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Collaborative Doctoral Award: The History of the Photographic Picture Postcard

The Department of History, University of Nottingham, in partnership with the British Museum invites applications from suitably qualified UK/EU candidates for a full-time 3-year Collaborative Doctoral Award, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, to conduct research on the theme: ‘Site-Seeing: Postcards…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 15, 2015 at 22:38 — No Comments

Exhibition: Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography

New York Public Library's exhibition Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography is a fascinating history of photography based on its own holdings of books, printed materials and photographs. The exhibition includes plenty British material from Talbot's Pencil of Nature and an Anna Atkins album to Frith's…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 15, 2015 at 15:45 — No Comments

PhD scholarship: Photographic History Research Centre

A PhD research scholarship including stipend and tuition fee costs is offered within the Photographic History Research Centre in the School of Humanities. It is available to UK or EU students who are suitably qualified and have outstanding potential as a researcher.

Applications are invited for projects that…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 15, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Auction: Reports by the Juries / Talbot

Bonhams auction of Fine Books and photographs on 18 March 2015 includes a set of Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, 1851, including 154 mounted Calotypes. The nine volume set is a presentation set for Richard Cobden, one of the Commissioners. It is estimated at…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 11, 2015 at 19:44 — No Comments

Publication: Carrying Off the Palaces: John Ruskin's Lost Daguerreotypes

This long-awaited book from Ken and Jenny Jacobson will be published on 19 March. The inspiration for the book was a remarkable discovery made by the authors at a small country auction in 2006 (See:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 11, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Auction: Daguerreotype of The Monument, London

New York auction house Swann Gallery's upcoming auction of Fine Photography on 19 February 2015 includes a ninth-plate daguerreotype of The Monument in the City of London. 

The lot description is here: 

Sale 2374 Lot 3


Ninth-plate daguerreotype of London's iconic Monument…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 9, 2015 at 18:07 — No Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, London

London's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, at Birkbeck has a series of free seminars open to the public, taking place at 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD. In addition there are a number of …


Added by Patrizia Di Bello on February 6, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

Westminster: The UK's Birthplace of Cinema

The project to restore the University of Westminster's cinema to its former glory continues and the opening is scheduled for the early summer. Shira Macleod, formerly of the Riverside Studios has been appointed as Director.

The site is where the UK's first photographic studio was opened by Richard Beard in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 6, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Seminar: The Conservation of Historic and Contemporary Photographs, 25 February 2015

The Conservation of Photographs is a relatively new discipline in the cultural heritage preservation field with its beginnings in the late 1960’s early 1970’s. However, it has its roots firmly grounded in the formative years of photography as practitioners and the emergent photographic industry grappled with…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 3, 2015 at 17:37 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: The Age of Salt: Art, Science and Early Photography

James Hyman Gallery, the UK’s leading commercial gallery for vintage 19th and 20th century photography, is pleased to present the latest in a series of monographic and thematic exhibitions addressing photographs from the earliest days of the medium. 

The Age of Salt: Art, Science and Early Photography,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 3, 2015 at 17:33 — No Comments

Exhibition: A History of Photography: Series and Sequences

The latest V&A re-hang of the permanent collection displays focuses on the wider visions of photographers through series and sequences of images, rather than through individual photographs. The display includes photographs from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and features work by Sally Mann,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 3, 2015 at 17:27 — No Comments

TV: The Secret Life of Lewis Carroll (UPDATED)

With the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland a new BBC TV programme examines his life and reviews his relationship with young girls. Towards the end of the programme an albumen photograph attributed to Carroll and in the collection of the Musee Cantini, Marseille, (…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 2, 2015 at 20:30 — 5 Comments

Job: Volunteer Coordinator, National Media Museum

Are you organised, professional, approachable, great at engaging a diverse range of people with new ideas and opportunities? These are the key qualities we are looking for in our Volunteer Coordinator at the National Media Museum in Bradford. You will work closely with people across the Museum to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 1, 2015 at 21:45 — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE - The five photographs that changed everything.

BBC Radio 3's The Essay is running a series of five programmes each evening between 16-20 February 2015 at 2245, under the banner of 'The Five Photographs that (you didn't know) changed Everything'. The photographs being discussed are not generally found in the history books; they are not generally art; and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2015 at 18:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840 – 1860

This is the first exhibition in Britain devoted to salted paper prints, one of the earliest forms of photography. A uniquely British invention, unveiled by William Henry Fox Talbot…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 31, 2015 at 7:56 — No Comments

Exhibition: Historic Photography Uncovered

This exhibition traces the evolution of photography, as a scientific process, as a social record and a medium for artistic expression. The photographic material on display dates from the mid-19th to mid-20th century and shows how the history of photography relates to our own collections and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 29, 2015 at 20:58 — No Comments

Exhibition: Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience

Next month the V&A will present a display of over 50 recently acquired photographs that explore the experiences of black people in Britain in the latter half of the 20th century, enhanced by excerpts from oral histories gathered by Black Cultural Archives.

Over the last seven years the V&A has been…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2015 at 8:05 — No Comments

Call: Manfred & Hanna Heiting Fellowship for photo-historical research

The Manfred & Hanna Heiting Fund enables the Rijksmuseum to annually award two postgraduate fellowships that stimulate photo-historical research by prospective curators from the Netherlands or abroad. The research is based on the National Photo Collection held by the Rijksmuseum’s Print Room. It will form the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2015 at 7:53 — No Comments

TV: John Dillwyn Llewelyn - 26 January 2015

Michael Portillo in his BBC Great Railway Journeys programme on Monday, 26 January, takes a look at John Dillwyn Llewelyn, a founder member of the Photographic Society in 1853, and an early Calotypist, with RPS Director-General Michael Pritchard. The two Michaels discuss JDL's work as a photographer and take a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Seminar series: Oxford Photography

We are pleased to announce a new research seminar on all aspects of photography, co-hosted by the History of Art Department and the Bodleian Library. The Bodleian’s recent acquisition of papers by William Henry Fox Talbot is simply the latest addition to Oxford’s rich and varied collections of photographic material.…


Added by Mirjam Brusius on January 22, 2015 at 16:00 — No Comments

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