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Publication and reader offer: Photography and Other Media in the Nineteenth Century

It’s my pleasure to announce the publication of the book Photography and Other Media in the Nineteenth CenturyIn this volume, leading scholars of photography and media examine photography’s vital role in the evolution of media and communication in the nineteenth…


Added by nicoletta leonardi on February 9, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Event: The 19th Century Craze for Stereoscopic Photography / 26 February

Stereoscopic photography rapidly became a worldwide craze after the Great Exhibition of 1851. Cheap viewers and mass-produced stereographs brought startlingly vivid images within reach of a mass audience, making this the form in which most people first encountered photography – a fact largely ignored in conventional…


Added by Andrew Hurst on February 8, 2018 at 3:00 — No Comments

Exhibition Unboxing Photographs: Working in the Photo Archive / Berlin, 16 February–27 May 2018

'Unboxing Photographs: Working in the Photo Archive' opens the boxes of four photo archives to showcase the material diversity of photographs as three-dimensional objects: from glass plate negatives, to 35 mm film, to prints on albumen or silver gelatin paper.

These photo-objects are taken in the…


Added by Costanza Caraffa on February 7, 2018 at 15:30 — No Comments

Export licence deferred on Cameron's Norman Album

Arts Minister Michael Ellis has placed a temporary export bar on Images from the Life (the Norman Album), by Julia Margaret Cameron, to provide an opportunity to keep it in the country. The extraordinary collection of photographs is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 6, 2018 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Biography: ‘His heart was with his work’ Alfred Swaine Taylor and Caroline Taylor: a brief biography

BPH reported on the auction of early photographs and other material from, and relating to, Alfred Swain Taylor. Helen Barrell, Taylor's biographer has provided the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 17:01 — No Comments

V&A Photography Research Centre moves forward

Work on the first phase of the development of the V&A's new Photography Research Centre has started and two former…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

Seminar: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / Spring 2018

In 1968, less than a year after it first became possible to produce holograms of people, Bruce Nauman began to work on two series of holographic self-portraits. Nauman made these luminous, intangible, three-dimensional images of his body during a period in art’s history that is closely associated with the notion of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 16:55 — No Comments

Exhibition: Collected Shadows. The Archive of Modern Conflict / until 8 April

Collected Shadows is an exhibition of 200 photographs drawn from the extensive collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC). The AMC is an organisation that was first established 25 years ago as a repository for vernacular photography and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 16:51 — No Comments

Talk: Finding Fred: The Story of City of London Police’s Blitz Photographer / London, 8 March

The Cross and Tibbs Collection provides a unique photographic record of WWII bomb damage inflicted on the City. This talk by Rebecca Walker looks at the life and times of one of the collection’s photographers - Frederick Tibbs, a City of London police officer - and of the City he…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 4, 2018 at 16:45 — No Comments

Tribute: Terry Dennett (1938-2018), photographer

London-based photographer and researcher Terry Dennett, who passed away recently, would have turned 80 on 4 February.

There will be a service at the Islington Crematorium, 278 High Road, East Finchley, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday 7 February. 

Over the past 20 years, Terry was a mentor and dear friend, always…


Added by Julia Winckler on February 2, 2018 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Barnardo's magic lantern slides for sale on eBay?

A few days ago a batch of Barnardo's magic lantern slides were listed for sale on Ebay. I shared this sad fact on another conversational site. So much archive potential turns up on Ebay as to make one weep. Sellers with a bit of archival sensitivity could well inquire to borough and other archives and offer their…


Added by Bobbie Carnegie on January 29, 2018 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

Film: Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

There will a series of screenings and events connected with Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay across the UK throughout 2018. These will be ticketed events and tickets will be available through partners associated with each screening. Details will be posted over the coming weeks and they…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 29, 2018 at 7:35 — No Comments

Reports of the Juries - original negatives found in NS+MM store

The National Science+Media Museum curator of photography and photographic technology Geoff Belknap has reported that 16 original glass negatives used to make the calotype prints for the 1851 publication Reports of the Juries have been re-discovered in a museum store.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 28, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

FT explores the RPS Collection at the V&A Museum

Today's (Saturday) Financial Times newspaper FT Weekend magazine takes a five-page look at the RPS Collection at the V&A Museum in an extensive survey by Liz Jobey titled A rummage through the V&A’s new photography…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2018 at 14:00 — 3 Comments

Website: 101 Photographs

This is a visual resource made on the basis of a selection of 101 photographs from the collection of the Center for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) that are considered relevant. All of them are photographs that stand out for a particular aspect: for its visual content, its aesthetics, its historical…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2018 at 9:14 — No Comments

Seminar: Ilford Photographic Manufacturers: Industry, Innovation and Sensory Experience / 5 February

This presentation outlines my new research project, which will investigate practices of technical innovation in the work of the Ilford Ltd. Photographic company and early colour photography enterprises during WWI and in the interwar period. Innovations include the introduction of daylight loading roll film and Ilford…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 27, 2018 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Tate Modern's Simon Baker leaves for Paris

Senior Curator International Art (Photography) at Tate Modern, London, Simon Baker, has been appointed director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, in Paris, effective from 24 January 2018. He succeeds Jean-Luc Monterosso, director and founder of the institution, whose term ends on 31 March, 2018.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2018 at 6:30 — No Comments

Don't Fence Me In - Fay Godwin's Photographic Journey DVD now available

After a successful full house premiere screening of Don’t Fence Me In at the British Library Knowledge Centre on 11 January 2018, our limited edition DVD containing Don’t Fence Me In (70 mins) and two additional films is now available, only from Malachite Ltd.

Talking About Fay Godwin…


Added by Charles Mapleston on January 23, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Talk: In the Frame / Birmingham: 7 March

Photographic historian Pete James discusses the early history of photography in Birmingham, with reference to its use as a means of surveillance by the Birmingham Police Force in the nineteenth century, and in relation to …


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2018 at 6:48 — No Comments

Seminar: The Print after Photography – Talbot and the Invention of the Photographic Print / London, 10 April

The Science Museum's Spring Research Seminar Series is open to students, museum professionals and academics with an interest in research relating to material culture and museums. The series starts on 16 January and runs through until 24 April. All seminars take place between 13:00–14:00 in the Dana Study or Studio,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2018 at 18:35 — No Comments

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