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

Television: documentary reveals new photographs of 1890s Highlands railway construction

A new BBC ALBA documentary to be transmitted on New Year’s Eve reveals newly discovered photos taken during the construction of the railway line between Fort William and Mallaig from the late 1890s. Arguably one of the most spectacular railway lines in the world, this collection of over one hundred plates were unearthed in a sale in Cornwall in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 31, 2020 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

Job: Junior photographer / digitising the Daily Herald collection / closes 10 January 2021

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford is undertaking the digitisation of the Daily Herald Archive to greatly improve the public accessibility of this nationally important collection. We are therefore recruiting two Junior Photographers to start on the 1st February 2021 in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 31, 2020 at 10:46 — No Comments

Hyman Collection 2020 annual update

The Hyman Collection has published its 2020 annual update which can be read on its website. Of particular note is the availability of bespoke loans and exhibitions from the extensive collection and the establishment of the Hyman Foundation, a new charitable foundation to support photography in Britain.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 25, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments

PhD studentship: The Migrant Eye: Reactivating the Photographic Past through Archives and Exhibitions

The University of Liverpool is offering a PhD studentship entitled 'The Migrant Eye: Reactivating the Photographic Past through Archives and Exhibitions in Liverpool and North West England'. It is supervised by Professor Michelle Henning and Dr Jordana Blejmar, both in the Department of Communication and Media.

This collaborative…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 20, 2020 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

PhD studentship: Amnesty, Archives, Activism: Photojournalism and the Development of Human Rights Media Campaigns in Britain since the 1960s / closes 3 February 2021

The School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) has a long-standing reputation as a world-leading centre for innovative teaching and research. The following studentship is available: Amnesty, Archives, Activism: Photojournalism and the Development of Human Rights Media Campaigns in Britain since the 1960s. Supervisor and contact information to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 18, 2020 at 9:03 — No Comments

Event: cfp - monthly photography presentation / starting 2021

The Network for Developing Photographic Research is inviting researchers to participate in an upcoming monthly event series, 1000 Words, which will start at the start of 2021. The idea is very simple: each speaker selects one photograph, uses it to write roughly 1,000 words reflecting on a key aspect of their research and presents it in the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2020 at 17:25 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cottingley Fairy hoax centenary celebrated / Leeds, January 2021

The 100th anniversary of the Cottingley Fairies, one of the most famous hoaxes of the twentieth century, is being marked by a new exhibition curated by an academic from the University of Huddersfield. It will open in January 2021 at the University of Leeds Brotherton Library, subject to COVDI restrictions being lifted. It is curated by …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2020 at 14:33 — No Comments

Job: Conservator, National Science+Media Museum / closes 28 December 2020

As a Conservator at the National Science & Media Museum in Bradford, you will work closely with the other members of the core Conservation & Collections Care (CCC) teams based at all SMG sites, and alongside project teams, this may also include supervising short term staff, students and volunteers.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2020 at 14:05 — No Comments

Online: Victorian women pioneers of travel photography

The Journal of Victorian Culture Online the blog and online platform of the Journal of Victorian Culture has published a short paper by Rose Teanby titled 'Wish You Were Here: Victorian women pioneers of travel photography'. In it Rose discusses several early British and European women…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2020 at 17:31 — No Comments

Science Museum Group curator outlines how photography is being collected

Geoff Belknap, Head Curator at the National Science+Media Museum, Bradford, has written an extended blog discussing how photography is being collected within the Science Museum Group.

Photography presents particular challenges because of the ubiquity and extent of the medium, although the museum continues to collect both photographs and photographic…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2020 at 13:00 — No Comments

The Photographers' Gallery 2021 programme

The Photographers’ Gallery has announced highlights of its 2021 programme, including major exhibitions of Sebastião Salgado and Helen Levitt, the 25th anniversary exhibition of the Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize, a rare exhibition of archival photographs from the Guardian Picture Library and a newly commissioned work by Turner Prize co-winner,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2020 at 12:19 — 1 Comment

Research Grants on Photobook History / deadline 31 March 2021

10×10 Photobooks is pleased to announce the launch of a new program of annual photobook research grants to encourage and support scholarship on under-explored topics in photobook history. The first year’s theme expands on 10×10’s forthcoming project What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843 to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2020 at 12:09 — No Comments

Online event: a conversation with Colin Ford CBE / 28 January 2021

Colin Ford, one of the first curators of photography in Britain and the founding head of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, will be talking to Gilly Read about his career on 28 January 2021. 

The event is free but registration is required here:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Archive: Stanley B. Burns medical photography collection acquired by Yale

The Stanley B. Burns M.D. Historic Medical Photography Collection has been acquired by the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University. It  includes images of physicians and medical scientists at work, operation rooms, hospital wards, laboratories, nurses and nursing, notable physicians, surgical specialties, and war…

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Exhibition: P. H. Emerson / until 31 January 2021

This display of original photogravures and vintage platinum prints has been organised in conjunction with renowned 19th century photography specialist Robert Hershkowitz.

At a time when so many of us are weighing up the value of urban living in favour of more rural existences, these images resonate with a longing for the English countryside and its…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 12:50 — No Comments

Exhibition: Unearthed - Photography's Roots / Dulwich, until 9 May 2021 (UPDATED)

This exhibition has been a victim of two COVID lockdowns and was originally due to open in June, and then in November. With London in COVID Tier 2 it will now open on 8 December 2020 and run until 9 May 2021...  Unearthed traces the rich history of the medium through depictions of nature, with over 100 works by 41 leading international…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Wedgwood 250 / 15 May 2021 (or 14 & 15 May if held virtually) - Preliminary announcement

Wedgwood 250 will mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Tom Wedgwood on 14 May 1771. It is arranged jointly by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC),…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 10:43 — No Comments

PhD Studentship: Traces of Empire...through the Historic England photography archive / closes 25 January 2021

A paid studentship funded by the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council, supported by the South West & Wales Doctoral Partnership and co-supervised by the universities of Cardiff and Bristol is available. Titled Traces of Empire in the Built Environment: Exploring the Collective Memory of Colonialism through the Photographic Collections of the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 10:30 — No Comments

Wolfson Foundation supports new photography projects

The Wolfson Foundation's New Collecting Awards give curators 100 per cent funding to research and buy works that grow their museums’ collections in new directions or deepen existing ones – such as commissioning new photographic portraits of people underrepresented in Scotland’s national collection and the acquisition of works by indigenous artists. Each…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 10:00 — No Comments

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