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Auction: John Thomson books and photography / 3 October 2019

Dominic Winter's auction of photographs on 3 October includes rare publications by John Thomson and other rare topographical photographs. The highlight is a newly discovered fifth copy of Thomson's first China photography book, Views on the North River (1870). 

Thomson was one of the first to extensively document the…


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Screening: Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein / London: 15 July 2019

This enchanting feature documentary explores the life and work of a lost master of American photography. In his 2015 obituary The New York Times declared him 'one of the most accomplished recorders of the American experience.' yet most people have never heard of him.

The discovery in 2011 of vintage prints, contact sheets, and negatives…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2019 at 11:45 — No Comments

Talk: Colourism and Photography / London: 2 July 2019

This talk will investigate structural colourism in the history of photographic processes, emphasised through the invention of colour correction cards in the 1950s. These were used by photography labs to calibrate skin tones, shadows and light during the printing process – favouring lighter skin tones, while leaving darker skin tones looking blurred or…


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Exhibition: Terence Donovan - Vintage Prints from the Archive / London, from 3-27 July

An exhibition of over 30 vintage photographs from Terence Donovan’s early career will go on display at Huxley-Parlour Gallery from 3-27 July. Donovan (1936-1996) rose to prominence in the 1960s as part of London’s post-war renaissance in art, fashion, graphic design and photography. Terence Donovan: The 1960s will showcase…


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National Trust appoints Troiano as national photography curator

Catherine Troiano has been appointed by the National Trust as Project Curator - National Photography Collections. The position was advertised in March. The role provides oversight of the Trust's…


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Research throws new light on to the science of daguerreotype plates

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) and The University of New Mexico have announced the groundbreaking findings of a two-year study of the plasmonic properties of daguerreotypes. Using atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, together with numerical calculations, the team of scientists from The Met and UNM, in collaboration with Century…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2019 at 11:11 — No Comments

Video resource: photographic process of developed gelatino bromide

The Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) - Girona city Council (Catalonia) presents a new audiovisual product for a better understanding of the photographic process of developed gelatinobromide. This process was created by Richard Leach Maddox in 1871 and improved by Charles Harper Bennett in 1878. It has been very successful as it is the main…


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Exhibition: Cindy Sherman: Early Works, 1975-80 / Edinburgh, from 28 June 2019

The exhibition will present, Untitled (Murder Mystery People), some of Sherman’s earliest self-portrait photographs that were made in 1976, the year she graduated from the art department at the State University College at Buffalo, USA. The exhibition will also include the 16mm film, Doll Clothes, (1975) and a selection of works…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Photographer Terry O'Neill honoured

Photographer Terry O'Neill has been awarded a CBE for 'services to photography' in the Queen's birthday honours list published today. O'Neill joins a select group of photographers to be given the honour, including Don McCullin, Harry Benson and David Bailey. 

O'Neill is represented by Iconic Images. See: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 8, 2019 at 6:00 — No Comments

York Calotype Trail and events / Autumn 2019

Autumn 2019 will see a commemoration of the 1844 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in York at which Hill and Adamson Calotyped many of the participants. To celebrate the 175th anniversary of the meeting York Philosophical Society, York Museums Trust (YMT) and York Explore (YE – formerly York Central Library) will present…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 2, 2019 at 11:09 — No Comments

Resource: Alfred Stieglitz Key Set

In 1949, Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Estate donated 1,311 photographs by Alfred Stieglitz to the National Gallery of Art and placed on deposit an additional collection of 331 portraits of O’Keeffe, which were later given to the Gallery in 1980. This collection, known as the Key Set, is an unparalleled selection of Stieglitz’s photographs,…


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Exhibition: Bloom...away, early botanical photography / London: 10-19 June 2019

Showcasing works from the 19th and 20th centuries, Bloom..away explores the different ways in which photographers have chosen to document plants with their cameras. The exhibition is the first from the Sarah Wheeler Gallery. 

Two large format cyanotypes of ferns - the blueprint process used to such good effect by Anna Atkins - will be…


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NS+MM: Associate Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology appointed

Phillip Roberts, previously a researcher at Birmingham Museums and a researcher working with the National Science and Media Museum, has been appointed Associate Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. Phillip completed his PhD at the University of York which was titled The…


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Lecture: Brunel and Stephenson, a Portrait of Iron Fellowship / London, NPG, 4 July 2019

Photo historian Rose Teanby discusses how engineering giants Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Robert Stephenson have been represented in visual media, both photography and art. How does their visual legacy reflect both individual achievement and resilient professional friendship throughout their eventful but prematurely curtailed lives?

Rose Teanby is an…


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European pictorialism from Amateur Photographer magazine

The Niépce Museum has made available online a selection of about 300 Amateur Photographer covers and plates that were presented on a screen in Julien Faure-Conorton's exhibition on French…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 25, 2019 at 20:36 — No Comments

Exhibition: Robert Capa: D-Day in 35mm / London: IWM, until 29 September 2019

On 6 June 1944 Robert Capa landed on the Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach with the 16th Infantry Regiment of the US Army. Born in Hungary, Capa made his name as a photojournalist covering the Spanish Civil War…


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Exhibition: Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things / opens 12 March 2020

Cecil Beaton’s portraits from a golden age will be brought together the first time in a major new exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in March 2020. Featuring around 150 works, many of which are rarely exhibited, Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 25, 2019 at 14:15 — No Comments

Jobs: Photoworks, Brighton

Photoworks is currently recruiting! We are looking for two people to join our team and help shape our changing organisation. I’d really appreciate if you could pass on to anyone who might be suitable, circulate to your networks or share on social channels. Deadline is next week, Tuesday 28th May. 

Audience Development & Communications…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 25, 2019 at 13:48 — No Comments

Survey: National Science+Media Museum collections store research

The Science Museum Group - which includes the National Science+Media Museum, Bradford - is currently undertaking its most ambitious project in a generation, to move over 80% of its collections to the National Collections Centre to Wroughton, near Swindon, by 2023.

As part of this move, the SMG is re-evaluating the service it provides for researchers…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 21, 2019 at 21:00 — No Comments

cfp: Science and Photography Symposium / proposals by 12 July 2019

A one-day symposium on science and photography will take place on 23rd October in St Andrews. The symposium is presented in conjunction with the 2019 St Andrews Photography Festival, ‘Science & Photography’ which runs throughout the month of October.

The symposium organisers welcome proposals from both a historical and…


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