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Edinburgh's Stills Gallery under threat from city rent rise

Edinburgh's Stills Gallery which has operated since 1977 is under threat from a trebling of its rent from £16,000 to £47,000 over five years. The Gallery occupies premises in the city centre and it is a centre for photography offering exhibitions and production facilities as well as a range…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2019 at 9:00 — No Comments

Digitised film resource: 70 years of NATO at the IWM

Following an extensive digitisation project commissioned by NATO, over 2000 titles of official footage are now available for licensing via IWM Film. This project is part of an exclusive global licensing distribution partnership between IWM and NATO, marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of NATO, the world’s strongest political-military alliance, on 4…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2019 at 17:22 — No Comments

Conference: The Business of Photography - open for registration / Leicester, 19-20 June 2019

Business’ can have many meanings. In the most straightforward sense, it refers to the photographic marketplace, its industry and the commercial relations established among different agents. Some of these actors, such as studios and companies of the like of Kodak and Ilford, are specifically photographic and have featured prominently in histories of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2019 at 16:03 — No Comments

Paul Mellon Centre grants and awards / Spring 2019

The Paul Mellon Centre for British Art has announced a series of grants and awards which include photography. Of particular interest are: 

  • Steve Edwards British daguerreotypes - Antoine Claudet
  • Sarah James, for the project The Militant & The Mainstream: Remaking British Photographic Culture - a mid-career…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2019 at 16:00 — No Comments

National Science+Media Museum visitor numbers 2018

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) has published numbers for 2018. The National Science+Media Musuem, Bradford, has seen numbers fall by 6.8 per cent to 459,808. The V&A Museum saw numbers grow 5 per cent to 3.7 million. 

The NS+MM numbers for 2017 were boosted by the presence of the Tim Peake's space capsule…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2019 at 10:49 — No Comments

Peter E. Palmquist award recipients

The Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research provides financial support to independent researchers who are studying either Western American photographers before 1900 or women photographers past and present. The Humboldt Area Foundation in Bayside, California, administers this fund, which solicits applications for grants once…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2019 at 10:28 — No Comments

Talk: The Origins of Photography in Salisbury 1839 - 1919 / Salisbury, 2 May 2019

Coinciding with an exhibition of the same name Anthony Hamber will be talking on the origins of photography in Salisbury 1839-1918 at the Salisbury Museum on Thursday, 2 May at 1830. 

Tickets available online at £8 (members) and £10 (non-members). 



Thursday, 2 May at 1830

The Salisbury Museum, The…

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The end of museum image fees?

Art History News reports that the European Parliament has voted in favour of a new Copyright Directive. It seeks to create common law on copyright matters across the EU. Many aspects of it are…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2019 at 10:12 — No Comments

Conference: Through A Lens: 180 Years of Somerset Photography / 9 May 2019

The Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury is presenting a celebration of photography in Somerset, from the early nineteenth century to the present day. It will feature experts in historic Somerset photography. The day will conclude with a talk from artist Matilda Temperley, who will discuss her subjects and how she approaches her…

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PhD studentship: A Museum within a Museum: The Kodak Collection at National Science and Media Museum

An AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership between University of Brighton and the Science Museum Group. This studentship is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. The partner institutions are the University of Brighton and …

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Auction: Cottingley fairies continue to enchant / 11 April 2019

Dominic Winter auctions are to offer six lots, including a camera, from Christine Lynch, the daughter of Frances Griffiths, the younger of the two cousins who first perpetrated the hoax back in 1917. The material is expected to realise over £50,000.  The consignment includes photographs of the fairies, a Cameo camera. …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2019 at 7:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: From Today, Painting Is Dead: Early Photography in Britain and France / Philadelphia, until 12 May 2019

For its second survey of photography, the Barnes Foundation is presenting nearly 250 early photographs—most of which have never been exhibited before—created by British and French photographers between the 1840s and 1880s. Curated by Thom Collins, Neubauer Family Executive Director and President of the Barnes, From Today, Painting Is Dead:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 31, 2019 at 19:40 — No Comments

Exhibition: Animatograph! How cinema was born in Haringey / London: from 6 April

Bruce Castle Museum presents an exhibition dedicated to British film pioneer Robert W. Paul, who founded an innovative studio on Muswell Hill in the late 19th century. Celebrating Paul's 150th anniversary, the show includes fascinating early cinema technology, historical photographs and a look into Paul's early popular films, many of which were made in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 31, 2019 at 19:11 — No Comments

Free magazine: The Classic - A new magazine about classic photography

The magazine print sector has been hit extremely hard over the last ten years, with closures and cutbacks, but it's not all doom and gloom. Small, specialist magazines have found a way of surviving independently of the media giants. Most of the new photography magazines that are starting up are however, devoted to contemporary work and are focused on…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 24, 2019 at 15:39 — No Comments

Job: Project Curator - National Photography Collections / closes 31 March 2019

The National Trust is seeking a Project Curator in photography. Our ambition to curate at a national scale and develop our research priorities has seen us provide more investment to our collections.

The National Trust has outstanding collections in photography, across a wide range of properties. As the Project Curator you will use your experience in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 24, 2019 at 15:19 — No Comments

Skipped photographs shine a light on Scotland's water infrastructure

A forgotten treasure trove of Victorian photographs showing the construction of parts of one of Scotland’s most important pieces of infrastructure has been unearthed. The Katrine Aqueduct, which takes water to treatment works that supply 1.3 million people in Glasgow and west central Scotland, was built in the Victorian era to help…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 24, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

DVD: Gandolfi-Family Business / pre-order special offer until 24 March, available from April

When, in 1982, Fred Gandolfi decided to close the family camera-making business, photographer Ken Griffiths thought the Peckham workshop, and the Gandolf’s unique way of of life should be recorded for posterity. Joined by his brother David as cinematographer and supported by a passionate team of film-makers and photographers, they crafted a nostalgic feature…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 22, 2019 at 8:00 — No Comments

Talks: history of stereoscopy / Derby and Oxford

The London Stereoscopic Society is presenting two 3D talks on different aspects of stereoscopy. 

Derby, Saturday 13 April 2019 at 6.00 pm

This event takes place at QUAD as part of FORMAT19…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 22, 2019 at 7:52 — No Comments

Job: Conservator of Photographs and Paper / V&A, closes 31 March 2019

The V&A is the world's leading museum of art and design. We enrich people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

The Conservation Department fulfills a major role in helping the Museum deliver its wider objectives. It has a worldwide reputation for the excellence of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 22, 2019 at 7:46 — No Comments

Adrian Andrews stereoscopy collection / Bristol: 10 April 2019

A collection of Victorian stereoviews of Clifton Suspension Bridge and other significant bridges from across the globe are being conserved and digitised thanks to support from The Murless Fund (SANHS) and the Aurelius Charitable Trust. 

In 2018 the archives of Adrian Andrews - an expert in the history of engineering and of the Clifton Suspension Bridge…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 18, 2019 at 21:27 — No Comments

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