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Michael Pritchard's Blog – February 2018 Archive (19)

Auction: Photography The First 150 Years / 9 March 2018

Dominic Winter's auction catalogue, which includes the John Hannavy collection of cased images, is now available on line:…

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Conference: Camera Work: History and Global Reach of an International Art Magazine / Zurich: 9-11 March 2018

Camera Work: A Photographic Quarterly (1903-1917) committed itself to the establishment of photography as a form of art and in the course of its publication became an important distributor of European modernism in the United States. In both respects the international network of the journal was an important…

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Events: Victorian Giants, London, NPG

Victorian Giants. The birth of art photography showing at London's National Portrait Gallery from 1 March includes a number of events based around the exhibition. They include: 

Lecture: Through the Camera Lens, and What Lewis Carroll Found There. 1 March at 1900.  Lindsay Smith,…

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Exhibition: Sun Pictures Then and Now: Talbot and his Legacy Today / London, 17-20 May 2018

Photo London and Hans P. Kraus Jr. are presenting an exhibition which looks at the pioneering work of the British inventor of photography William Henry Fox Talbot and the legacy of this within contemporary photography. With the opportunity to see vintage Talbot prints alongside contemporary artworks by artists and…

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Duchess of Cambridge selects Patron's Trail for Victorian Giants

The Duchess of Cambridge is to select photographs from the National Portrait Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography as part of a Patron’s trail.The Duchess will visit the exhibition on the evening of Wednesday 28 February, prior to its opening on Thursday 1…

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Darwin photography albums available for the first time

To celebrate Charles Darwin’s 209th birthday today, the Darwin Correspondence Project, Cambridge Digital Library, and English Heritage Trust, have released online for the first time, two albums of portrait photographs presented to Darwin in 1877.  They were sent by his admirers in Germany and Austria, and in the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 12, 2018 at 16:34 — No Comments

Film premiere: Do Not Bend: The photographic life of Bill Jay / Bristol, 20 April

BPH recently reported on a new film looking at the writer, teacher and photographic historian Bill Jay.  Do Not Bend: The photographic life of Bill…

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TV: The Power and the Princess

The amateur photographer and Princess, Alexandra, is featured in a BBC4 television programme Art, Passion & Power: The Story of the Royal Collection, Series 1, Modern Times. The programme is available on the BBC iPlayer and includes an interview with Sophie Gordon, senior curator of…

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Exhibition: Collishaw's Thresholds comes to Bradford / from 2 March

In 1839 the world’s first major public exhibition of photographs took place at King Edward’s School in Birmingham, presenting examples created by one of the founding fathers of photography: William Henry Fox Talbot. From 2 March-7 May this historic event will be restaged at the National Science and Media Museum in…

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Lecture: Photography sets the image free / London, 7 March

Photography is commonly understood as a static medium that 'freezes' the moment. This characterisation of photography privileges certain kinds of practice, draws a sharp distinction between it and moving-image media such as film and video, imagines the photograph as primarily a print, and underpins arguments about the…

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Fotografiska: London Museum of Photography to open in November

The British Journal of Photography carries an interview with the founders of Fotografiska who are constructing a new gallery and meeting space, Fotografiska: London Museum of Photography, in London's Whitechapel. The space will open in November and 'the plans for London would make the world’s…

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Lecture: Who Was Britain’s First Female Photographer? / London, 3 May 2018

Rose Teanby tells the stories of five fascinating women who made their mark at the dawn of photography, she brings together new research in collaboration with Graham Harrison, creator of www.photohistories.comDespite the social restrictions of…

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Exhibition: William Henry Fox Talbot: The Origins of Photography / Moscow, until 8 April 2018

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts presents the first Russian exhibition of works by William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), one of the inventors of photography. The exhibition will display rare photographs which became iconic milestones in the history of visual arts: about 150 original prints and negatives…

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Export licence deferred on Cameron's Norman Album

Arts Minister Michael Ellis has placed a temporary export bar on Images from the Life (the Norman Album), by Julia Margaret Cameron, to provide an opportunity to keep it in the country. The extraordinary collection of photographs is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 6, 2018 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Biography: ‘His heart was with his work’ Alfred Swaine Taylor and Caroline Taylor: a brief biography

BPH reported on the auction of early photographs and other material from, and relating to, Alfred Swain Taylor. Helen Barrell, Taylor's biographer has provided the…

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V&A Photography Research Centre moves forward

Work on the first phase of the development of the V&A's new Photography Research Centre has started and two former…

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Seminar: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / Spring 2018

In 1968, less than a year after it first became possible to produce holograms of people, Bruce Nauman began to work on two series of holographic self-portraits. Nauman made these luminous, intangible, three-dimensional images of his body during a period in art’s history that is closely associated with the notion of…

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Exhibition: Collected Shadows. The Archive of Modern Conflict / until 8 April

Collected Shadows is an exhibition of 200 photographs drawn from the extensive collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC). The AMC is an organisation that was first established 25 years ago as a repository for vernacular photography and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars.…

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Talk: Finding Fred: The Story of City of London Police’s Blitz Photographer / London, 8 March

The Cross and Tibbs Collection provides a unique photographic record of WWII bomb damage inflicted on the City. This talk by Rebecca Walker looks at the life and times of one of the collection’s photographers - Frederick Tibbs, a City of London police officer - and of the City he…

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