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April 2018 Blog Posts (27)

Paul Mellon Fellows lunches: Pippa Oldfield and Carla Mitchell

The Fellows Lunch: Curator Series is a set of four free lunchtime research talks given by recipients of Paul Mellon Centre Curator Research Grants. All are welcome but please book a ticket in advance. Two upcoming lunches are of particular photographic interest: 

  • 15 May. How might women photograph war? With the support of a Paul Mellon…

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 19:20 — No Comments

Film screening: Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay / London: 8 May 2018.

The only London screening of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay, produced and directed by Grant Scott and Tim Pellatt is being held at the Frontline Club on 8 May. 

Magazine editor, writer, lecturer, photographer, evangelist, mercurial force; Bill Jay was all of these and more. Bill Jay ignited the fire beneath…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 19:03 — No Comments

Seminars: The Photography Seminar, Oxford / from 1 May

The History of Art department of the University of Oxford, is holding its Trinity Term Photography Seminar programme. Meetings takes places on Tuesdays from 1pm-2pm in St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Humanities. The convenors are Geraldine Johnson and Sajda van der Leeuw. Open to all. 

May 1st (Tuesday, Week 2 – St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 19:00 — No Comments

Early nursing photographs from 1938-1943 discovered

A fascinating collection of more than 4,000 photographs uncovered in the Historic England Archive is giving up its secrets after more than 70 years and is now accessible to the public. Staff at Historic England’s Archive in Swindon recently discovered 4,050 black and white photographic prints documenting healthcare in Britain between 1938 and 1943.

Capturing hospital…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 18:57 — No Comments

The Lightbox to exhibit glimpses of Woking’s past with photographs by Sidney Francis / 14 July-7 October 2018

Travel back in time to Woking’s past at a new exhibition Photographs around Woking: Sidney Francis in the 1920s and 1930s which shows glimpses of what Woking was like nearly 100 years ago.

Taken by former Woking resident Sidney Francis (1891-1973), the photographs offer an insight into life in Woking and nearby towns and villages in the 1920s and 1930s. The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 18:41 — No Comments

Talk: An Evening of Photographs of Lewes from the Archives of Edward Reeves / 9 May 2018

Tom Reeves, from the Edward Reeves studio in Lewes, is giving an evening of photographs of Lewes from the archives of Edward Reeves. This is always a popular event – this talk will include newly researched material from the Edward Reeves Archive – early booking recommended!

Tickets and information from:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 18:27 — No Comments

W W Winters Heritage Trust launch / 24 May 2018

An event is being held on Thursday, 24 May, to celebrate the launch of the W W Winters Heritage Trust, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the objectives: for the public benefit to advance the education of the public in the history of photography, and in particular relating to W W Winter Ltd, the city of Derby and the East Midlands, in all its aspects by any…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 18:15 — No Comments

William Henry Fox Talbot in Oxford

Simon Murison-Bowie, who has been researching the viewpoints and timings of Talbot's Oxford photographs, has today published a very interesting post on Larry J Schaaf's Talbot Catalogue Raisoneé website. Scroll down for Simon's contribution.

Added by Jane Buekett on April 27, 2018 at 10:58 — No Comments

Lecture: Lives and Afterlives: The Photographic Lens and Legacy of Frederick Dally

The  Centre for the GeoHumanities is pleased to announce that Professor Joan M. Schwartz (Queen's University Canada) will give the third Denis Cosgrove Lecture on the 23rd May 2018. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 23, 2018 at 6:41 — No Comments

Edward Scott, Photographic Attendant to Clementina Hawarden, 1861

Ever come across Edward Scott? He is listed in the 1861 census as one of the (many) servants in the Hawardens’ London household. His role is listed as “Photographic Attendant.” His age is given as 19 and his birthplace as Ireland.

Any idea who he was? I assume that he would have gone to work (and live) with Hawarden on the recommendation of an associate in the Photographic Society. Perhaps he went on to work in a studio after her death in early 1865.

