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Tate Modern appoints Yasufumi Nakamori as Senior Curator International Art (Photography)

Tate Modern has announced the appointment of Dr Yasufumi Nakamori as its new Senior Curator, International Art (Photography). Nakamori will lead on the development of Tate’s collection of photography and on the programme of photography exhibitions and displays. He will take up the post in October…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2018 at 19:30 — No Comments

Information request: Fox Talbot camera shop / Tottenham Court Road

Gray Levett is researching London's camera shops for a future feature in Nikon Owner magazine and is looking for photographs of the exterior of the Fox Talbot shop which stood at 179 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1.

If you can help please post the image here and get in touch with Gray on 020 7828 4925 or…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2018 at 10:03 — No Comments

Archive: John Vickers theatrical photography / University of Bristol

John Vickers was a theatre photographer of note from the 1930s onwards. A comprehensive archive of documents following Vickers’ career throughout the 1940s and 1950s compliments the London Old Vic collection which is also held at the University of Bristol. Included in the collection are glass plate…

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Publication: Without a Trace: Manchester and Salford in the 1960s

Shirley Baker started to photograph the streets of Manchester and Salford in the early 1960s when homes were being demolished and communities were being uprooted. 'Whole streets were disappearing and I hoped to capture some trace of everyday life of the people who lived there. I was particularly…

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Website: Portraits One hundred years at the studio (1840-1940)

The Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) of Girona City Council has created a new web resource focused on the studio portrait. It is a comparative view of this photographic practice with a selection of 10 images for each decade.

See the website here:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2018 at 9:38 — No Comments

Exhibition: Promoting the Pedigree through Photography: Thomas Fall / London, from 12 September 2018

The first exhibition dedicated to leading dog photographer Thomas Fall opens at the Kennel Club Art Gallery on 12 September. The collection, which is the largest historical dog photography archive in the world, will be on display for dog lovers and art enthusiasts alike.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 8, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

Publication: The Isle of Dogs: Before the big money / Mike Seaborne

Now home to financial heavyweights and epic skyscapers, the Isle of Dogs was once the beating heart of industrial East London. In the early ’80s Mike Seaborne began documenting the area’s social fabric, taking his camera around the streets and inside remaining working factories and businesses.

These…

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Website: Polyfoto

A new website explores the history of Polyfoto which began as a chain of high street photography studios in the United Kingdom and is best known for its sheets of multiple-pose images. The website has pull out a call for people's own Polyfoto images. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 2, 2018 at 16:07 — No Comments

British historical women photographers

Rose Teanby's excellent research work looking at early British women photographers continues to grow.  The most recent post is on Lady Emily Payne-Gallwey (sic) who joined the Photographic Society in 1853, it's inaugural year. The other photographers so far in the series are: Mary Ann Boulton, Elizabeth…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 2, 2018 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Job: Head Curator, National Science+Media Museum, Bradford / closes 16 September 2018

The recent departure of Michael Terwey as Head of Collections and Exhibitions at the National Science and Media Museum has provided an opportunity for the museum to re-thionk itts senior management, with a new role, Head Curator, recently advertised.

Across Science Museum Group, our…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 2, 2018 at 10:45 — No Comments

Milteer appointed Mackinnon Collection curator

Back in May the NLS / NGS advertised for a curator (see BPH here) for the newly acquired £1 million Mackinnon Collection. The newly appointed curator is Blake Milteer who…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2018 at 17:00 — No Comments

Publication: Studies in Photography / Summer 2018

The Scottish Society for the History of Photography has been delivering a remarkable series of events, lectures, articles and scholarly texts on the world of historic and contemporary photography since 1986.

This issue of Studies in Photography contributes to the continuing…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2018 at 16:37 — No Comments

TV: On Camera: Photographers at the BBC / 29 August 2018

Drawing on the BBC's rich archive, this documentary reveals the working practices, lives and opinions of some of the greatest photographers of the last 60 years. From Norman Parkinson to David Bailey, Eve Arnold to Jane Bown, Henri Cartier-Bresson to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

Catalogue: Victorian Work and Leisure

A recently issued catalogue from the booksellers Quaritch Victorian Work and Leisure includes a number of unusual photographs, stereocards and items of magic lantern interest. 

Click here to download: …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

Conference: Postcard Journeys: Image, Text, Media / London: 14 September 2018

Organised by Dr Stephen Putnam Hughes and Emily Stevenson, SOAS Anthropology Department, with support from the Economic and Social Research Council and the SOAS South Asia…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2018 at 12:14 — No Comments

Event: Vivien Leigh 3D / Bath, 13 September 2018

As part of a series of Twilight Talks at Bath's world-renowned fashion  museum Keith Lodwick, Curator of Theatre and Screen Arts at the Victoria and Albert Museum, will share a treasure trove of 3D stereoscopic slides from the Vivien Leigh Archive.

Thursday, 13 September 2018 at 1815

£10 adults…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2018 at 11:30 — No Comments

Job: Conservation Manager, Paper & Photography

Tate's growing collection of Paper and Photographic artworks presents unique challenges for conservation and preservation, requiring innovative solutions.

You will lead the development of the team, supporting research and enhancing practice in standards of care. You will formulate a preservation strategy for…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins / New York, from 19 October 2018

The New York Public Library which holds a copy at Anna Atkins' British Algae is hold an an exhibition devoted to her from 19 October 2018-17 February 2019.  Anna Atkins (1799–1871) came of age in Victorian England, a fertile…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2018 at 19:12 — No Comments

Blog: Researching the Royal Photographic Society

The Royal Photographic Society has a long and distinguished history back to 1853. For much of its existence it has been the place where matters affecting photography’s technical development and its position as an artistic medium were debated and reported on. Its publications and membership are a key resource for…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2018 at 19:05 — No Comments

Job: Head Curator, National Science+Media Museum, Bradford / closes 12 August 2018

To truly lead our curatorial department, build our research profile, develop our collections and deliver content for an ambitious 'masterplan', we are looking for a Head Curator to join us at the National Science and Media Museum (NSMM), in Bradford, on a permanent basis.



In this role,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 31, 2018 at 20:30 — No Comments

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