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February 2020 Blog Posts (29)

John Thomson recognised with Edinburgh heritage plaque

One of the earliest travel photographers in Asia, John Thomson (1837-1921), who travelled extensively across China, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia, in the 1860s and early 1870s, is to be honoured with a commemorative plaque in the city of his birth.

Heritage Environment Scotland (HES) is to install a bronze heritage plaque to John Thomson, at his…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 28, 2020 at 8:00 — No Comments

Bodleian Library secures Chadwyck-Healey photobook collection - UPDATED

A major collection of rare photobooks has been given to the Bodleian Libraries, building on the Libraries’ world-class collection of photographic works and books. The donation includes works from some of the most renowned photographers from the 20th century, including Man Ray and Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 26, 2020 at 18:47 — No Comments

Exhibition / Oscar Marzaroli Retrospective extended

Due to popular demand, the hugely successful Oscar Marzaroli retrospective at Street Level Photoworks has been extended until Sunday 5th April.

For more information visit:…


Added by Street Level Photoworks on February 25, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments

Hyman Collection and Bodleian Libraries donation

BPH reported earlier this year that James and Claire Hyman had donated 100 examples of British photography to the Bodleian libraries.  The Financial Times carried a piece by the writer William Boyd which muses on the the writer's own connection to Wolfgang Suschitzky, the Hyman donation and the nature of British photography. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on February 24, 2020 at 7:24 — No Comments

Course: Portrait Photography Masterclass / London: 9-10 May 2020

Inspired by the British Library exhibition, Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights this weekend course will introduce work by women photographers who have challenged the boundaries of representation. There is a long practice within feminist photography to investigate performing identities, misbehaving bodies and extended bodies.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 23, 2020 at 14:11 — No Comments

Tour: In the Footsteps of John Thompson in China / 10-25 April 2021

John Baines Tours is promoting a tour following in the footsteps of John Thompson who explored China in the 1860s. It takes in Canton (Guanzhou) and goes up the coast to Beijing. It visits the places he visited and seeks out the sights he photographed that remain to this day. You will travel through the streets of Shanghai and Beijing with local historic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 22, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

AHRC PhD studentship: Indigenous Knowledge, Historical Photographs & Heritage in Guyana / closes 31 March 2020

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship on historical photographs, Indigenous knowledge and heritage in Guyana at Royal Holloway University of London, in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and Kew Gardens. This award is made by the Science Museums & Archives Consortium under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 19, 2020 at 7:30 — No Comments

Lecture: Photography and Cinema, from A to Z presented by David Campany / London: 30 March 2020

The inaugural Kraszna-Krausz Lecture will be given by internationally renowned writer, public speaker and curator David Campany. Titled Photography and Cinema, from A to Z, the lecture will take the form of twenty-six short reflections on still…


Added by Alex Anthony on February 18, 2020 at 22:30 — No Comments

Rare and early photographs and photobooks to be auctioned / 5 March 2020

A notable collection spanning photography's first 100 years will be auctioned by PBA Galleries in Berkeley, California on Thursday, March 5, 2020, commencing at 11 a.m. Pacific Standard Time..

The collection was amassed by Dr. Robert Enteen while living in Paris and other major European…


Added by Robert Enteen on February 17, 2020 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

In Conversation: Martin Parr and Michael Sheen / Cardiff: 27 March 2020

The photographer Martin Parr and actor Michael Sheen will be discussing Martin’s work and his long-standing relationship to Wales, which is reflected in his current exhibition, Martin Parr in Wales, on display at National Museum Cardiff until 4 May 2020.  

To book a ticket: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 9:10 — No Comments

Martin Parr Photobook collection now available at Tate

The Martin Parr collection of photobooks comprises of over 12,000 items. The collection’s strengths lie in its extensiveness of photobooks from around the world, with a focus on documentary photography and propaganda materials. It includes key works by renowned photographers, alongside self-published amateur work and mass-produced commercial books. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 9:06 — No Comments

Symposium: Instagram: A Symposium / Cardiff: 29 February 2020

Social media platform. Billion-dollar company. Home of fitspiration, avocado brunches, and over-filtered sunsets. Instagram is the place where we share our lives and peek into the lives of others—friends, family, influencers, celebrities. But what does it mean to encounter photographs as part of Instagram’s endless feed? How does this platform shape how we…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 8:59 — No Comments

Exhibition: Siam Through the lens of John Thomson 1865–66 / Dublin: 21 Feb 2020-17 May 2020

John Thomson’s photographic vision marks him out as one of history’s most important travel photographers. Featuring dramatic images developed from negatives preserved in London’s Wellcome Library, this exhibition introduces the sights and people of nineteenth-century Thailand as witnessed by Thomson’s camera.

Born in Edinburgh in 1837, the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 8:47 — No Comments

Kraszna-Krausz 2020 books awards

Now in its 35th year, The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards have a long history of profiling talent, celebrating outstanding new publications alongside their authors and creators. At the heart of each edition of awards is a team of judges who select the Best Photography Book and the Best Moving Image Book from the past year.

The 2020 judging panel brings…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 8:42 — No Comments

Exhibition: Mackinnon Collection extended to 13 April 2020, then tours

Scotland’s Photograph Album: The MacKinnon Collection, the exhibition showcasing highlights of an exceptional collection of historic photographs which capture over a century of Scottish life, will see its opening time extended for another two…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 17, 2020 at 8:35 — No Comments

Job: Photographs Curator RIBA / closes 26 February 2020

The Royal Institute of British Architects is looking for a Photographs Curator for a 12 month maternity cover.…


Added by Justine Sambrook on February 10, 2020 at 10:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: 黎芳 Lai Fong (c.1839–1890): Photographer of China / Ithaca, until 14 June 2020

The landmark exhibition, 黎芳 Lai Fong (c.1839–1890): Photographer of China presents nearly 50 Lai Fong photographs made in the 1870s and 1880s of China. The photographs have been selected from more than 400 Lai Fong photographs in the renowned Loewentheil Collection, which includes more than 21,000 early…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 7, 2020 at 19:06 — No Comments

Exhibition: Another Eye: Women refugee photographers in Britain, after 1933 / London, 28 February-2 May 2020

This exhibition will reveal for the first time an extraordinary group of women who helped reshape Britain's photographic culture.  A unique group of photographers, encompassing established figures such as Dorothy Bohm, Gerti Deutsch, Elsbeth Juda, Lotte Meitner-Graf and  Edith Tudor Hart, as well as lesser-known photographers such as Elisabeth Chat,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 7, 2020 at 18:47 — No Comments

cfp: Another Eye: Women Refugee Photographers in Britain 1930s-60s / London: 1 May 2020

The impact of refugee artists in shaping British visual culture between the wars and in the post-war period is relatively well documented. Far less well-known is the fact that among the refugees fleeing Nazi-dominated Europe for Britain there were many women photographers. The work of these women, some well-known, many unrecognised, brought a fresh approach…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 7, 2020 at 18:38 — No Comments

Bodleian Library secures Chadwyck-Healey photobook collection

More than 2,300 photobooks from the Charles Chadwyck-Healey collection including publications from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray and Diane Arbus are included in this vast gift of photobooks to the Bodleian Library. The collection adds considerably to the photography holdings that includes William Fox Talbot’s Pencil of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on February 7, 2020 at 18:00 — No Comments

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