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The rare photographic images of Florence Nightingale are so famous and familiar – iconic even – that we tend to take them for granted. But what do we actually know about them, about the circumstances in which they were made, distributed and, more importantly maybe, about the photographers who took them? Come and discover the truth behind the iconic pictures…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2020 at 7:30 — No Comments
At an estimate of £60-100 a stereoscopic daguerreotype of Fox Talbot by Antoine Claudet could be yours. The lot is being offered by Kings Russell Auctioneers in London's Knightsbridge in an auction as lot 172 on 18 August 2020.
The description is here:
Antoine Claudet (French, 1797-1867), Portrait of William Fox…Continue
The Black House was a hostel founded in the early 1970s by Herman Edwards, a charismatic Caribbean immigrant, better known to his community as Brother Herman. It aimed to provide accommodation and support for disillusioned black adolescents in Islington, London, many of whom had experienced prejudice, unemployment, and problems with the police.
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 26, 2020 at 15:30 — No Comments
The 35th Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards have announced the long and shortlisted titles. The books in the running for the 2020 Photography Book Award and Moving Image Book Award address diverse global issues related to race, justice, identity, and the construction of truth, history and memory.
Ranging from illuminating artist monographs and anthologies to…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2020 at 19:39 — No Comments
This two-part online research seminar event raises questions about how archives of ‘vernacular’ photographs inform and shape our understanding of both the present and the past. During the presentations, each speaker will examine how archives are re-activated within contemporary photographic practice as potential sites of critical political significance.…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2020 at 9:33 — No Comments
2020 coincides with the centenary of the first woman matriculating and graduating from the University of Oxford. What better time and place could there be for celebrating women and their diverse roles in international photography?
What themes are women photographers addressing from behind the camera? To what extent have muses become collaborators in…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2020 at 9:23 — No Comments
Displaced Visions: Émigré Photographers of the 20th Century was a major 2013 Jerusalem exhibition and book that reconsidered the work of nearly 100 key immigrants, focussing in particular on the earliest photographs taken by them as artists in their various new countries, exploring how this work expanded photographic practices of the time and…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2020 at 9:00 — No Comments
Four Corners has announced the launch of a Heritage Lottery funded project. The 3-year project will see it delve deeper into Four Corners Archive, evolving the collection into an active site for public events, study, socially-engaged practice and collaboration. Here's what is planned:…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 17, 2020 at 19:48 — No Comments
When the National Library of Scotland and National Galleries of Scotland acquired the MacKinnon Collection, it made a joint commitment to preserve it in alignment with its growing world class photographic collections and provide access for ever-changing audiences. This talk describes our current cataloguing, digitisation and engagement activities, and…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2020 at 20:00 — No Comments
Back in March BPH published a regularly updated blog of how museums, galleries, research venues and events were approaching lockdown with cancellations, postponements and closures. Finally, after more than twelves weeks,…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments
Facing Britain brings together for the first time outside of the UK a particular view of British documentary photography. Long forgotten and only recently rediscovered photographers such as John Myers, Tish Murtha or Peter Mitchell who are shown alongside works by internationally photographers such as Martin Parr. The show offers an insight into the…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 12, 2020 at 11:49 — No Comments
The National Stereoscopic Association's 46th convention 3D-Con is going virtual in 2020. There is a two-part session on the history of stereoscopic photography taking place between 0730-1130 (Pacific Time) which is 1530-1930 (BST) on Friday, 14 August 2020.
The public is welcome to join for a morning of scholarship from an international group of…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 12, 2020 at 10:20 — No Comments
The announcement in The Chemist (March, 1851) of Frederick Scott Archer’s wet-collodion process transformed how photography was practiced professionally and by amateur photographers for much of the nineteenth century. Photography’s reach broadened socially, grew artistically and extended geographically.
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2020 at 10:00 — No Comments
Lee Miller is increasingly championed for her Surrealism-inspired photographs. Her images of Paris during the late-1920s and early 1930s when she was the muse and lover of Man Ray, her unique portraits of a desert landscape taken in and around Egypt in the 1930s, and her witty yet poignant and often disturbing images taken during the Second…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2020 at 8:10 — No Comments
Arts Council England has released funding to support photography organisations. This includes £30,000 for Photo London and £280,00 for The Photographers' Gallery. BPH has identified the following photography organisations in receipt of emergency support, or offers of support:
Arts Council NPOs and Creative People and Places Organisations…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2020 at 20:00 — No Comments
Two lots coming up at auction provide a link back to the photography's earliest days in 1839. Sotheby's auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts including Property from the Eric C. Caren Collection being held on 21 July 2020 in New York has two lots connected to Alfred Swaine Taylor, the pioneer of forensic medicine and an early experimenter in…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments
The UK government has announced a £1.57bn package of support for cultural organisations to be delivered through grants and loans, and funding for capital projects. How much is new money, how much will need to be repaid and how much has come from previously announced commitments to the national infrastructure is unclear.
The package announced includes…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 6, 2020 at 9:00 — No Comments
In 1862, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (who would be crowned Edward VII in 1901 following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria), undertook a tour of the Middle East as part of a structured programme intended to educate the young prince and prepare him for his future role as king. The prince had undertaken previous trips abroad, but on this ambitious…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2020 at 13:04 — No Comments
Frans Koopman writes...'we like to inform you that last Friday mr Aad Schoorl, alderman of Heemskerk, has unveiled an information board concerning Nicolaas Henneman. The board has been placed along the path where he was born, since 2018 called after him: Nicolaas Hennemanpad'…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments
This new publication asks and seeks to answer a number of questions. How is a historical photo collection established, and how does it then grow? What principles and ideas guide the people responsible for such a collection? What do we mean when we say that photographs carry more than their content that they represent, but are material objects at the same…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on June 29, 2020 at 7:46 — No Comments