Another point: I wonder how…


Added by Virginia Dodier on April 18, 2018 at 22:30 — 2 Comments

Reflections On A Glass Plate: Photography and Archive Centre Symposium

Glass plate negatives are found in many collections in museums, libraries and archives. This half day event is aimed at heritage professionals or anyone with responsibility for these collections, who are looking to undertake projects with these materials for the first time. The event will offer introductions into the history of the format, its care and conservation,…


Added by Kath Shawcross on April 18, 2018 at 20:30 — No Comments

Job: Freelance curator - Hidden Histories of rural north Devon: Opening up the Beaford Archive

Beaford Arts has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out a major conservation and digitisation exercise that will curate and publish online around 10,000 unseen images that together illustrate the late 20th Century social history of rural north Devon. It is seeking a freelance curator for the project.

The Curator will take overall responsibility…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2018 at 20:01 — No Comments

Job: Head of Membership and Fundraising / Martin Parr Foundation

The Martin Parr Foundation was formed in 2014. The aim of the Foundation is to support and promote photography from the British Isles and with this it:: 

  • Preserves the archive and legacy of Martin Parr, one of the most…

Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2018 at 8:14 — No Comments

Exhibition: John Thomson and his photography in Asia / until 22 June 2018

The first London exhibition devoted to the Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) and his photography in Asia will be shown from 12 April-22 June 2018 at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS. Thomson’s photography of China, Siam (Thailand) and Cambodia was widely praised by his peers and continues to enthuse new audiences today. The images are from newly discovered negatives…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 16, 2018 at 8:15 — 2 Comments

Film premiere and seminar day: British Photography from the 1970s / 20-21 April 2018

The Martin Parr Foundation is presenting a programme of events, over the course of two days, celebrating and exploring British photography from the 1970s. The world premier of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay, produced and directed by Grant Scott and Tim Pellatt will take place on the 20th and on the 21st a seminar…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:44 — No Comments

Job: Archive Manager, Autograph ABP

Autograph is looking for a Full Time Archive Manager to help it undertake a programme of work to catalogue and care for its unique photographic collection as well as assess the potential to achieve accreditation.

The archive contains digital and analogue assets dating from the 1860s to current day and includes work commissioned by us from significant contemporary…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:34 — No Comments

Lantern slides: Teaching Geography through Illustrated Lectures

Cambrdige University Special Collections has six textbooks published between 1910 and 1914. In October 1907 it hired the British artist Alfred Hugh Fisher to journey around the British empire on behalf of the Colonial Office Visual Instruction Committee (COVIC). He…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

John Thomson grave restoration project: your help requested

The final resting place of the photographer John Thomson (1837-1921) who photographed in China and Asia in the 1860s and 1870s has been recently located and is the subject of a project to restore it. Located in Streatham cemetery, south London, the badly eroded headstone has fallen over and is lying flat on the ground with the inscription barely legible.



Added by Michael Pritchard on April 15, 2018 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

Returning the 1888 Chapman camera to use

Restoration has been kept to the minimum needed to make the camera light-proof and usable: all the interventions are reversible. Rather than fit new bellows, leaks have been repaired with removable strips of gaffer tape (inside the bellows) and splits in the dark slides have been repaired with wax fillers.

Originally, the camera had no shutter: the…


Added by Tom Evans on April 10, 2018 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Research: Information on the work and life of Charlotte Marx (assistant of Adolf Morath)

As part of my research on the photographer Adolf Morath I came across the (German born?) photographer Charlotte Marx who was his assistant during the 1950s and 1960s. According to the archival files she joined the Royal Photographic Society in 1963 and gained her Associate the same year.

Apart from this, I have pratically no information on her life, her education and her work as a photographer. I am thankful for any information on Charlotte Marx or any assistants who worked with Adolf…


Added by Laura Hindelang on April 9, 2018 at 14:46 — No Comments

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