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Job: Director, Nicéphore Niépce Museum

The Nicéphore Niépce museum in Chalon-sur-Saône is looking for a new director. With a collection of 3 million photographs, prints, negatives, contact sheets, historic cameras etc., the Nicéphore Niépce museum is one of the first museums in the history of photography in France. Created in 1972, it holds the…

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Course: Histories of Photography / TPG, from 4 September

Histories of Photography: Invention, Transformation & Affirmation is an eight-week course from The Photographers' Gallery, London. It introduces participants to the richness and diversity of photography’s histories. It takes its point of departure from photography’s early…

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Course: History of Photography / V&A, from 3 October

The V&A was one of the first museums to collect and exhibit photographs. Today, the collection is one of the most important in the world, recognised internationally for its breadth of content, including works that span the 1820s to the present day. This is a particularly…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography / from 17 November

Using his knowledge of art, botany, chemistry, and optics, William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800–1877) invented a means of turning an ordinary piece of paper into “photogenic drawings,” calotypes, and salted paper prints in 1839. Featuring more than 30 works, many of which have never…

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Exhibition: Camera, Obscured. The fine art photography of Paul Laib / from 26 July

Paul Laib moved to London from Hamburg at the end of the nineteenth century. For fifty years he worked as a fine art photographer from his studio in South Kensington, hired by artists to document their work. Using archive materials and pieces from the De Laszlo collection of Paul Laib negatives, this exhibition…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2017 at 8:42 — No Comments

Download: The Other Observers. Women in Photography in Britain 1900 to the Present

Women in Photography the Other Observers was commissioned in 1984 by the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television. Val Williams researched into the history of women in photography, resulting in a book, a TV…

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Exhibition: Illuminating India: Photography 1857–2017 / from 4 October 2017

As part of the Science Museum's Illuminating India season a new exhibition Illuminating India: Photography 1857-2017, will be an ambitious and unprecedented survey of the technological and cultural development of the medium in India, examining photography’s changing role in charting the recent history…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2017 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Swaps: Photographs from the David Hurn Collection / from 30 September 2017

This exhibition, which mirrors, but is not the same as, the standout exhibition at PhotoLondon in May (seen below), celebrates the major gift of photographs from David Hurn’s private collection and marks the opening of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’s first gallery dedicated to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Conservation: The Sutton Collection

BPH has covered the work on the Sutton Collection in the past. There is a recent blog posting by Sarah Allen who looks at the conservation work being undertaken on the negatives in the collection. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2017 at 16:49 — 1 Comment

Auction: two WW1 hospital autochromes / 13 July 2017 (UPDATED)

Special Auction Services's Fine Photographica auction includes two half-plate autochrome images showing First Eastern General Hospital on The Backs in Cambridge, c1914-15.  The auction takes place on 13 July 2017 at Newbury or online at the-saleroom.com. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

Digitised: Australian Photo Review 1894-1956

The complete run of the Australian Photo Review from January 1894 to December 1956 has been digitised and made available by the State Library of New South Wales. The journal was the most influential in Australia throughout its history. 

This title has been digitised and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 1, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

Job: Research Assistant / Bradford’s National Museum: Methods for re-founding 'inter/national' museums translocally

We are looking for a researcher to play a key role in a new research project to be run in collaboration with the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The research project will use a variety of different research methods – including action and participatory research – to explore the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: New Realities. Photography in the Nineteenth Century / Amsterdam, until 17 September 2017

Every so often a photography exhibition comes along which provides a new perspective on what may often be a familiar history of photography and re-excites one as a photo-historian. New Realities is one such show and, if you see no other photography exhibition over the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Britain on Film: Coast and Sea

Last year Britain on Film took a closer look at rural life across the UK, today the BFI announces Britain on Film: Coast and Sea, an online collection of over 600 newly digitised films, ranging from 1898 to 2000, from the BFI National Archive and the UK’s national and regional film and TV archives,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

10:45 Impressions Gallery Celebrates Historic Double Anniversary

One of Europe’s oldest and most important specialist photography galleries is celebrating a double anniversary throughout the summer of 2017. Impressions Gallery, originally established in 1972 in York, celebrates 10 years since its relocation to Bradford in 2007, as well as 45 years as a photography gallery and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2017 at 18:47 — No Comments

Job: Head of Photographs, IWM

You will provide professional leadership for IWM’s internationally important collection of historic photographs, which is recognised as one of the most significant photographic collections in Great Britain, unique in its scale, depth and scope. The IWM’s holdings currently comprise several million analogue and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 15, 2017 at 6:39 — No Comments

Exhibition: Face, Shape and Angle. The photography of Helen Muspratt / from 20 June

Photographs by pioneering Swanage photographer, Helen Muspratt, whose studio opened in Swanage in 1928 are the subject of Face, Shape and Angle. The photography of Helen Muspratt at the Fine Doundation Gallery, Durston Castle, from 20 June 2017. Muspratt's work includes her portraiture of Paul Nash and Eileen…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 11, 2017 at 12:16 — No Comments

Explore Europe's photography collections

Europeana.eu enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's galleries, museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections. Explore the history of photography in 2,301,790 items from European collections. See the photography collections here: …

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Course: Preserving Historic Photographs / 14 November 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…

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Obituary: Pat Stewart

Pat Stewart, the Tiller girl in the polka dot dress, who was famously captured by Bert Hardy in Blackpool, has died aged 83 years. Hardy's photograph was a Picture Post front cover in 1951. The picture was taken by Hardy on a Brownie camera to show that great photographs were created by the photographer…

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