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V&A Photography Research Centre moves forward

Work on the first phase of the development of the V&A's new Photography Research Centre has started and two former…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

Seminar: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / Spring 2018

In 1968, less than a year after it first became possible to produce holograms of people, Bruce Nauman began to work on two series of holographic self-portraits. Nauman made these luminous, intangible, three-dimensional images of his body during a period in art’s history that is closely associated with the notion of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 16:55 — No Comments

Exhibition: Collected Shadows. The Archive of Modern Conflict / until 8 April

Collected Shadows is an exhibition of 200 photographs drawn from the extensive collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC). The AMC is an organisation that was first established 25 years ago as a repository for vernacular photography and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 16:51 — No Comments

Talk: Finding Fred: The Story of City of London Police’s Blitz Photographer / London, 8 March

The Cross and Tibbs Collection provides a unique photographic record of WWII bomb damage inflicted on the City. This talk by Rebecca Walker looks at the life and times of one of the collection’s photographers - Frederick Tibbs, a City of London police officer - and of the City he…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 16:45 — No Comments

Tribute: Terry Dennett (1938-2018), photographer

London-based photographer and researcher Terry Dennett, who passed away recently, would have turned 80 on 4 February.

There will be a service at the Islington Crematorium, 278 High Road, East Finchley, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday 7 February. 

Over the past 20 years, Terry was a mentor and dear friend, always…


Added by Julia Winckler on February 2, 2018 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Barnardo's magic lantern slides for sale on eBay?

A few days ago a batch of Barnardo's magic lantern slides were listed for sale on Ebay. I shared this sad fact on another conversational site. So much archive potential turns up on Ebay as to make one weep. Sellers with a bit of archival sensitivity could well inquire to borough and other archives and offer their…


Added by Bobbie Carnegie on January 29, 2018 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

Film: Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

There will a series of screenings and events connected with Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay across the UK throughout 2018. These will be ticketed events and tickets will be available through partners associated with each screening. Details will be posted over the coming weeks and they…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 29, 2018 at 7:35 — No Comments

Reports of the Juries - original negatives found in NS+MM store

The National Science+Media Museum curator of photography and photographic technology Geoff Belknap has reported that 16 original glass negatives used to make the calotype prints for the 1851 publication Reports of the Juries have been re-discovered in a museum store.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 28, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

FT explores the RPS Collection at the V&A Museum

Today's (Saturday) Financial Times newspaper FT Weekend magazine takes a five-page look at the RPS Collection at the V&A Museum in an extensive survey by Liz Jobey titled A rummage through the V&A’s new photography…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2018 at 14:00 — 3 Comments

Website: 101 Photographs

This is a visual resource made on the basis of a selection of 101 photographs from the collection of the Center for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) that are considered relevant. All of them are photographs that stand out for a particular aspect: for its visual content, its aesthetics, its historical…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2018 at 9:14 — No Comments

Seminar: Ilford Photographic Manufacturers: Industry, Innovation and Sensory Experience / 5 February

This presentation outlines my new research project, which will investigate practices of technical innovation in the work of the Ilford Ltd. Photographic company and early colour photography enterprises during WWI and in the interwar period. Innovations include the introduction of daylight loading roll film and Ilford…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2018 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Tate Modern's Simon Baker leaves for Paris

Senior Curator International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern, London, Simon Baker, has been appointed director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, in Paris, effective from 24 January 2018. He succeeds Jean-Luc Monterosso, director and founder of the institution, whose term ends on 31 March, 2018.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2018 at 6:30 — No Comments

Don't Fence Me In - Fay Godwin's Photographic Journey DVD now available

After a successful full house premiere screening of Don’t Fence Me In at the British Library Knowledge Centre on 11 January 2018, our limited edition DVD containing Don’t Fence Me In (70 mins) and two additional films is now available, only from Malachite Ltd.

Talking About Fay Godwin…


Added by Charles Mapleston on January 23, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Talk: In the Frame / Birmingham: 7 March

Photographic historian Pete James discusses the early history of photography in Birmingham, with reference to its use as a means of surveillance by the Birmingham Police Force in the nineteenth century, and in relation to …


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2018 at 6:48 — No Comments

Seminar: The Print after Photography – Talbot and the Invention of the Photographic Print / London, 10 April

The Science Museum's Spring Research Seminar Series is open to students, museum professionals and academics with an interest in research relating to material culture and museums. The series starts on 16 January and runs through until 24 April. All seminars take place between 13:00–14:00 in the Dana Study or Studio,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2018 at 18:35 — No Comments

Lecture: 'George Szirtes, The Blind Musician and the Voyeurs' / London: 23 January

Mr Szirtes, as well as being a lover of Hungarian photography, is a distinguished writer, translator and poet. His poems include verses about André Kertész, and these and others of his poems will be read by the actors Stephen Thorne and Timothy West. His talk will particularly…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Great British Seaside / from 23 March 2018

Celebrating beach photography by some of Britain’s most popular photographers, featuring Tony Ray Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts and new work by Martin Parr at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. 

The exhibition will explore our changing relationship with the seaside over…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2018 at 17:59 — No Comments

Exhibitions: Lee Miller and Stanley Stanley photographs show an unseen side of Picasso / April–June 2018

From April 2018, two photography exhibitions at The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking will display a rarely-seen, carefree side to the iconic artist, Pablo Picasso. In the Upper Gallery, Lee Miller: Picasso Portraits will depict Picasso enjoying the company of a lifelong friend, while a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2018 at 17:52 — No Comments

Exhibition: Walter Benington: photographic portraits 1914-1922 / until 25 March 2018

A display of Walter Benington's photographic portraits, which include leading members of Oxford and Cambridge Universities as well as renowned figures such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Albert Einstein.

Oxford, Bodleian Library

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Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

Yale Center for British Art receives major gift from Claire and James Hyman

The Yale Center for British Art Significantly Expands Its Collection of Modern and Contemporary British Photographs with a Major Gift from the…


Added by James Hyman on January 17, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

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