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Impressions Gallery: The Bigger Picture

York, and more recently Bradford-based, Impressions Gallery, along with London's The Photographers' Gallery, are the United Kingdom's oldest extant photography galleries. They have both survived the years and continue to produce exciting, ground-breaking and simply, interesting, exhibitions of photography,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 17, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Bursary: History of the German-language Photobook: Call for Applications

The History and Archives department of the German Photographic Association (DGPh) is awarding a grant concerning the history of the German-language photobook. This grant, which, initially, is going to be advertised over a ten-year period at two-yearly intervals, is intended specifically to promote historical research…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2015 at 20:06 — No Comments

Lecture: The Camera and the King: Photographing the Excavation of Tutankhamun's Tomb / 23 February 2016

Christina Riggs, FSA, will discuss the use of photography in the excavation of the legendary Egyptian tomb, which Howard Carter discovered in 1922. How did photography shape the way the excavation was conducted, the presentation of the find in the press, and the archaeologists’ own ideas about what…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Publication: Photographs, Museums, Collections Between Art and Information

The status of photographs in the history of museum collections is a complex one. From its very beginnings the double capacity of photography - as a tool for making a visual record on the one hand and an aesthetic form in its own right on the other - has created tensions about its place in the hierarchy of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 15, 2015 at 19:50 — No Comments

Archive opening: The Pauline Heathcote Archive

Bromley House Library, Nottingham, is opening The Pauline Heathcote Archive at Bromley House Library on 29 July at 2.30pm. Bromley House was the home of the first commercial photographic studio in Nottingham and was in use from 1841 until 1955. Eric Butler has been working with Bernard Heathcote and Bromley House to set up a research centre for the history of photography based on Pauline Heathcote’s extensive and thorough research notes. There is also a small photographic museum celebrating…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2015 at 8:11 — No Comments

Newspaper Archives - whatever happened too?

Over the past five years as Trinity Mirror's archivist I have begun to bring together all its national and regional photographic archives into a central archive based at Watford.

What has become apparent that a number of the regional archives are incomplete and that no one person knows what happen to the them. There are Chinese whispers of…

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Added by John Mead on July 10, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Symposium: The Daguerreotype / 8-9 October 2015

Bry-sur-Marne, France, the birthplace of Louis Daguerre, which has done much to reclaim his legacy in recent  years, will be the venue for The Daguerreotype Symposium organised Daguerreobase in collaboration with…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments

Call for Applications: The Wilson Fellowship in Photographic History 2015

De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Wilson Fellowship for its MA in Photographic History. The Fellowship offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International. To apply for the Wilson Fellowship, please submit…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 3, 2015 at 19:26 — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: The Damned Leaf live from Professor Larry Schaaf

Regular BPH readers will be aware of the general story of the Quillan Leaf. Some of you may have attended the recent Rethinking Early Photography conference at the University of Lincoln where Professor Larry Schaaf, gave a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 2, 2015 at 8:30 — 3 Comments

Internship: Curatorial Intern (Photographs)

The Royal Collection Trust, Windsor Castle, is offering a paid curatorial internship in the photographs department. The aim is to encourage the successful applicant to gain new skills and the opportunity to develop knowledge of one of the world's largest art collections. 

About the role

From 1840s…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 1, 2015 at 15:03 — No Comments

Exhibition: Philip Jones Griffiths - A Welsh Focus on War and Peace

Saturday June 27th saw the opening of a retrospective exhibition in the Gregynog Gallery, National Library of Wales featuring photographs and material from the archive of Philip Jones Griffiths. Best known for his coverage of the Vietnam War and its aftermath he also served as President of Magnum from 1980 to 1985. His archive is now lodged at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. On…

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Added by Will Troughton on June 30, 2015 at 12:00 — No Comments

Exhibition and Publication: Looking at Architecture. Monumental Photography in the XIX Century

Biblioteca Nacional de España has organised an exhibition curated by Helena Pérez Gallardo, Delfín Rodríguez Ruiz titled Looking at Architecture. Monumental Photography in the XIX Century. It runs from 3 July-4 October 2015 in Madrid at the Biblioteca Nacional de España.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 29, 2015 at 20:46 — No Comments

Events: Photography: A Victorian Sensation

Edinburgh International Book Festival is presenting Alison Morrison-Low and Sara Stevenson, curators of the National Museums of Scotland major exhibition (and associated publication) Photography: A Victorian Sensiation at a special event on 18 August. In an age where we are all happy snappers, we forget…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 29, 2015 at 20:00 — No Comments

Historic Logie Baird archive may leave UK

A treasure trove of materials relating to John Logie Baird’s first-ever transmission of trans-Atlantic television pictures is at risk of being exported unless a UK buyer can be found to match the £78,750 asking price. In order to provide a last chance to keep the archive in the UK, Culture Minister Ed…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 29, 2015 at 13:30 — No Comments

Job: lecturer Photography (Historical and Contemporary)

Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, is currently seeking a freelance consultant lecturer for the MA in Photography (Historical and Contemporary). The Programme Director is Dr Juliet Hacking. The consultant lecturer will take on the role of Programme Unit Leader and lead tutor for ‘Contemporary Photography, 1968 until…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 27, 2015 at 9:42 — No Comments

Information request: Early Beard daguerreotypes

The National Portrait Gallery Photographs Collection recently acquired two ninth plate daguerreotypes of an unidentified man and woman by the pioneering photographic entrepreneur Richard Beard (1801-85). The works came to the Gallery from Sweden but with very little provenance attached. They are housed in the…

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Added by Constantia Nicolaides on June 26, 2015 at 16:00 — 3 Comments

Art Photography by Mathis

While at Schwartzenberg, Austria earlier this week for the annual Schubertiade, I was struck by the exhibition of ‘Art Photography’ by Peter Mathis, held in a room adjacent to the concert hall.  Mathis is an Austrian born in 1961.  His work is striking and very beautiful, seeming to be lithographs…

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Added by Christopher Frederick Penn on June 26, 2015 at 15:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Picturing England: The photographic collections of Historic England

This exhibition showcases Historic England's photographic collections, which date from the 1850s to the present day. Photographers have taken pictures of England's buildings and landscapes since photography was first invented. These photographs were taken for many reasons – to capture the picturesque, to make…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 24, 2015 at 10:40 — No Comments

NMeM: Media Museum seeks architect for a new gallery

In a sign of growing confidence for the future of Bradford's National Media Museum and the start of the realisation of the Museum's exciting development plan the Science Museum Group is seeking an architec/lead designer for a new interactive gallery which will look at light, sound and perception, the basis of all the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 24, 2015 at 9:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Captain Linnaeus Tripe opens at the V&A

The V&A last night opened Captain Linnaeus Tripe Photographer of India and Burma 1852-1860. William Dalrymple and Museum Director Martin Roth introduced the exhibition which features some of the earliest and most striking views of the landscape and architecture of India and Burma, by a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 23, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

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