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Michael Pritchard's Blog – July 2020 Archive (19)

Online talk: Florence Nightingale’s iconic photographs / 13 August 2020

The rare photographic images of Florence Nightingale are so famous and familiar – iconic even – that we tend to take them for granted. But what do we actually know about them, about the circumstances in which they were made, distributed and, more importantly maybe, about the photographers who took them? Come and discover the truth behind the iconic pictures…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2020 at 7:30 — No Comments

Auction perils

At an estimate of £60-100 a stereoscopic daguerreotype of Fox Talbot by Antoine Claudet could be yours. The lot is being offered by Kings Russell Auctioneers in London's Knightsbridge in an auction as lot 172 on 18 August 2020. 

The description is here: 

Antoine Claudet (French, 1797-1867), Portrait of William Fox…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 29, 2020 at 7:30 — 9 Comments

Colin Jones and The Black House series 1973-76

The Black House was a hostel founded in the early 1970s by Herman Edwards, a charismatic Caribbean immigrant, better known to his community as Brother Herman. It aimed to provide accommodation and support for disillusioned black adolescents in Islington, London, many of whom had experienced prejudice, unemployment, and problems with the police.



Added by Michael Pritchard on July 26, 2020 at 15:30 — No Comments

Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2020 shortlist announced

The 35th Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards have announced the long and shortlisted titles. The books in the running for the 2020 Photography Book Award and Moving Image Book Award address diverse global issues related to race, justice, identity, and the construction of truth, history and memory.

Ranging from illuminating artist monographs and anthologies to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2020 at 19:39 — No Comments

Online seminar: The Political Geographies of the Archive / 17 and 24 September 2020

This two-part online research seminar event raises questions about how archives of ‘vernacular’ photographs inform and shape our understanding of both the present and the past. During the presentations, each speaker will examine how archives are re-activated within contemporary photographic practice as potential sites of critical political significance.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2020 at 9:33 — No Comments

Photo Festival: Women & Photography: Ways of Seeing & Being Seen / Oct-Nov 2020

2020 coincides with the centenary of the first woman matriculating and graduating from the University of Oxford. What better time and place could there be for celebrating women and their diverse roles in international photography?

What themes are women photographers addressing from behind the camera? To what extent have muses become collaborators in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2020 at 9:23 — No Comments

Online talk: Displaced Visions: Émigré Photographers / 2 August 2020

Displaced Visions: Émigré Photographers of the 20th Century was a major 2013 Jerusalem exhibition and book that reconsidered the work of nearly 100 key immigrants, focussing in particular on the earliest photographs taken by them as artists in their various new countries, exploring how this work expanded photographic practices of the time and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 25, 2020 at 9:00 — No Comments

Four Corners archive funding success

Four Corners has announced the launch of a Heritage Lottery funded project. The 3-year project will see it delve deeper into Four Corners Archive, evolving the collection into an active site for public events, study, socially-engaged practice and collaboration. Here's what is planned:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 17, 2020 at 19:48 — No Comments

Online talk: where does the MacKinnon Collection go from here? / 16 July 2020

When the National Library of Scotland and National Galleries of Scotland acquired the MacKinnon Collection, it made a joint commitment to preserve it in alignment with its growing world class photographic collections and provide access for ever-changing audiences. This talk describes our current cataloguing, digitisation and engagement activities, and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2020 at 20:00 — No Comments

UK lockdown eases spaces start to re-open... or bring in new ways of engaging audiences (UPDATED)

Back in March BPH published a regularly updated blog of how museums, galleries, research venues and events were approaching lockdown with cancellations, postponements and closures. Finally, after more than twelves weeks,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Facing Britain: British documentary photography since the 1960s / from 27 September 2020

Facing Britain brings together for the first time outside of the UK a particular view of British documentary photography. Long forgotten and only recently rediscovered photographers such as John Myers, Tish Murtha or Peter Mitchell who are shown alongside works by internationally photographers such as Martin Parr. The show offers an insight into the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 12, 2020 at 11:49 — No Comments

Online: History of Stereoscopic Photography / 14 August 2020

The National Stereoscopic Association's 46th convention 3D-Con is going virtual in 2020. There is a two-part session on the history of stereoscopic photography taking place between 0730-1130 (Pacific Time) which is 1530-1930 (BST) on Friday, 14 August 2020.

The public is welcome to join for a morning of scholarship from an international group of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 12, 2020 at 10:20 — No Comments

cfp: Don’t Press Print. De/Re-constructing the collodion process / call closes 15 August 2020

The announcement in The Chemist (March, 1851) of Frederick Scott Archer’s wet-collodion process transformed how photography was practiced professionally and by amateur photographers for much of the nineteenth century. Photography’s reach broadened socially, grew artistically and extended geographically.

Move forward…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2020 at 10:00 — No Comments

cfp: A surrealist eye - new essays on the art of Lee Miller

Lee Miller is increasingly championed for her Surrealism-inspired photographs. Her images of Paris during the late-1920s and early 1930s when she was the muse and lover of Man Ray, her unique portraits of a desert landscape taken in and around Egypt in the 1930s, and her witty yet poignant and often disturbing images taken during the Second…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 9, 2020 at 8:10 — No Comments

Arts Council England COVID emergency funding supports photography

Arts Council England has released funding to support photography organisations. This includes £30,000 for Photo London and £280,00 for The Photographers' Gallery. BPH has identified the following photography organisations in receipt of emergency support, or offers of support:

Arts Council NPOs and Creative People and Places Organisations…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2020 at 20:00 — No Comments

Auction: Alfred Swaine Taylor papers and photogenic drawing

Two lots coming up at auction provide a link back to the photography's earliest days in 1839. Sotheby's auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts including Property from the Eric C. Caren Collection being held on 21 July 2020 in New York has two lots connected to Alfred Swaine Taylor, the pioneer of forensic medicine and an early experimenter in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

COVID-19: UK cultural, arts and heritage institutions set to receive £1.57bn

The UK government has announced a £1.57bn package of support for cultural organisations to be delivered through grants and loans, and funding for capital projects. How much is new money, how much will need to be repaid and how much has come from previously announced commitments to the national infrastructure is unclear.  

The package announced includes…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 6, 2020 at 9:00 — No Comments

Online exhibition: Sights of Wonder: Photographs from the 1862 Royal Tour

In 1862, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (who would be crowned Edward VII in 1901 following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria), undertook a tour of the Middle East as part of a structured programme intended to educate the young prince and prepare him for his future role as king. The prince had undertaken previous trips abroad, but on this ambitious…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2020 at 13:04 — No Comments

Nicolaas Henneman commemorated in birth town

Frans Koopman writes...'we like to inform you that last  Friday mr Aad Schoorl, alderman of Heemskerk, has unveiled an information board concerning Nicolaas Henneman. The board has been placed along the path where he was born, since 2018 called after him: Nicolaas Hennemanpad'…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

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