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Publication: Photography and the 1851 Great Exhibition

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, held in London from May to Ocbober of 1851, was the genesis of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Published to accompany the opening of the V&A Photography Centre, this book makes extensive use of the V&A collections and archival material related…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2018 at 7:27 — No Comments

Archive: Boots the Chemist

Boots Archive are delighted to announce the second phase release of the online catalogue of the Walgreens Boots Alliance archive collections. This digital resource, which launched in 2017 has been supported by the Wellcome Trust, through their Research Resources programme. The archive includes phootgraphy and material…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2018 at 16:49 — No Comments

Event: John Thomson: pioneer of travel photography / London, 15 October 2018

In this lecture Deborah Ireland explores how the Royal Geographic Society's first instructor in photography, John Thompson, applied images to the science of geography, to guide and influence a new generation of travellers. Thomson had a career as a photographer in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2018 at 16:40 — No Comments

V&A Photography Centre opened to the public today

The first day open to the public was a busy one for the V&A Museum's new Photography Centre as the pictures here show. Phase one of the Photography Centre more than doubles the space dedicated to photography at the V&A, spanning four new galleries. It opens with the major display Collecting…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

Workshop: Van Dyke Brown Workshop / London: 30 October + 24 November 2018

Make exquisite rich brown images using this 19th century print technique.  Lead by photographic artist Catriona Gray who specialises in alternative processes, this short, three-hour workshop,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2018 at 17:08 — No Comments

Auction: Cottingley Fairies image realises £15,000+BP

An image of Alice and the Fairies taken in 1917 by Elsie Wright, and one of the hoax photographs known as the Cottingley Fairies sold for £15,000 (plus 20% buyer's premium) at Dominic Winter auctions on 4 October. 

First in the series of five Cottingley Fairies photographs, a hoax…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2018 at 17:04 — No Comments

Auction report: Alfred Swaine Taylor archive / 5 October 2018

Yesterday saw the dispersal of the Alfred Swaine Taylor family collection and archive at Lacy Scott & Knight auction house in Bury St Edmunds. BPH reported on the auction back in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 6, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

Job: Kraszna-Krausz Foundation administrator

Are you as passionate about photography, film and the moving image as you are about books? The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation which was created by Andor Kraszna-Krausz, the founder of Focal Press in 1995, is looking for an Administrator

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  • Administer the Foundation itself,…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2018 at 18:12 — No Comments

Job: Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation / National Science and Media Museum / closes 10 October

At the National Science and Media Museum, striving to develop our digital collections as a leader in the interpretation and impact of sound and light technologies on human life, we are currently in the midst of a 5-million pound 'Masterplan' project…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 27, 2018 at 6:34 — No Comments

Exhibition: East End Suffragettes: The Photography of Norah Smyth / from 2 November 2018

This autumn, the remarkable photographs of suffragette Norah Smyth will be returning to the East End after one hundred years. East End Suffragettes: the photographs of Norah Smyth opens at Four Corners Gallery on 2nd November.  Smyth's photographs, never exhibited in the UK,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 12:16 — No Comments

cfp: Circulating Photographs: Materials, Practices, Institutions / Rome, 18-22 March 2019

Photography has always been a powerful tool of communication and has developed into an instrument of our everyday experience: Through photographs we are able to communicate quickly and easily with each other. As a medium of social interaction, photographic images are used as a handy alternative to language,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 11:31 — No Comments

Publication: Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image

Cambridge University Press has just published Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Event: ‘The Camera on Wheels’ / London, 8 November 2018

Starting from the analysis of the article ‘The Camera on Wheels’, which was published in the magazine Amateur Photographer in December 1885, Sara Dominici explores the relation between photography and cycling in late Victorian Britain. It looks, in particular, at how the confluence of new ways of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 10:32 — No Comments

Publication: Photography and the Art Market

Lund Humphries presents the latest volume in its series of Handbooks in International Art Business, an essential guide to the development of photography as an art form and how to navigate this growing market. Photography and the Art Market charts the transition of photographs created for aesthetic ends from a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 10:09 — 1 Comment

Events: collecting photography and the art market

This autumn, London's Photographers' Gallery will be running a series of events focused on the particulars of collecting photography and understanding its position in the wider art market today. Offering top tips and guidance from a range of industry experts, we will provide insider’s advice on how the photography…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Conference presentations: French paper negatives: production, characterization, preservation

Marie-Angélique Languille et Céline Daher have announced that the videos of the conference French paper negatives: production, characterization, preservation which took place from 7-8 December 2017 have been uploaded here: …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 9:57 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution / London, until 24 March 2019

Newly discovered albums from the National Science and Media Museum collection form part of a new exhibition at the Science Museum The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution. Investigating the role of science in the lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, this exhibition takes visitors…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 9:47 — No Comments

Publication: Secure the Shadow. Somerset Photographers 1839-1939

This new book is not just a dating guide to old photographs, but is also a celebration of Somerset’s photographic history, as seen through the lives and work of nearly 800 photographers. It will appeal to family, local, social and photographic historians, including collectors, as a reliable and indispensable reference…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2018 at 6:00 — No Comments

Obituary: Bill Buchanan (1932-2018)

The death of Bill Buchanan deprives the history of photography of one of the key figures in the rise of interest in the subject over the last sixty years.

William Menzies Buchanan was born in Trinidad in 1932. He studied at Glasgow School of Art and then taught in Glasgow schools for five years before joining…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 15, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

V&A Photography Centre: Spotlight

Photography is under the spotlight as the V&A Museum prepares for the 12 October opening of its new Photography Centre which unites - and shows to the public - the V&A and RPS collections. The Photography Spotlight celebrates the Centre, home to the national collection of the art of photography and shows…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 14, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

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