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Job: Freelance curator - Hidden Histories of rural north Devon: Opening up the Beaford Archive

Beaford Arts has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out a major conservation and digitisation exercise that will curate and publish online around 10,000 unseen images that together illustrate the late 20th Century social history of rural north Devon. It is seeking a freelance curator for the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2018 at 20:01 — No Comments

Job: Head of Membership and Fundraising / Martin Parr Foundation

The Martin Parr Foundation was formed in 2014. The aim of the Foundation is to support and promote photography from the British Isles and with this it:: 

  • Preserves the…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2018 at 8:14 — No Comments

Exhibition: John Thomson and his photography in Asia / until 22 June 2018

The first London exhibition devoted to the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) and his photography in Asia will be shown from 12 April-22 June 2018 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS. Thomson’s photography of China, Siam (Thailand) and Cambodia was widely praised by his peers and continues to enthuse new…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 16, 2018 at 8:15 — 2 Comments

Film premiere and seminar day: British Photography from the 1970s / 20-21 April 2018

The Martin Parr Foundation is presenting a programme of events, over the course of two days, celebrating and exploring British photography from the 1970s. The world premier of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay, produced and directed by Grant Scott and Tim…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:44 — No Comments

Job: Archive Manager, Autograph ABP

Autograph is looking for a Full Time Archive Manager to help it undertake a programme of work to catalogue and care for its unique photographic collection as well as assess the potential to achieve accreditation.

The archive contains digital and analogue assets dating from the 1860s to current day and includes…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:34 — No Comments

Lantern slides: Teaching Geography through Illustrated Lectures

Cambrdige University Special Collections has six textbooks published between 1910 and 1914. In October 1907 it hired the British artist Alfred Hugh Fisher to journey around the British empire…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

John Thomson grave restoration project: your help requested

The final resting place of the photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) who photographed in China and Asia in the 1860s and 1870s has been recently located and is the subject of a project to restore it. Located in Streatham cemetery, south London, the badly eroded headstone has fallen over and is lying flat on the ground…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Seminar: PHRC, De Montfort University, Leicester, 9 April 2018

The next Cultures of Photography seminar in conjunction with the Photographic History Research Centre takes place at De Montfort University, Leicester, on 9 April 2018 from 1700-1830. 

In a paper titled: For ‘the interchange of thought and experience among photographers’. The role of the photographic society in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Mirror Mirror / near Salisbury, 16-20 May 2018

For the past seven years, photographer Tif Hunter has nursed an interest in ‘tintypes’. These are handmade, one-off images which use a 19th century technique, developed in the early days of photography. First invented in the 1850s, tintypes were particularly popular during the Civil War in late 19th century…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2018 at 8:23 — No Comments

Conference: Photo History Photo Future / Rochester, NY, 20-22 April 2018

Rochester, NY will draw hundreds of people April 20th-22nd to celebrate the past and present of photography at the RIT Photo History Photo Future Conference. 

The three- day conference includes presentations from academics, individual researchers and hobbyists alike. Topics to be covered range from…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2018 at 8:16 — No Comments

DMU secures £500,000 grant from JPICH

Dr Gil Pasternak of De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has secured a grant of over £500,000 for a project DigiCONFLICT exploring the role of digital media in defining cultural heritage. Pasternak, Senior Research Fellow in Photographic History, will lead the research consortium consisting of a team of researchers…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2018 at 18:33 — No Comments

Auction: Jubilee / Beryl Vosburgh collection / 3 May 2018

The ‘Jubilee’ Collection amassed by one of the first specialist antique photographica dealers and collectors in London, the late Beryl Vosburgh will go under the hammer at Special Auction Services in Newbury on Thursday, 3 May and is expected to realise in excess of £30,000.

The auction comprises items from…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2018 at 18:18 — 1 Comment

NPG photography curator Philip Prodger departs

Philip Prodger, Head of Photographs Collection at the National Portrait Gallery left on Thursday, 29 March 2018 after almost four years in the role, and will return to the United States.

In a statement, yesterday, he said: "Today was my last day at the National Portrait Gallery. I will continue to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Peter James MA ASICI FRPS (1958-2018) - UPDATED

The news of the death of Peter James from organ failure which has just been announced has shocked and saddened the world of photographic history. Photography has lost one of its most active and accomplished historians and a wider champion for photography. In a community which is not a large one Pete was a giant and the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2018 at 8:23 — No Comments

Symposium: Activating the Archive: Contemporary uses of Visual Archives / Bristol, 5 May

IC Visual Lab is holding a symposium, ACTIVATING THE ARCHIVE: Contemporary Uses of Visual Archives, which takes place at the Arnolfini, Bristol, on 5 May. This one-day symposium explores the many ways archives are activated within the arts…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2018 at 8:11 — No Comments

Exhibition: Hit the North, Manchester, from 19 April 2018

Hit the North celebrates northern photography across five decades. From incisive studio portraiture to grand rural vistas to quiet urban details, photographs will fill Manchester Central Library’s first-floor exhibition space. The show…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 25, 2018 at 9:54 — No Comments

Conference and cfp: 15th Image and Research / November 2018

The Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) of the Girona City Council and the Association of Archivists of Catalonia, are calling the 15th Image and Research International Conference, which will be held in the …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 17, 2018 at 8:25 — No Comments

The Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Curators’ Training Programme

Art photography collections are held at regional museums, libraries and archives across the country but often without specialist curatorial expertise and, subsequently, many photography collections tend to be 'dormant' and inaccessible to experts and audiences, and curators responsible for photography…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2018 at 19:20 — No Comments

Lecture: Recording history: Photographic collections at the Library / Edinburgh, 27 March 2018

The National Library of Scotland is undertaking the first major survey of its extensive photographic collections, to establish the breadth, depth and quality of the photographs. In this talk, Photographic Collections Curator Blake Milteer will provide insight into the survey project's goals,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2018 at 19:14 — No Comments

cfp: Stereo Photography: Images, Inventions and Advancements / St Andrews, 18-19 October 2018

The University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections Division will be hosting a conference on the broader themes surrounding Stereo Photography during 18-19 October, 2018. This is…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2018 at 19:07 — No Comments

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