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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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Blog: Elizabeth Johnston Hall and early Scottish photography

Roddy Simpson, photographer and University of Glasgow honorary research fellow in the school of culture and creative arts has published a blog on Elizabeth Johnston Hall (1822-1901). Hall was one of the most famous photographed Scottish women because of the image of her produced in the mid-1840s by the pioneering Scottish partnership of David Octavius…

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Workshop: Cyanotype / London: 2 March 2019

You will learn how to create exquisite, unique handmade prints on art paper. Make photograms from leaves & objects and/or images using your own photos. Book now so we can create your negs in time for the class. There will also be the opportunity to try toning, to create a wonderful range of different looks!

Darkroom workshops are led by…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 3, 2019 at 21:30 — No Comments

Royal Collection Trust events: Frere and Fenton

The Royal Collection Trust has a number of upcoming events related to the exhibition Shadows of War: Roger Fenton’s Photographs of the Crimea, 1855 at the Queen's Gallery, London:  

Creative course: Photography in Focus

Saturday, 9 – Sunday, 10 February, 10:00 – 17:00, £175

Enhance your photography skills…

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Auction: The Philip Banham Collection of optical toys and stereoscopy / Exeter: 6 March 2019 (UPDATED)

Philip Banham collection of optical toys, optical prints, and stereoscopy including the Great Exhibition 1851 auction takes place at Bearnes, Hampton and Littlewood in Exeter on 6 March. In addition to the areas covered in the title the 236 lot sale also includes photographs, albums, persistence of vision devices and related equipment and images. …

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The Daniel Meadows Archive - an update

The archive of British photographer Daniel Meadows was acquired by the Bodleian Library in March 2018. It had been at the Library of Birmingham from 2014-2018. Northern Narratives, working in partnership with Daniel Meadows and The Bodleian Library, is developing an exhibition drawn from Meadows' substantial archive which will tour to a number of…

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W H F Talbot Catalogue Raisonné Project concludes / "photography is now at the heart of Bodleian Library"

At a special event on 31 January 2019 Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s librarian, marked the conclusion of a six-year project to produce the William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné Project which commenced in earnest in 2016. The project has transferred the records of the world’s leading Talbot scholar Professor Larry J Schaaf on to a searchable, illustrated,…

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Talk: Somerset Photographers 1839-1939 / Bath: 25 March 2019

Phil Nichols and Robin Ansell the authors of the recent book Secure the Shadow: Somerset Photographers 1839-1939 will be speaking at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN on 25 March, on behalf of the Bath & Avon Family History Society. The talk is open to everyone. 

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Course: Photography and its Histories / London: 21 February-21 March 2019

‘Odd,’ wrote Roland Barthes in his renowned 1980 study of photography, ‘that no one has thought of the disturbance (to civilisation) which this new action causes.'

Recent years have duly witnessed an explosion of scholarship considering the social and psychological impact of taking photographs. This course draws on recent approaches to explore the…

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