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V&A Photography Centre receives major donation from Sir Elton John and David Furnish

The V&A has announced a new, long-term collaboration with Sir Elton John and David Furnish to revolutionise public access to photography. Comprising a significant donation towards the museum’s recently opened Photography Centre, for which gallery 101 will be renamed ‘The Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery’, the partnership will also include a major…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

cfp: The Art and Science of the Moon / proposals by 15 May 2019

T o mark the fiftieth anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on another world, Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) will host a major exhibition exploring our evolving relationship with the Moon across times and cultures. The Moon (19 July 2019 – 5 January 2020) will present a scientific and cultural history of our nearest celestial neighbour, exploring…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2019 at 10:23 — No Comments

Film: Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay available for free

Grant Scott and Tim Pellatt the team behind the documentary Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay are making the film available to view for FREE from 7.00pm BST Sunday 21 April 2019.

Subscribe at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCej50am1kZr0VSAN20TQLAg … to receive a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2019 at 10:06 — No Comments

Job: Curator of Photographs / Museum of London, closes 6 May 2019

You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Historic Photographs collection, raising understanding, awareness and use of the collection, providing physical and intellectual access, producing online and other content, and contributing to the development of the new Museum of London at West Smithfield. In particular, you will contribute to the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2019 at 8:18 — No Comments

Views of an Antique Land: Imaging Egypt and Palestine in the First World War

'Views of an Antique Land: Imaging Egypt and Palestine In the First World War' is a Heritage Lottery Funded project which has collected more than 2000 images of Egypt and Palestine taken during the First World War. The project is hosted at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University and directed by Dr. Steve…

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Added by Paul Thomas Nicholson on April 16, 2019 at 9:30 — No Comments

Funded PhD: Cultural Snipers: Photographic Portraiture in Britain, 1970-1990 / apply by 10 May 2019

The History of Art Department of Birkbeck, University of London and the National Portrait Gallery, London, invite applications for a fully-funded doctoral studentship under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. The project will examine the politics of photographic portraiture in Britain during the 1970s and 80s, when, informed by activism and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2019 at 18:30 — No Comments

Photographica 2019 / London, 19 May 2019

Photographic 2019 will soon be here, as usual it will take place at the regular venue The Royal Horticultural Society's Lindley Hall, 80 Vincent Square, London SW1P 2PB on the 19 May 2019. Public entry is from 10am-4.00pm and admission is £8 on the door from 10am to 12 noon and £5 noon to the close. This year there will be up to 135 stalls selling user and…

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Added by Nigel Richards on April 14, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

Auctions: John Hannavy Collection, plus photography and photographic equipment

Special Auction Services is offering an auction of Fine Photographica on 30 April which comprises over 600 lots, including 67 lots from the John Hannavy Collection of photography.

On 26 April Flints is offering Fine Photographica in its auction.

The SAS online auction catalogue can be found here: …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2019 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Lecture: Collections, Non-collections and Ecosystems: Case notes on photographic cultures in the Museum / London, 4 July 2019

The Museums and Galleries History Group's annual lecture will be…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2019 at 9:01 — No Comments

Edinburgh's Stills Gallery under threat from city rent rise

Edinburgh's Stills Gallery which has operated since 1977 is under threat from a trebling of its rent from £16,000 to £47,000 over five years. The Gallery occupies premises in the city centre and it is a centre for photography offering exhibitions and production facilities as well as a range…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2019 at 9:00 — No Comments

Digitised film resource: 70 years of NATO at the IWM

Following an extensive digitisation project commissioned by NATO, over 2000 titles of official footage are now available for licensing via IWM Film. This project is part of an exclusive global licensing distribution partnership between IWM and NATO, marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of NATO, the world’s strongest political-military alliance, on 4…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2019 at 17:22 — No Comments

Conference: The Business of Photography - open for registration / Leicester, 19-20 June 2019

Business’ can have many meanings. In the most straightforward sense, it refers to the photographic marketplace, its industry and the commercial relations established among different agents. Some of these actors, such as studios and companies of the like of Kodak and Ilford, are specifically photographic and have featured prominently in histories of…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2019 at 16:03 — No Comments

Paul Mellon Centre grants and awards / Spring 2019

The Paul Mellon Centre for British Art has announced a series of grants and awards which include photography. Of particular interest are: 

  • Steve Edwards British daguerreotypes - Antoine Claudet
  • Sarah James, for the project The Militant & The Mainstream: Remaking British Photographic Culture - a mid-career…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2019 at 16:00 — No Comments

National Science+Media Museum visitor numbers 2018

The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) has published numbers for 2018. The National Science+Media Musuem, Bradford, has seen numbers fall by 6.8 per cent to 459,808. The V&A Museum saw numbers grow 5 per cent to 3.7 million. 

The NS+MM numbers for 2017 were boosted by the presence of the Tim Peake's space capsule…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2019 at 10:49 — No Comments

Peter E. Palmquist award recipients

The Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund for Historical Photographic Research provides financial support to independent researchers who are studying either Western American photographers before 1900 or women photographers past and present. The Humboldt Area Foundation in Bayside, California, administers this fund, which solicits applications for grants once…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2019 at 10:28 — No Comments

Talk: The Origins of Photography in Salisbury 1839 - 1919 / Salisbury, 2 May 2019

Coinciding with an exhibition of the same name Anthony Hamber will be talking on the origins of photography in Salisbury 1839-1918 at the Salisbury Museum on Thursday, 2 May at 1830. 

Tickets available online at £8 (members) and £10 (non-members). 



Thursday, 2 May at 1830

The Salisbury Museum, The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2019 at 10:16 — No Comments

The end of museum image fees?

Art History News reports that the European Parliament has voted in favour of a new Copyright Directive. It seeks to create common law on copyright matters across the EU. Many aspects of it are…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2019 at 10:12 — No Comments

Conference: Through A Lens: 180 Years of Somerset Photography / 9 May 2019

The Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury is presenting a celebration of photography in Somerset, from the early nineteenth century to the present day. It will feature experts in historic Somerset photography. The day will conclude with a talk from artist Matilda Temperley, who will discuss her subjects and how she approaches her…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2019 at 10:07 — No Comments

PhD studentship: A Museum within a Museum: The Kodak Collection at National Science and Media Museum

An AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership between University of Brighton and the Science Museum Group. This studentship is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. The partner institutions are the University of Brighton and …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 7, 2019 at 10:01 — No Comments

Funded PhD opportunity: Poverty, Welfare, and Visual Culture in the Long 19th Century / by 30 April 2019

Applications are welcome for a generous four year, fully-funded PhD fellowship, based in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin, on the theme of Poverty, Welfare, and Visual Culture in the Long 19th Century. The award includes a stipend of €15,000 per annum, full fee waiver (EU or non-EU), a travel…

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Added by Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald on April 5, 2019 at 9:00 — No Comments

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