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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…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2020 at 8:00 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 26, 2020 at 18:47 — No Comments
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
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.…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2020 at 14:11 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 22, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2020 at 7:30 — No Comments
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: …Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 9:10 — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 9:06 — No Comments
Social media platform. Billion-dollar company. Home of fitspiration, avocado brunches, and over-filtered sunsets. Instagram is the place where we share our lives and peek into the lives of others—friends, family, influencers, celebrities. But what does it mean to encounter photographs as part of Instagram’s endless feed? How does this platform shape how we…Continue
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John Thomson’s photographic vision marks him out as one of history’s most important travel photographers. Featuring dramatic images developed from negatives preserved in London’s Wellcome Library, this exhibition introduces the sights and people of nineteenth-century Thailand as witnessed by Thomson’s camera.
Born in Edinburgh in 1837, the…Continue
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Now in its 35th year, The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards have a long history of profiling talent, celebrating outstanding new publications alongside their authors and creators. At the heart of each edition of awards is a team of judges who select the Best Photography Book and the Best Moving Image Book from the past year.
The 2020 judging panel brings…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 8:42 — No Comments
Scotland’s Photograph Album: The MacKinnon Collection, the exhibition showcasing highlights of an exceptional collection of historic photographs which capture over a century of Scottish life, will see its opening time extended for another two…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 8:35 — No Comments
The landmark exhibition, 黎芳 Lai Fong (c.1839–1890): Photographer of China presents nearly 50 Lai Fong photographs made in the 1870s and 1880s of China. The photographs have been selected from more than 400 Lai Fong photographs in the renowned Loewentheil Collection, which includes more than 21,000 early…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 7, 2020 at 19:06 — No Comments
This exhibition will reveal for the first time an extraordinary group of women who helped reshape Britain's photographic culture. A unique group of photographers, encompassing established figures such as Dorothy Bohm, Gerti Deutsch, Elsbeth Juda, Lotte Meitner-Graf and Edith Tudor Hart, as well as lesser-known photographers such as Elisabeth Chat,…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 7, 2020 at 18:47 — No Comments
The impact of refugee artists in shaping British visual culture between the wars and in the post-war period is relatively well documented. Far less well-known is the fact that among the refugees fleeing Nazi-dominated Europe for Britain there were many women photographers. The work of these women, some well-known, many unrecognised, brought a fresh approach…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 7, 2020 at 18:38 — No Comments
More than 2,300 photobooks from the Charles Chadwyck-Healey collection including publications from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray and Diane Arbus are included in this vast gift of photobooks to the Bodleian Library. The collection adds considerably to the photography holdings that includes William Fox Talbot’s Pencil of…Continue
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A new publication continues Terry Bennet's fascination with east Asian photography, mostly recently his three-volume History of Photography in China. Just published is Early Photography in Vietnam which is a fascinating and outstanding pictorial record of photography in Vietnam during the century of French rule. As with Terry's…Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 1, 2020 at 18:00 — No Comments
The Science Museum has announced its research seminar series for winter and spring 2020. They are free to attend and open to science museum staff, students, museum professionals and academics with a research interest in the history of science, technology, medicine and museums as well as material and visual culture more broadly. Admission is free.
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 1, 2020 at 17:15 — No Comments
The Art Newspaper has reported that the Alinari photographic archive which was under threat of dispersal has been acquired by the regional government of Tuscany. It will create a new foundation in Florence to preserve its more than five million items.
The world’s oldest photographic firm, …Continue
Added by Michael Pritchard on February 1, 2020 at 17:00 — No Comments