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January 2022 Blog Posts (25)

Information request: Early Rosetta Stone images

Reposting this from a few years ago, I have an 1870s albumen photo by Mansell, and my colleague Thomas Harris has an 1846 Daguerreotype by Mayall of the same image, clearly an early rubbing of the Rosetta Stone with applied graphics. After years of searching we have yet to find any information about it. My albumen has pencil notations on the reverse that…


Added by David McGreevy on January 31, 2022 at 17:30 — No Comments

Website: The Hyman Collection online relaunch

The Hyman Collection has announced a new website with additional features and expanded scope to reflect the breadth of the collection. It replaces the original site launched in 2015.  The Hyman Collection is the private collection of Claire and James Hyman. It started in 1996 and consists of over 3000 works from across the world, in all media. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on January 30, 2022 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Live talk: Raju Vaidyanathan in Conversation / London: 3 February 2022

Four Corners, in collaboration with Oxford House, and celebrating their exhibition Youth of Yesterday, is sitting down with local photographer Raju Vaidyanathan, who has been documenting London's East End as a Brick Lane and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 30, 2022 at 10:52 — No Comments

Publication: Photographs and the Practice of History

Any new book from Elizabeth Edwards is significant. Her most recent book has just been published. Photographs and the Practice of History asks what is it to practice history in an age in which photographs exist? What is the impact of photographs on the core historiographical practices which define the discipline and shape its enquiry and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 30, 2022 at 10:34 — No Comments

Online event: Presenting the... Stewart Bale Ltd Collection / 8 February 2022

As part of its on-going series of talks looking at collections of photography the RPS Historical Group is  hosting Anne Gleave, Curator of Photographic Collections, Archives Centre, Maritime Museum, National Museums Liverpool, who will give an introduction to the Stewart Bale Ltd photographic collection held at National Museums Liverpool. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on January 30, 2022 at 9:30 — No Comments

Job: Archivist, The Photographers' Gallery / closes 7 February 2022

The Archivist post sits within the Programming department at The Photographers' Gallery which includes the Exhibitions, Digital and Education teams. Programming staff are responsible for the planning, development, delivery, evaluation and archiving of: exhibitions, events, projects and related activities. 

The Archivist post will oversee the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 26, 2022 at 20:59 — No Comments

Event: Augusta Crofton Dillon's photographic practice, 1865 to 1895 / 31 January 2022

This informal illustrated talk will explore the photographic practice of Augusta Crofton Dillon (1839 - 1928) of Mote Park House, Roscommon and Clonbrock House, Ahascragh, Galway. Crofton was a talented amateur photographer. Her work is included in one of Ireland's finest photographic collections - the Clonbrock Collection at the National Library of Ireland…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 25, 2022 at 18:58 — No Comments

Job: Curator, Impressions Gallery / closes 28 February 2022

Impressions Gallery is a charity that helps people understand the world through photography. Established in 1972, we have grown to become one of the UK’s leading centres for photography.

We are seeking to appoint a Curator to work as part of our small and dedicated team.

The Curator will be responsible for the delivery of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 22, 2022 at 19:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce / London, from 11 February 2022

The London Transport Museum, Covent Garden is opening a new exhibition Legacies: London Transport’s Caribbean Workforce from 11 February.  The exhibition celebrates the contribution Caribbean people have made to transport in London since the 1950s to the present day, while also documenting the struggles these individuals and their…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2022 at 19:35 — No Comments

Cardiff's Ffotogallery announces Siân Addicott as new director

Ffotogallery has announced Siân Addicott as its new Director. Siân will join Ffotogallery at the beginning of April from her current role as Head of Undergraduate Photography at University of Wales Trinity St David’s (UWTSD).Siân joined UWTSD in 2013, before becoming Programme Director of the BA Photojournalism & Documentary programme in 2016. In 2019,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 21, 2022 at 19:27 — No Comments

