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Exhibition: Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018 / Arles, until 6 January 2019

Luma is pleased to announce the exhibition, Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018, a major project exploring the rich history of mechanically-reproduced imagery from the nineteenth century to the present, organized by visual artist and theorist Walead Beshty. The exhibition features over three…

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Gallery display: Photography - A Living Art: Then and Now / until 3 November 2019

The National Portrait Gallery began acquiring photographs shortly after its foundation in 1856, although the first photograph did not officially enter the Collection until 1932. Since then, the Gallery’s Photographs Collection has expanded to include approximately 250,000 examples of the medium. Dating from photography’s earliest days following its discovery…

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Exhibition: Women in Photography: A History of British Trailblazers / from 30 January 2019

From the early innovations of Anna Atkins and Queen Alexandra, through to Dorothy Bohm’s depiction of 1960s London and the self-portraiture of Sarah Lucas in the 2000s, the exhibition will, for the first time, present an in depth historical survey showcasing the achievements of female photographers working in Britain. In collaboration with Fast Forward Women…

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Exhibition: Under Indian Skies - 19th-Century Photographs from a Private Collection / until 28 April 2019

The David Collection’s new special exhibition provides a hitherto unknown first-hand impression of 19th-century India, primarily — but not exclusively — seen with the eyes of western photographers. Through original vintage photographs, the viewer is taken back to photography’s birth and earliest childhood and up to around 1900.

Photography had made a…

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Auction: vintage London Baron Studio print of Marilyn Monroe, 1954

The legendary Marilyn Monroe is captured in full splendor by society- and appointed court photographer of the British Royal Family Baron (Stirling Henry Nahum) - whose career started in photographing ballets at Sadlers Wells Theatre in London and whose real breakthrough came in 1947 photographing the wedding of Prince Philip and Princess…

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Resource: Arclight

Arclight is a data mining and visualization tool for film and media history that allow users to analyze millions of pages of digitally scanned magazines and newspapers for trends related to a chosen subject.

Also, available is The Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities free…

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Exhibition review: Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins / New York, to 17 February 2019

The New York Times carries a review of the New York Public Library's exhibition about Anna Atkins and her seminal work of cyanotypes British Algae. The exhibition is open until 17 February 2019. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 18, 2018 at 15:36 — No Comments

National Science+Media Museum appoints Head Curator

The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, has appointed Dr Geoff Belknap as its Head Curator, effective from 1 November. Belknapp joined the museum in June 2017 as Curator of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 11, 2018 at 17:56 — No Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / London, Autumn/Spring 2018/2019

The History and Theory of Photography Research Centre at Birkbeck has announced two seminars. Admission is free and open to all. 

 

Wednesday 21 November 2018, 6-7:30pm

Room TBC

Anna Dahlgren, Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University

i-D and…

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Events: The face of suffrage / Birmingham, Nov-Dec 2018

The Face of Suffrage is a new large scale art installation created to celebrate 100 years of Votes for Women by Helen Marshall The ‘Face of Suffrage’ artwork is a floor-based, 200 metre square photo mosaic consisting of more than 3,500 images of females from across the West Midlands.   

It will be located on the concourse of Birmingham New…

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Martin Parr Foundation launches a membership scheme

The Martin Parr Foundation (MPF) which runs a gallery and archive in Bristol, based on Parr's own work but extending to British documentary photography, has launched its new membership scheme. The aim of the scheme is to open up access to the Foundation’s library and huge archive collection, as well as giving members discounts on talks, screenings, workshops…

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Information: Cook Salvator Mundi

BPH member Ben Lewis is trying to find more details about this photograph and the London photographer William E Gray who worked independently and was also associated with the company of Henry Dixon and Son Ltd which absorbed his business in 1931.

The photograph was taken for the…

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Seminar: Nita Harvey's Archive / London: 9 November 2018

Four years ago Ellen Nolan inherited a suitcase. Inside was an archive of hundreds of images and documents belonging to her Great Aunt, Nita Harvey, an English actress on the brink of Hollywood success in the 1930s. In 1933 Nita was discovered through a beauty contest, summoned to Hollywood and signed to Paramount studios.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on November 4, 2018 at 2:01 — No Comments

Early Career Academic Fellow: Photographic History

Newly qualified PhDs in photographic history may be interested in two Early Career Academic Fellow (ECAF) positions at De Montfort University. The position will ultimately lead to tenure in 2020. DMU is home to the Photographic History Research Centre and runs a MA history of photography programme. 

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Auction: Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History / London: 13 November

This auction includes many photographs from the mid-19th century through to the mid-20th century, covering many parts of the globe. Of great rarity is a group of glass plate negatives of China by Thomas Child, which are the only known negatives by Child to survive and were made in Beijing in the 1870s and 1880s (lot…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2018 at 3:23 — No Comments

Auction: Fine books and photographs / London; 27 November

Bonhams' auction of fine books and photographs includes, amongst other photography lots, a pair of albums 'Presented to the Rev. Robert Vaughan Pryce... by his father George Pryce, F.S.A. on his Birthday, December 15, 1866", containing

Also ncluded is a picture of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, flanked…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2018 at 3:16 — No Comments

V&A Photography Centre: a message from the curatorial team

The photographs section at the V&A Museum have issued a newsletter following the launch of the Photography Centre.

We are delighted to be in touch with an update about the exciting activity that has been taking place at the V&A these past months.

 Phase One of the V&A…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 29, 2018 at 3:01 — No Comments

Events: Photography and Collecting, and the Art Market

Dr Juliet Hacking is speaking at two upcoming events: 

Saturday 3rd November, afternoon

Workshop: An Insider’s Guide to Photography and the Art Market…

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Auction: Early French Masterworks from the Hyman Collection / 1 November 2018

Early French Masterworks from the Hyman Collection showcase rare, important works from the 1840s to 1850s by the first practitioners of negative-positive photography in France. This exceptional selection of 12 lots comprises 11 salt prints, of which three are accompanied by their unique paper negatives, and one…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 24, 2018 at 20:27 — 2 Comments

Exhibition: Oscar G. Rejlander: Artist Photographer / Ottawa, until 3 February 2019

Oscar Gustaf Rejlander (1813-1875) was a Victorian artist whose innovations in both the production and conceptual aspects of photography have secured him a place within the history of the medium. Surprisingly there has never been a major examination of his career ….until now.

The Canadian…

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