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April 2017 Blog Posts (22)

Research: Horace Nicholls

Colin Harding who is researching a PhD on the photographer Horace Nicholls has written two blogs about his work so far. The blogs can be read here:

Image: A female coke heaver…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2017 at 19:52 — No Comments

Photographic Collections at the National Media Museum

The Spring 2017 edition of the Science Museum Group Journal carries two articles of interest to photographic historians. Elizabeth Edwards discusses Location, location: a polemic on photographs and institutional practices which poses the question what are photographs doing in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2017 at 19:30 — No Comments

Conference: cfp. PhotoHistory/PhotoFuture / 20-22 April 2018

A three-day conference exploring the practice, profession, scholarship, preservation and access to photography’s history, present day expression and projected opportunities and challenges for the future. Sponsored and organized by RIT Press, the Rochester Institute of Technology’s scholarly book publishing enterprise, and The Wallace Center at RIT, the conference is a forum…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2017 at 18:38 — No Comments

Research: Thomas Frederick Hardwich (1829-1890)

Rose Teanby who has been researching Robert Howlett has turned her attention to one of Howlett's contemporaries, collaborator and close friend T Frederick Hardwich. Hardwich was an important figure in early British photography and lecturer in photography at Kings College, London, before he abruptly left to take up holy orders. He is perhaps best known today for his manual of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 27, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cecil Beaton / Beetles+Huxley / 26 April - 20 May 2017

Beetles+Huxley are pleased to announce an exhibition of over 70 vintage Cecil Beaton photographs. The photographs have been held in an American private collection for over 60 years and this April they will finally be brought back to London, where this unique group will go on display for the first time.

Originally purchased in the early 1950s, the works form a complete…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2017 at 9:40 — No Comments

Exhibition: Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow / Getty Museum / 23 May-13 August

During the rise of industrialization in mid-19th century Scotland, Thomas Annan ranked as the pre-eminent photographer of Glasgow. For more than 25 years, he prodigiously recorded the people, the social landscape, and the built environment of the city during a period of rapid growth and change.

Thomas Annan: Photographer of Glasgow, on view 23 May-13 August,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2017 at 9:35 — No Comments

Call for students: Photographic History MA

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre is recruiting students for the 2017/18 academic year for its highly regarded Photographic History MA. A postgraduate coffee evening is being held on 7 June. 

Reasons to study Photographic History MA at DMU:

  • Digital and analogue photographic histories

    practices, images, theories and…

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 22, 2017 at 9:00 — 1 Comment

Publication: Agents of Empire. How E.L. Mitchell's photographs shaped Australia

For nearly 100 years, the Yorkshire migrant photographer Ernest Lund Mitchell’s emblematic photographs have shaped ideas about Australia. But who was Mitchell and why did he succeed above his competitors

With unprecedented access to private collections and showcasing his extraordinary photographs, Agents of Empire charts Mitchell’s rise from his struggles as a migrant in New South Wales and Queensland to significant image-maker in Western Australia. It then…


Added by Joanna Sassoon on April 20, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Talking Photography: Reality Check / 19 May

Birkbeck’s History and Theory of Photography Research Centre hosts an evening of visual exploration, with members from Ph: The Photography Research Network. Notions of reality will be explored through work from emerging artists/researchers Lauren Winsor, Anne Pfautsch and Alexandra Hughes. From masquerade in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2017 at 6:51 — No Comments

Course: Photographic Processes at the V&A / 8 May-3 July

This 8-week course, led by Almudena Romero is an extensive hands-on overview of photographic processes, from nineteenth century printing techniques to today’s latest 3D scanning technologies.

Participants will learn photographic processes based on leaves and flowers (anthotype printing, lumen printing, chlorophyll printing), along…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 19, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante/ 23 May-13 August 13, 2017 / at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Poetic, penetrating, and often heartbreaking, Chris Killip’s In Flagrante remains the most important photobook to document the devastating impact of deindustrialization on working-class communities in northern England in the 1970s and 1980s. Now Then: Chris Killip and the Making of In Flagrante, on view May 23-August 13,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments

Publication: Lyddell Sawyer

'Don't look at the Camera' Lyddell Sawyer photographer, 1856-1927 is a useful survey of the life and work of Newcastle and London photographer Lyddell Sawyer. It reproduces many of his genre and pictorial photographs. The book is by Geoff Lowe and has been produced in an edition of 200 with some 60 remaining. The price is £15.00 plus £2 p&p orders to …


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2017 at 18:29 — No Comments

S+MM: Making Archives Accessible

Kirsty Fife, Curator of Library and Archives, at the National Science and Media Museum, formerly the National Media Museum, has published a blog discussing some of the archives the S+MM holds and how the museum is planning to make them accessible.

She says: 'Since July [2016] we’ve been working on a project to make our paper-based archives more accessible to the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2017 at 17:28 — No Comments

VR: Mat Collishaw's Thresholds at PhotoLondon

Photo London and Somerset House, in collaboration with Blain|Southern Gallery, presents Thresholds, a new virtual reality (VR) artwork by internationally acclaimed artist Mat Collishaw. Using the latest VR technology, Collishaw will restage Fox Talbot’s pioneering 1839 exhibition of photography. With the aid of  careful digital reconstructions, this immersive…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

Seminars: History and Theory of Photography Research Centre / Spring 2017

Birkbeck's History and Theory of Photography Research Centre has announced seminars this term which are free and open to all, at 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD. 

Thursday 27 April 2017, 6:00-7:30

Room 106

Christina Riggs (University of East Anglia)

Photographing Tutankhamun: Photo-objects and the archival afterlives of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 14, 2017 at 16:54 — No Comments

Job: Assistant Curator, Photographs (Content and Interpretation)

The National Portrait Gallery houses a unique collection of all forms of portraiture of the people who have made or who are currently contributing to British history and culture.  The Gallery attracts over 2 million visits a year and is among London’s most popular attractions, it reaches and engages these, and further UK and global audiences, with its extensive display,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2017 at 20:11 — No Comments

PhD studentship: The cameraman’s experience of the Second World War:

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at Durham University: “The Army Film and Photographic Film Unit, 1941-1945”. This is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme. The partner institutions are Durham University and the IWM. The studentship will be supervised by Professor Jo Fox and Dr James Smith at Durham University, and Fiona Kelly of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2017 at 17:23 — No Comments

Research: Royal Navy photographs

Hello, I am researching these photos of the Officers and Crew of a Royal Navy ship. The seller says they are from the 1850s, but I believe that these are more 1870s, or later, The two are unmounted albumen prints, approximately 9 x 6 ".

The photo of the crew is amazing, each seaman is armed with a pistol, and maybe a sword? At first I thought that this must be a…


Added by David McGreevy on April 11, 2017 at 0:30 — 1 Comment

Job: Conservation Technician for Photographic Materials / Rijksmuseum

To support the registration and digitization project Print Room Online the conservation department is looking for a Conservation Technician for Photographic Materials. The main purpose of this project is to catch up with the conservation and registration backlog in the varied collections of the print room. The principal goal of this position is to efficiently and effectively…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 5, 2017 at 18:14 — No Comments

V&A outlines plans for the RPS Collection and Photography Centre - UPDATED

Wednesday 5 April 2017 -- Today, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) announces the expansion of its vast collection of historic and contemporary photography with the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection from the Science Museum Group. The addition of over 270,000 photographs, 26,000 publications and 6,000 pieces of camera-related equipment…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 5, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

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