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Exhibition: Cecil Beaton / Beetles+Huxley / 26 April - 20 May 2017

Beetles+Huxley are pleased to announce an exhibition of over 70 vintage Cecil Beaton photographs. The photographs have been held in an American private collection for over 60 years and this April they will finally be brought back to London, where this unique group will go on display for the first…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2017 at 9:40 — No Comments

Exhibition: Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow / Getty Museum / 23 May-13 August

During the rise of industrialization in mid-19th century Scotland, Thomas Annan ranked as the pre-eminent photographer of Glasgow. For more than 25 years, he prodigiously recorded the people, the social landscape, and the built environment of the city during a period of rapid growth and change.

Thomas Annan:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2017 at 9:35 — No Comments

Call for students: Photographic History MA

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre is recruiting students for the 2017/18 academic year for its highly regarded Photographic History MA. A postgraduate coffee evening is being held on 7 June. 

Reasons to study Photographic History MA at DMU:

  • Digital and analogue photographic…

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2017 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Talking Photography: Reality Check / 19 May

Birkbeck’s History and Theory of Photography Research Centre hosts an evening of visual exploration, with members from Ph: The Photography Research Network. Notions of reality will be explored through work from emerging artists/researchers Lauren…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2017 at 6:51 — No Comments

Course: Photographic Processes at the V&A / 8 May-3 July

This 8-week course, led by Almudena Romero is an extensive hands-on overview of photographic processes, from nineteenth century printing techniques to today’s latest 3D scanning technologies.

Participants will learn photographic processes based on leaves and flowers (anthotype…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante/ 23 May-13 August 13, 2017 / at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Poetic, penetrating, and often heartbreaking, Chris Killip’s In Flagrante remains the most important photobook to document the devastating impact of deindustrialization on working-class communities in northern England in the 1970s and 1980s. Now Then: Chris Killip…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Publication: Lyddell Sawyer

'Don't look at the Camera' Lyddell Sawyer photographer, 1856-1927 is a useful survey of the life and work of Newcastle and London photographer Lyddell Sawyer. It reproduces many of his genre and pictorial photographs. The book is by Geoff Lowe and has been produced in an edition of 200 with some 60 remaining.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2017 at 18:29 — No Comments

S+MM: Making Archives Accessible

Kirsty Fife, Curator of Library and Archives, at the National Science and Media Museum, formerly the National Media Museum, has published a blog discussing some of the archives the S+MM holds and how the museum is planning to make them accessible.

She says: 'Since July [2016] we’ve been working on…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2017 at 17:28 — No Comments

VR: Mat Collishaw's Thresholds at PhotoLondon

Photo London and Somerset House, in collaboration with Blain|Southern Gallery, presents Thresholds, a new virtual reality (VR) artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Mat Collishaw. Using the latest VR technology, Collishaw will restage Fox Talbot’s pioneering 1839 exhibition of…


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Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / Spring 2017

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced seminars this term which are free and open to all, at 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD. 

Thursday 27 April 2017, 6:00-7:30

Room 106

Christina Riggs (University of East Anglia)



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Job: Assistant Curator, Photographs (Content and Interpretation)

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or who are currently contributing to British history and culture.  The Gallery attracts over 2 million visits a year and is among London’s most popular attractions, it reaches and engages these, and further…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2017 at 20:11 — No Comments

PhD studentship: The cameraman’s experience of the Second World War:

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at Durham University: “The Army Film and Photographic Film Unit, 1941-1945”. This is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme. The partner institutions are Durham University and the IWM. The studentship will be supervised by Professor Jo Fox…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2017 at 17:23 — No Comments

Job: Conservation Technician for Photographic Materials / Rijksmuseum

To support the registration and digitization project Print Room Online the conservation department is looking for a Conservation Technician for Photographic Materials. The main purpose of this project is to catch up with the conservation and registration backlog in the varied collections of the print room. The principal…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 5, 2017 at 18:14 — No Comments

V&A outlines plans for the RPS Collection and Photography Centre - UPDATED

Wednesday 5 April 2017 -- Today, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) announces the expansion of its vast collection of historic and contemporary photography with the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection from the Science Museum Group. The addition of over 270,000 photographs, 26,000…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 5, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Conference: Diverse Migrations: Photography out of Bounds / Registration open

The consequences of the expansion of photographic practices around the globe are many and varied. Social interactions through and with analogue and digital photographs and the platforms across which photography is shared and disseminated keep challenging traditional socio-cultural boundaries. In its 2017…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2017 at 9:46 — No Comments

Symposium: Under the Dark Cloth / Derby, 8 April

Under the Dark Cloth: Working with Photography Studio Archives is an International one-day symposium at QUAD, Derby, presented to coincide with the exhibition People, Places, and Things: the W. W. Winter’s Archive, on show at …


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2017 at 9:04 — No Comments

Job: Conservator, Photographs and Paper / V&A

The V&A is the world's leading museum of art, design and performance. We enrich people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world. The Conservation Department has a worldwide reputation for the excellence of its practical work, for…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 28, 2017 at 19:08 — 2 Comments

V&A talks about its future plans and the RPS Collection

The Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group held a series of talks at the V&A Museum on 25 March. One of these provided the first opportunity for the Society and the public to hear about the museum’s plans for the RPS Collection…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2017 at 20:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Permanent Olive Edis galleries open at Cromer Museum

A new display celebrating the life and artistic legacy of Olive Edis officially opens at Cromer Museum on Wednesday 29 March, following the success of of a major exhibition at Norwich Castle. The same day a new touring exhibition, The Road to Ypres, exploring Edis’ war photography opens at the North…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2017 at 18:07 — No Comments

TV: Smile! The Nation's Family Album

Smile! The Nation's Family Album is a BBC TV documentary which was shown earlier this week looking at the family photograph album. Gil Pasternak was academic consultant and the programme aso features Colin Harding. It is available to watch on iPlayer or more freely on Youtube here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2017 at 7:45 — No Comments

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