British photographic history

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Film: Gandolfi & Sons, camera makers of Peckham, London est. 1885

There's a delightful accessible online 1974 short BBC documentary of elderly Gandolfi brothers of Gandolfi & Sons camera makers of Peckham, London which company had operated in the area for over 100 years. The artisan nature of the skilled brothers at the end of their camera crafting working lives has one of the brothers in…

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Added by Bobbie Carnegie on December 29, 2020 at 0:00 — No Comments

Hyman Collection 2020 annual update

The Hyman Collection has published its 2020 annual update which can be read on its website. Of particular note is the availability of bespoke loans and exhibitions from the extensive collection and the establishment of the Hyman Foundation, a new charitable foundation to support photography in Britain.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 25, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments

Online gallery tour on exhibition of early Japanese photography

While not directly related to the subject of British photographic history, unless you count mention of Felice Beato's panorama photographs of the Japanese capital taken in 1863, I'd like to share this online gallery tour of an exhibition of early Japanese photography now on view at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. I've learned so much from this group and…

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Added by Alice Gordenker on December 21, 2020 at 12:00 — No Comments

PhD Opportunity: Feminist Documentary Photography and Activist Networks Scholarship

The University of St Andrews is pleased to offer a full scholarship funded by St Leonard’s Postgraduate College, to support an exceptional student undertaking doctoral research in the following project: Feminist Documentary Photography and Activist Networks.

The past two decades have witnessed a surge of scholarly and curatorial interest in feminist…

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Added by Antares Wells on December 21, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

PhD studentship: The Migrant Eye: Reactivating the Photographic Past through Archives and Exhibitions

The University of Liverpool is offering a PhD studentship entitled 'The Migrant Eye: Reactivating the Photographic Past through Archives and Exhibitions in Liverpool and North West England'. It is supervised by Professor Michelle Henning and Dr Jordana Blejmar, both in the Department of Communication and Media.

This collaborative…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 20, 2020 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

PhD studentship: Amnesty, Archives, Activism: Photojournalism and the Development of Human Rights Media Campaigns in Britain since the 1960s / closes 3 February 2021

The School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) has a long-standing reputation as a world-leading centre for innovative teaching and research. The following studentship is available: Amnesty, Archives, Activism: Photojournalism and the Development of Human Rights Media Campaigns in Britain since the 1960s. Supervisor and contact information to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 18, 2020 at 9:03 — No Comments

Event: cfp - monthly photography presentation / starting 2021

The Network for Developing Photographic Research is inviting researchers to participate in an upcoming monthly event series, 1000 Words, which will start at the start of 2021. The idea is very simple: each speaker selects one photograph, uses it to write roughly 1,000 words reflecting on a key aspect of their research and presents it in the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2020 at 17:25 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cottingley Fairy hoax centenary celebrated / Leeds, January 2021

The 100th anniversary of the Cottingley Fairies, one of the most famous hoaxes of the twentieth century, is being marked by a new exhibition curated by an academic from the University of Huddersfield. It will open in January 2021 at the University of Leeds Brotherton Library, subject to COVDI restrictions being lifted. It is curated by …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2020 at 14:33 — No Comments

Job: Conservator, National Science+Media Museum / closes 28 December 2020

As a Conservator at the National Science & Media Museum in Bradford, you will work closely with the other members of the core Conservation & Collections Care (CCC) teams based at all SMG sites, and alongside project teams, this may also include supervising short term staff, students and volunteers.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2020 at 14:05 — No Comments

Slides from 1960s

From various sources I have collected hundreds of 35mm slides from the 1960s showing views of Devon, Cornwall and Wales. These are high quality family shots. I also have slides of Switzerland, Italy and Madeira taken by semi-profession photographers. I have not got space for them. Does anyone out there collect such images. Free to a good home.

Added by Malcolm Batty on December 14, 2020 at 10:04 — 6 Comments

Information: Boy in military or civilian uniform?

This among an interesting bunch of late 1800s and early 1900s glass plate negatives that Harrow School has offloaded from their archive are now up for sale on Ebay. Is this lad in military uniform, or is he in some civilian gear that, for example, hotels dressed their minions up in? Maybe he's a 'Telegram Boy'. Anyone recognise his get-up?

Thank you…

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Added by Bobbie Carnegie on December 13, 2020 at 0:00 — 12 Comments

Online: Victorian women pioneers of travel photography

The Journal of Victorian Culture Online the blog and online platform of the Journal of Victorian Culture has published a short paper by Rose Teanby titled 'Wish You Were Here: Victorian women pioneers of travel photography'. In it Rose discusses several early British and European women…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2020 at 17:31 — No Comments

Science Museum Group curator outlines how photography is being collected

Geoff Belknap, Head Curator at the National Science+Media Museum, Bradford, has written an extended blog discussing how photography is being collected within the Science Museum Group.

Photography presents particular challenges because of the ubiquity and extent of the medium, although the museum continues to collect both photographs and photographic…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2020 at 13:00 — No Comments

The Photographers' Gallery 2021 programme

The Photographers’ Gallery has announced highlights of its 2021 programme, including major exhibitions of Sebastião Salgado and Helen Levitt, the 25th anniversary exhibition of the Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize, a rare exhibition of archival photographs from the Guardian Picture Library and a newly commissioned work by Turner Prize co-winner,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2020 at 12:19 — 1 Comment

Research Grants on Photobook History / deadline 31 March 2021

10×10 Photobooks is pleased to announce the launch of a new program of annual photobook research grants to encourage and support scholarship on under-explored topics in photobook history. The first year’s theme expands on 10×10’s forthcoming project What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843 to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2020 at 12:09 — No Comments

Publication: Empire, Early Photography and Spectacle: The Global Career of Showman Daguerreotypist J. W. Newland

James William Newland’s (1810–1857) career as a showman daguerreotypist began in the United States but expanded into Central and South America, across the Pacific to New Zealand and colonial Australia and onto India. Newland used the latest developments in photography, theatre and spectacle to create powerful new visual experiences for…

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Added by Martyn Jolly on December 8, 2020 at 0:30 — No Comments

Online event: a conversation with Colin Ford CBE / 28 January 2021

Colin Ford, one of the first curators of photography in Britain and the founding head of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, will be talking to Gilly Read about his career on 28 January 2021. 

The event is free but registration is required here:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Archive: Stanley B. Burns medical photography collection acquired by Yale

The Stanley B. Burns M.D. Historic Medical Photography Collection has been acquired by the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University. It  includes images of physicians and medical scientists at work, operation rooms, hospital wards, laboratories, nurses and nursing, notable physicians, surgical specialties, and war…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 14:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: P. H. Emerson / until 31 January 2021

This display of original photogravures and vintage platinum prints has been organised in conjunction with renowned 19th century photography specialist Robert Hershkowitz.

At a time when so many of us are weighing up the value of urban living in favour of more rural existences, these images resonate with a longing for the English countryside and its…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 12:50 — No Comments

Exhibition: Unearthed - Photography's Roots / Dulwich, until 9 May 2021 (UPDATED)

This exhibition has been a victim of two COVID lockdowns and was originally due to open in June, and then in November. With London in COVID Tier 2 it will now open on 8 December 2020 and run until 9 May 2021...  Unearthed traces the rich history of the medium through depictions of nature, with over 100 works by 41 leading international…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

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