Online event: Framing the Body: Yip Cheong Fun and Singapore Photography in the 1960s and 1970s / 28 January 2022

This session of Addressing Images is based on the work of Singapore photographer Yip Cheong Fun (1903-1989) in the 1960s and 1970s. We will discuss how Yip achieved 美感 (mei gan), or a feeling of beauty, that he along with other “amateur” practitioners in the local photographic community were seeking in the vignettes they composed, sometimes on group field…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 20, 2022 at 20:00 — No Comments

Information request: André François Bulot

My great grandfather, André François Bulot (1810-1873) is part of the beginning history of photography.  I have found some history about him in British photography history.  I’m thankful for this. I would love more about him.  

He came to the USA in 1856, made his home in Nashville, Tennessee. There he did miniature portraits in watercolor.  I own one of them.  He died there in 1873.  I don’t have his likeness in any form. I’m hope full that I might find this or more information with…


Added by Carolyn Bulot Ragsdale on January 19, 2022 at 7:31 — No Comments

Research: Darkroom practice and conceptualisation

Dr Sara Dominici writes... I am writing to introduce the new website for my project on amateur darkroom practices. I am keen to connect with researchers and practitioners interested in the histories of the darkroom, and its conceptualisation and theorisation.: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2022 at 11:30 — No Comments

Online event: ‘Ladies shall be eligible’ / 8 March 2022

As part of International Women's Day the Royal Photographic Society will be presenting Rose Teanby who will talk about early women photographers in the Photographic Society. 

Queen Victoria became joint patron of the Photographic Society of London (later the Royal Photographic Society) in May 1853 and continued her support until her death in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2022 at 11:00 — No Comments

cfp: Photographic history without photographs / call deadline 12 February 2022

What is the shape and size of a photographic history that is written from the point of view of having no photographs? When photographs are destroyed, lost, repressed, or never intended to be permanent, it leaves a gap in what we usually refer to as our main research material.

By chance or by design, photographs disappear every day. They might be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2022 at 10:57 — No Comments

Online event: Challenging Antisemitism / 20 January 2022

Following the success of last year's guest exhibition at Four Corners Gallery, 'My name is Sara', this online panel event curated by the artist Sara Davidmann explores how academic research, art and exhibitions addressing issues of antisemitism and the Holocaust can generate new ways of raising public awareness about the past and present, including…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 16, 2022 at 10:30 — No Comments

Event: Reflections on William Hope and the Crewe circle spirit photographs / 27 January 2022

During the opening decades of the 20th century, William Hope was a well-respected medium among the spiritualist community in Britain, with positive endorsements from major scientific figures such as the chemist William Crookes and the author and physician Arthur Conan Doyle. He was often seen as one of the few mediums to be able to produce authentic spirit…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2022 at 20:29 — No Comments

ICON Photographic Materials Group

Icon Photographic Materials Group committee is looking for a new chair. After six years as chair on the PhMG committee, Jacqueline Moon is stepping down and the committee is looking for a replacement. You don’t need to be a specialist in photograph conservation to apply, just a keen interest in photographs who’d like to gain experience running events and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 13, 2022 at 20:08 — No Comments

Online event: The poet and the polymath in 3D / 29 January 2022

An online 3D event celebrating the anniversaries of the births of Robert Burns and Charles Wheatstone, will be held on Saturday, 29 January 2022 at 1730 GMT. It is free but registration is required. The programme will feature: 

Robert Burns – Scotland’s National Poet – His Life and Legacy in Stereoscopic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on January 12, 2022 at 20:00 — No Comments

Bloomsbury Photograph Fair / London: 13 March 2022

The next two editions of the Bloomsbury Photograph Fair, London, will take place on 13 March and 9 October 2022 running from 0930-1500 at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury. It will be on at the same time as the Bloomsbury Book Fair.



Added by Michael Pritchard on January 12, 2022 at 20:00 — No Comments

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