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Bodleian Library secures Chadwyck-Healey photobook collection - UPDATED

A major collection of rare photobooks has been given to the Bodleian Libraries, building on the Libraries’ world-class collection of photographic works and books. The donation includes works from some of the most renowned photographers from the 20th century, including Man Ray and Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson…


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Hyman Collection and Bodleian Libraries donation

BPH reported earlier this year that James and Claire Hyman had donated 100 examples of British photography to the Bodleian libraries.  The Financial Times carried a piece by the writer William Boyd which muses on the the writer's own connection to Wolfgang Suschitzky, the Hyman donation and the nature of British photography. 



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Course: Portrait Photography Masterclass / London: 9-10 May 2020

Inspired by the British Library exhibition, Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights this weekend course will introduce work by women photographers who have challenged the boundaries of representation. There is a long practice within feminist photography to investigate performing identities, misbehaving bodies and extended bodies.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2020 at 14:11 — No Comments

Tour: In the Footsteps of John Thompson in China / 10-25 April 2021

John Baines Tours is promoting a tour following in the footsteps of John Thompson who explored China in the 1860s. It takes in Canton (Guanzhou) and goes up the coast to Beijing. It visits the places he visited and seeks out the sights he photographed that remain to this day. You will travel through the streets of Shanghai and Beijing with local historic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 22, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

AHRC PhD studentship: Indigenous Knowledge, Historical Photographs & Heritage in Guyana / closes 31 March 2020

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship on historical photographs, Indigenous knowledge and heritage in Guyana at Royal Holloway University of London, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Kew Gardens. This award is made by the Science Museums & Archives Consortium under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership…


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In Conversation: Martin Parr and Michael Sheen / Cardiff: 27 March 2020

The photographer Martin Parr and actor Michael Sheen will be discussing Martin’s work and his long-standing relationship to Wales, which is reflected in his current exhibition, Martin Parr in Wales, on display at National Museum Cardiff until 4 May 2020.  

To book a ticket: …


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Martin Parr Photobook collection now available at Tate

The Martin Parr collection of photobooks comprises of over 12,000 items. The collection’s strengths lie in its extensiveness of photobooks from around the world, with a focus on documentary photography and propaganda materials. It includes key works by renowned photographers, alongside self-published amateur work and mass-produced commercial books. The…


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Symposium: Instagram: A Symposium / Cardiff: 29 February 2020

Social media platform. Billion-dollar company. Home of fitspiration, avocado brunches, and over-filtered sunsets. Instagram is the place where we share our lives and peek into the lives of others—friends, family, influencers, celebrities. But what does it mean to encounter photographs as part of Instagram’s endless feed? How does this platform shape how we…


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Exhibition: Siam Through the lens of John Thomson 1865–66 / Dublin: 21 Feb 2020-17 May 2020

John Thomson’s photographic vision marks him out as one of history’s most important travel photographers. Featuring dramatic images developed from negatives preserved in London’s Wellcome Library, this exhibition introduces the sights and people of nineteenth-century Thailand as witnessed by Thomson’s camera.

Born in Edinburgh in 1837, the…


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Kraszna-Krausz 2020 books awards

Now in its 35th year, The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards have a long history of profiling talent, celebrating outstanding new publications alongside their authors and creators. At the heart of each edition of awards is a team of judges who select the Best Photography Book and the Best Moving Image Book from the past year.

The 2020 judging panel brings…


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Exhibition: Mackinnon Collection extended to 13 April 2020, then tours

Scotland’s Photograph Album: The MacKinnon Collection, the exhibition showcasing highlights of an exceptional collection of historic photographs which capture over a century of Scottish life, will see its opening time extended for another two…


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Exhibition: 黎芳 Lai Fong (c.1839–1890): Photographer of China / Ithaca, until 14 June 2020

The landmark exhibition, 黎芳 Lai Fong (c.1839–1890): Photographer of China presents nearly 50 Lai Fong photographs made in the 1870s and 1880s of China. The photographs have been selected from more than 400 Lai Fong photographs in the renowned Loewentheil Collection, which includes more than 21,000 early…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 7, 2020 at 19:06 — No Comments

Exhibition: Another Eye: Women refugee photographers in Britain, after 1933 / London, 28 February-2 May 2020

This exhibition will reveal for the first time an extraordinary group of women who helped reshape Britain's photographic culture.  A unique group of photographers, encompassing established figures such as Dorothy Bohm, Gerti Deutsch, Elsbeth Juda, Lotte Meitner-Graf and  Edith Tudor Hart, as well as lesser-known photographers such as Elisabeth Chat,…


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cfp: Another Eye: Women Refugee Photographers in Britain 1930s-60s / London: 1 May 2020

The impact of refugee artists in shaping British visual culture between the wars and in the post-war period is relatively well documented. Far less well-known is the fact that among the refugees fleeing Nazi-dominated Europe for Britain there were many women photographers. The work of these women, some well-known, many unrecognised, brought a fresh approach…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 7, 2020 at 18:38 — No Comments

Bodleian Library secures Chadwyck-Healey photobook collection

More than 2,300 photobooks from the Charles Chadwyck-Healey collection including publications from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray and Diane Arbus are included in this vast gift of photobooks to the Bodleian Library. The collection adds considerably to the photography holdings that includes William Fox Talbot’s Pencil of…


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Symposium: ‘Ways of Seeing’: Women and Photography in Scotland / Glasgow, 2 April 2020

How have women photographers in Scotland taken control of their own image? This 2nd Morton symposium will…


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Publication: Early Photography in Vietnam / Terry Bennett

A new publication continues Terry Bennet's fascination with east Asian photography, mostly recently his three-volume History of Photography in China. Just published is Early Photography in Vietnam which is a fascinating and outstanding pictorial record of photography in Vietnam during the century of French rule. As with Terry's…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 1, 2020 at 18:00 — No Comments

Seminar: Conan Doyle and the Cottingley Fairies / London: 31 March 2020

The Science Museum has announced its research seminar series for winter and spring 2020. They are free to attend and open to science museum staff, students, museum professionals and academics with a research interest in the history of science, technology, medicine and  museums as well as material and visual culture more broadly. Admission is free. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on February 1, 2020 at 17:15 — No Comments

Alinari archive saved by regional government of Tuscany

The Art Newspaper has reported that the Alinari photographic archive which was under threat of dispersal has been acquired by the regional government of Tuscany.  It will create a new foundation in Florence to preserve its more than five million items.

The world’s oldest photographic firm, …


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Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre - Spring 2020

The History and Theory of Photography Research Centre is announced it spring seminar programme. All are free and open to all to attend. 

Thursday 20 February 2020, 6-7:30pm

Room 106, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD

Jason Bate (Falmouth University)

The Politics and Ethics of Emerging Medical Collections from the 'Great'…


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