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Assistance required on PRB photographers Parsons, Downey, Emery Walker, Dodgson

I am conducting research into the relationship between art and photography with reference to those who worked with Pre-Raphaelite artists specifically Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  There are several such as John Parsons, Emery Walker, William Downey and of course C L Dodgson.  Whilst there is some literature on Dodgson relating to this it is mainly restricted to his diary entries cross referencing with biographical details from other sources.  John Parson is more problematic; any information on…


Added by Elaine Williams on October 2, 2017 at 20:35 — 1 Comment

Conference: AHFAP / 6 November

The Association for Historical and Fine Art Photography will be holding its 2017 Conference on Monday 6 November at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Cambridge.

Details and the programme can be found here: …


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Talk: Charles Wheatstone and the early years of the stereoscope / 7 October

The Stereoscopic Society is presenting Denis Pellerin of the London Stereoscopic Company in a public talk. Denis will examine how Wheatstone tried to promote his reflecting stereoscope till the 1870s in spite of the popular success of the lenticular viewer.

There will also be 3D projection of several 3D…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 2, 2017 at 19:22 — No Comments

Symposium: India’s Place in Photography’s World / 6 October 2017 (UPDATED)

Photography arrived in India in 1840 and ever since it has remained rooted in the distinctive aesthetics and cultural iconography of the sub-continent while also serving as a reflection of the political context of the times. The symposium will be chaired by Rahaab Allana, consultant curator of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 2, 2017 at 7:16 — No Comments

Workshop: Cyanotype Printing and Pinhole Photography / 28-29 October

Join visual artist Almudena Romero for an introduction to the historical processes of cyanotype printing and pinhole photography. Gather inspiration in the Gallery and learn the basics of analogue photography and these early printing processes so that you will be able to practice independently after the course.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 1, 2017 at 13:39 — No Comments

Symposium: GRAIN: Responding to a Landscape / 24 November

Responding to a Landscape will explore, debate and review the evolving relationship between artists and photographers and the landscape. We will hear from a number of perspectives, from acclaimed practitioners for which landscape is a recurring subject, a social and environmental concern, a research and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 1, 2017 at 12:29 — No Comments

Exhibition: Empire through the Lens: Pictures from the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection / from 30 September

An exhibition examining the British Empire through photography will open at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery opened on 30 September. From 500,000 photographs and 2,000 films in the collection, 27 people were asked choose just one each and explain their choice in their own words.

The images and film…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 1, 2017 at 10:34 — No Comments

Lecture: Guy Tillim at the RIBA - 31 October 2017

In an informal setting and in dialogue with experienced and imaginative guests, The Colin Rowe Lectures aim to discuss the role of the image in architecture, particularly the crucial role of architectural photography. The lectures are considered as an open forum of discussion for architects, photographers,…


Added by Valeria Carullo on October 1, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

Research: Edwardian Stickyback portraits

Hello everyone, I am currently working on an archival project, The Family Museum, focused on amateur family photography. Over the past 25 years, my project co-founder, Nigel Shephard, has collected around 25,000 photos and 300 family albums dating from the mid-19th century to the present day.…


Added by Rachael Moloney on September 29, 2017 at 13:30 — 4 Comments

Job: Research Assistant - William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonne Project

TheWilliam Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné project requires a Research Project Assistant to assist the project director, Professor…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

Auction: Photography / Wednesday 4 October

Dominic Winter's biannual auction of Photography takes place at their salerooms in Gloucestershire on Wednesday 4 October. The sale comprises 140 lots (297-347) and includes a mixture of 19th and 20th century material from salt prints and daguerreotypes to Polaroids and C-prints. Estimates…


Added by Chris Albury on September 27, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Research: 'The Confessional', Goodman, Frith, Gems of Photographic Art

I am seeking any information about this albumen photograph: "The Confessional" Printed by Frith, "Goodman Phot.

"21 x 16.5 cm photo on a 37 x 29.5 cm mount.

I am assuming that this was published in "Gems of Photographic Art" by Frith.

My attempts to find a copy online have been fruitless. The…


Added by David McGreevy on September 26, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Tate expands photography collection in 2015/16

The Tate's annual report for 2015/16 reports a large growth in the photography collections. As part of the donation of photographs from the Eric and Louise Franck London Collection, an important group by black British photographers was accessioned during the year. Jane and Michael Wilson donated a body of British and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2017 at 16:47 — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: Tate Britain appoints Kate Bush to a new curatorial role

Kate Bush has been appointed by Tate Britain to the new post of Adjunct Curator of Photography, starting in October 2017. Kate is a curator and critic specialising in contemporary art and photography. She was most recently…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments

Lecture: Stills 40th Anniversary Lecture: Simon Baker / 19 October

Simon Baker is Tate’s first Curator of Photography. Since his appointment in 2009 he has worked on acquisitions, displays…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2017 at 8:06 — No Comments

Martin Parr Foundation opens in Bristol on 25 October 2017 (UPDATED)

The Martin Parr Foundation, a new centre for British photography and the works of Martin Parr, will open in Bristol on 25 October 2017. The Martin Parr Foundation was established in 2014 and will open to the public in the Paintworks complex, Bristol, and comprises a studio, gallery, library and archive centre.



Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2017 at 0:30 — No Comments

Research award call: Peter E. Palmquist fund for historical photographic research

Considered one of the most important photo historians of the 20th century, Peter E. Palmquist (1936-2003) had a keen interest in the photography of the American West, California, and Humboldt County before 1950, and the history of women in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2017 at 9:41 — No Comments

Job: Curator, Whitechapel Gallery

We are looking for a  Curator to take responsibility for the conceptual development, organisation and co-ordination of exhibitions and publications assigned by the Director and Chief Curator, including budgetary management and fundraising. The Curator also contributes ideas to the Gallery’s programme, liaises with…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2017 at 9:29 — No Comments

Exhibition: A Green and Pleasant Land British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970s to Now / from 30 September

This major survey exhibition focuses on artists who have shaped our understanding of the British landscape and its relationship to identity, place and time. Exploring how artists interpret urban and rural landscape through the lens of their own…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2017 at 9:19 — No Comments

Seminar: Trading Places: Photography and Anglo-Australian Merchants in Meiji Japan / 25 October

In recent years scholars both in Japan and Australia have become increasingly concerned with the close ties between these two emerging nation-states in the nineteenth century. Whereas much of the scholarship on Japan’s international relations of the period has focused on the Euro-American ‘treaty port’ powers, this…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2017 at 9:09 — No Comments

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