 'Isabelle, May be the…

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Added by David McGreevy on June 9, 2018 at 1:00 — 5 Comments

CPD Opportunity: Photographic Collections and Archives

Join us on Tuesday 12 June (10.30am - 2pm) at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Widnes, to explore the impact of chemistry on our collections, and how we can support engagement with old negatives and prints. This morning visit will combine an inside look at Catalyst’s photographic archives and how the museum is engaging visitors with photographs, ending with…
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Added by Maura McKee on June 6, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Cheltenham CDV Studios

It may be of interest to BPH members to know of articles about 19th century photographers in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

An article on George Parker (1833-1907) is here:…

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Added by Julian Holland on June 3, 2018 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Internship: Photographic material conservation / TNA, 12 months from 23 July

Funded by the Clare Hampson Fund, the internship will focus on the conservation of photographic materials as well as giving the intern the opportunity to develop their understanding of audience engagement.

The National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK Government and guardian of over…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 2, 2018 at 20:59 — No Comments

Talk: Dawn Parsonage and found photography / London, 6 June 2018

Dawn Parsonage is a Photographic artist and collector of found photography based in London. For over 20 years she has collected thousands of photographs, negatives, slides and stereo-cards from anonymous photographers. Concentrating on the 1850s-1950s, she searches for the unexpected, humorous, emotive and beautiful.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 2, 2018 at 20:54 — No Comments

Publication: Sculptural Photographs From the Calotype to Digital Technologies

This is the first monograph exploring how, throughout its history, sculpture has provided a model to conceptualize photography as an art of mechanical reproduction. While there is a growing body of work examining how photography has contributed to the development of a Western 'sculptural imagination' by…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 2, 2018 at 20:49 — No Comments

Video: The curious era of death photography

Find out more about the Victorian obsession with the photography of death with this short film from the BBC. Interviewees include Dr Kelley Wilder, director of the Photographic History Research Centre in Leicester. 

See:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 28, 2018 at 7:47 — 1 Comment

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