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Arts Council England COVID emergency funding supports photography

Arts Council England has released funding to support photography organisations. These include £30,000 for Photo London and £280,00 for The Photographers' Gallery. BPH has identified the following photography organisations in receipt of emergency support, or offers of support:

Arts Council NPOs and Creative People and Places Organisations…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2020 at 20:00 — No Comments

Publication: Pre-order 'Photography of Protest and Community'

Illustrated with many newly discovered photographs, this book which is published in October, tells the story of community photography produced by the radical collectives in the 1970s. It examines their politicised magazines and exhibitions, held anywhere from working men’s clubs to laundrettes.…

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Added by Noni Stacey on July 7, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Publication: ‘Larry Herman’s Clydeside: Photography of Protest and Community’

Larry Herman’s Clydeside: Photography of Protest and Community’, Studies in Photography Journal, Winter 2018, The Scottish Society for the History of Photography, National Galleries of Scotland. View Publication.…

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Added by Noni Stacey on July 7, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments

Publication: 'Women and Work, 1975' in Aperture (Winter 2013)

Women and Work, 1975’, article on the Hackney Flashers in Aperture magazine as part of a series of articles highlighting forgotten exhibitions, ‘Photography as you don’t know it’ (Winter 2013) - View Publication.…

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Added by Noni Stacey on July 7, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments

Auction: Alfred Swaine Taylor papers and photogenic drawing

Two lots coming up at auction provide a link back to the photography's earliest days in 1839. Sotheby's auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts including Property from the Eric C. Caren Collection being held on 21 July 2020 in New York has two lots connected to Alfred Swaine Taylor, the pioneer of forensic medicine and an early experimenter in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

COVID-19: UK cultural, arts and heritage institutions set to receive £1.57bn

The UK government has announced a £1.57bn package of support for cultural organisations to be delivered through grants and loans, and funding for capital projects. How much is new money, how much will need to be repaid and how much has come from previously announced commitments to the national infrastructure is unclear.  

The package announced includes…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 6, 2020 at 9:00 — No Comments

Online exhibition: Sights of Wonder: Photographs from the 1862 Royal Tour

In 1862, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (who would be crowned Edward VII in 1901 following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria), undertook a tour of the Middle East as part of a structured programme intended to educate the young prince and prepare him for his future role as king. The prince had undertaken previous trips abroad, but on this ambitious…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2020 at 13:04 — No Comments

Nicolaas Henneman commemorated in birth town

Frans Koopman writes...'we like to inform you that last  Friday mr Aad Schoorl, alderman of Heemskerk, has unveiled an information board concerning Nicolaas Henneman. The board has been placed along the path where he was born, since 2018 called after him: Nicolaas Hennemanpad'…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 5, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

UK lockdown eases up...photography spaces start to re-open... or bring in new ways of engaging audiences (UPDATED)

Back in March BPH published a regularly updated blog of how museums, galleries, research venues and events were approaching lockdown with cancellations, postponements and closures. Finally, after more than twelves weeks,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 30, 2020 at 21:00 — No Comments

Portrait of Hemi Pomara as a young man: how we uncovered the oldest surviving photograph of a Māori

It is little wonder the life of Hemi Pomara has attracted the attention of writers and film makers. Kidnapped in the early 1840s, passed from person to person, displayed in London and ultimately abandoned, it is a story of indigenous survival and resilience for our times.

Hemi has already been the basis for the character James Pōneke in New Zealand…

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Added by Martyn Jolly on June 30, 2020 at 5:30 — 1 Comment

Mr Weber's group at Bidston, The Wirral

Mr Weber's group of photographers posed with their cameras at Bidston. Sitting on the wall (from left to right): W Murray, Thomas Moore, Mr Twigge, E Whalley; middle row: Mr Pendlebury (standing), Mr Wharmby, Mr Bolton, Mr Wilson; front row: J H T Ellerbeck, Mr King, H J Palmer, Mr Kirkby. John Henry Townsend Ellerbeck,…

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Added by Keith Giles on June 29, 2020 at 20:30 — No Comments

Adolf Morath

In the 1960's I had left college and worked part time as an assistant to Adolf Morath photographing industrial subjects. Mainly running around and changing the flash bulbs in the multi fash heads he had specially designed for him. He sometimes used the Bowens heads but prefered the ones he had designed himself.

I remeber him taking portaits with these lighte and being amazed that he could aim the lights so accuratley. (with no modelling lights).

For his industrial work he set…

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Added by Gilly Read FRPS on June 29, 2020 at 12:00 — No Comments

Publication: Material Photography

This new publication asks and seeks to answer a number of questions. How is a historical photo collection established, and how does it then grow? What principles and ideas guide the people responsible for such a collection? What do we mean when we say that photographs carry more than their content that they represent, but are material objects at the same…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 29, 2020 at 7:46 — No Comments

Document Scotland seeks support

We formed Document Scotland back in 2012. Since then, we have worked on photography projects which have been exhibited, published, broadcast and shared with friends and audiences both at home and abroad. Highlights over these years include shows at venues such as the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and the many events we have staged across Scotland…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 28, 2020 at 14:30 — No Comments

Publication: The Collected Letters of Humphry Davy

Oxford University Press has just published a four-volume set The Collected Letters of Humphry Davy. Davy is a significant figure in both the history of science and literary history. One of the foremost chemists of the early nineteenth century, he was the first person to inhale nitrous oxide. He pioneered electrochemistry, using the Voltaic pile to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 28, 2020 at 14:18 — No Comments

Bolton Camera Club

Following on from the pictures of  Staffordshire Photo Club here are a couple of images of Bolton Camera Club which are of a similar age. The Bolton Camera club started in 1884 and continues till this day. 

I am not associated with the club these pictures come from my collection of photographers using cameras.…

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Added by Roger Mead on June 26, 2020 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Online: Julia Margaret Cameron: Close Up / exhibition and film

Julia Margaret Cameron: Close Up is a new exhibition at Dimbola Museum and Galleries focusing on Cameron's astonishing close up portraits of great men. The selection was chosen by her son Henry for a volume of work he was compiling called Tennyson and his friends. Printed in large format, these images demonstrate Julia’s genius for…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 20, 2020 at 15:30 — No Comments

Panel discussion: The essential Fenton

Photo London has released its recording of a panel discussion about Roger Fenton which was held in conjunction with the 2019 exhibition ‘The Essential Fenton’, curated by Bob Hershkowitz and shown at Photo London that year.

This discussion brought together experts on the pioneering photographer Roger Fenton. Dr Sophie Gordon, Head of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 20, 2020 at 15:18 — No Comments

Online conference: Rethinking Digital Preservation / 7 and 8 July 2020

During the Covid-19 lockdown we’ve all become acutely aware of one of the most essential values of digital preservation: remote access. Most physical collections, libraries, and archives have been closed down for several weeks. Working from home is problematic, especially when we keep in mind that rather than working from home by design or choice, we are…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on June 20, 2020 at 15:06 — No Comments

William Edward Kilburn - Painted salt prints

I've been lurking for a while but this is my first post. I acquired a pair of painted salt prints stamped 'Mr. Kilburn 222 Regent Street'. I assume these are by William Edward Kilburn but I cannot find other examples of painted salt prints by him.

Can anyone point me in the direction of other examples or tell me more about the ones I have (date…

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Added by Martin John Last on June 15, 2020 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

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