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March 2016 Blog Posts (23)

Study day: around the world in 8 papers / 11 May 2016

As histories of photography are increasingly taking into account photographic practices beyond the Western canon, it remains unclear which methodological tools scholars should take on that journey. Categories and concepts such as colonial photography (including ‘the colonial gaze’) and cultural difference are under critique because they have proven inapplicable in many…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2016 at 19:30 — No Comments

Research: Walter Benington (1872-1936)

Bob Crow's PhD thesis on Walter Benington, who started working as a portrait photographer for London studio Elliott and Fry and was a member of the Linked Ring, is now available and can be read, or downloaded, from the University of Gloucestershire's research repository. The abstract is reproduced below and the link to download the full PhD thesis…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 28, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Introducing the Photographers’ Identities Catalog

The New York Public Library has announced the launch of Photographers’ Identities Catalog (PIC), a collection of biographical data for over 115,000 photographers, studios, manufacturers, dealers, and others involved in the production of photographs. PIC is world-wide in scope and spans the the entire history of photography.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2016 at 7:29 — 2 Comments

Publication: Photography in the British Classroom

This new publication looks at recent British photographic education through interviews with teachers and educators and research in to current offerings.The author (and BPH member) is Yining He and the book is published as part of The Coastline Series by Chinese publisher Nationality Photographic Art Publishing House, Beijing.  The book is only available in Chinese at…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 24, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Helen Muspratt / until 8 May 2016

A new exhibition at Pallant House Gallery will showcase the work of one of the 20th century’s leading female photographers, Helen Muspratt. During the 1930s she created evocative portraits of important artistic and cultural figures of the day as well as capturing insightful documentary images of the Soviet Union. She also experimented with…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 24, 2016 at 20:20 — No Comments

Publication: ArtMachine

A history, and a biography, Clark Worswick's  ArtMachine: A Reinvention of Photography, 1959-1999 is an insiders view of emergent the photography world of the last quadrant of the 20th century.  It has been written by a practicing photographer, who was also the founding photography curator of the oldest museum in America, and who also wrote the first books on Asian…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 24, 2016 at 20:01 — 1 Comment

Conference: Image and Research / 16-18 November 2016 / Girona

The programme for the 14th Image and Research conference has been published and is available here: Imatge_Recerca_programa_ENG.pdf. Registration can be done…

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 24, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Henri Cartier-Bresson: PARIS / 23 April-29 August

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts presents an exhibition of photographic works by the world-renowned photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Henri Cartier-Bresson: PARIS features 83 images captured between 1929 and 1985, many of which are being shown in the UK for the first time, providing an extraordinary insight into the streets of the city and the lives of its…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 24, 2016 at 19:49 — No Comments

Exhibition: Ralph Wallis: Is this seat taken? / 25 March–20 April 2016

In celebration of its 170th anniversary Leeds College of Art has announced its next exhibition of work: photographer Ralph Wallis, entitled Is this seat taken?... opening at a special preview evening on 24 March, 5pm-7pm at the College’s Vernon Street building.

Is this seat taken? captures images of Leeds City Centre in the 1950s. The Headrow, the Queens…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 24, 2016 at 19:43 — No Comments

Publication: The Pencil of Nature

Japanese publisher Akaaka Art Publishing Inc. has published a facsimile of W H F Talbot's The Pencil of Nature with essays by Naoya Hatakeyama, Michael Gray, Masaru Aoyama, Tadashi Kanai and Giuseppe Penone.

Masarou Aoyama’s publication presents the first full Japanese translation of the iconic yet widely forgotten published works by photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 24, 2016 at 19:30 — No Comments

Job: Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow - Photographic History

The Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow in any area of photographic history. The PHRC is known for its world leading research in social and cultural histories of photography (see…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 18, 2016 at 20:05 — No Comments

Auction: Travel photographs / 28 April 2016

Sotheby's upcoming auction of Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History on 28 April 2016 includes a number of lots of photography. Photograph highlights include:

  • Lot 53 A massive panorama of Moscow (1867), 16-parts, with a distinguished provenance
  • Lot 60 An album of photographs of New Caledonia by Allan Hughan (c.1872-79)
  • Lot 79. A fine copy of…

Added by Michael Pritchard on March 18, 2016 at 20:00 — No Comments

Job: Associate Curator of Science and Technology, NMeM, Bradford

The National Media Museum is looking for a creative Associate Curator to join the team in this exciting new role.  Working across the museum’s internationally significant collections of photography, film and television, the Associate Curator of Science and Technology will lead the museum’s contemporary collecting efforts, build partnerships with industry and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 16, 2016 at 3:46 — No Comments

ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Working Group, Amsterdam, 21-24 September 2016

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming PMWG 2016 Interim Meeting to be held at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, 21-24 September 2016.


The theme of the meeting is: Uniques & Multiples. Please follow the link below to find all details related to the meeting. The Technical Committee looks forward to your participation.



Added by Ioannis Vasallos on March 15, 2016 at 9:00 — No Comments

Job: Auction photography specialist

With major auctions scheduled for 20 May and 8 June - important photographs from daguerreotypes by De Prangey to modern Russian and international work - MacDougall’s is looking for photography auction specialists and assistants for this exciting new department; we're NOT looking for a photographer, but an expert…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 14, 2016 at 4:20 — No Comments

Job: Project Curator - Library and Archive

The National Media Museums holds extensive and internationally significant library and archive collections on the history of photography, film and television.  We are looking for an experienced library and archive professional to create and implement a plan to catalogue and enable access to these collections.  Working within the museum’s collections team, and with archivists…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 11, 2016 at 5:51 — No Comments

Course: Art Photography and its Markets / 31 May-24 June 2016

Photography is at the heart of the art world. With so many dedicated art fairs, auctions, festivals, exhibitions, collections and prizes, photography is also at the core of increasingly diverse contemporary art practices. Today, photography collections and exhibitions reach back to historical and modernist traditions and experiments, and forward toward the possibilities of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2016 at 16:16 — 1 Comment

Identification: Maull & Polyblank portrait

Hello. Please help me identify this pleasant elderly gentleman, albumen print by Maull and Polyblank.

Thanks, David…


Added by David McGreevy on March 5, 2016 at 22:30 — 5 Comments

Research: Victoria Coal and wood?

Hello. I am searching for information about this albumen photo. Does anyone recognize the location of this photo? It is a large albumen print, appears to be a coal station? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Best, David…


Added by David McGreevy on March 5, 2016 at 22:00 — 6 Comments

Advice: Bromley House Library- Photo Exhibition celebrating 175 years since Alfred Barber opened his Studio.

2016 marks 175 years since the first recorded photograph, a daguerreotype, was taken in Barber's studio in Bromley House Library,Nottingham.

We would like to mount an exhibition celebrating Victorian photography in our picture gallery, in September and October this year. Unfortunately the Science museum want to charge a huge amount for each jpeg and the V and A even more.

Is anyone aware of a more generous institution that would allow us to print and exhibit some good quality…


Added by Eric Butler on March 3, 2016 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

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