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Job: Project Archivist (Wildfilm History) / closes 22 May 2019

The University of Bristol Library is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced archivist to work on an exciting Wildfilm History Archive.  This is a full-time, fixed term contract for 2 years. The two-year Wildfilm History Project will catalogue, conserve and make available a rich, diverse and important collection of wildlife filmmaking materials…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 21, 2019 at 20:53 — No Comments

Claudet and Queen Victoria

Two daguerreotypes by Antoine Claudet of Queen Victoria c.1854 have been revealed by the Museum of London. According to the Observer newspaper the pictures are among the most significant in the museum’s 150,000-strong collection, because not only are they two of the very earliest images of Victoria as Queen, then aged 34, but they also…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 20, 2019 at 7:00 — No Comments

Job: Associate Specialist, photographs, London: Phillips auctioneers

Phillips is an international auction house, conducting sales of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Modern & Contemporary Editions, Jewels and Watches. Phillips is currently seeking an ambitious and motivated individual to fill a full-time Associate Specialist position within our Photographs department.

Based in London, the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2019 at 20:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Berlin/London: The Lost Photographs of Gerty Simon / from 30 May 2019

The Wiener Library’s summer 2019 exhibition displays the remarkable work of German-Jewish photographer Gerty Simon, and features many of her original prints from the 1920s and 1930s.

Gertrud (Gerty) Simon (1887-1970) was a prolific and successful photographer. Her photographs were presented in a number of exhibitions in Berlin in the late 1920s and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 12, 2019 at 20:31 — No Comments

Job: Curator of Touring Photography Exhibitions / V&A Museum, closes 30 May 2019

The V&A is Britain’s national museum of art, design and performance, and is one of the greatest museums of decorative arts in the world. The V&A’s purpose is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design. We are currently recruiting for the post of Curator of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 12, 2019 at 20:14 — No Comments

Workshop: Protecting daguerreotypes: a new structural housing system / Edinburgh, 4, 5, July 2019

The Icon Photographic Materials Group and the National Library of Scotland are delighted to announce a practical workshop with photographic conservator Clara M. Prieto. Conservators, archivists and curators of historical photograph collections are invited to participate. The one-day workshop will be taught at the National Library of Scotland on each of two…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 12, 2019 at 20:06 — No Comments

Exhibition: Seaside: Photographed / Margate: 25 May - 8 Sep 2019

This major exhibition will examine the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. It is Turner Contemporary’s first ever photography exhibition.

As well as featuring the work of eminent photographers including Jane Bown, Henri Cartier Bresson, Vanley Burke, Anna Fox, Susan Hiller, Paul Nash,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 12, 2019 at 20:03 — No Comments

Publication: Berwick's earliest photographers

A new publication looks at Berwick-on-Tweed's earliest photographers. Jim Walker's book chronicles Berwick's photographic scene from the 1840s and shows examples of work in and around Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal. 

See more here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 12, 2019 at 19:38 — No Comments

Auction: Photographica / London: Thursday 16 May

Chiswick's auction of Photographica which takes place on 16 May includes a range of cameras and photographs. Of particular interest is are several lots of previously unseen material from Herbert G Ponting.

Other lots of note are: 

  • Lot 136a. J J E…

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 12, 2019 at 19:30 — No Comments

Steven Berkoff - Gorbals 1966

In this special recording, Steven Berkoff offers a fascinating insight into his photographic series ‘Gorbals 1966' which debuted at Street Level Photoworks in 2018.

This is the seventh 'Photography on Screen' work by Street Level Photoworks for Regional Screen Scotland. For more videos visit …


Added by John Farrell on May 10, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments

Talk: Dana Lixenberg in conversation with Magda Keaney at the NPG / London: 17 May 2019

Announcing the National Portrait Gallery's annual Photo London keynote event: an in conversation between Dutch documentary photographer Dana Lixenberg and the National Portrait Gallery's Senior Curator of Photographs, Magda Keaney. To book tickets, please visit: …


Added by Constantia Nicolaides on May 8, 2019 at 16:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Women and Work / Rye Art Gallery, until 12 May 2019

Women and work. Photographs from the Archives of Mary Stormont and Susan Benn is an exhibition at the Rye Art Gallery and remains on view until 12 May.  Curator Susan Benn said: “Observing women at work in a narrative context is a returning theme throughout her photographic work to date.” She wants to tell visual stories in long form photo…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 6, 2019 at 12:19 — No Comments

Auction: Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History / London: 14 May 2019

Sotheby's upcoming auction of travel and natural history on 14 May includes several items of photographic interest. 


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 6, 2019 at 11:52 — No Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre - Summer programme

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced its summer programme which starts with Mirjam Brusius discussing William Henry Fox Talbot. The seminars are all free and open to anyone. 

Wednesday 8 May 2019, 6-7:30pm

Room 114 (Keynes Library), 46 Gordon Square, WC1H…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 6, 2019 at 11:45 — No Comments

Study day: Early Edinburgh photography / Archibald Burns / Edinburgh, 12 May 2019

The Scottish Society for the History of Photography and Roddy Simpson will present a talk, and walking tour of Edinburgh Old Town on Sunday, 12 May 2019. Roddy will explore the area in the context of the photographs of notable Edinburgh based photographer, Archibald Burns (1831-80), concentrating on those published in Picturesque ‘Bits’ from Old Edinburgh and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 6, 2019 at 11:39 — No Comments

Photographic Collections Network appoints a new manager

The Photographic Collections Network has announced the appointment of a new manager. Debbie Adele Cooper who took up the role in April 2019.

Debbie's work as a producer, project manager, curator, trainer and artist is widely known and respected in the photographic sector. She comes from Museums Sheffield, where she was fundraising manager, and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 6, 2019 at 11:31 — No Comments

UPDATE: CdV of John Herschel by Julia Margaret Cameron on Bazar Nadar / Discount offer

A rare carte de visite of Sir John Herschel (1792-1871) by Julia Margaret Cameron (Cox & Ford no. 674). Photographed 4-7 April 1867.

Herschel was a famous astronomer and the inventor of the cyanotype.

With the copyright of Cameron under the print. Also written in fountain pen in an unknown hand 'Sir John Herschel, Célèbre astronome Anglais'…


Added by Wouter Lambrechts on April 30, 2019 at 12:30 — No Comments

Publication: Informally Royal. Studio Lisa and the Royal Family 1936-1966

A chance meeting in 1936 gave Lisa and Jimmy Sheridan the opportunity of a lifetime. Keen amateur photographers, their company Studio Lisa was engaged by the then Duke and Duchess of York to take casual photographs of their family, including the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, at their homes Royal Lodge and at 145 Piccadilly,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 28, 2019 at 20:44 — No Comments

Photo London 2019: a focus on photographic history / London: 16-19 May 2019

Photo London prides itself on being the best place to discover the future directions of photography; many of which can be found in its acclaimed Discovery section which showcases the very best in emerging talent. However as its…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 28, 2019 at 20:33 — No Comments

The London Photograph Fair / London, 18-19 May 2019

On 18-19 May, the Special Edition of The London Photograph Fair returns to The Great Hall at King's College, adjacent to Somerset House. The fair, which coincides with Photo London, is the only established fair devoted to vintage photography in the UK.

There are twenty exhibitors this year, from the UK, Continental Europe and the USA, including Photos…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 28, 2019 at 20:28 — No Comments

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