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Talk: Constructing the orient: John Thomson's portraits in China 1868-72 / Bournemouth, 28 April 2019

The scope of John Thomson’s photographic portraits in China is astonishing, especially considering the challenges which faced an itinerant photographer in the mid-nineteenth century.

Angela Cheung, a doctoral student in the History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS, London, explores in greater detail how and why Thomson took certain photographs, and who…

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Exhibition: The Road to Ypres: The War Photography of Olive Edis / from 1 March 2018

A touring exhibition highlighting the work of Norfolk photographer Olive Edis will head to Great Yarmouth’s library next month. It is the final stop for the touring display, The Road to Ypres: The War Photography of Olive Edis, which will be at the library from March 1-31. The new venue coincides with the centenary of when the photographs…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 1, 2019 at 7:45 — 1 Comment

cfp: Photography and Printed Matter 20th Anniversary / St Andrews, proposals by 29 March 2019

The Association for Art History’s Summer Symposium is a two-day annual conference that highlights current doctoral and early career research. This year the Summer Symposium celebrates its twentieth anniversary. The 2019 event will focus on research on photography and other forms of printed matter.

Held at the School of Art History at…

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Symposium: The Camera, Colonialism and social networks / Broughton House, 9 April 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the symposium: The Camera, Colonialism and Social Networks, from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day. Join us to hear talks on themes inspired by the photographic collection of E A Hornel, delivered by nine academics, curators, collections managers and researchers from around the…

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Event: Photo-history talks / Bristol, 9 March 2019

The Royal Photographic Society's Historical Group will be holding a series of photo-history talks on Saturday, 9 March at the Society's new photography centre in Bristol. The three confirmed speakers are Debbie Ireland who will talk about the life and photography of Isabella Bird, Malcolm Corrigall who will discuss Minna Keene in South Africa 1903-1913, and…

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cfp: Fast Forward: How do women work / proposals by 1 March 2019

Following two inspiring international conferences about the role of Women Photographers, held at Tate Modern in April 2015 and National Gallery of Art in Lithuania in 2017, we are hosting the third conference at Tate Modern, in autumn 2019. Through a mix of call for papers and invited speakers, this public event aims to bring together key voices from across…

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cfp: Stars, Pyramids & Photographs: Charles Piazzi Smyth, 1819-1900 / proposals by 5 April 2019

Charles Piazzi Smyth, second Astronomer Royal for Scotland (1846-1888), had a career that took him to the Cape of Good Hope, Tenerife and Egypt and encompassed interests spanning mountaintop observation, photography, spectroscopy, meteorology, metrology and pyramidology. He was responsible for developing a time service for Edinburgh, with a time ball on…

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Exhibition: Lacock Abbey Birthplace of Photography on Paper / New York, from 2 March 2019

Hans P Kraus Jr Fine Photographs will be opening a new exhibition Lacock Abbey. Birthplace of Photography on Paper at his New York gallery on 2. It runs until10 March 2019. The exhibition brings together work from Willam Henry Fox Talbot, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Abelardo Morell and Mike Robinson artists first shown together in the well-received…

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Exhibition: Robin McInnes: A Portrait of the Isle of Wight 1860-1950 / until 14 April 2019

A major exhibition of photographs depicting the changing face of the Isle of Wight since the 1860s has opened at Dimbola on the Isle of Wight. The photographs, which include countryside and coastal views, shipwrecks, transport and social scenes, are drawn from the collections of Professor Robin McInnes OBE of St Lawrence and Andy Butler of Ventnor. The…

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Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / London

The History and Theory of Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck, London, has a series of spring seminars which are free and and open to all.

Tuesday 26 March 2019, 6-7:30pm

Room 114 (Keynes Library), 46 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD

Jennifer Tucker, History Department and Science in Society Program, Wesleyan…

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Aerial photography made available online

Cambridge University’s Collection of Aerial Photographs, CUCAP, represents a unique, long and proud tradition of aerial survey and interpretation in the British Isles and Europe, started by the pioneering Roman archaeologist JK St Joseph. Much of the imagery is remarkable, of great technical interest (e.g. early colour aerial photography), of high…

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Job: Photographic Collections Network / closes 15 March 2019

The Photographic Collections Network is seeking a manager. The initial contract will be for 15 months, freelance, part-time, but our intention is to make this a permanent position, subject to funding. The fee is £36,000.

Late in 2018, the PCN had a second grant confirmed from Arts Council England. This allows us to build and strengthen the network, and…

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Publication: Everyone a Photographer. The rise of amateur photography in the Netherlands 1880-1940

This new book accompanies an exhibition of the same title which opened at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, on 14 February. Researched and written by curator Mattie Boom the book describes and illustrates…

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Exhibition: The Origin of Photography: Great Britain / Tokyo, from 5 March 2019

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, which fills the role of Japan’s main photographic cultural centre, holds an exhibition every spring focusing on early photographs and this year, 2019, it will present The Origin of Photography: Great Britain exhibition.

Research into methods of photography began in the latter part of the 18th…

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Impact Photos picture agency and library

Impact Photos agency and library which formed in the early 1980s has closed. Impact, as co-founder Philippe Achache put it so succinctly is ‘Pactin’…and is now in hundreds of cardboard boxes in a lock up garage in Queens park NW London awaiting collection by the nearly 400 contributing photographers from over the past 40 years.

The…

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Exhibition: Photobook Belge / from 1 March 2019

FoMu Antwerp is showing an exhibition devoted to the Belgium photobook from 1 March-6 October 2019.  Photobooks have been one of the most effective means of expression for photographers since photography began.They remain in circulation, are portable and can be reissued, thus reaching a larger public than an exhibition ever could. To date, hardly any research…

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Event: Victorian Photographers in Highgate Cemetery / London: 21 February 2019

Stephen Furniss will talk about Victorian photography in general, but concentrate on the many Victorian photographers who are buried in Highgate Cemetery. Some of these were instrumental in making photography accessible and hugely

popular. Among those included in the talk will be Antoine Claudet, who was a leading expert in the Daguerrotype process and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 16, 2019 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Survey: Britain's museums and photography / The Art Newspaper

The Art Newspaper  has reviewed the Don McCullin retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain and has taken the opportunity to look at the position of photography in Britain's principal museum. It says: The Tate show symbolises a shift in photography’s significance in British museums, and not just because the Tate is correcting its historic…

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Seminar: Identification of photomechanical prints / Berlin: 3-14 June 2019

With the introduction of photography in the 19th century, printers no longer had to transfer the image manually onto the printing surface, but were offered the possibility to transfer the image by sensitizing the printing surface and exposing it to light, through a negative or positive depending on the printing technique.

With computer technology,…

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Workshop: Material Immaterial: Photographs in the 21st Century / Yale: 23-25 September 2019

Why print a photograph in 2019? We are witnessing the historic transformation of photography from tangible objects—prints, plates, and negatives—to code: intangible bits, bytes, and pixels. As the tether between visual culture and the material world is recalibrated every day, a new form of literacy is required to draw meaning from physical media and…

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