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Online talk: Irish Photography Since 1839 / 17 August 2021

William Fagan's illustrated online talk will celebrate the ongoing development of a new, interactive timeline of the history of photography in Ireland which is being developed by the Gallery of Photography, Ireland. He will share some of the key images in Ireland's photographic history and explore the stories behind them. Considering photography both as…


Added by William Fagan on July 27, 2021 at 22:30 — No Comments

Online events: John Thomson and the Western Front

Two online talks take place this week look at different aspects of photographic history. On Wednesday, 28 July Dr Beatriz Pichel discusses some of the themes in her new book  Picturing the Western Front: Photography, Practices and Experiences in First World War France and on Thursday 29 July Betty Yao looks at John Thomson and his…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 26, 2021 at 7:30 — No Comments

Talk: Peter Domankiewicz and Christopher Frayling: Who was William Friese-Greene? / Bristol, 1 August 2021

For much of the twentieth-century, the contribution of William Friese-Greene to cinema was disputed. Having famously died at a meeting of cinema exhibitors with only the price of a cinema ticket in his pocket, cinemas around the country shut down their projectors to mark his funeral. The film The Magic Box – made for the Festival of Britain and released just…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2021 at 12:30 — No Comments

Invitation to Tender: Photography Collection Cataloguing and Accreditation Project / deadline 26 August 2021

Autograph is seeking a consultant or consultants, to deliver a cataloguing and collection accreditation project for our unique photography collection, between October 2021 and October 2022.

This project offers a wonderful opportunity to get to know the Autograph holdings which are located at Rivington Place, London. The growing…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2021 at 12:26 — No Comments

cfp: British Photography since 1972 / deadline for proposals 15 October 2021

The Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group was formed on 22 March 1972 at a time when photography in Britain was undergoing a significant transition. The RPS, itself, was in a process of modernisation as it sought to remain relevant to British photography. The way photography was taught in higher education reflected a move away from the technical to a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 23, 2021 at 17:00 — No Comments

Online event: Out of focus women in Australian photography / 22 July 2021

Curator Jan Brazier introduces the Australian women working in commercial photography 1850-1920. On 12 June 1871, the Illustrated Sydney News observed about 'Lady Photographers’  that the womanly attributes of ‘Delicacy, cleanliness, patience and … long suffering’ were the conditions essential for success for working in photography. Women certainly…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 19, 2021 at 6:00 — No Comments

Resource: the Creative Camera archive (and more)

The Golden Fleece is, in its opening statement, 'the home of The Creative Camera Archive, plus notes on photography, photographers and photographic ephemera'. It includes a searchable archive of Creative Camera 1-362  and DPICT issues plus a list of features.  Elsewhere it has resources on Tony Ray-Jones, Raymond Moore, Edwin Smith, Olive…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 18, 2021 at 17:32 — 4 Comments

Archive: HSBC history website

HSBC have just launched their new History Website, documenting and sharing its heritage journey and story. The archive, which has amassed a diverse range of material and content over the decades, reaches right back to their early foundation in 1865. As one of the largest financial organisations in the world, HSBC has survived the Great Depression and the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2021 at 18:23 — No Comments

cfp: Snapshot in Time / deadline 1 September 2021

Scottish Transport & Industry Collections Knowledge Network (STICK) is inviting submissions for papers for its 2021 conference – 'Snapshot in Time' – to discuss the importance of photography as a documentation and advocacy tool for industrial and transport heritage. The conference is scheduled for Wednesday 17 November…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 14, 2021 at 18:00 — No Comments

Projects 20 | Sekai Machache - The Divine Sky

Sekai Machache (she/her) is a Zimbabwean-Scottish visual artist and curator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her work is a deep interrogation of the notion of self. She is interested in the relationship between spirituality, imagination and the role of the artist in disseminating symbolic imagery to provide a space for healing.…


Added by Nicola Jeffs on July 14, 2021 at 8:30 — No Comments

V&A announces its 2022-2023 programme

The V&A Museum, London, has announced its 2022-2023 programme. Of particular interest to the photography world are new photography displays although photography will feature in exhibition highlights including Beatrix Potter: Drawn to NatureFashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear, and Africa Fashion. 

