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Race to save Settle's Horner photography collection

The Horner Collection is a group of over 1000 photographs which were taken by the Horner photography studio in Settle for three generations from 1864 to 1960. Their photographs capture the changing faces and places of Settle and the surrounding areas for nearly a hundred years.

The Museum of…

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Online exhibition: Photographing Fairies / until 19 August 2021

I n December 1920, in the aftermath of the first world war photographs appeared in a London magazine which apparently proved the existence of fairies. Embraced by believers, dissected by sceptics, and sprinkled with celebrity by Arthur Conan Doyle, the Cottingley Fairy Photographs fascinated everyone.

One hundred years later, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh,…

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Online: Getting to grips with your photographic collection / 24 February 2021

The Scottish Council on Archives Preservation Committee has announced its first webinar in its latest series: Focus on Photography. From identifying photographic type and how to care for them to dating images through fashion, these sessions will explore many different aspects of managing photographs in archive collections. Designed for archivists and anyone…

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Alinari Foundation has a new home

The Florentine has announced that: the Alinari Archive, with its over five million items from the 1840s to the present day, was purchased by the Region of Tuscany at the end of 2019 and now has a new home. It is now under the management of the new Alinari Foundation (Fondazione Alinari), which has the scope of conserving and promoting…

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cfp: Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography / 3D-Con, 12 August, 2021 / deadline 15 May 2021

After the success of last year’s inaugural 'Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography' held virtually at the 3D-Con (annual conference), the National Stereoscopic Association is again seeking papers on the history of stereography for its second annual “Sessions.”

We seek presentations on any aspect of stereo-media from the inception of…

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Publication: Herbert Ponting. Scott's Antarctic Photographer and Pioneer Filmmaker

A forthcoming publication will tell the story of the photographer and filmmaker Herbert Ponting.  Ponting (1870-1935) was young bank clerk when he bought an early Kodak camera. By the early 1900s, he was living in California, working as a professional photographer, known for stereoview and enlarged images of America, Japan and the…

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Online: Troubling Images: Curating Collections of Historical Photographs / 26 February 2021

Historical photography collections sometimes contain images that can be deeply troubling to contemporary viewers. What should be done with collections that include photographs of colonial violence, enslaved subjects, racist stereotypes, or other difficult imagery?

Join moderator David Odo and photography curators Mark Sealy, Makeda Best, and Ilisa…

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cfp: International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media / deadline 1 March 2021

The International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media aims to bring together the research fields of photography, sound and cinema, considering their historical and current relationships with expanded and immersive environments. In 2021, due to the Corona virus pandemic, its 4th edition will adopt an online format and will combine traditional plenary…

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Online: Live from the image collections / 23 February 2021

Join curators from Museums Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Fiona Kinsey and Collection Manager Lorenzo Iozzi for an intimate snapshot of the collection dating back to the 1800s.

The collection store is home to hundreds of cameras, projectors and photographic accessories, and hundreds of thousands of images. This…

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Film: W W Winter, Derby

A short film by Martin Shakeshaft gives an introduction to one of the oldest working photography businesses in the UK, W. W. Winter of Derby, which is still in business and with origins back to 1855. 

See:…

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Workshops: Alternative Photography

Cristina Nuñez is presenting a series of experimental online workshops by The Real Photography Company in Bristol, investigating alternative photography processes and techniques. The four one-month workshops will be run in the SPEX platform from April to July. You can enrol on one workshop or two, three or perhaps all of them for a special price.

The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 6, 2021 at 18:00 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser / London, from 27 March 2021

A new exhibition at the V&A Museum, London, explore its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from manuscript to a global phenomenon beloved by all ages. Photography from Lewis Carroll to Julia Margaret Cameron features in the exhibition of course and is also the subject of an online essay…

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Tekkiepix connects 100 years of technology industry photography

A new web site conceived by journalist and broadcaster Barry Fox has been launched to bring together more than 100 years of technology industry photography in one place. The aptly-named …

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Auction: W F Donkin and mountaineering / 10 February 2021

Bonhams' auction of Travel and Exploration on 10 February includes an album of mountaineering photographs by William F Donkin and Vittorio Sella, dating from the 1880s. It is estimated at £6000-8000. Donkin was a member of the Photographic Society from 1881 until his death in a mountaineering accident in 1888 and the Society's honorary…

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Online symposia: Anemoia: A Nostalgia for a Time I Never Knew / 1700-2000 (GMT) 27 February 2021

Hundred Heroines which celebrates women in photography is presenting an online symposium to discuss the work of the Heroines showcased in its Anemoia online gallery, It will have some special guests and will include a Q&A.

Chaired by Haley Drolet…

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cfp: PHRC annual conference: Photography and Its Many Colours / deadline 26 February 2021

Recent scholarship surrounding the development, use, and reuse of colour photography has highlighted the need for more research and debate about photographic colour, in terms of histories, technologies and the emotions they have affected. Long told as merely a triumphalist history of technological achievement, colour photography is steeped as well in…

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Exhibition: Lee Miller: Fashion in Wartime Britain / 21 March-July 2021

Farleys House & Gallery is presenting Lee Miller: Fashion in Wartime Britain, a major exhibition opening on 21 March 2021. The exhibition will explore the under recognised body of fashion photography made by the renowned surrealist photographer during the Second World War. It will feature over…

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Online: Out of the Archives - Four Corners / February 2021

Out of the Archive is a new online talks series exploring how photography archives can both document the past and inspire the present. It is presented by Four Corners and will bring in organisations and artists working with archives to share untold stories, initiate new work and catalyse community projects. It runs on Thursdays throughout…

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Cyanotype moves on to television

Photographic artist Melanie King, who uses cyanotype and alternative processes in her work has collaborated with Professor Lucie Green to produce Solar Orbiter, a series of ITV screen idents. They will be shown during February 2021. …

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Online: The photographs of William Robert Hogg (1844-1928)

William Robert Hogg worked as a photographer for Jabez Hughes of Ryde. He was frequently sent to photograph Queen Victoria at Osborne House. Later in life he ran a tobacconist shop and sub post office in the town but still recorded the area on his plate…

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