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Online event: Framing the Body: Yip Cheong Fun and Singapore Photography in the 1960s and 1970s / 28 January 2022

This session of Addressing Images is based on the work of Singapore photographer Yip Cheong Fun (1903-1989) in the 1960s and 1970s. We will discuss how Yip achieved 美感 (mei gan), or a feeling of beauty, that he along with other “amateur” practitioners in the local photographic community were seeking in the vignettes they composed, sometimes on group field…


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Research: Darkroom practice and conceptualisation

Dr Sara Dominici writes... I am writing to introduce the new website for my project on amateur darkroom practices. I am keen to connect with researchers and practitioners interested in the histories of the darkroom, and its conceptualisation and theorisation.: …


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Online event: ‘Ladies shall be eligible’ / 8 March 2022

As part of International Women's Day the Royal Photographic Society will be presenting Rose Teanby who will talk about early women photographers in the Photographic Society. 

Queen Victoria became joint patron of the Photographic Society of London (later the Royal Photographic Society) in May 1853 and continued her support until her death in…


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cfp: Photographic history without photographs / call deadline 12 February 2022

What is the shape and size of a photographic history that is written from the point of view of having no photographs? When photographs are destroyed, lost, repressed, or never intended to be permanent, it leaves a gap in what we usually refer to as our main research material.

By chance or by design, photographs disappear every day. They might be…


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Online event: Challenging Antisemitism / 20 January 2022

Following the success of last year's guest exhibition at Four Corners Gallery, 'My name is Sara', this online panel event curated by the artist Sara Davidmann explores how academic research, art and exhibitions addressing issues of antisemitism and the Holocaust can generate new ways of raising public awareness about the past and present, including…


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Event: Reflections on William Hope and the Crewe circle spirit photographs / 27 January 2022

During the opening decades of the 20th century, William Hope was a well-respected medium among the spiritualist community in Britain, with positive endorsements from major scientific figures such as the chemist William Crookes and the author and physician Arthur Conan Doyle. He was often seen as one of the few mediums to be able to produce authentic spirit…


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ICON Photographic Materials Group

Icon Photographic Materials Group committee is looking for a new chair. After six years as chair on the PhMG committee, Jacqueline Moon is stepping down and the committee is looking for a replacement. You don’t need to be a specialist in photograph conservation to apply, just a keen interest in photographs who’d like to gain experience running events and…


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Online event: The poet and the polymath in 3D / 29 January 2022

An online 3D event celebrating the anniversaries of the births of Robert Burns and Charles Wheatstone, will be held on Saturday, 29 January 2022 at 1730 GMT. It is free but registration is required. The programme will feature: 

Robert Burns – Scotland’s National Poet – His Life and Legacy in Stereoscopic…


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Bloomsbury Photograph Fair / London: 13 March 2022

The next two editions of the Bloomsbury Photograph Fair, London, will take place on 13 March and 9 October 2022 running from 0930-1500 at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury. It will be on at the same time as the Bloomsbury Book Fair.



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cfp: William Herschel bicentenary conference / 19 June 2022

Although this is not strictly photography-related this may be of interest to the BPH readership... 2022 sees the two-hundredth anniversary of the death of William Herschel, a profoundly significant figure in the field of astronomy, but one who made his early living as a musician - as an oboist, violinist, harpsichordist, organist, composer, and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 8, 2022 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Event: UK Wet Plate and Alternative Processes weekend / 19-21 August 2022

Tony Richards has published details of this event for those interested in collodion and alternative processes...Once again, Guys Cliffe House and grounds has been booked for what has become an annual event for wet platers in the UK. After several years of various sites around the UK, this central location is easily accessible by the majority.

After a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 8, 2022 at 14:52 — 1 Comment

Rediscovered Terence Donovan photographs to be shown for the first time

The Guardian newspaper has reported that long-lost photographs of Birmingham's 1990s rave club scene have been rediscovered after being hidden away for twenty-five years. The photographs were taken by Terence Donovan at the request of his son who was studying at Birmingham University and show the dance and rave club culture at the Que Club in January…


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Publication: Belgium Photographers 1839-1939: a bibliography

This new book Belgian Photographers 1839-1939 - A Chronological Bibliography of Publications from 1945 to 2020' offers an overview of printed publications, published between 1945 and 2020, about Belgian photographers who were active from the invention of photography until the beginning of the WWII. It is a chronological bibliography, followed by an…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 29, 2021 at 9:30 — No Comments

Job: Consultant Technician (Historic Photographic Collections) / closes 10 January 2022

The Folly is a Grade I listed historic house from 1679 in the heart of historic Settle. It houses the Museum of North Craven Life, which tells which tells fascinating tales of the people and landscape of the local area. We have recently acquired the Horner Collection, comprising approximately one thousand glass plate negatives from the Horner Photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 25, 2021 at 10:38 — No Comments

Job: Curator of Television and Broadcast / closes 16 January 2022

The National Science and Media Museum is implementing new programmes of research and interpretation of its world-leading collections relating to photography, film, television and sound technologies. The role of Curator of Television and Broadcast will take a leading role on championing our world class collections of Television and Broadcast in relation…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 19, 2021 at 8:47 — No Comments

11th International Magic Lantern Convention / Birmingham, 29 April–1 May 2022

The Magic Lantern Society has announced preliminary details of its 11th international convention which will take place in Birmingham from 29 April-1 May 2022. It will take place at its regular venue, the Birmingham and Midland Institute. 

See more here:…


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School of Scottish Studies Archive acquires Sutton-Hibbert photography

Earlier this year, the School of Scottish Studies Archive and the Centre for Research Collections teamed up with renowned Scottish photographer, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, to add a landmark collection of photos to the School’s documentary collections. Sutton-Hibbert has worked as a freelance…


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Caroline Douglas' research throws new light on Hill and Adamson

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art has published a short film about Caroline Douglas’s research project which focuses on a series of calotype salt prints made by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson in Edinburgh in the late nineteenth century. Hill and Adamson’s series of portraits of Newhaven fishwives are one of the world’s earliest…


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Auction: the Rossetti Family at home by Lewis Carroll

The Guardian newspaper reported that Bonhams New York was to sell an albumen photograph of the Rossetti Family at home (detail, right), dated 1863. The catalogue entry noted ' No similar quality original Lewis Carroll photograph of the Rossetti family has sold on the open market in recent years. Of the three known complete images of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 18, 2021 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

cfp: Fashion and Photography / by 11 February 2022

In the early 20th century, fashion and photography were indelibly wedded through the efforts of a number of photographers, fashion designers, and magazine publishers. Once these cultural power shapers created the form, fashion photography took on a life of its own and became—perhaps always was—art. This art form has…


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