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Online: St Andrews launch photographic collections resource

St Andrews University Special Collections has spent some time recently working on replacing its ageing photographic collections site. The new and improved site is now available and aims to improve the discoverability, usability and shareability of its internationally important collection of photographs in all formats and of all ages. There are now over…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

PhD Studentship: Diversifying and decolonising conflict photography / deadline 15 May 2020

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at Cardiff University. Titled: Diversifying and decolonising conflict photography: an exploration of how accompanying textual information can influence the reading and understanding of photographs it is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme. The partner institutions are…


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Video: Family Photo Talks workshop from CRDI

A new video about the Family Photo Talks workshop, organized by CRDI and driven by Susanna Muriel within the framework of the European Kaleidoscope project is now available. Family Photo Talks is a participatory workshop about collective memory, to share and disseminate the story of family photography. The workshop was organised by the Center for…


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London's Getty Archive responds to COVID-19 impact

The Guardian newspaper has reported that the Getty Archive is using remote working to preserve its archival photographs. The Getty Images archive in Canning Town, east London, holds 80 million photographs and negatives, some of which are more than 100 years old and need careful preservation and protection to stop them quickly…


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Publication: Emma Turner - A life looking at birds

This new book uses archival material donated to the British Trust for Ornithology in 2011 and seeks to document and contextualise the life and work of Emma Louisa Turner (1867-1940). ELT, as she was known, was inspired to move on from pictorial photography to taking up serious bird photography by a chance meeting with Richard 1900. She became of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 29, 2020 at 18:30 — No Comments

Luminous Lint goes free until 18 April 2020

Alan Griffiths the founder of the photo-history resource Luminous Lint writes: While we all go through the turmoil of COVID-19 we each have to do what we can. It is important for all students to have access to high quality materials on photohistory as universities, schools and libraries around the world close down so I've opened up…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 23, 2020 at 7:10 — 3 Comments

British photography - COVID-19 cancellations and postponements - UPDATED

The British photography world continues to react to the government's latest announcements and advice concerning the coronavirus. Venues are closing and events are being cancelled or postponed. Some of the actions taken by the main photography venues along with upcoming events are noted below. Please comment with details of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 23, 2020 at 7:05 — 2 Comments

Course: Preserving Historic Photographs / London: 24 September 2020

Photographs are found in museums, libraries and archives all over the world and their care can present special challenges. This course is aimed at those responsible for their care. You will learn how to identify the common photographic processes, recognise potential conservation problems and solutions and prioritise care accordingly. The environmental,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 21, 2020 at 11:01 — No Comments

National Science+Media Museum engages with public to help inform future plans

A ‘collaborative space for the public to explore, engage and have conversations with museum staff’, the new Ideas Hub will house a series of objects representing all areas of the Museum’s collections. Once visitors have interacted with these exhibits, they will be encouraged to offer feedback on their preferred ways of learning about such items’ stories –…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Scotland's Coasts / various venues, until 30 August 2021

An exhibition on Scotland’s coasts featuring photographs and illustrations from Historic Environment Scotland's (HES) archives will go on display at the Shetland Museum and Archives until 17 May as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters.

The exhibition explores the Viking era, fishing and oil industries, 19th century seaside holiday makers, coastal…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2020 at 11:21 — No Comments

Historic England celebrate women photographers

In time for International Women's Day today - 8 March - Historic England has recognised the contribution of women photographers represented in the Historic England photography archive. Photographs include the earliest from 1864 by Miss E Scott (shown here) to the more recent architectural work of Margaret Harker.

See more: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 8, 2020 at 0:30 — No Comments

Source magazine: Arts Councils' photography collections

The current issue of Source magazine (no. 100 / Winter 2019/20) reports on the most recent photography acquisitions and existing photography collections of the Arts Councils of Ireland, England and Northern Ireland. The Scottish Arts Council stopped collecting in 1996.

A tables summarises the top twenty photographers with the most held prints…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 7, 2020 at 17:00 — No Comments

John Thomson recognised with Edinburgh heritage plaque

One of the earliest travel photographers in Asia, John Thomson (1837-1921), who travelled extensively across China, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, in the 1860s and early 1870s, is to be honoured with a commemorative plaque in the city of his birth.

Heritage Environment Scotland (HES) is to install a bronze heritage plaque to John Thomson, at his…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2020 at 8:00 — No Comments

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…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 26, 2020 at 18:47 — No Comments

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. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2020 at 7:24 — No Comments

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…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2020 at 7:30 — No Comments

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: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 9:10 — No Comments

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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