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Michael Pritchard's Blog – September 2021 Archive (28)

John Thomson honoured with commemorative plaque, exhibition and book

More than thirty people gathered in Edinburgh on 29 September to celebrate the installation of a commemorative plaque to John Thomson (1837-1921) on the exterior of his childhood home at 6 Brighton Street. The building in Thomson's day housed 77 people and is now immediately behind the National Museums Scotland in Chambers Street and close to the University…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 30, 2021 at 20:00 — No Comments

Prince Albert: his life and legacy project concludes

The Royal Collection Trust's Prince Albert project has come to an end and is now fully live and accessible. Prince Albert: His Life and Legacy makes freely available a total of 22,000 archival documents, prints and photographs from the Royal Archives, the Royal Collection and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. 

The latest additions…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 27, 2021 at 6:00 — 2 Comments

Online talk: The Francis Bedford Research Collection / 30 September 2021

Ryerson Image Centre is hosting a noon time collection talk with Steven Evans who will discuss the Francis Bedford Research Collection. Steven Evans is a Toronto-based photographer and collector who has focused on architecture and the urban environment for over 40 years. Evans graduated from Ryerson University’s Media Studies program in 1982 and as a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2021 at 21:17 — No Comments

Blog: Bill Jay and Tony Ray-Jones in New York

Grant Scott, who has done so much with his film Do not bend: The photographic Life of Bill Jay to remind us of the seminal role played by Jay in British photography from the late 1960s to mid-1970s, has made a new discovery. He has located Jay's contact sheets from a trip he made with Tony Ray-Jones to New York in 1968 hidden in a plastic box in a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2021 at 10:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Peter Bunnell (1937-2021)

Peter C. Bunnell, whose passionate and inspired teaching profoundly changed the field of photographic history, passed away at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, on Monday, 20 September 2021. As the inaugural David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art at Princeton University, a position he accepted in 1972 and held for 30 years…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 20:26 — No Comments

Online conference: Photographic Digital Heritage: Institutions, Communities and The Political / 19-20 October 2021

Photographic Digital Heritage: Institutions, Communities and The Political intends to explore how uses of digital technology, and digitisation in particular, have transformed the ways in which historical photographs of value to perceived inherited cultural legacies are collected, deployed and identified as such. It will specifically investigate what has…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 20:18 — No Comments

Auction: Illustrations of China and its People / 30 September 2021 - UPDATED

Forum Auctions, London, is offering a copy of John Thomson's Illustrations of China and its People which dates from 1873-74. The volumes include 96 photographic plates. The lot is estimated at £15,000-20,000. …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 20:00 — No Comments

Online: Colour Fever - Celebrating colour photography / 25 October-5 November 2021

Colour Fever is a two-week celebration of colour photography. Through a series of online talks and ‘in conversations’, it will consider a range of processes, exhibitions, inventors and artists, spanning the nineteenth century to the present day. Hear from photographers, artists, academics, curators and researchers working with colour photography, historically…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 19:30 — No Comments

Studying women photographers from the nineteenth century

The study of women photographers continues to attract new research and the V&A's Parasol and new curatorial post is the latest example from the UK (see BPH last week). Different ways of looking…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 21:07 — 1 Comment

Course: Course: Recontextualising the Archive / weekly from 20 September

This four-week course looks at the role of photography archives in relation to their social, historical and cultural uses. Citing collections within both UK and internationally, each session will…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 20:46 — No Comments

Publication: The Lindsays of Balcarres

The Lindsays of Balcarres began with the rediscovery of some dusty photograph albums at the home of the author’s late father in Fife. The wealth of images within, unexplored for over eighty years, provided the perfect way to present the fascinating untold stories of the family and their lives. From a photography perspective it starts with…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 16:30 — No Comments

Publication: Fleet Street Exposures

This book tells the story of Stephen Markson who rose from messenger boy at The Times to the top of his profession as senior staff photojournalist for that paper. The book tells the stories behind the pictures, images and anecdotes that give a tantalising glimpse of the danger and glamour, tragedy and celebrity, seen through the lens of a talented…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 16:23 — No Comments

Blog: Friese-Greene protofeminist?

Peter Domankiewicz has written a blog in which he suggests, and cites evidence, that William Friese-Greene was a supporter of women's rights. Friese-Greene was active when such issues were very topical and the subject of wide debate and in a lecture he gave to Bath Photographic Society in 1890 he stated: '‘Now the next subject I shall connect with this…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 14:47 — No Comments

Online symposium: Daguerreian Society 2021 / 15-17 October 2021

The 33rd Annual Daguerreian Society symposium will take place from 15-17 October. The event will include a virtual fair featuring 19th and 20th century photographs, books, and ephemera including images from the highest levels of the art to vernacular snapshots, collectible books, historical images, and a broad range of historical photographic material.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 14:00 — No Comments

MFAH acquires Cameron's 'Norman' album

The Museum of Fine Art Houston is the final home for Julia Margaret Cameron's 'Norman' album. The album was the subject of an export licence deferral in 2018 but UK institutions were unable, or unwilling, to match an independent valuation of £3.7 million (see links below) and an export licence was granted. The album had been the subject of an earlier export…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2021 at 9:00 — No Comments

Job: Ffotogallery Director / applications by 22 October 2021

Ffotogallery is recruiting a new director to take over when David Drake steps down at the end of the year. The gallery is one of the UK’s leading organisations for contemporary photography and lens-based art. Based in Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, the organisation commissions and presents outstanding and diverse work from Wales and the world, supports the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 17, 2021 at 19:30 — No Comments

Hybrid event: ‘Fairies Photographed! The Cameo Camera and the Case of the Cottingley Fairies’ / 30 September 2021

In December 1920, The Strand Magazine published a series of sensational photographs taken by two young girls from Cottingley that allegedly showed real-life fairies dancing at the bottom of their garden. Their authenticity was vouched by no less a person than world-famous Sherlock Holmes creator and spiritualist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 13, 2021 at 20:30 — No Comments

Bird photographer Eric Hosking Hon.FRPS collection for auction / 24 November 2021

Tennants Auctioneers will be auctioning the library, pictures and camera collection of Eric Hosking OBE Hon.FRPS FBIPP (1909-1991), in its forthcoming Books, Maps & Manuscripts sale being held on 24 November 2021.

The collection is being sold by Eric Hosking’s son David, who is himself a professional photographer and collaborated extensively with…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 13, 2021 at 19:30 — No Comments

Alvin Langdon Coburn grave restoration

Brian Iddon is leading a project to restore the grave of Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882-1966) at Llandrillo-yn-Rhos, north Wales. Coburn's grave is an poor condition and the plan is to restore the grave and to produce an interpretation plaque at the graveyard in north Wales. The local stone masons have quoted £1122 for the work. The Universal Order which…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 12, 2021 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Thomas Annan - Old Closes & Streets photo trail / 9-20t September 2021

To coincide with the 150th anniversary of Thomas Annan's Old Closes and Streets of Glasgow, photographer Frank McElhinney re-traces Annan's footsteps with a photo trail along the same streets where Annan made the original photographs. Annan's famous street studies of this historic area of Glasgow are shown in the windows of modern businesses along High…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 12, 2021 at 15:50 — No Comments

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