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Publication: Making Photographs in Platinum and Palladium with the Contemporary Printing-out Process

Platinotype: Making Photographs in Platinum and Palladium with the Contemporary Printing-out Process describes the mechanisms and chemistry of platinum/palladium printing in safe and practical ways. Clearly presented formulae allow the printer to work with platinum, palladium, or varying combinations of both. The printed-out image…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 20, 2020 at 10:17 — No Comments

Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2020 - winners announced

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has announced the two winners of its annual Photography and Moving Image Book Awards. Chicago-based artist LaToya Ruby Frazier has won the Photography Book Award for her eponymous book LaToya Ruby Frazier (Mousse Publishing & Mudam Luxembourg), which brings together three photographic series that comment on racial…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 20, 2020 at 10:00 — No Comments

Auction: Iain Macmillan's Hasselblad camera / 13 October 2020

The Hasselblad camera used by Iain Macmillan (1938-2006) to photograph The Beatles' 1969 Abbey Road album cover is being offered for auction by Bonhams on 13 October 2020. The Hasseblad 500C camera comes with its Zeiss Planar 80mm /2.8 lens and the viewfinder screen is still marked up with lines outlining the Abbey Road crossing.

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 20, 2020 at 10:00 — No Comments

Publication: How Change Happens: Photography, Education and Society

There was a paradigm shift in the way photography was taught in Britain in the 1960/70s. In How Change Happens: Photography Education and Society May McWilliams uses four colleges - Derby College/Trent Poly, Newport College, London College of Printing, Regent Street Polytechnic -  as case studies to illustrate the change. Oral history accounts…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2020 at 12:00 — No Comments

Fotografiska London is no more...for now

Fotografiska London, the Museum of Photography, which was originally due to open in 2018 has been cancelled as the investment group behind it, Fotografiska…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 17, 2020 at 20:00 — No Comments

Online conference: Let Us Now Praise Famous Women / 24 October 2020

Let Us Now Praise Famous Women: Discovering the work of Female Photographers is an online conference being held on 24 October as part of Photo Oxford. It will explore the critical work of women writing about, collecting, and curating photography by women.

Key questions include how women’s voices are heard in the history and criticism of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 13, 2020 at 8:52 — 2 Comments

Auction: Snowdon - A life in art and objects / 4-24 September 2020

Although he would come to be best known as a member of the British royal family, Lord Snowdon was first, foremost and to the end, a photographer. A selection of his prints and other personal possessions are offered in a Christie's auction:  Snowdon: A Life in Art and Objects running online from 4-24 September. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 13, 2020 at 8:45 — No Comments

Roger Watson to retire from Lacock's Fox Talbot Museum

Roger Watson, curator of the Fox Talbot Museum at Lacock, is to retire at the end of this month. In a Facebook post to friends he said: 'After 20 years at the Fox Talbot Museum it seems the right time to go. I leave with so many great memories. This has been the most significant portion of my career and I’ve enjoyed it so much. The best memories were my talks…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 8, 2020 at 20:00 — 4 Comments

Lacock Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum re-open

The National Trust has re-opened Lacock Abbey grounds and the adjacent Fox Talbot Museum. Admission is by pre-booked timed ticket. The Abbey rooms remain closed.

Admission is £10 and at the time of writing there are slots available at half-hourly intervals until 13 September. Tickets are released weekly each Friday and must be booked by 1500 on the day…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 6, 2020 at 14:33 — No Comments

Capt Sir Tom Moore, Keighley and photography

One of the more heart-warming stories coming out of the UK's COVID-19 lockdown was the fund-raising garden walk of centenarian Tom Moore, who raised over £30 million and was knighted for his efforts. There is a photography angle to this and the following text from the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 6, 2020 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Online course: Looking to the present, looking to the past / from 9 September 2020

This first, of a three-part series, led by Colin Pantall, consists of eight lectures. It will introduce you to the contemporary practice of photography through examples that link the historical, the contemporary, and the theoretical in a way that is dynamic, visual, and accessible to everybody.

Touching on major photographic genres such as landscape…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2020 at 17:23 — No Comments

Online talk:From Banff to Balmoral: The photography of George Washington Wilson

From Banff to Balmoral: The photography of George Washington Wilson is an online talk by Paul Stonell from the Royal Collection Trust, for Aberdeen University museums and special collections. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2020 at 16:20 — 1 Comment

Online conference: Don't Press Print - the collodion process: online conference / 1-2 October 2020

The announcement in The Chemist (March, 1851) of Frederick Scott Archer’s wet-collodion process transformed how photography was practiced…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2020 at 15:59 — No Comments

Archive: Helen Muspratt goes to the Bodleian

The Helen Muspratt archive has been the subject of various BPH blogs in the past, most recently in connection with the upcoming Photo Oxford Festival exhibition Women & Photography: Ways of Seeing…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 29, 2020 at 17:57 — No Comments

Proposed changes at the National Trust may adversely impact Britain's photographic heritage - UPDATED

Britain's photographic heritage is likely to be adversely impacted if proposals in a leaked National Trust discussion document come to pass. Written by the Trust's visitor experience director Tony Berry, it sets out a ten-year vision that will directly impact historic properties, curatorial and conservation posts and put collections in to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 22, 2020 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

Online course: Women in the Frame – A History of Gender and the Photographic Portrait

This three-day course will investigate and highlight the role of women photographers from the 19th century to today and their influence in the field of photographic portraiture. Beginning by exploring the use of the camera by women during the birth of the medium, the course will go on to examine how 20th century women photographers…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 22, 2020 at 9:30 — No Comments

Online: Historic process demonstrations

Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY, is hosting process historian Mark Osterman who will share techniques from the history of photography and demonstrating some of the methods.used. 

The talks are being held over four months and are free to attend, although pre-booking is required. They will take place via…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 22, 2020 at 7:00 — No Comments

Video: inside the Hardmans' House

The E. Chambré Hardman House in Liverpool is a photographic time-capsule and has been looked after by the National Trust since 2003. Currently closed due to COVID-19 the Trust has released a guided-tour film showing what is inside and how the collection of negatives…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 21, 2020 at 15:38 — No Comments

Jobs: Amber Film & Photography Collective

Amber Film & Photography Collective which includes Side Gallery, Newcastle-on-Tyne is recruiting for a series of part-time positions. 

  • Audience Development Coordinator - …
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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 21, 2020 at 15:24 — 5 Comments

Publication: BASSANO The making of a court photographer

Alexander Bassano established "one of the most important photographic studios of the Victorian era. His sitters included royalty, aristocracy, politicians, and leading names from the military, sciences and arts". Over 2,000 glass negative plates from the Bassano studio are housed at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Yet so little is known about…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 16, 2020 at 18:30 — No Comments

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