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Michael Pritchard's Blog – July 2017 Archive (11)

Job: Director, Nicéphore Niépce Museum

The Nicéphore Niépce museum in Chalon-sur-Saône is looking for a new director. With a collection of 3 million photographs, prints, negatives, contact sheets, historic cameras etc., the Nicéphore Niépce museum is one of the first museums in the history of photography in France. Created in 1972, it holds the Musée de France label and was directed by Paul Jay and François…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2017 at 7:09 — No Comments

Course: Histories of Photography / TPG, from 4 September

Histories of Photography: Invention, Transformation & Affirmation is an eight-week course from The Photographers' Gallery, London. It introduces participants to the richness and diversity of photography’s histories. It takes its point of departure from photography’s early origins in the mid nineteenth century, it navigates through the many transformations that…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2017 at 7:07 — No Comments

Course: History of Photography / V&A, from 3 October

The V&A was one of the first museums to collect and exhibit photographs. Today, the collection is one of the most important in the world, recognised internationally for its breadth of content, including works that span the 1820s to the present day. This is a particularly exciting year for photography at the V&A, with the recent…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: William Henry Fox Talbot and the Promise of Photography / from 17 November

Using his knowledge of art, botany, chemistry, and optics, William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800–1877) invented a means of turning an ordinary piece of paper into “photogenic drawings,” calotypes, and salted paper prints in 1839. Featuring more than 30 works, many of which have never before been shown, the exhibition will provide visitors a glimpse into the earliest…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Camera, Obscured. The fine art photography of Paul Laib / from 26 July

Paul Laib moved to London from Hamburg at the end of the nineteenth century. For fifty years he worked as a fine art photographer from his studio in South Kensington, hired by artists to document their work. Using archive materials and pieces from the De Laszlo collection of Paul Laib negatives, this exhibition highlights the multifaceted relationship between photography,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 16, 2017 at 8:42 — No Comments

Download: The Other Observers. Women in Photography in Britain 1900 to the Present

Women in Photography the Other Observers was commissioned in 1984 by the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television. Val Williams researched into the history of women in photography, resulting in a book, a TV series by Channel 4 and an exhibition that successfully toured…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2017 at 21:08 — No Comments

Exhibition: Illuminating India: Photography 1857–2017 / from 4 October 2017

As part of the Science Museum's Illuminating India season a new exhibition Illuminating India: Photography 1857-2017, will be an ambitious and unprecedented survey of the technological and cultural development of the medium in India, examining photography’s changing role in charting the recent history of the country. The other second exhibition in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2017 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Swaps: Photographs from the David Hurn Collection / from 30 September 2017

This exhibition, which mirrors, but is not the same as, the standout exhibition at PhotoLondon in May (seen below), celebrates the major gift of photographs from David Hurn’s private collection and marks the opening of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’s first gallery dedicated to photography. Throughout his career as a documentary photographer and member of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Conservation: The Sutton Collection

BPH has covered the work on the Sutton Collection in the past. There is a recent blog posting by Sarah Allen who looks at the conservation work being undertaken on the negatives in the collection. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2017 at 16:49 — 1 Comment

Auction: two WW1 hospital autochromes / 13 July 2017 (UPDATED)

Special Auction Services's Fine Photographica auction includes two half-plate autochrome images showing First Eastern General Hospital on The Backs in Cambridge, c1914-15.  The auction takes place on 13 July 2017 at Newbury or online at 

The description reads: 

Two half-plate Autochromes, of the First Eastern General Hospital on…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

Digitised: Australian Photo Review 1894-1956

The complete run of the Australian Photo Review from January 1894 to December 1956 has been digitised and made available by the State Library of New South Wales. The journal was the most influential in Australia throughout its history. 

This title has been digitised and made fully searchable online as part of the State Library's Digital Excellence…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 1, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

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