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Michael Pritchard's Blog – June 2021 Archive (18)

Publication: De/Re-Constructing the collodion process

In 2020 the Don’t Press Print conference organized by the RPS and CFPR brought together nineteen speakers from across the world to discuss historical perspectives on the collodion photographic process and how contemporary artists use the collodion process in their practice. The process was the dominant through the nineteenth century and has seen a resurgence…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 28, 2021 at 7:34 — No Comments

Online talks: Spiritualism, Photography, and the Search for Ectoplasm / 30 June 2021

Spiritualism, Photography, and the Search for Ectoplasm. In this talk, award-winning photographer Shannon Taggart discusses the history of spirit photography and its influence on her own documentary work with the Lily Dale Spiritualist Assembly, recently published in her Fulgur Press book Séance. An artist based in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 25, 2021 at 17:29 — No Comments

Online talk: Richard Neuhauss' Colour Photography: The Stuffed Parrot as the Test Object of the Lippmann Process / 22 July 2021

The Photographic Historical Society of Canada is presenting a talk which examines doctor of medicine and anthropologist Richard Neuhauss' (1855-1915) use of a stuffed superb parrot as the test object of the Lippmann process; the photographic technology relying on standing waves for the rendition of colour, first disclosed in 1891 by Luxembourgian-French…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 24, 2021 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

Job: Lecturer in History of Photography / closes 12 July 2021

A lecturer in history of photography, full-time fixed term, is sought by Birkbeck’s History of Art Department during Professor Steve…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 24, 2021 at 6:00 — No Comments

Job: Publication Researcher - Black Women in Photography / deadline 12 July 2021

This opportunity is for a curatorial / academic researcher to project-manage the first dedicated publication to explore the legacy of Black women in photography active in Britain between the 1980s – 90s. This publication is based on an illustrated…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2021 at 11:03 — No Comments

Auction: The Herschel family collection of Sir John F. Herschel's publications / 14 July 2021

Christie's is to offer The Herschel family collection of 69 offprints, extracts and separate publications by Sir John F. Herschel, 1813-1850. It is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

The collection of 69 original works by Sir John Herschel, assembled by his son, William James Herschel (1833-1917) collection includes offprints…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 18, 2021 at 12:13 — No Comments

Symposium: opening up the press archive / Online, 2 July 2021

The Photo Morgue, The New York Times’ legendary photo archive, is so well known that ‘morgue’ has become a synonym for ‘press archive’. However, press photos in archives are far from dead. In this symposium we focus on the importance and use of press photo archives in researching the history of photojournalism.

The symposium will focus on the new field…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 14, 2021 at 17:46 — No Comments

Job: Jo Spence archive - archive researcher / closes 28 June 2021

Four Corners and Birkbeck invite applications for a part-time Archive Researcher, to document and undertake research at the Jo Spence Memorial Library Archive at Birkbeck and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 14, 2021 at 17:30 — No Comments

cfp: Photo Albums' twisted meaning / proposals by 15 August 2021

Photo albums as a subject of historical and theoretical discourse are usually considered an instrument of nostalgic reminiscing or, on the contrary, as a vehicle for the traumatic memories of the creators or their descendants, who were directly confronted with these memories and "postmemories" (Marianne Hirsch). But what about albums divested of the original…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 13, 2021 at 10:30 — No Comments

cfp: Science and the Moving Image: Histories of Intermediality / proposal deadline 28 June 2021

Since the advent of film in the late nineteenth century, moving images have been integral to making and communicating science. A rich interdisciplinary literature has examined such representations of science in the cinema and on television and investigated how scientists have used moving images to conduct research and communicate knowledge. Responding to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2021 at 12:00 — No Comments

cfp: Colour Fever: a celebration of colour / deadline for call 15 July 2021

Taking James Clerk Maxwell’s experiments as a launching point, this event seeks to expand the field of knowledge surrounding the experimentation, invention, reception and exhibition of colour photography from 1855 to the present day. The event will take an interdisciplinary approach to the topic of colour photography, considering its historical development,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2021 at 9:44 — No Comments

Exhibition: Light Years / London, from June 2021

Light Years is a special four-part exhibition series in celebration of The Photographers' Gallery's 50th anniversary.  Arranged around four thematic displays each ‘chapter’ draws on rarely seen materials from the Gallery’s archive to explore key moments or movements in both the Gallery’s history and the photography landscape more widely. 

The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2021 at 6:30 — No Comments

Blog: Frederick Douglass and early Scottish photography

When early photographic pioneers Robert Adamson (1821 – 1848) and David Octavius Hill (1802 – 1870) were busy producing their pathbreaking calotypes in 1840s Edinburgh, a rallying call was heard on the streets of the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 11, 2021 at 16:32 — No Comments

Talbot's Horatia Gaisford photographs return to the UK and public access

The future of a highly important collection of images by William Henry Fox Talbot, some of the earliest photographs ever made, has been secured. Through the generosity of a private individual, they are being placed on long-term loan at the Bodleian Libraries, allowing them to be studied, exhibited and made available digitally. This generous act has prevented…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 10, 2021 at 19:44 — No Comments

cfp: Concerning Photography: The Photographers’ Gallery and Photographic Networks in Britain / deadline 16 July 2021

On 14 January 1971, The Photographers’ Gallery opened its doors with The Concerned Photographer, an exhibition which had previously been shown in the United States, Switzerland and Japan, and which presented photography as the optimum medium to document social conditions. This online conference will situate the gallery’s fifty-year…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 10, 2021 at 19:30 — No Comments

Online course: The Dreamcatcher: a history of pictorialism / from 26 July 2021

The Dreamcatcher: a history of pictorialism is a series of five classes of 90 minutes each running from from Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July. It is organised by École du Louvre and presented by Dr Julien Faure-Conorton and given in French.  Each class will be pre-recorded and available for 24 hours. 

Born around 1890 in England before…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 7, 2021 at 7:00 — No Comments

Festival: Finding Emerson Festival 2021 / from 5 June 2021

Devised by Utter Nonsense and originalprojects; the Festival’s home is Great Yarmouth, the town immortalised by the pioneering photography of Peter Henry Emerson.

The launch day on Saturday 5th June will include exhibitions, artist talks, break out sessions, art installations, Journal launch and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2021 at 9:30 — No Comments

Online talk: Curating Photography: Talk & Q&A / 15 July 2021

Join Alexander Moore, curator of Dulwich Picture Gallery's Unearthed: Photography's Roots and Kim Knoppers, art historian and curator at Foam Gallery, Amsterdam, in this online talk as they reflect and share their approach to curating photography exhibitions.

Get an insight into what it takes to stage an exhibition, from…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 3, 2021 at 7:51 — No Comments

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