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March 2018 Blog Posts (29)

New Early Women Photographers Blog

In celebration of International Women's Day 2018, I have started a new blog highlighting early women photographers.

Some have not been studied previously and the blog will focus on pre-1860 photographic activity.  It will hopefully build into a useful online biographical resource starting with the third female member of the Photographic Society, Mary Ann Boulton.

Any additional information regarding these pioneering women is welcomed.

My Lunchtime Lecture at the National…


Added by Rose Teanby on March 8, 2018 at 11:41 — 2 Comments

MA Course: Photography: History, Theory, Practice / Sussex, starts September 2018

This is a new MA starting September 2018, subject to validation, from the University of Sussex, led by Dr Ben Burbridge. It will engage you in the challenging task of making sense of the multitude of photographic images that shape the world today. It is claimed to be the first MA in the UK to combine the history and theory of photography with practice and curation in a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2018 at 21:00 — No Comments

Job: Senior Curator, International Art (Photography)

The curatorial job at Tate Modern, previously occupied by Simon Baker is open to applicants. Since Tate Modern opened in 2000, its programme of major temporary exhibitions, collection displays, commissions, live performance, and film programme has developed in diversity, scope and profile. In 2016 Tate Modern opened the Blavatnik Building increasing the scope and breadth of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 6, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

A blog about American pioneer photographers

A colleague of mine in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been conducting research on early American photographers for more than twenty-five years, and is now making it available on wordpress blog. As many of these photographers either trained in Europe or in Britain, or in some cases emigrated from Britain, I thought it would be worthwhile to provide the link to this important resource at…


Added by Jim Burant on March 6, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Last Samurai / London Photograph Fair, 19-20 May

On 19-20 May, the special edition of The London Photograph Fair returns to The Great Hall at King's College, adjacent to Somerset House. The fair, which coincides with Photo London, is the only established fair devoted to vintage photography in the UK.

For this year's edition, Daniella Dangoor will present a collection of 40 rare photographs of Samurai. It should be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 4, 2018 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Paper Promises: Early American Photography / Los Angeles, until 27 May 2018

The early history of paper photography in the United States is a formative but rarely studied aspect of the medium’s evolution. While Americans were at first slow to adopt Europe’s negative-positive photographic practices, the country’s territorial expansion and Civil War increased demand for images that were easy to reproduce and distribute.

The exhibition Paper…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 4, 2018 at 12:00 — No Comments

Archive visit: Martin Parr Foundation / 23 April 2018

Join the Photographic Collections Network on Monday, 23 April, 2- 5pm, for a special afternoon with Martin Parr and his colleagues at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol. Attendees will get behind the scenes insights into the work of the Foundation, looking specifically at the material in its archives, and hearing how it manages workflow from acquisition to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 4, 2018 at 11:36 — No Comments

Masterclass: Paper, Glass, and Plastic: Identification and Care of Photographic Negatives / Rome, 3-4 May, 2018

This two-day masterclass course on the Identification and Care of Photographic Negatives will be held by Monique Fischer at the Photographic Archive of the American Academy in Rome (AAR). It offers an in-depth introduction to the preservation of negatives, focusing particularly on their identification, deterioration, and care. The participants will have the exceptional…


Added by Michael Pritchard on March 4, 2018 at 11:24 — No Comments

Death of Dom Angelico Surchamp on 1 March 2018

Many will not have heard of Dom Angelico Surchamp, because his name did not appear in the credits for his photographs. He was a monk at the abbey of La Pierre-qui-vire in Burgundy. He was the moving spirit behind the Zodiaque series of books on Romanesque, which on any measure is the largest collection of published photographs of Romanesque architecture and sculpture. As André Malraux observed, it was "a very big thing". It was the photographs that made the books, beautifully printed,…


Added by Philip Bovey on March 3, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

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