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Job: Archivist to work on the Feeney Archive Project with Artist, Vanley Burke / deadline: 6 April 2021

The appointed Archivist will lead on the first stage of the Feeney Archive Project with Vanley Burke, which we anticipate taking place in the physical space of the archive in May 2021 (although this start date is dependent on safety regulations and work permitted within Covid-19 regulations).

The content and timescale of the work required will be…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2021 at 17:18 — No Comments

National Portrait Gallery to champion the role of women in British history and culture

In partnership with Chanel, the National Portrait Gallery has launched Reframing Narratives: Women in Portraiture, a new three year project, which aims to enhance the representation of women in the Gallery’s Collection and highlight the often overlooked stories of individual women who have shaped British history and culture. The project is part of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 20, 2021 at 17:00 — No Comments

Publication: Lewis Carroll's Photography and Modern Childhood

Lewis Carroll began photographing children in the mid-nineteenth century, at a time when the young medium of photography was opening up new possibilities for visual representation and the notion of childhood itself was in transition. In this lavishly illustrated book, Diane Waggoner offers the first comprehensive account of Carroll as a photographer of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 13, 2021 at 8:31 — No Comments

Television: My Father and Me - Maurice Broomfield / 20 March 2021

In My Father And Me, documentary film director Nick Broomfield explores his relationship with his father, photographer Maurice Broomfield (right). The film is both memoir and tribute, and in its intimate story of one family, takes an expansive, philosophical look at the 20th century itself.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 13, 2021 at 8:00 — No Comments

Online talks: MacKinnon and Johnston Collections, Scotland

Significant Scottish photography collections feature in two forthcoming talks arranged by the RPS Historical Group. On 20 May Blake Milteer will be talking about the MacKinnon Collection which was jointly acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland. The collection, originally amassed by Aberdeenshire collector…

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

Radio: The Photographer at Sixteen - George Szirtes / from 15 March 2021

George Szirtes reads his award-winning memoir about his mother, Magda. Her turbulent life reflects the drama of the 20th century.

She survived incarceration in two different concentration camps during the Second World War and then settled in Hungary - but fled with her family in 1956. Arriving as a refugee in London, serious illness forced her to…

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E Chambré Hardman negatives 'deteriorating'

The Guardian newspaper has reported that the E Chambré Hardman studio negatives in Liverpool is deteriorating. It noted: The National Trust faces a “race against time” to save a historic collection of previously unseen photographs before they deteriorate.

Renowned Liverpool photographer Edward…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2021 at 11:27 — No Comments

Online: Sustainable photography- Chlorophyll printing workshop / 9 May 2021

This workshop, led by Almudena Romero, will give you detailed knowledge on chlorophyll printing (and on other sustainable photographic methods), including the science behind the process, tips and recommendations, info on suppliers,  process steps and troubleshooting techniques, to help you to make great chlorophyll prints from home. 

Starting with an…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2021 at 11:16 — No Comments

Online: Looking Inwards: The Role of Medical Imaging Technology / 16 March 2021

When Anna Bertha Röntgen first glanced at the radiographic picture of her hand she is supposed to have said “I have seen my death!” and refused to take part in any similar experiments. In a brief time however, this new way of seeing the body forever altered the landscape of both popular culture and the visual arts.

This talk explores…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2021 at 11:09 — No Comments

Online exhibition: William Van Sommer - Colour in the Garden

William Van Sommer (1859–1941) was a little-known amateur photographer who left behind a unique collection of images of his local Surrey landscape and favourite gardens in colour.

He took his pictures in an era when gardens were known for their waves of colour – for the contrasting shades of their rock gardens and the vibrant hues of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2021 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Workshops: Alternative processes / summer 2021

The University of West of England's Centre for Fine Print Research in Bristol is running a series of photographic process workshops aimed at, amongst others, artists, designers, craftspeople, communicators, photographers, teachers and managers. CPD courses offer the opportunity for professional updating, learning new skills and techniques,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2021 at 12:00 — No Comments

Identification: photographs c.late 1850s / early 1860s

An auction house has asked for identification of a photograph which will be offered at auction on 13 April 2021. There are two photographs in the lot. The photograph which has an unidentified photographer is a portrait of Julia Prinsep Stephen, née Jackson.

The other print shows Mary Louisa Fisher and Julia Prinsep Stephen (both née Jackson), and is…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2021 at 11:59 — 1 Comment

Blog: Which photographers made the Conway Library?

This blog, published in 2020 looks at - and identifies - many of the photographers represented in this important art library. Much loved and perused by staff, students, and the general public in the know, the Conway Library is a collection of 9764 red boxes containing brown manila folders. The photographs glued on the brown manila mounts are black and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2021 at 11:19 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Business of Photography / until August 2021

The inaugural exhibition in the Chau Chak Wing Museum’s photography gallery examines the first photographic studios in New South Wales, Australia and the characters who ran them. The way we visualise much of the 19th century is framed by the work of commercial photographic studios. The new technology of photography, invented in 1839, led to the rise of these…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2021 at 10:00 — No Comments

Symposium: Rediscovering our sculpture / 11 and 12 March 2021

Art UK is holding a conference as the culmination of nearly four years' work to digitise thousands of sculptures across the UK, held in collections and seen in public spaces.

There will be talks from Art UK…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2021 at 9:42 — No Comments

Why does The Dig exclude women photographers?

Prospect magazine has a feature by Emma Hartley which poses the question why were women photographers overlooked in the recent Netflix film The Dig. The photography of Mercie Lack and Barbara Wagstaff who documented the excavation at Sutton Hoo was removed and their roles replaced by a male photographer.  Separately  the role of Wagstaff has…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2021 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Auction: Reports of the Juries at auction / 31 March 2021

Bonhams auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts on 31 March 2021 includes a copy of Reports of the Juries (1851-52) which is illustrated with 154 calotypes. The set of four volumes in an edition of approximately 130.   It is estimated at £15,000-20,000. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 2, 2021 at 19:42 — No Comments

Job: Curatorial Specialist, BFI / closes 15 March 2021

The British Film Institute is seeking a Curatorial Specialist to join the BFI’s Curatorial department on a fixed term basis until March 2022 to work on the Heritage 2022 project; digitising 100,000 video works from the collections of the BFI and partner archives in order to preserve the collections for future generations.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 1, 2021 at 20:45 — No Comments

cfp: 13th International Seminar on the Origins and History of Cinema / deadline 5 May 2021

A call for papers has been made by Museu del Cinema, The Department of History & History of Art at the University of Girona and the Ministry Project “Virtual worlds in early cinema: devices, aesthetics and audiences”. The organisers are seeking papers that respond to: 

Topic A: Virtual worlds in early cinema: devices, aesthetics and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2021 at 14:42 — No Comments

Course: St Andrews offering MLitt in History of Photography / applications by 11 August 2021

St Andrews University is offering a MLitt in History of Photography. The course provides a range of innovative modules that cover areas from the origins of photography to contemporary practices and debates, including modernist art photography, documentary approaches, photographic collections, and technological advances up to the digital…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2021 at 14:33 — No Comments

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