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Prince Albert: his life and legacy project concludes

The Royal Collection Trust's Prince Albert project has come to an end and is now fully live and accessible. Prince Albert: His Life and Legacy makes freely available a total of 22,000 archival documents, prints and photographs from the Royal Archives, the Royal Collection and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. 

The latest additions…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 27, 2021 at 6:00 — 2 Comments

Online talk: The Francis Bedford Research Collection / 30 September 2021

Ryerson Image Centre is hosting a noon time collection talk with Steven Evans who will discuss the Francis Bedford Research Collection. Steven Evans is a Toronto-based photographer and collector who has focused on architecture and the urban environment for over 40 years. Evans graduated from Ryerson University’s Media Studies program in 1982 and as a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2021 at 21:17 — No Comments

Blog: Bill Jay and Tony Ray-Jones in New York

Grant Scott, who has done so much with his film Do not bend: The photographic Life of Bill Jay to remind us of the seminal role played by Jay in British photography from the late 1960s to mid-1970s, has made a new discovery. He has located Jay's contact sheets from a trip he made with Tony Ray-Jones to New York in 1968 hidden in a plastic box in a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2021 at 10:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Peter Bunnell (1937-2021)

Peter C. Bunnell, whose passionate and inspired teaching profoundly changed the field of photographic history, passed away at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, on Monday, 20 September 2021. As the inaugural David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art at Princeton University, a position he accepted in 1972 and held for 30 years…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 20:26 — No Comments

Online conference: Photographic Digital Heritage: Institutions, Communities and The Political / 19-20 October 2021

Photographic Digital Heritage: Institutions, Communities and The Political intends to explore how uses of digital technology, and digitisation in particular, have transformed the ways in which historical photographs of value to perceived inherited cultural legacies are collected, deployed and identified as such. It will specifically investigate what has…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 20:18 — No Comments

Auction: Illustrations of China and its People / 30 September 2021

Forum Auctions, London, is offering a copy of John Thomson's Illustrations of China and its People which dates from 1873-74. The volumes include 96 photographic plates. The lot is estimated at £15,000-20,000. …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 20:00 — No Comments

Online: Colour Fever - Celebrating colour photography / 25 October-5 November 2021

Colour Fever is a two-week celebration of colour photography. Through a series of online talks and ‘in conversations’, it will consider a range of processes, exhibitions, inventors and artists, spanning the nineteenth century to the present day. Hear from artists, academics, curators and researchers working with colour photography, historically and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 19:30 — No Comments

Blog: The Kodak Panoram: an inspiring camera for artists and photojournalists alike

In its development the panoramic photograph was to exceed the limits of the human field of vision to encompass what we can only see by turning on our heads; could it make art? In addition to a blog post discussing the creative and documentary scope of…

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Added by James McArdle on September 25, 2021 at 6:00 — No Comments

Blog: Edith Tudor-Hart (née Suschitzky; 28 August 1908–12 May 1973) photographer and spy

Have you encountered the passionate photography of Edith Tudor-Hart and her remarkable life story? Let me introduce you to her here…

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Added by James McArdle on September 25, 2021 at 5:30 — No Comments

Blog: Rhonda Wilson MBE (17 August 1953-6 November 2014)

Rhonda Wilson MBE (17 August 1953 - 6 November 2014) was a women's activist, photographer, writer, editor, and educator in British contemporary photography, best known for her initiation of the Rhubarb-Rhubarb International Festival of the Image.

I've just recently been researching the energetic promoter of photography Rhonda Wilson of Birmingham, and have created a Wikipedia…

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Added by James McArdle on September 25, 2021 at 5:30 — No Comments

Identification: Strange metal contraption.

Hello, I am looking for information about this late1850's photo of a British Boy's School. What is that strange metal contraption on the stump? Any guesses most appreciated.…

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Added by David McGreevy on September 22, 2021 at 20:00 — No Comments

Studying women photographers from the nineteenth century

The study of women photographers continues to attract new research and the V&A's Parasol and new curatorial post is the latest example from the UK (see BPH last week). Different ways of looking…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 21:07 — 1 Comment

Course: Course: Recontextualising the Archive / weekly from 20 September

This four-week course looks at the role of photography archives in relation to their social, historical and cultural uses. Citing collections within both UK and internationally, each session will…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 20:46 — No Comments

Publication: The Lindsays of Balcarres

The Lindsays of Balcarres began with the rediscovery of some dusty photograph albums at the home of the author’s late father in Fife. The wealth of images within, unexplored for over eighty years, provided the perfect way to present the fascinating untold stories of the family and their lives. From a photography perspective it starts with…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 16:30 — No Comments

Publication: Fleet Street Exposures

This book tells the story of Stephen Markson who rose from messenger boy at The Times to the top of his profession as senior staff photojournalist for that paper. The book tells the stories behind the pictures, images and anecdotes that give a tantalising glimpse of the danger and glamour, tragedy and celebrity, seen through the lens of a talented…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 16:23 — No Comments

Blog: Friese-Greene protofeminist?

Peter Domankiewicz has written a blog in which he suggests, and cites evidence, that William Friese-Greene was a supporter of women's rights. Friese-Greene was active when such issues were very topical and the subject of wide debate and in a lecture he gave to Bath Photographic Society in 1890 he stated: '‘Now the next subject I shall connect with this…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 14:47 — No Comments

Online symposium: Daguerreian Society 2021 / 15-17 October 2021

The 33rd Annual Daguerreian Society symposium will take place from 15-17 October. The event will include a virtual fair featuring 19th and 20th century photographs, books, and ephemera including images from the highest levels of the art to vernacular snapshots, collectible books, historical images, and a broad range of historical photographic material.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2021 at 14:00 — No Comments

Publication: The Right Exposure - education for photography at Salisbury 1956-2020

For more than 60 years the Department of Photography and Film at Salisbury provided education for professional photographers and cinematographers. Starting in 1956 with part-time courses at The College of Art it developed to become one of the country’s leading provincial centres.

With over 200 pages of illustrations, stories and a chronological…

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Added by Dr Ian R Smith on September 19, 2021 at 11:30 — No Comments

MFAH acquires Cameron's 'Norman' album

The Museum of Fine Art Houston is the final home for Julia Margaret Cameron's 'Norman' album. The album was the subject of an export licence deferral in 2018 but UK institutions were unable, or unwilling, to match an independent valuation of £3.7 million (see links below) and an export licence was granted. The album had been the subject of an earlier export…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2021 at 9:00 — No Comments

Job: Ffotogallery Director / applications by 22 October 2021

Ffotogallery is recruiting a new director to take over when David Drake steps down at the end of the year. The gallery is one of the UK’s leading organisations for contemporary photography and lens-based art. Based in Cardiff, Wales’ capital city, the organisation commissions and presents outstanding and diverse work from Wales and the world, supports the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 17, 2021 at 19:30 — No Comments

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