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Auction: Leica that made an iconic WW2 photograph to be auctioned

Bonhams is to sell the Leica camera with which Russian photographer Yevgeni Khaldei took Raising a Flag over the Reichstag, one of the most famous photographs of World War II. It is being offered at Bonhams Leica Centenary Sale in Hong Kong on 30 November and is estimated at £230,000-340,000 ($HK…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Call for applications: The Wilson Fellowship in Photographic History

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.The Wilson Fellowship will be awarded to applicants…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2014 at 17:19 — No Comments

Photohistory XVI programme announced

The Photographic Historical Society has announced the program of papers to be presented at PhotoHistory XVI that will take place in Rochester, New York on 10-12 October 2014. Martin L. Scott, Program Chair of PhotoHistory XVI, made the announcement.

According to Scott, the program committee has selected…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 8, 2014 at 5:00 — No Comments

For sale: Bristol camera obscura for £1.7 million

If you are looking for a camera obscura you could do no better than buy The Observatory in Bristol which overlooks Brunel's Clifton suspension bridge and Avon gorge. Back on the market at a reduced price the eighteenth century building houses one of the few remaining public camera obscuras. A special covenant relating…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 6, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Call for papers – ‘Rethinking Early Photography’: 16-17 June 2015, University of Lincoln

Attitudes to photography have undergone a radical shift in recent times. Partly in response to these contemporary changes, historians, curators and photographic practitioners have begun to re-examine older forms of photography: exploring the wide variety of historical technologies and techniques, finding surprising ways…

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Added by Owen Clayton on July 2, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Registration and programme announced: The Business of War Photography conference

This two day international conference examines war photography as the result of pragmatic and strategic transactions and interactions concerning business, militarism and consumption. International speakers, including scholars, curators, picture editors and artists, will address the ways in which issues of supply and demand have shaped the field of war photography, and how this field has articulated with other forms of industrialised and commercial activity.

Speakers include Colin…

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Added by Pippa Oldfield on June 30, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Daguerreobase journal now available

The European online daguerreotype database has published the first issue of its journal, Daguerreotype Journal.It is available free of charge here: …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 28, 2014 at 10:51 — No Comments

Newcastle's AmberSide secures £1.1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund

AmberSide ihas to announced that it has received a confirmed grant of £1,121,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its project, The AmberSide Collection: Access & Engagement.  It provides the key element in a £1.6m, three year programme of work. Securing a remarkable documentary film & photography…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 26, 2014 at 14:49 — No Comments

Call for Papers and Presentations: Photography’s Shifting Terrain: Emerging Histories and New Practices

Our understanding of the histories and practices of photography is changing as more and more critical attention is being paid to photographic cultures from outside of Europe and North America, and to new forms and functions emergent in a variety…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 25, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Bekin Marine archive on sale for £5 million

The Isle of Wight County Press reports that one of the best known names in marine photography, Beken of Cowes, is for sale at £5 million. The Beken collection has more than one million images, taken by three generations of Beken, who have recorded all the major events on The Solent and also travelled the world…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 23, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Conference: Photography in Print - June 2015

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre's 2014 conference closed on 21 June after a successful two-day series of papers from international speakers presenting to an international audience.

At the conclusion Professor Elizabeth Edwards announced that the 2015 conference, to be held in June,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2014 at 20:17 — No Comments

Call for Writing Proposals: The Contemporary Photobook: New Perspectives in Publishing

Conveyor Arts has put out a call for writing submissions for a new book discussing the state of the photobook with an historical perspective. The deadline is 14 July 2014.

See: …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Conference: Rethinking Early Photography - 16-17 June 2015

Historians, curators and photographic practitioners have begun to re-examine older forms of photography, yet many cultural studies of nineteenth-century photography have been overly reliant upon twentieth-century theoretical constructions. 

This multidisciplinary conference will move away from these models,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 21, 2014 at 7:21 — No Comments

Newcastle Photography Festival - 20-26 October 2014

A celebration of photography inspired by Joseph Swan and his adventures with carbon, collodion and light.Joseph Swan is the inspiration for this festival of photography in Newcastle, running from Monday, 20 October to Sunday 26 October 2014. It marks the 100th anniversary of Swan`s death on 27 May 1914 and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 18, 2014 at 7:53 — No Comments

Panel discussion: The Role of Photography in Contemporary Art

You are invited to a panel discussion on Saturday June 28 at Christie's, London, to celebrate the sale of important photographs to benefit the Shpilman Institute for Photography. The discussion will feature Martin Barnes, curator of photographs at the V&A, Shalom Shpilman, President and Founder, SIP, and Dr Nissan…

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Added by Nissan N. Perez on June 15, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Bursary: MA Photographic History

De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Taylor Bursary for its MA in Photographic History. The Bursary 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 Taylor Bursary, please submit your cv…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 14, 2014 at 9:22 — No Comments

Honour: Brett Rogers OBE (UPDATED)

Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers' Gallery, London, has been awarded the Order of the British Empire, for 'services to the arts' in the Queen's Birthday Honours list published today. This was the only photography award made although other arts organisations were represented.

Brett Rogers, as Australian…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 14, 2014 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Call for Applications: DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2014

The DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2014 will be open for all elements of research into photography’s many aspects. Besides aspects of traditional history and theory of photography, topics will be considered that deal with photography’s social meaning, or the impact that the medium has had on society. The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Personal archive preservation advice

To commemorate the International Archives Day, the Municipal Archive of Girona (AMGi) and the Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) of Girona’s City Council (Catalonia) have made available a resource for the preservation of their personal archives. This resource includes basic recommendations emerged from the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 10, 2014 at 6:35 — No Comments

Roger Mayne (1929-2014) (UPDATED)

BPH has just learnt that Roger Mayne died of a heart attached on Saturday, 7 June. A fuller obituary will be published later today. BPH sends its condolences to his wife Ann Jellicoe, their daughter Katkin and son Tom. 

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Tom Gitterman of his New…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

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