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Conference: PHRC - Photographic Education / online 15/26 June 2020

Leicester's De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre annual conference for 2020 titled Camera Education: Photographic Histories of Visual Literacy, Schooling, and the Imagination will take place on 15-16 June 2020. Due to COVID-19 it will be run online and can be booked through the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2020 at 18:17 — No Comments

Auction: Fine Photographica / 29 April 2020

Chiswick Auction's Fine Photographica sale will go ahead online on 29 April. The auctions includes a number of British photographers from Robert Howlett's portrait of I K Brunel (lot 105) to work from George Rodger, Richard Sadler, Fay Godwin, John Swannell, T R Williams (lot 111), Francis Bedford and others. Of particular note is a group of ten…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2020 at 18:00 — No Comments

Wartime film footage of Bletchley Park discovered

The only known wartime film footage of a secret site connected to Bletchley Park has been discovered. The 11-minute silent film, believed to be a compilation of footage recorded between 1939-1945, shows members of MI6 Section VIII at Whaddon Hall, Buckinghamshire. During World War Two, this was a most secret site where Ultra intelligence produced by the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 5, 2020 at 14:11 — No Comments

Publication: Issue 3 of The Classic available as a download

COVID-19 has meant that the new print issue of The Classic will not be made available at its usual distribution points in selected galleries and institutions as they are currently all closed. The publisher, Michael Diemar, has decided to make  the latest issue available as a pdf from its website.

Issue 3 includes:  

  • Frozen Films -…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 13:49 — No Comments

Leicester's F W Broadhead studio photographs available online

Matthew Broadhead, a descendent of the Victorian Leicester photographer F. W. Broadhead (1846-1925)  has made over 250 photographs from his third great grandfather's studio available online for the first time.

The photographs can be seen here: www.flickr.com/photos/fwbroadhead

Matthew can…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 13:30 — No Comments

James Hyman photography fundraiser for NHS as a response to COVID-19

The James Hyman Gallery has launched a special fundraising sale in support of the NHS. James and Claire Hyman' collection of British photography is one of the UK's most important private collections and Claire works as surgeon within the National Health Service. 

The Gallery has put together a selection of works by some of the major photographers of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 13:05 — 2 Comments

Early British Photographers sale for a COVID-19 cause

Hans P Kraus Jr, the New York based dealer and galler,  had been looking forward to welcoming Paris Photo to New York, in partnership with AIPAD, for the first time.  In light of the postponed event it is presenting it first E-list, a selection of images by British artists to entice, to inspire or merely to distract. They vary in subject matter and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Online: St Andrews launch photographic collections resource

St Andrews University Special Collections has spent some time recently working on replacing its ageing photographic collections site. The new and improved site is now available and aims to improve the discoverability, usability and shareability of its internationally important collection of photographs in all formats and of all ages. There are now over…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

PhD Studentship: Diversifying and decolonising conflict photography / deadline 15 May 2020

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at Cardiff University. Titled: Diversifying and decolonising conflict photography: an exploration of how accompanying textual information can influence the reading and understanding of photographs it is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme. The partner institutions are…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 12:21 — No Comments

Video: Family Photo Talks workshop from CRDI

A new video about the Family Photo Talks workshop, organized by CRDI and driven by Susanna Muriel within the framework of the European Kaleidoscope project is now available. Family Photo Talks is a participatory workshop about collective memory, to share and disseminate the story of family photography. The workshop was organised by the Center for…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

London's Getty Archive responds to COVID-19 impact

The Guardian newspaper has reported that the Getty Archive is using remote working to preserve its archival photographs. The Getty Images archive in Canning Town, east London, holds 80 million photographs and negatives, some of which are more than 100 years old and need careful preservation and protection to stop them quickly…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 11:29 — No Comments

Publication: Emma Turner - A life looking at birds

This new book uses archival material donated to the British Trust for Ornithology in 2011 and seeks to document and contextualise the life and work of Emma Louisa Turner (1867-1940). ELT, as she was known, was inspired to move on from pictorial photography to taking up serious bird photography by a chance meeting with Richard Kearton.in 1900. She became of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 29, 2020 at 18:30 — No Comments

The Arts & Crafts Movement and photography

The Pictorialist Movement in photography took place in a parallel time frame to the Arts and Crafts Movement. However, though both were shunned by the academic arts establishment, the A&C movement never embraced photography, perhaps in small ways, but never fully. My take on this is that the A&C Movement was fully engulfed in Medievalism, which was antithetical to photography.

There were separate movements in Pictorial Photoraphy like the Photo-Secession or the Linked Ring,…

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Added by Richard Sullivan HonFRPS on March 27, 2020 at 16:30 — 3 Comments

Luminous Lint goes free until 18 April 2020

Alan Griffiths the founder of the photo-history resource Luminous Lint writes: While we all go through the turmoil of COVID-19 we each have to do what we can. It is important for all students to have access to high quality materials on photohistory as universities, schools and libraries around the world close down so I've opened up…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 23, 2020 at 7:10 — 3 Comments

British photography - COVID-19 cancellations and postponements - UPDATED

The British photography world continues to react to the government's latest announcements and advice concerning the coronavirus. Venues are closing and events are being cancelled or postponed. Some of the actions taken by the main photography venues along with upcoming events are noted below. Please comment with details of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 23, 2020 at 7:05 — 2 Comments

Course: Preserving Historic Photographs / London: 24 September 2020

Photographs are found in museums, libraries and archives all over the world and their care can present special challenges. This course is aimed at those responsible for their care. You will learn how to identify the common photographic processes, recognise potential conservation problems and solutions and prioritise care accordingly. The environmental,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 21, 2020 at 11:01 — No Comments

Horace Roye

A while back I wrote a short biography of the British photographer Horace Roye most famous for his picture Tomorrow’s Crucifixion (1938) — a surreal image of a naked girl on a cross wearing a gas mask with clouds of smoke in the background. He was murdered in 2002 in Morocco aged 97.  Let me know what you think of the article.…

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Added by Wolfbait Books on March 21, 2020 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

PHRC websites survey

As you all know, it has become more and more difficult to justify spending money on websites, especially for improving them, maintaining them and curating them from one server to another. The Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University is committed to bringing you research resources free of charge, as we have done since…

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Added by Kelley Wilder on March 18, 2020 at 17:00 — No Comments

National Science+Media Museum engages with public to help inform future plans

A ‘collaborative space for the public to explore, engage and have conversations with museum staff’, the new Ideas Hub will house a series of objects representing all areas of the Museum’s collections. Once visitors have interacted with these exhibits, they will be encouraged to offer feedback on their preferred ways of learning about such items’ stories –…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Scotland's Coasts / various venues, until 30 August 2021

An exhibition on Scotland’s coasts featuring photographs and illustrations from Historic Environment Scotland's (HES) archives will go on display at the Shetland Museum and Archives until 17 May as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters.

The exhibition explores the Viking era, fishing and oil industries, 19th century seaside holiday makers, coastal…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2020 at 11:21 — No Comments

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