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Seminars: The Photography Seminar / Oxford / May-June 2017

The University of Oxford's History of Art department is sponsoring The Photography Seminar with a series of meetings beginning on Tuesday, May 9.  The talks start at 1pm in St Luke’s Chapel by the Radcliffe Humanities building on Woodstock Road on May 9, May 16, May 23 and May 30. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 5, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

Archive digitisation - volunteers sought

Hackney Archives is looking for enthusiastic and hard working individuals who are passionate about heritage to assist us with digitising a large photographic collection so that it can be made publically available.

It holds a collection of 150,000 negatives captured between 1952 and 1979 by Gibson's…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 4, 2017 at 6:55 — No Comments

Vanley Burke photographs join permanent collection of Birmingham Museums Trust

Described as the “greatest photographic document of Caribbean people in post-war Britain ”, the collection of 100 black and white photographs chronicling 40 years of Caribbean heritage in Birmingham by Vanley Burke, known as ‘Rivers of Birminam’, have secured a permanent…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2017 at 18:54 — No Comments

Annan Lecture: Zelda Cheatle / 25 May 2017

The Scottish Society for the History of Photography is presenting Zelda Cheatle as its 2017 Annan lecturer. Zelda has had a close association with Scotland and Scottish photography for many years and will talk about her experience of photography here from the early 1980s onwards, at a time when…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2017 at 18:50 — No Comments

London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company, The Tattoo

I have finally pulled the trigger, and gotten my first tattoo. This logo has been a favorite of mine for years, Finally found the tattoo artist who could handle the details. I think that photographer's CDV back marks are so intrinsically related to early sailor tattoos,  Happy with mine.…


Added by David McGreevy on May 1, 2017 at 0:00 — 1 Comment

Research: Horace Nicholls

Colin Harding who is researching a PhD on the photographer Horace Nicholls has written two blogs about his work so far. The blogs can be read here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2017 at 19:52 — No Comments

Photographic Collections at the National Media Museum

The Spring 2017 edition of the Science Museum Group Journal carries two articles of interest to photographic historians. Elizabeth Edwards discusses Location, location: a polemic on photographs and institutional…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

Conference: cfp. PhotoHistory/PhotoFuture / 20-22 April 2018

A three-day conference exploring the practice, profession, scholarship, preservation and access to photography’s history, present day expression and projected opportunities and challenges for the future. Sponsored and organized by RIT Press, the Rochester Institute of Technology’s scholarly book publishing enterprise,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2017 at 18:38 — No Comments

Research: Thomas Frederick Hardwich (1829-1890)

Rose Teanby who has been researching Robert Howlett has turned her attention to one of Howlett's contemporaries, collaborator and close friend T Frederick Hardwich. Hardwich was an important figure in early British photography and lecturer in photography at Kings College, London, before he abruptly left to take up holy…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cecil Beaton / Beetles+Huxley / 26 April - 20 May 2017

Beetles+Huxley are pleased to announce an exhibition of over 70 vintage Cecil Beaton photographs. The photographs have been held in an American private collection for over 60 years and this April they will finally be brought back to London, where this unique group will go on display for the first…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2017 at 9:40 — No Comments

Exhibition: Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow / Getty Museum / 23 May-13 August

During the rise of industrialization in mid-19th century Scotland, Thomas Annan ranked as the pre-eminent photographer of Glasgow. For more than 25 years, he prodigiously recorded the people, the social landscape, and the built environment of the city during a period of rapid growth and change.

Thomas Annan:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2017 at 9:35 — No Comments

Call for students: Photographic History MA

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre is recruiting students for the 2017/18 academic year for its highly regarded Photographic History MA. A postgraduate coffee evening is being held on 7 June. 

Reasons to study Photographic History MA at DMU:

  • Digital and analogue photographic…

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2017 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Publication: Agents of Empire. How E.L. Mitchell's photographs shaped Australia

For nearly 100 years, the Yorkshire migrant photographer Ernest Lund Mitchell’s emblematic photographs have shaped ideas about Australia. But who was Mitchell and why did he succeed above his competitors

With unprecedented access to private collections and showcasing his extraordinary photographs, Agents of Empire charts Mitchell’s rise from his struggles as a migrant in New South Wales and Queensland to significant image-maker in Western Australia. It then…


Added by Joanna Sassoon on April 20, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Talking Photography: Reality Check / 19 May

Birkbeck’s History and Theory of Photography Research Centre hosts an evening of visual exploration, with members from Ph: The Photography Research Network. Notions of reality will be explored through work from emerging artists/researchers Lauren…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2017 at 6:51 — No Comments

Course: Photographic Processes at the V&A / 8 May-3 July

This 8-week course, led by Almudena Romero is an extensive hands-on overview of photographic processes, from nineteenth century printing techniques to today’s latest 3D scanning technologies.

Participants will learn photographic processes based on leaves and flowers (anthotype…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante/ 23 May-13 August 13, 2017 / at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Poetic, penetrating, and often heartbreaking, Chris Killip’s In Flagrante remains the most important photobook to document the devastating impact of deindustrialization on working-class communities in northern England in the 1970s and 1980s. Now Then: Chris Killip…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Publication: Lyddell Sawyer

'Don't look at the Camera' Lyddell Sawyer photographer, 1856-1927 is a useful survey of the life and work of Newcastle and London photographer Lyddell Sawyer. It reproduces many of his genre and pictorial photographs. The book is by Geoff Lowe and has been produced in an edition of 200 with some 60 remaining.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2017 at 18:29 — No Comments

S+MM: Making Archives Accessible

Kirsty Fife, Curator of Library and Archives, at the National Science and Media Museum, formerly the National Media Museum, has published a blog discussing some of the archives the S+MM holds and how the museum is planning to make them accessible.

She says: 'Since July [2016] we’ve been working on…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2017 at 17:28 — No Comments

VR: Mat Collishaw's Thresholds at PhotoLondon

Photo London and Somerset House, in collaboration with Blain|Southern Gallery, presents Thresholds, a new virtual reality (VR) artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Mat Collishaw. Using the latest VR technology, Collishaw will restage Fox Talbot’s pioneering 1839 exhibition of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / Spring 2017

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced seminars this term which are free and open to all, at 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD. 

Thursday 27 April 2017, 6:00-7:30

Room 106

Christina Riggs (University of East Anglia)



Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2017 at 16:54 — No Comments

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