In November…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 10, 2021 at 11:00 — No Comments

Digital resources: turning pages from the Royal Society

The Royal Society has digitised books and archival material held in its collection. These include Anna Atkins' Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843). The volume was given to the Royal Society by Anna Atkins. Other material of photographic interest are travel and photography notes from John Herschel (c.1838-); and the visitors…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 10, 2021 at 10:30 — No Comments

Online talk: George Shaw, an early Birmingham photographer / 21 July 2021

George Shaw was one of Birmingham's first photographers and a key member of the emerging professional classes in Victorian Birmingham with a wide ranging network which encompassed his work as a patent agent, chemistry professor and his involvement in the arts. In this talk, artist Jo Gane will discuss Shaw's life and work, alongside presenting new photographs…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 10, 2021 at 9:59 — No Comments

Online event: Picturing the Western front / 28 July 2021

Between 1914 and 1918, military, press and amateur photographers produced thousands of pictures. In her new book Picturing the Western Front: Photography, Practices and Experiences in First World War France (Manchester University Press, 2021) Dr Beatriz Pichel argues that photographic practices also shaped…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 7, 2021 at 21:15 — No Comments

India unveils its first memorial to Niépce

India will have its first memorial to Joseph Nicéphore Niépce on 5 July, the 188th anniversary of his death.  Renowned painter and sculptor Mr. Sunil Kumar from Trivandrum is the creator of the statue. The memorial is being built by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce Foundation, Mavelikkara, and will be located in Mavelikkara,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 4, 2021 at 13:00 — No Comments

Online conference: Photographic Art Reproductions, from 1839 to the Present / 23 July 2021

The photographic art reproduction came into being simultaneously with the invention of the medium: Joseph-Nicéphore Niépce captured engravings in his earliest heliographs, while William Henry Fox Talbot praised the reproductive capacities of the calotype in The Pencil of Nature (1844). As much as art has affected photographic reproduction (for instance, Louis…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 4, 2021 at 12:30 — No Comments

Blog: Opening up the Daily Herald archive

Lynn Wray, Research Fellow at the National Science and Media Museum, introduces a new research initiative, ‘Communities and Crowds’. She writes...We have recently launched an exciting new research project called ‘Communities and Crowds’ that builds upon the participatory work the museum has been developing with local communities in Bradford as part of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on July 3, 2021 at 12:24 — No Comments

Thomas Sharp (1806-1896) - one of Beard's first licence holders

Thomas Sharp was Somerset’s first professional photographer, setting up a studio at the Royal Victoria Park, Bath in November 1841. My colleague Allan Collier has previously commented (February 2014) on his career, or as much as we knew at the time, and this update records our efforts to have Thomas Sharp recognised as the photographer responsible for a…


Added by Phil Nichols on July 1, 2021 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Online event: SHIFTS: Photography in the 21st century Museum, online discussion / 7 July 2021

This short discussion, convened on Zoom, will examine the shifts affecting the programming, commissioning and collection of photography by art and photography museums, in the UK and internationally. On the occasion of the publication of Alexandra Moschovi’s monograph A Gust of Photo-Philia: Photography in the Art Museum and in the context of NEPN’s…


Added by Alexandra Moschovi on June 30, 2021 at 19:51 — No Comments

Photo Archives VIII: The Digital Photo Archive. Theories, Practices and Rhetoric (call for papers)

We are living an ‘archival moment’ (Daston 2017). Applied to photography, this moment is characterised by limitless production and circulation and, at the same time, by deep concerns about the loss of information in both analogue and digital resources and the fragility of aggregated image clusters and fleeting collections. Given that digitisation and digital…


Added by Costanza Caraffa on June 29, 2021 at 21:30 — No Comments

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