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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

Online: Early Royal Navy photographs compiled by Lieutenant Arthur Onslow 1858-1863

My talk on early Royal Navy photographs compiled by Lieutenant Arthur Onslow is up on YouTube. https://youtu.be/-g28qDQGwrk 

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Added by Geoff Barker on February 28, 2021 at 0:00 — No Comments

Photograph Preservation Initiatives

Our team is collecting information on photograph preservation projects throughout the world to assist us as we write a monograph titled, Significance, Use, and Conservation of Photograph and Image Collections, to be published in the Routledge Series in Conservation and Museology. In these survey questions, we are broadly defining photograph preservation…

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Added by Ioannis Vasallos on February 25, 2021 at 11:00 — No Comments

Online: Mawson's Photographers in Antarctica 1911-1914

A 30 min talk about the photographers on Mawson's Australian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914 is now on YouTube. Frank Hurley is probably the best-known photographer from the expedition but this talk introduces works by the other photographers on the expedition and looks at the large negative collections held by the State Library of NSW.…

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Added by Geoff Barker on February 22, 2021 at 9:00 — No Comments

Race to save Settle's Horner photography collection

The Horner Collection is a group of over 1000 photographs which were taken by the Horner photography studio in Settle for three generations from 1864 to 1960. Their photographs capture the changing faces and places of Settle and the surrounding areas for nearly a hundred years.

The Museum of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 20, 2021 at 13:00 — No Comments

Online exhibition: Photographing Fairies / until 19 August 2021

I n December 1920, in the aftermath of the first world war photographs appeared in a London magazine which apparently proved the existence of fairies. Embraced by believers, dissected by sceptics, and sprinkled with celebrity by Arthur Conan Doyle, the Cottingley Fairy Photographs fascinated everyone.

One hundred years later, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 20, 2021 at 9:30 — No Comments

Online: Getting to grips with your photographic collection / 24 February 2021

The Scottish Council on Archives Preservation Committee has announced its first webinar in its latest series: Focus on Photography. From identifying photographic type and how to care for them to dating images through fashion, these sessions will explore many different aspects of managing photographs in archive collections. Designed for archivists and anyone…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2021 at 7:20 — No Comments

Alinari Foundation has a new home

The Florentine has announced that: the Alinari Archive, with its over five million items from the 1840s to the present day, was purchased by the Region of Tuscany at the end of 2019 and now has a new home. It is now under the management of the new Alinari Foundation (Fondazione Alinari), which has the scope of conserving and promoting…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2021 at 7:14 — No Comments

cfp: Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography / 3D-Con, 12 August, 2021 / deadline 15 May 2021

After the success of last year’s inaugural 'Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography' held virtually at the 3D-Con (annual conference), the National Stereoscopic Association is again seeking papers on the history of stereography for its second annual “Sessions.”

We seek presentations on any aspect of stereo-media from the inception of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2021 at 7:08 — No Comments

Publication: Herbert Ponting. Scott's Antarctic Photographer and Pioneer Filmmaker

A forthcoming publication will tell the story of the photographer and filmmaker Herbert Ponting.  Ponting (1870-1935) was young bank clerk when he bought an early Kodak camera. By the early 1900s, he was living in California, working as a professional photographer, known for stereoview and enlarged images of America, Japan and the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2021 at 7:04 — No Comments

Online: Troubling Images: Curating Collections of Historical Photographs / 26 February 2021

Historical photography collections sometimes contain images that can be deeply troubling to contemporary viewers. What should be done with collections that include photographs of colonial violence, enslaved subjects, racist stereotypes, or other difficult imagery?

Join moderator David Odo and photography curators Mark Sealy, Makeda Best, and Ilisa…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 15, 2021 at 18:30 — No Comments

cfp: International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media / deadline 1 March 2021

The International Conference on Stereo & Immersive Media aims to bring together the research fields of photography, sound and cinema, considering their historical and current relationships with expanded and immersive environments. In 2021, due to the Corona virus pandemic, its 4th edition will adopt an online format and will combine traditional plenary…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on February 14, 2021 at 18:19 — No Comments

Online: Live from the image collections / 23 February 2021

Join curators from Museums Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Fiona Kinsey and Collection Manager Lorenzo Iozzi for an intimate snapshot of the collection dating back to the 1800s.

The collection store is home to hundreds of cameras, projectors and photographic accessories, and hundreds of thousands of images. This…

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

Film: W W Winter, Derby

A short film by Martin Shakeshaft gives an introduction to one of the oldest working photography businesses in the UK, W. W. Winter of Derby, which is still in business and with origins back to 1855. 

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

Building university teaching collection of photographic objects

Hi there, I'm Associate Prof. at University College Dublin in History of Art, where I teach annual classes in the history of photography. I try where I can to incorporate actual photographic objects into my teaching, as it makes a great impression on students, and reminds them of the materiality of the subject!

I'm currently working to build up a…

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Added by Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald on February 11, 2021 at 14:30 — No Comments

James Hale archive discovered in attic

Apologies if this has been posted before. Not British, but I'm sure members will be interested to hear that a trove of photographs of early American suffragists, including prints and glass negatives, has been discovered in a boarded-up attic in upstate New York. The photographer was James Hale, whose photography shop had been next door.

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Added by Jonathan Dore on February 10, 2021 at 23:30 — No Comments

Open Call: Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship

We are pleased to launch a new opportunity in collaboration with The Ampersand Foundation for a mid-career photographer living in the UK. The Ampersand/Photoworks Fellowship will provide a transformative opportunity for a mid-career artist to complete a new body of work.

Whilst many opportunities exist for emerging and graduate photographers…

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Added by Photoworks on February 10, 2021 at 15:30 — No Comments

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