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Michael Pritchard's Blog – April 2020 Archive (15)

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.



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…


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…


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: …


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…


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

Auction: Fine Photographica / 29 April 2020

Chiswick Auction's Fine Photographica sale will go ahead online on 29 April. The auctions includes a number of British photographers from Robert Howlett's portrait of I K Brunel (lot 105) to work from George Rodger, Richard Sadler, Fay Godwin, John Swannell, T R Williams (lot 111), Francis Bedford and others. Of particular note is a group of ten…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2020 at 18:00 — No Comments

Wartime film footage of Bletchley Park discovered

The only known wartime film footage of a secret site connected to Bletchley Park has been discovered. The 11-minute silent film, believed to be a compilation of footage recorded between 1939-1945, shows members of MI6 Section VIII at Whaddon Hall, Buckinghamshire. During World War Two, this was a most secret site where Ultra intelligence produced by the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 5, 2020 at 14:11 — No Comments

Publication: Issue 3 of The Classic available as a download

COVID-19 has meant that the new print issue of The Classic will not be made available at its usual distribution points in selected galleries and institutions as they are currently all closed. The publisher, Michael Diemar, has decided to make  the latest issue available as a pdf from its website.

Issue 3 includes:  

  • Frozen Films -…

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 13:49 — No Comments

Leicester's F W Broadhead studio photographs available online

Matthew Broadhead, a descendent of the Victorian Leicester photographer F. W. Broadhead (1846-1925)  has made over 250 photographs from his third great grandfather's studio available online for the first time.

The photographs can be seen here:

Matthew can…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 13:30 — No Comments

James Hyman photography fundraiser for NHS as a response to COVID-19

The James Hyman Gallery has launched a special fundraising sale in support of the NHS. James and Claire Hyman' collection of British photography is one of the UK's most important private collections and Claire works as surgeon within the National Health Service. 

The Gallery has put together a selection of works by some of the major photographers of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 13:05 — 2 Comments

Early British Photographers sale for a COVID-19 cause

Hans P Kraus Jr, the New York based dealer and galler,  had been looking forward to welcoming Paris Photo to New York, in partnership with AIPAD, for the first time.  In light of the postponed event it is presenting it first E-list, a selection of images by British artists to entice, to inspire or merely to distract. They vary in subject matter and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Online: St Andrews launch photographic collections resource

St Andrews University Special Collections has spent some time recently working on replacing its ageing photographic collections site. The new and improved site is now available and aims to improve the discoverability, usability and shareability of its internationally important collection of photographs in all formats and of all ages. There are now over…


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PhD Studentship: Diversifying and decolonising conflict photography / deadline 15 May 2020

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at Cardiff University. Titled: Diversifying and decolonising conflict photography: an exploration of how accompanying textual information can influence the reading and understanding of photographs it is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme. The partner institutions are…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 12:21 — No Comments

Video: Family Photo Talks workshop from CRDI

A new video about the Family Photo Talks workshop, organized by CRDI and driven by Susanna Muriel within the framework of the European Kaleidoscope project is now available. Family Photo Talks is a participatory workshop about collective memory, to share and disseminate the story of family photography. The workshop was organised by the Center for…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

London's Getty Archive responds to COVID-19 impact

The Guardian newspaper has reported that the Getty Archive is using remote working to preserve its archival photographs. The Getty Images archive in Canning Town, east London, holds 80 million photographs and negatives, some of which are more than 100 years old and need careful preservation and protection to stop them quickly…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 3, 2020 at 11:29 — No Comments

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