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October 2012 Blog Posts (36)

Exhibition: Saturday Night Sunday Morning: The authentic moment in British photography

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning is a sensational new exhibition inspired by Alan Sillitoe’s groundbreaking novel, published in 1958, and the 1960 film adaptation, directed by Karel Reisz.

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning‘helped frame its cultural moment’. Taking seminal moments…

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Added by Damian Hughes on October 30, 2012 at 0:30 — No Comments

Exhibition call: Off the s{h}elf: The self and subjectivity in the artist's book

‘Off the shelf: the self and subjectivity in the artist’s book’ is an exhibition dedicated to various expressions of subjectivity in artist’s publications. It aims to bring together contributions from a variety of formats and editions that consider the self in the artist’s book.

The exhibition will focus on…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2012 at 6:27 — No Comments

Photographers’ practice: a lasting legacy for new work

Plymouth University has been awarded £9,950 from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts scheme towards an important research and development project which aims to ensure new work made by contemporary photographers has a life and legacy that can benefit future generations - the general public, researchers and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2012 at 6:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Seduced by Art: Photography Past and Present

At a special colloquium yesterday invited attendees previewed the National Gallery's new exhibition Seduced by Art and explored some of the images and the links between photography and art. The exhibition is the Gallery's first major photography show, despite a relationship with photography which goes back to the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 28, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

Rejlander to be honoured

In 2013 Wolverhampton Photographic Society will be celebrating its 125th anniversary and the 200th anniversary of its most famous photographer's birth, Oscar Gustave Rejlander (1813-1875). To celebrate this a commemorative plaque will be laid on Rejlander's unmarked grave in Kensal Green Cemetery (…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 26, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Reference Works: the Library of Birmingham Photography Project

Pete James, Head of Photographs at Birmingham Central Library talks to Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps about the work they are making for REFERENCE WORKS: the Library of Birmingham Photography Project. The project, Birmingham’s largest photography commission, sees four photographers and four students/graduates from…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 26, 2012 at 6:43 — No Comments

Book: Photography The Whole Story

Photography The Whole Story concentrates on the pictures and stories behind them. In a world where billions of snapshots are taken every year, why are some photographers and their works considered so significant?

People have always tried to capture moments as images and over the centuries it was the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 25, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

Helen Sear challenges the traditional values of photography

Helen Sear challenges the traditional values of photography, pressing it into service of her own artistic vision...For British artist Helen Sear,…

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Added by Wayne Ford on October 23, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

England’s Dreaming: Ewen Spencer documents British youth

England’s Dreaming: Ewen Spencer documents British youth and its place in contemporary society.  In 2001, British…

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Added by Wayne Ford on October 23, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Survey: PhD thesis about niche social networks

Hello everyone. I'm doing my PhD at Newcastle university, researching about social networks. Now I am doing a survey to find the main reasons to join a niche social network, being 'British Photographic History' a good example of these networks. …

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Added by Carlos Osorio on October 23, 2012 at 13:30 — No Comments

Stephen Gill explores the microscopic worlds

Stephen Gill explores the microscopic worlds within worlds in his latest work Coexistence...As a teenager, British photographer Stephen Gill held an ‘obsession’ with ponds, that would see him spend long…

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Added by Wayne Ford on October 23, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

Book: Photographers and their cameras

A new book simply titled Photographers was launched last night in London. Written by BPH's Michael Pritchard's it looks at photographers and their cameras. The photographers featured include well-known names from Picture Post and Life magazines, press photographers and names such as…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 23, 2012 at 6:52 — No Comments

Bonhams closes its Photographs Department

London auction house Bonhams has closed its London Photographs Department as part of a wider reorganisation. In future photographs will be handled by the Book department. The department was established in 2009 under the leadership of Jocelyn Phillips and it had held a number of successful sales, establishing Bonhams…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 23, 2012 at 6:30 — No Comments

Australian photos sent to c19th world fairs

Australian photos sent to c19th world fairs which stayed in European/American collections. I am researching an exhibition on the history of the photograph in Australia 1840s - now, for 2015. Most of the photographs Australia sent to world fairs in the 19th c stayed overseas. We are trying to track these down.

If anyone has 19th century Australian photos in their collection please do get in touch on my work email …

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Added by Judy Annear on October 23, 2012 at 3:30 — No Comments

Seán MacKenna (1932-2012)

It is with great sadness that I inform the community of the death of Seán MacKenna, a photographer and historian whose work with historic processes made a major contribution to the understanding of the field. 

Originally an archaeological conservator at the Museum of London, Seán was regarded as the first person in the UK to actively use the wet-plate collodion process when he first…

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Added by Alex Boyd on October 22, 2012 at 20:00 — 4 Comments

Job: Head of Individual Giving - The Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery is looking for a new Head of Individual Giving. For more information on the role and how to apply, visit …

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Added by Francesca Pinto on October 22, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

K-K book awards: call for submissions

Publishers are invited to submit up to ten of books published in 2012 for the Best Photography Book and the Best Moving Image Book categories of the 2013 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards. The author/s of the winning book in each category will receive a cash prize of £5,000. The initial submissions deadline is 5th…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 21, 2012 at 19:06 — No Comments

National Media Museum in Bradford holds spending review (UPDATED-2)

The National Media Museum (NMeM) in Bradford is undertaking a three week consultation as it launches a spending review as part of a wider restructure designed to cut running costs after visitors numbers halved in 10 years (see…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 21, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

British photography in Afghanistan

A member writes...Mr Paul Bucherer-Dietschi harbours a rare collection of historical images of Afghanistan, among them a large collection of images created by the Royal Engineers in the Afghan wars. I was fortunate to do approx. 1 year's voluntary work at the Swiss Afghanistan Institute to assist in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 20, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Shpilman Photography Prize Awarded to John Jacob

Jerusalem, October 19, 2012 – The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, has awarded John Jacob with the second Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography. Selected from over 50 proposals from candidates in fifteen countries by a jury of leaders in the field, Jacob will receive $45,000 to support his original theoretical project “Reliquum: That Which Remains,” which will investigate the lingering material presence of the past throughout the history…

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Added by Nissan N. Perez on October 19, 2012 at 17:30 — No Comments

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