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Publication: Photography and the 1851 Great Exhibition

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, held in London from May to Ocbober of 1851, was the genesis of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Published to accompany the opening of the V&A Photography Centre, this book makes extensive use of the V&A collections and archival material related…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2018 at 7:27 — No Comments

Archive: Boots the Chemist

Boots Archive are delighted to announce the second phase release of the online catalogue of the Walgreens Boots Alliance archive collections. This digital resource, which launched in 2017 has been supported by the Wellcome Trust, through their Research Resources programme. The archive includes phootgraphy and material…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2018 at 16:49 — No Comments

Event: John Thomson: pioneer of travel photography / London, 15 October 2018

In this lecture Deborah Ireland explores how the Royal Geographic Society's first instructor in photography, John Thompson, applied images to the science of geography, to guide and influence a new generation of travellers. Thomson had a career as a photographer in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2018 at 16:40 — No Comments

V&A Photography Centre opened to the public today

The first day open to the public was a busy one for the V&A Museum's new Photography Centre as the pictures here show. Phase one of the Photography Centre more than doubles the space dedicated to photography at the V&A, spanning four new galleries. It opens with the major display Collecting…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

Workshop: Van Dyke Brown Workshop / London: 30 October + 24 November 2018

Make exquisite rich brown images using this 19th century print technique.  Lead by photographic artist Catriona Gray who specialises in alternative processes, this short, three-hour workshop,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2018 at 17:08 — No Comments

Auction: Cottingley Fairies image realises £15,000+BP

An image of Alice and the Fairies taken in 1917 by Elsie Wright, and one of the hoax photographs known as the Cottingley Fairies sold for £15,000 (plus 20% buyer's premium) at Dominic Winter auctions on 4 October. 

First in the series of five Cottingley Fairies photographs, a hoax…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2018 at 17:04 — No Comments

Cavendish and Monde Laboratoires.

Colleagues and friends who will have seen David Haynes notification drawing attention to the new addition of historical photographic images to the Cambridge digital Library, might be unaware of the threat hanging over the Cavendish and Monde Laboratories where scientific research and experiments took place over a…

Added by michaelg on October 10, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

Brian Griffin - POP

The sixth 'Photography on Screen' work by Street Level Photoworks for Regional Screen Scotland.

Added by John Farrell on October 7, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

Auction report: Alfred Swaine Taylor archive / 5 October 2018

Yesterday saw the dispersal of the Alfred Swaine Taylor family collection and archive at Lacy Scott & Knight auction house in Bury St Edmunds. BPH reported on the auction back in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 6, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

Publication: 'On a Hill Road' is now published

The book is a 'Now and Then' book which explores the 3D stereo archive of keen Scottish amateur photographer Andrew Milne who travelled Scotland with his Stereo Victo camera between 1902 and 1905.  Although an amateur, Andrew's image stand up well against many of the commercial images of Scotland made by more…


Added by Ian Wallace on October 1, 2018 at 22:00 — No Comments

Job: Kraszna-Krausz Foundation administrator

Are you as passionate about photography, film and the moving image as you are about books? The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation which was created by Andor Kraszna-Krausz, the founder of Focal Press in 1995, is looking for an Administrator


  • Administer the Foundation itself,…

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2018 at 18:12 — No Comments

cfp: Women, Work and Commerce in the Creative Industries, Britain 1750-1950 / London, 9 February 2019

This symposium adds to the growing body of feminist scholarship that is deconstructing the male-dominated history of commercial and industrial artistic production. The programme will bring together current interdisciplinary perspectives on women’s experiences of work and the gendered dynamics of commerce in…


Added by Erika Lederman on September 28, 2018 at 19:30 — No Comments

Job: Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation / National Science and Media Museum / closes 10 October

At the National Science and Media Museum, striving to develop our digital collections as a leader in the interpretation and impact of sound and light technologies on human life, we are currently in the midst of a 5-million pound 'Masterplan' project…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 27, 2018 at 6:34 — No Comments

Exhibition: Vintage Fine Art Photography, by S D Jouhar FRPS FPSA / London: 28th Sept to 25th Oct

On display from 28th Sept till 25th Oct at The Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall will be 23 examples of SD Jouhar’s Fine Art Photography, all taken between approx. 1940 and 1960.

SD Jouhar was a strong advocate of Photography as a “Fine Art”, and there was considerable resistance to this idea amongst the “establishment” at the RPS during the 1950’s.  In 1961, SD Jouhar  and other like-minded photographers founded the Photographic Fine Art Association . Their definition of Fine…


Added by Kelvin Jouhar on September 25, 2018 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Book launch: Scotland in 3D / St Andrews, Thursday 4th October, 7pm

In conjunction with the St Andrews Photographic Festival and to celebrate 170 years since Brewster developed his stereoscope, Peter Blair will launch his new book "Scotland in 3D - a Victorian Virtual Reality Tour" ISBN 9781527225527 at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews on Thurs 4th October at 7pm.

Peter will…


Added by Peter Blair on September 24, 2018 at 12:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: East End Suffragettes: The Photography of Norah Smyth / from 2 November 2018

This autumn, the remarkable photographs of suffragette Norah Smyth will be returning to the East End after one hundred years. East End Suffragettes: the photographs of Norah Smyth opens at Four Corners Gallery on 2nd November.  Smyth's photographs, never exhibited in the UK,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 12:16 — No Comments

cfp: Circulating Photographs: Materials, Practices, Institutions / Rome, 18-22 March 2019

Photography has always been a powerful tool of communication and has developed into an instrument of our everyday experience: Through photographs we are able to communicate quickly and easily with each other. As a medium of social interaction, photographic images are used as a handy alternative to language,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 11:31 — No Comments

Publication: Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image

Cambridge University Press has just published Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Event: ‘The Camera on Wheels’ / London, 8 November 2018

Starting from the analysis of the article ‘The Camera on Wheels’, which was published in the magazine Amateur Photographer in December 1885, Sara Dominici explores the relation between photography and cycling in late Victorian Britain. It looks, in particular, at how the confluence of new ways of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 10:32 — No Comments

Publication: Photography and the Art Market

Lund Humphries presents the latest volume in its series of Handbooks in International Art Business, an essential guide to the development of photography as an art form and how to navigate this growing market. Photography and the Art Market charts the transition of photographs created for aesthetic ends from a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 10:09 — 1 Comment

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