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Workshops: The stuff of photography / London: Mondays, 1-29 July 2019

This five-week series of workshops led by Michelle Henning and Rowan Lear, with guest speakers Esther Leslie and Louise Purbrick, will examine the materials of photography from a range of critical, cultural and creative…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2019 at 18:08 — No Comments

Publication: The Global Flows of Early Scottish Photography Encounters in Scotland, Canada, and China

Almost immediately after the invention of photography, Scottish photographers took their cameras on the road to capture the stories of peoples and communities touched by the forces of British imperialism. For the next thirty years, their journeys would take them far from their homes in the Lowlands to the Canadian wilderness and the treaty ports and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2019 at 17:57 — No Comments

Symposium: Charles Piazzi Smyth / Edinburgh, 3-4 September 2019

The core of the September Piazzi Smyth mini-festival is two full days of talks and debate by experts and researchers on topics related to the life and legacy of Charles Piazzi Smyth – mountain top astronomy, photography, meteorology, and pyramidology. This event is open to any interested member of the public.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2019 at 17:35 — No Comments

Auction: John Thomson books and photography / 3 October 2019

Dominic Winter's auction of photographs on 3 October includes rare publications by John Thomson and other rare topographical photographs. The highlight is a newly discovered fifth copy of Thomson's first China photography book, Views on the North River (1870). 

Thomson was one of the first to extensively document the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2019 at 17:30 — No Comments

Screening: Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein / London: 15 July 2019

This enchanting feature documentary explores the life and work of a lost master of American photography. In his 2015 obituary The New York Times declared him 'one of the most accomplished recorders of the American experience.' yet most people have never heard of him.

The discovery in 2011 of vintage prints, contact sheets, and negatives…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2019 at 11:45 — No Comments

Talk: Colourism and Photography / London: 2 July 2019

This talk will investigate structural colourism in the history of photographic processes, emphasised through the invention of colour correction cards in the 1950s. These were used by photography labs to calibrate skin tones, shadows and light during the printing process – favouring lighter skin tones, while leaving darker skin tones looking blurred or…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2019 at 11:33 — No Comments

Exhibition: Terence Donovan - Vintage Prints from the Archive / London, from 3-27 July

An exhibition of over 30 vintage photographs from Terence Donovan’s early career will go on display at Huxley-Parlour Gallery from 3-27 July. Donovan (1936-1996) rose to prominence in the 1960s as part of London’s post-war renaissance in art, fashion, graphic design and photography. Terence Donovan: The 1960s will showcase…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

National Trust appoints Troiano as national photography curator

Catherine Troiano has been appointed by the National Trust as Project Curator - National Photography Collections. The position was advertised in March. The role provides oversight of the Trust's…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Holy Rood and Noiseless Noise by Norman McBeath / Edinburgh, until 22 June

The Fine Art Society in Edinburgh presents Holy Rood, an exhibition of black and white photographs by Norman McBeath of branches,…

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Added by Norman McBeath on June 17, 2019 at 17:05 — No Comments

In Conversation: John Stezaker at the National Portrait Gallery, 21 June 2019, 7pm

Since the 1970s, the celebrated artist John Stezaker (b. 1949) has created distinctive collages using found photographs and illustrated ephemera, particularly mid twentieth-century film stills, press and publicity portraits. His minimal, but impactful interventions in these works – cutting out, slicing and splicing images – create uncanny and psychologically…

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Added by Constantia Nicolaides on June 17, 2019 at 13:00 — No Comments

Research throws new light on to the science of daguerreotype plates

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) and The University of New Mexico have announced the groundbreaking findings of a two-year study of the plasmonic properties of daguerreotypes. Using atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, together with numerical calculations, the team of scientists from The Met and UNM, in collaboration with Century…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2019 at 11:11 — No Comments

Video resource: photographic process of developed gelatino bromide

The Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) - Girona city Council (Catalonia) presents a new audiovisual product for a better understanding of the photographic process of developed gelatinobromide. This process was created by Richard Leach Maddox in 1871 and improved by Charles Harper Bennett in 1878. It has been very successful as it is the main…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Photographs of 19th century lawyers / Angelo Lewis

I am researching the life of Angelo Lewis who, before be became a full-time author, was at the Bar from about 1861 to about 1876.  Photographs exist of Lewis in later life, but I am trying to find one when he was a practising lawyer. His Inn of Court does not have any such photographs.

Could anyone suggest a resource that I could try?

Added by Peter Brunning on June 14, 2019 at 8:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Coming Soon, Film Posters from the Dwight M. Cleveland Collection / from 12 July

Coming Soon is the largest museum show of movie “Coming Attraction” Glass Slides & Movie Posters. Included in the exhibition are works from famed British actors such as Charlie…

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Exhibition: Cindy Sherman: Early Works, 1975-80 / Edinburgh, from 28 June 2019

The exhibition will present, Untitled (Murder Mystery People), some of Sherman’s earliest self-portrait photographs that were made in 1976, the year she graduated from the art department at the State University College at Buffalo, USA. The exhibition will also include the 16mm film, Doll Clothes, (1975) and a selection of works…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Photographer Terry O'Neill honoured

Photographer Terry O'Neill has been awarded a CBE for 'services to photography' in the Queen's birthday honours list published today. O'Neill joins a select group of photographers to be given the honour, including Don McCullin, Harry Benson and David Bailey. 

O'Neill is represented by Iconic Images. See: …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 8, 2019 at 6:00 — No Comments

Correct date of Roger Fenton’s 'Council of War' photograph

One of Roger Fenton’s (right) more popular images from the Crimean War is entitled Council of War held at Lord Raglan’s Head Quarters the Morning of the successful Attack on the Mamelon, Portraits of Lord Raglan, Maréchal Pélissier, and Omar Pacha (below). It was originally shown under this title at an exhibition of Fenton’s Crimean pictures held in…

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Added by David Robert Jones on June 6, 2019 at 6:00 — No Comments

The Life and Work of William Russell Sedgfield, Pioneer Photographer by Hardwicke Knight.

The Life and Work of William Russell Sedgfield, Pioneer Photographer by Hardwicke Knight was published in New Zealand during 1998 as a two volume limited edition of 200 copies. Does any member of this forum own a copy of this work? I am particularly interested in Sedgfield’s visits to the Norfolk seaside town of Great Yarmouth and his…

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Added by Paul Godfrey on June 4, 2019 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

York Calotype Trail and events / Autumn 2019

Autumn 2019 will see a commemoration of the 1844 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in York at which Hill and Adamson Calotyped many of the participants. To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the meeting York Philosophical Society, York Museums Trust (YMT) and York Explore (YE – formerly York Central Library) will present…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 2, 2019 at 11:09 — No Comments

Resource: Alfred Stieglitz Key Set

In 1949, Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Estate donated 1,311 photographs by Alfred Stieglitz to the National Gallery of Art and placed on deposit an additional collection of 331 portraits of O’Keeffe, which were later given to the Gallery in 1980. This collection, known as the Key Set, is an unparalleled selection of Stieglitz’s photographs,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 2, 2019 at 10:29 — No Comments

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