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Export of Cultural Objects 2018-19 / Julia Margaret Cameron's The Norman Album

The DCMS and Arts Council have published the 2017-18 Export of Objects of Cultural Interest report. Of note for the photography community is the report detailing the loss of the Norman Album by Julia Margaret Cameron which is quoted in full below, with additional information in square brackets: 

Case 10 Images from the Life (The Norman…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 28, 2019 at 20:00 — 1 Comment

Imperial War Museum photography collections move

The IWM's photographic collection will now be housed at IWM Duxford in a new, state-of-the-art storage facility. As a result researchers will need to order material at least five full working days in advance of a planned visit. Moving the photographic…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 28, 2019 at 19:42 — No Comments

Stewart & Skeels - a new dealership in historic and collectable photography

Lindsey Stewart and Joanna Skeels are a new specialist dealership in early photographs and related…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 28, 2019 at 19:30 — No Comments

V&A announces new Curatorial Fellowship in Photography

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) announces a new Curatorial Fellowship in Photography. Generously supported by The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation, the fellowship will run for the next four years. The Curatorial Fellowship follows the Foundation’s ongoing support of the V&A and its significant donation towards the museum’s recently-opened…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 26, 2019 at 7:05 — No Comments

cfp: Light Sensitive Material Photography conference 2019 / proposals by 5 June 2019

The fields of photography theory and history have in recent years moved away from the assumption of a break between analogue and digital image to a more nuanced understanding of both past and contemporary photographic practices, images, and technologies. Increasingly photography is discussed in relation to other media, to industry and markets and to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 26, 2019 at 6:57 — No Comments

'Camera girl' Doreen Spooner dies aged 91 years

Doreen Spooner (1928–21 April 2019), the first woman to work as a staff photographer on a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2019 at 18:30 — No Comments

Nall’s Sixpenny Album Views of Yarmouth photographed by Sedgfield

In the Yarmouth columns of the Norfolk Chronicle dated Saturday 31st October 1863, the Great Yarmouth letterpress printer and stationer George Nall was advertising “NALL'S SIXPENNY ALBUM VIEWS OF YARMOUTH. PHOTOGRAPHED BY SEDGFIELD. Nearly 40 sorts. To be had only at Nall's Library. Great Yarmouth.”…

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Added by Paul Godfrey on April 21, 2019 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

V&A Photography Centre receives major donation from Sir Elton John and David Furnish

The V&A has announced a new, long-term collaboration with Sir Elton John and David Furnish to revolutionise public access to photography. Comprising a significant donation towards the museum’s recently opened Photography Centre, for which gallery 101 will be renamed ‘The Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery’, the partnership will also include a major…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

cfp: The Art and Science of the Moon / proposals by 15 May 2019

T o mark the fiftieth anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on another world, Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) will host a major exhibition exploring our evolving relationship with the Moon across times and cultures. The Moon (19 July 2019 – 5 January 2020) will present a scientific and cultural history of our nearest celestial neighbour, exploring…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2019 at 10:23 — No Comments

Film: Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay available for free

Grant Scott and Tim Pellatt the team behind the documentary Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay are making the film available to view for FREE from 7.00pm BST Sunday 21 April 2019.

Subscribe at http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCej50am1kZr0VSAN20TQLAg … to receive a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2019 at 10:06 — No Comments

Job: Curator of Photographs / Museum of London, closes 6 May 2019

You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Historic Photographs collection, raising understanding, awareness and use of the collection, providing physical and intellectual access, producing online and other content, and contributing to the development of the new Museum of London at West Smithfield. In particular, you will contribute to the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2019 at 8:18 — No Comments

Views of an Antique Land: Imaging Egypt and Palestine in the First World War

'Views of an Antique Land: Imaging Egypt and Palestine In the First World War' is a Heritage Lottery Funded project which has collected more than 2000 images of Egypt and Palestine taken during the First World War. The project is hosted at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University and directed by Dr. Steve…

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Added by Paul Thomas Nicholson on April 16, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

Funded PhD: Cultural Snipers: Photographic Portraiture in Britain, 1970-1990 / apply by 10 May 2019

The History of Art Department of Birkbeck, University of London and the National Portrait Gallery, London, invite applications for a fully-funded doctoral studentship under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. The project will examine the politics of photographic portraiture in Britain during the 1970s and 80s, when, informed by activism and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2019 at 18:30 — No Comments

Photographica 2019 / London, 19 May 2019

Photographic 2019 will soon be here, as usual it will take place at the regular venue The Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Hall, 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PB on the 19 May 2019. Public entry is from 10am-4.00pm and admission is £8 on the door from 10am to 12 noon and £5 noon to the close. This year there will be up to 135 stalls selling user and…

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Added by Nigel Richards on April 14, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Auctions: John Hannavy Collection, plus photography and photographic equipment

Special Auction Services is offering an auction of Fine Photographica on 30 April which comprises over 600 lots, including 67 lots from the John Hannavy Collection of photography.

On 26 April Flints is offering Fine Photographica in its auction.

The SAS online auction catalogue can be found here: …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2019 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Lecture: Collections, Non-collections and Ecosystems: Case notes on photographic cultures in the Museum / London, 4 July 2019

The Museums and Galleries History Group's annual lecture will be…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2019 at 9:01 — No Comments

Edinburgh's Stills Gallery under threat from city rent rise

Edinburgh's Stills Gallery which has operated since 1977 is under threat from a trebling of its rent from £16,000 to £47,000 over five years. The Gallery occupies premises in the city centre and it is a centre for photography offering exhibitions and production facilities as well as a range…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2019 at 9:00 — No Comments

Digitised film resource: 70 years of NATO at the IWM

Following an extensive digitisation project commissioned by NATO, over 2000 titles of official footage are now available for licensing via IWM Film. This project is part of an exclusive global licensing distribution partnership between IWM and NATO, marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of NATO, the world’s strongest political-military alliance, on 4…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2019 at 17:22 — No Comments

Conference: The Business of Photography - open for registration / Leicester, 19-20 June 2019

Business’ can have many meanings. In the most straightforward sense, it refers to the photographic marketplace, its industry and the commercial relations established among different agents. Some of these actors, such as studios and companies of the like of Kodak and Ilford, are specifically photographic and have featured prominently in histories of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2019 at 16:03 — No Comments

Paul Mellon Centre grants and awards / Spring 2019

The Paul Mellon Centre for British Art has announced a series of grants and awards which include photography. Of particular interest are: 

  • Steve Edwards British daguerreotypes - Antoine Claudet
  • Sarah James, for the project The Militant & The Mainstream: Remaking British Photographic Culture - a mid-career…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2019 at 16:00 — No Comments

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