British photographic history

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March 2018 Blog Posts (29)

DMU secures £500,000 grant from JPICH

Dr Gil Pasternak of De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has secured a grant of over £500,000 for a project DigiCONFLICT exploring the role of digital media in defining cultural heritage. Pasternak, Senior Research Fellow in Photographic History, will lead the research consortium consisting of a team of researchers from DMU, the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2018 at 18:33 — No Comments

Auction: Jubilee / Beryl Vosburgh collection / 3 May 2018

The ‘Jubilee’ Collection amassed by one of the first specialist antique photographica dealers and collectors in London, the late Beryl Vosburgh will go under the hammer at Special Auction Services in Newbury on Thursday, 3 May and is expected to realise in excess of £30,000.

The auction comprises items from Jubilee Photographica, Beryl's shop as well as those…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2018 at 18:18 — 1 Comment

NPG photography curator Philip Prodger departs

Philip Prodger, Head of Photographs Collection at the National Portrait Gallery left on Thursday, 29 March 2018 after almost four years in the role, and will return to the United States.

In a statement, yesterday, he said: "Today was my last day at the National Portrait Gallery. I will continue to work with the gallery as a guest curator for a new show next…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: 'Into the Woods: Trees in Photography' / London, Victoria and Albert Museum, until 22 April 2018

I grew up on a farm for the first thirteen years of my life. I played in the fields and forests of England, and wandered the cart paths with my brother. I saw him for the first time in thirty years last August, after the passing of my father. We went back and walked those very same paths where we grew up and looked at the magnificent trees planted along the edge of the…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on March 26, 2018 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Peter James MA ASICI FRPS (1958-2018) - UPDATED

The news of the death of Peter James from organ failure which has just been announced has shocked and saddened the world of photographic history. Photography has lost one of its most active and accomplished historians and a wider champion for photography. In a community which is not a large one Pete was a giant and the words of one long time collaborator and friend sum up…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2018 at 8:23 — No Comments

Symposium: Activating the Archive: Contemporary uses of Visual Archives / Bristol, 5 May

IC Visual Lab is holding a symposium, ACTIVATING THE ARCHIVE: Contemporary Uses of Visual Archives, which takes place at the Arnolfini, Bristol, on 5 May. This one-day symposium explores the many ways archives are activated within the arts through a series of talks with international artists,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2018 at 8:11 — No Comments

Exhibition: Hit the North, Manchester, from 19 April 2018

Hit the North celebrates northern photography across five decades. From incisive studio portraiture to grand rural vistas to quiet urban details, photographs will fill Manchester Central Library’s first-floor exhibition space. The show is curated by Manchester-based Hobo Photo, which promotes photography with high-quality…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 25, 2018 at 9:54 — No Comments

Photographica 2018, London, 20 May 2018

The date for Photographic 2018 is closing fast, 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 20 May 2018. Public entry is from 10am-4.00pm and admission is £5 on the door. This year there will be more than 100 stalls selling user and collectable cameras, consumables,…


Added by Nigel Richards on March 23, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Lecture: Histories and Counter-Histories of Photography, London, 4 April 2018

New national histories of photography are appearing. Some are recuperative, supplementing the canon with missing or underestimated figures. Others are methodological retellings, refreshing the canon with new historiographical perspectives. Some are bent on justice, adapting postcolonial, decolonizing, or settler-colonial theory to the writing of counter-histories. The…


Added by Patrizia Di Bello on March 22, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: CULTURAL SNIPING: Photographic Collaborations in the Jo Spence Memorial Library Archive

This exhibition showcases materials from the archive of Jo Spence, British photographer, writer, educator and self-described ‘cultural sniper’. Focusing on Spence’s radical practices, it displays a range of items that provides insight into Spence’s collaborative work process. They highlight the dynamic nature of the work, as projects, themes and ideas constantly interact and…


Added by Patrizia Di Bello on March 22, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Publication: Snips & Snaps: the Friths...

Just alerting people to the recent publication of "Snips & snaps : the Friths : a nineteenth century family of portraitists, miniaturists, caricaturists and photographic artists" by Noel Tozer which looks at the Frith siblings - Frederick, Henry and Letitia - Australian (and New Zealand, in the case of Henry) photographers, and their earlier lives as silhouettists and artists.

The book is available through Amazon and selected museum bookshops. 

Added by Keith Giles on March 20, 2018 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Information request: Identify the photographer of this portrait, Richard Chenevix Trench, 1857

I am seeking information about this albumen portrait. I believe this is Richard Chenevix Trench 1836-1861, one of the many children of Richard Chenevix Trench, Irish poet and Anglican Archbishop. The son tragically died at age 25. My main interest is the photographer. Does any member recognize a style or size that may lead to identify the photographer? The image is 19.5 x…


Added by David McGreevy on March 19, 2018 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

Conference and cfp: 15th Image and Research / November 2018

The Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) of the Girona City Council and the Association of Archivists of Catalonia, are calling the 15th Image and Research International Conference, which will be held in the Palau de Congressos de Girona from 22-23…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 17, 2018 at 8:25 — No Comments

The Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Curators’ Training Programme

Art photography collections are held at regional museums, libraries and archives across the country but often without specialist curatorial expertise and, subsequently, many photography collections tend to be 'dormant' and inaccessible to experts and audiences, and curators responsible for photography collections do not have access to the necessary staffing and financial…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2018 at 19:20 — No Comments

Lecture: Recording history: Photographic collections at the Library / Edinburgh, 27 March 2018

The National Library of Scotland is undertaking the first major survey of its extensive photographic collections, to establish the breadth, depth and quality of the photographs. In this talk, Photographic Collections Curator Blake Milteer will provide insight into the survey project's goals, processes, and significant discoveries.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2018 at 19:14 — No Comments

cfp: Stereo Photography: Images, Inventions and Advancements / St Andrews, 18-19 October 2018

The University of St Andrews Library, Special Collections Division will be hosting a conference on the broader themes surrounding Stereo Photography during 18-19 October, 2018. This is presented in conjunction with the 2018 St Andrews Photography…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 15, 2018 at 19:07 — No Comments

Job: Visual Arts Curator, British Library

Working with one of the largest, richest and most diverse research collections, you will use your specialist knowledge of South Asian art history and archaeology to carry out cataloguing and collection management projects relating to prints, drawings and photographs and associated ephemera.

This section’s remit expands to managing the former India…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 13, 2018 at 11:37 — No Comments

Information request: H G Crabtree

Over the past six weeks we at  Trinity Mirror central archive have reviewed our holdings from the Birmingham Gazette. A number of images have come to light by a photographer by the name of H G Crabtree. He appears to have worked for the paper from the early 1930s to the mid 1940s.

Any information about his life and career at the Birmingham Gazette…


Added by John Mead on March 12, 2018 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Workshop: The All-Seeing Eye: Vision and Eyesight Across Time and Cultures / Sketty, 11 April 2018

This workshop will explore medical, social, and cultural meanings of the eye and vision in contemporary and historical perspective. Included is a paper from Colin Harding titled: Repairing War’s Ravages: Horace Nicholls’ photographs of prosthetic masks. 

Registration is free. 

For more information see:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2018 at 4:14 — No Comments

Symposium: Voice of Women in the Great War / 13-14 April 2018

The Women's History Network West Midlands is presenting a symposium on the Voice of Women in the Great War and its Aftermath on 13-14 April 2018 at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley. Included is a paper by Colin Harding titled Shooting the Messengers: Horace Nicholls’ photographs of women in uniform. Colin is currently undertaking a PhD looking at the work of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 12, 2018 at 4:09 — No Comments

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