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Michael Pritchard's Blog – February 2015 Archive (18)

Auction: Photography - 5 March 2015

Bloomsbury Auctions is holding an auction next week which includes a significant number of nineteenth century photographs from W H F Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, and other significant British and French photographers. The catalogue can be seen…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Blog: Photography and the Science Museum

The Science Museum Group's Head of Photography, Kate Bush, looks at the history of the Science Museum Group’s photography collections.The blog can be found…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2015 at 19:46 — No Comments

'Last chance' export ban on Rejlander album

An album of seventy photographs by Oscar Gustav Rejlander, one of the most important photographers of the 19th century is at risk of export unless a UK buyer can be found. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed a temporary export bar on the album of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2015 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Photography's default history is told as art – it shouldn't be

We all think we know what photographs are, and why we have them...writes Elizabeth Edwards…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2015 at 21:00 — No Comments

Prototype Ticka camera

Houghton's Ticka camera is a well-known collectible made by Houghtons Ltd and introduced c.1905. Collector and Special Auction Services camera specialist Jonathan Brown recent came across a previously unknown prototype Ticka from c1929 in a local…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2015 at 20:30 — No Comments

Library of Birmingham - an update

There have been reports in the press suggesting that the Library of Birmingham photography collections have been 'saved'.  This is not the case and the following statement helpful:

Dr Michael Pritchard, Director-General, The Royal Photographic Society commented: "Having sought clarification about the situation…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 16, 2015 at 19:00 — No Comments

Collaborative Doctoral Award: The History of the Photographic Picture Postcard

The Department of History, University of Nottingham, in partnership with the British Museum invites applications from suitably qualified UK/EU candidates for a full-time 3-year Collaborative Doctoral Award, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, to conduct research on the theme: ‘Site-Seeing: Postcards…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 15, 2015 at 22:38 — No Comments

Exhibition: Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography

New York Public Library's exhibition Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography is a fascinating history of photography based on its own holdings of books, printed materials and photographs. The exhibition includes plenty British material from Talbot's Pencil of Nature and an Anna Atkins album to Frith's…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 15, 2015 at 15:45 — No Comments

PhD scholarship: Photographic History Research Centre

A PhD research scholarship including stipend and tuition fee costs is offered within the Photographic History Research Centre in the School of Humanities. It is available to UK or EU students who are suitably qualified and have outstanding potential as a researcher.

Applications are invited for projects that…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 15, 2015 at 11:00 — No Comments

Auction: Reports by the Juries / Talbot

Bonhams auction of Fine Books and photographs on 18 March 2015 includes a set of Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, 1851, including 154 mounted Calotypes. The nine volume set is a presentation set for Richard Cobden, one of the Commissioners. It is estimated at…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 11, 2015 at 19:44 — No Comments

Publication: Carrying Off the Palaces: John Ruskin's Lost Daguerreotypes

This long-awaited book from Ken and Jenny Jacobson will be published on 19 March. The inspiration for the book was a remarkable discovery made by the authors at a small country auction in 2006 (See:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 11, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Auction: Daguerreotype of The Monument, London

New York auction house Swann Gallery's upcoming auction of Fine Photography on 19 February 2015 includes a ninth-plate daguerreotype of The Monument in the City of London. 

The lot description is here: 

Sale 2374 Lot 3

(CASED IMAGE) 

Ninth-plate daguerreotype of London's iconic Monument…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 9, 2015 at 18:07 — No Comments

Westminster: The UK's Birthplace of Cinema

The project to restore the University of Westminster's cinema to its former glory continues and the opening is scheduled for the early summer. Shira Macleod, formerly of the Riverside Studios has been appointed as Director.

The site is where the UK's first photographic studio was opened by Richard Beard in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 6, 2015 at 7:30 — No Comments

Seminar: The Conservation of Historic and Contemporary Photographs, 25 February 2015

The Conservation of Photographs is a relatively new discipline in the cultural heritage preservation field with its beginnings in the late 1960’s early 1970’s. However, it has its roots firmly grounded in the formative years of photography as practitioners and the emergent photographic industry grappled with…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 3, 2015 at 17:37 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: The Age of Salt: Art, Science and Early Photography

James Hyman Gallery, the UK’s leading commercial gallery for vintage 19th and 20th century photography, is pleased to present the latest in a series of monographic and thematic exhibitions addressing photographs from the earliest days of the medium. 

The Age of Salt: Art, Science and Early Photography,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 3, 2015 at 17:33 — No Comments

Exhibition: A History of Photography: Series and Sequences

The latest V&A re-hang of the permanent collection displays focuses on the wider visions of photographers through series and sequences of images, rather than through individual photographs. The display includes photographs from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and features work by Sally Mann,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 3, 2015 at 17:27 — No Comments

TV: The Secret Life of Lewis Carroll (UPDATED)

With the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland a new BBC TV programme examines his life and reviews his relationship with young girls. Towards the end of the programme an albumen photograph attributed to Carroll and in the collection of the Musee Cantini, Marseille, (…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 2, 2015 at 20:30 — 5 Comments

Job: Volunteer Coordinator, National Media Museum

Are you organised, professional, approachable, great at engaging a diverse range of people with new ideas and opportunities? These are the key qualities we are looking for in our Volunteer Coordinator at the National Media Museum in Bradford. You will work closely with people across the Museum to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 1, 2015 at 21:45 — No Comments

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