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Publication: Being There / picture journalism from 1923-2012

Being There is a new publication from Michael Hallett. It consists of fragments of biographies that collectively follow the progress of picture journalism from the advent of the miniature camera through to the arrival and impact of the digital age. It covers a ninety-year period from c1923 to 2012 and provides a critical compilation of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2020 at 12:20 — No Comments

Online: Kenneth Mees and Kodak research

The latest issue of the free, online, Science Museum Journal (Spring 2020, issue 13) includes two articles of particular interest to British photography. Jeffrey Sturchio writes about Kenneth Mees, Eastman Kodak and the challenges of diversification and Jason Bate writes about Projecting soldiers’ repair: the ‘Great War’ lantern and the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2020 at 11:57 — No Comments

Online exhibition: Cecil Beaton

Huxley-Parlour has launched an exhibition of over 40 vintage and early Cecil Beaton photographs in its dedicated online viewing room. The site is populated with in-depth essays and a range of detailed imagery, bringing context and information to each work. The photographs survey Beaton's career, ranging from portraits of the 'Bright Young Things' in the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2020 at 11:35 — 1 Comment

Online exhibition: Shirley Baker. A Different Age / 22 June-24 July 2020

James Hyman Gallery presents an online exhibition of largely unseen photographs by Shirley Baker selected from the British photographer’s estate. The exhibition, which goes live from 22 June to 24 July via the Gallery’s website , includes her rare colour work as well as a selection of iconic black and white images.

Focusing on Shirley Baker’s…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 30, 2020 at 11:27 — No Comments

Webinar: Drawing: The Muse of Photography / 31 May 2020 at 1900 (BST)

Drawing: The Muse of Photography is a webinar from Drawing America and presents a conversation on the relationship between drawing and photography with Hans P. Kraus Jr., Malcolm Daniel, Curator of Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and moderated by Allison Wucher, Director of Master Drawings New York. 

The talk will…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

Auction: Gandolfi workshop collection

Bonhams is to auction a collection of material, including cameras, tripods, workbench and woodworking tools, and the sign from the Gandolfi camera makers workshop in Borland Road, London, in a single lot on 29 July 2020. The property was originally offered by Christie's by private treaty in 1994 and is offered by that buyer, a Swiss collector. The collection…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2020 at 11:36 — 1 Comment

Video: Lai Fong - photographer of China

Lai Fong (c.1839-1890): Photographer of China is the first exhibition devoted to a nineteenth-century Chinese photographer. Unfortunately, the exhibition at Cornell University's Johnson Museum of Art is inaccessible due to current circumstances. To share a view of the exhibition, Stephan Loewentheil, one of the principal supporters of the exhibition,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2020 at 11:00 — No Comments

Obituary: Richard Sadler (1927-2020)

Dr Richard Sadler FRPS, one of British photography's important post-war figures, has died aged 92 years after a short illness. Originally from Coventry, Sadler was in his home city during the Coventry Blitz of 1940 and later documented the reconstruction of the city and the iconic Coventry Cathedral, becoming its official photographer. He was also the heavily involved with the city's Belgrade Theatre from 1958 until 1994 and part of his work there has now been digitised. 

He began…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 17, 2020 at 13:30 — No Comments

Visualising spaces, objects (and a daguerreotype)

The John Rylands Library in Manchester has a wonderful collection of historic and contemporary photography. Tony Richards from its imaging team is using COVID-19 lockdown as an opportunity to experiment with very modern imaging techniques to visualise spaces and objects from its collection. One of the objects visualised is a daguerreotype which presents its…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2020 at 14:30 — No Comments

TV: The World's Most Photographed - Queen Victoria / BBC4, 13 May at 2200

Queen Victoria's accession to the throne in 1837 coincided almost exactly with the invention of photography. She would be the first woman in the world to live both her private and public lives in front of the camera.

At first, photography was a private pleasure, a way of capturing images of herself and her family for their own personal amusement. But…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 11, 2020 at 19:12 — No Comments

Public asked to identify images of Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has asked the public to help identify over 5,000 archive images which are now available online for the first time. In 2019-20, over 170,000 archive items from the HES archives were digitised, with the images now being added to Canmore – the online catalogue of HES archives. The new online records include digitised copies of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2020 at 11:45 — No Comments

Online: British Museum collections available

The British Museum has revamped its website and made 1.9 million images of, and from, its collection - including photographs - available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license. Commercial use…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2020 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

The Great Exhibition virtual tour

For a number of reasons the 1851 Great Exhibition and the Crystal Palace hold a particular interest for photographic historians for whom it is familiar through the photographs of T R Williams, Negretti and Zambra, P H Delamotte and others. For the first time, visitors can take a 360 tour around The Crystal Palace, the venue of the formidable 1851 Great…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2020 at 9:22 — No Comments

Research: The National Archives digital resources go free

In the light of the closure of The National Archives at Kew due to COVID-19 the decision has been taken to provide free access to digital records available on its website for as long as TNA remains closed to visitors. Registered users can now order and download up to 10 items at a time, up to a maximum of 50 items over a rolling 30 day period. The limits are…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 2, 2020 at 10:30 — 3 Comments

Blog: The Mackinnon Collection - Dawn of Light and Liberty

When the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland jointly acquired the MacKinnon Collection of historic Scottish photography, they knew it contained many exceptional…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 2, 2020 at 10:27 — No Comments

Stolen: Historic cameras and photographs, London, 9 April, 2100-2300

The following vintage cameras and photographs were stolen from a house in north-east London on 9 April. If you are offered them or have sight of them please contact: CONTACT:CMS@MET.POLICE.UK

1.Detective camera disguised as a pair of binoculars c.1890.

2.Another detective camera disguised as a pair of binoculars c.1900.

3.A Ticka detective camera disguised as a pocket watch, hands at seven minutes past eleven.

4.Dr.Kreugner…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2020 at 8:00 — No Comments

Obituary: Sue Davies OBE HonFRPS (14 April 1933-18 April 2020) - UPDATED 2

Sue Davies who has died, after a short illness, aged 87 years, was the founder director of London’s The Photographers’ Gallery, the first public space dedicated solely to photography and photographers in the United Kingdom. During her twenty years as gallery director she established it as the go-to place for photography, particularly in its early years when…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 20, 2020 at 9:00 — 22 Comments

Online exhibition: The Lost Photographs of Gerty Simon

The Wiener Holocaust Library has made available an online version of its 2019 exhibition of Gerty Simon's life and work Gerty (Gertrud) Simon (1887-1970) was a German-Jewish photographer renowned in the 1920s and 1930s for her portraits of important political and artistic figures in Weimar Berlin and interwar London. In the 1930s, as a refugee from Nazism in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2020 at 10:58 — No Comments

Source magazine makes issue 96 available free

Source magazine has provided free access to the digital edition of Issue 96 - Privacy: Picturing Our Inner Selves until the end of April. It features portfolios from Rachel Glass, Maurice Hobson and Gillian Wearing, fashion and marketplace columns, reviews, and interviews. 

Accessible here: …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 18, 2020 at 10:47 — No Comments

Conference: PHRC - Photographic Education / online 15/26 June 2020

Leicester's De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre annual conference for 2020 titled Camera Education: Photographic Histories of Visual Literacy, Schooling, and the Imagination will take place on 15-16 June 2020. Due to COVID-19 it will be run online and can be booked through the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2020 at 18:17 — No Comments

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