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Seminars: Medical Histories in Photography and Film

The Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University has announced its Spring 2017 seminar series: Medical Histories in Photography and Film. Each takes place in the Clephan Building on Tuesdays from 4-6pm. They are are open to all.  

  • January 10, 2017 (room CL 2.35). Dr Katherine…

Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments

Publication and lecture: The Early Photographers of Perthshire 1839-1918

In 1839, the world woke up to the amazing new invention of photography. This revolutionary medium created a gold rush of eager practitioners. Victorian Perthshire, in common with most areas of Britain, produced its own adepts of what was called the ‘Black Art’. Today, the majority of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2016 at 12:23 — No Comments

Auction: Coghill family archive, photography from 1850s onwards

A series of lots relating to the Irish Coghill family are being sold by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in its sale of Rare Books, Early Photographs, Manuscripts, Maps and Paintings, on 13 December 2016. Amongst the main…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 10, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: 'Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948' at the National Portrait Gallery, London

As documentary evidence, the photographs attest to the lives of the disenfranchised. They mark the lives of individual people as that most valuable thing, a human life. In this sense they are important. But I find this photographic documentation of Britain's imperial history of empire…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on December 5, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

Publication: Lyddell Sawyer (1856-1927), photographer

At long last my book on Lyddell Sawyer is here! Printed and Published! It has over eighty illustrations, 115 pages and 18000 words. Beautifully digitally printed with a soft cover. The price which will barely cover the costs is £15.00 plus the usual…


Added by Geoff Lowe on December 4, 2016 at 19:00 — No Comments

Job: Horblit Project Cataloger

Reporting to the Associate Librarian of Houghton Library for Technical Services, the Horblit Project Cataloger performs original and complex copy cataloging of the photograph portion of the Horblit Collection of Early Photography and coordinates the digitization of the collection.  Note: This is a 2 year term…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 2, 2016 at 13:15 — No Comments

Looking for owner of Olive Edis' Autochrome from Dominic Winter auction in 2009

I am looking for the new owner of an autochrome that was auctioned by Dominic Winter in 2009. The auction website showed this jpg for lot number 863 captioned "Native North American, 1920, showing a seated man with a ?European child wearing a feather head dress". As I would like to reproduce this…


Added by Caroline Fuchs on December 2, 2016 at 12:00 — No Comments

Symposium - Street View: Photography in Sheffield, the UK and Beyond / 24 November

This symposium will contextualise the exhibition within the broader theme of street photography and the long-term development of photography in Sheffield. It also aims to emphasise the importance of UK-wide photography networks to continued development and research in the field. The symposium will offer the first…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 21, 2016 at 7:52 — No Comments

Hyman Collection to be lost from Britain?

The Art Newspaper carries a fascinating Q&A with James Hyman where he talks about the 3000 strong Claire and James Hyman Collection of photography collectionand what might happen to it in the future, He makes a strident, but reasonable, call for a senior curator of British photography at Tate Britain to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 16, 2016 at 16:48 — 1 Comment

Job: Collections and Exhibitions Assistant, Bradford

If you have excellent organisational skills and you're looking for an exciting and unique place to work this role could be for you. Using your skills in administration and ability to work in a team you will provide support to the Collections and Exhibitions department at the National Media Museum.

The team…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 16, 2016 at 7:22 — No Comments

Research and publication: Continuously-recording camera invented in 1845

Details of the first successful camera for continuous recording have recently been published.  When Sir Francis Ronalds became Director of the Kew Observatory in 1842, he decided to ease the load on observers by creating a camera that would capture the minute-by-minute variations of a scientific instrument through the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 14, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

Fox Talbot museum acquires James Fenton collection

An collection of early photographic technology and images is being transferred from the British Film Institute to the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock in Wiltshire, thanks to a £36,100 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and support from Art Council England’s Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Materials…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 11, 2016 at 7:08 — No Comments

Auction: Fox Talbot photograph discovered in Mundy family album at Sotheby's London

A new photograph by William Henry Fox Talbot has been discovered in an album brought to Sotheby's for valuation. The early photogenic drawing shows a negative of a fern. Also in the album is a faded photograph showing a print which is signed by Talbot and dated 1839. 

The album also contains…


Added by Richard Fattorini on November 8, 2016 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

cfp: Under the dark cloth: Working with historic photography studio archives / 8 April 2017

A call for papers for a one-day symposium at Quad, Derby, to be held on Saturday, 8 April 2017 has been made. The symposium is being presented to coincide with the exhibition People, Places, and Faces: the W. W. Winter’s Archive, curated by Greg Hobson, which will be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 6, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

Eastman Collections online

The George Eastman Museum has launched a new platform that allows public online access to more than 250,000 objects from its world-class collections at Objects from the museum’s photography, technology, and George Eastman Legacy…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 6, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

Job: STEM Ambassador Hub Co-ordinator, National Media Museum, Bradford

Are you passionate about delivering excellent customer service and providing second to none administrative support? Would you love to be part of a team working to ensure the next generation of young people are engaged and inspired in the role of Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and careers in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2016 at 18:01 — No Comments

Course: Preserving Historic Photographs / 10 May 2017

Photographic collections are found in libraries, archives and museums all over the world. Their sensitivity to environmental conditions, and the speed with which images can deteriorate present special challenges.

This one day training session is led by Susie Clark, accredited photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2016 at 17:36 — No Comments

BBC4 to celebrate British photography

BBC Four invites audiences to share in a celebration of British Photography with Britain in Focus, a season of programmes exploring the UK through the lens. The BBC are looking for photo-fanatics to submit their own photographic memories for a documentary looking at the family photograph and the story of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2016 at 17:33 — No Comments

Exhibition: Qing Dynasty Shanghai: The Photographs of William Saunders / 4-12 November, London

Life in Qing Dynasty Shanghai: The Photographs of William Saunders features a selection of over 35 original 19th-century albumen silver prints, many hand-colored, by William Saunders from the Stephan Loewentheil Historical Photography of China Collection. This exhibition, at the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

Job: Senior Marketing Executive, NMeM, Bradford

Could you use your creativity and clear-thinking to deliver marketing that brings thousands of visitors through the Museum's doors? We're looking for a Senior Marketing Executive to take the lead on marketing some of our most important and exciting projects. You'll have a really solid grounding in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2016 at 17:30 — No Comments

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