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April 2021 Blog Posts (20)

A hands-on workshop in digital prints with Ryan Boatright: history, technique, identification and preservation (Icon Photographic Materials Group)

Would you be interested in attending a two to three-day workshop on fine art digital prints for approximately £550-£650 per person in September 2021? If so, we’d love to hear from you via our group email (, we…


Added by Stephanie Jamieson on April 30, 2021 at 8:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Glasgow-based Iranian artist Iman Tajik./ Edinburgh,

In this exhibition, the next in the Projects 20 series to take place at Stills, Tajik presents two bodies of photographic works, including a new series of performative photographs, The Dreamers (2020), that are set in a rural Scottish landscape referencing the historic Highland Clearances and the contemporary disputes over land…


Added by Nicola Jeffs on April 27, 2021 at 10:00 — No Comments

Online symposium: Wedgwood 250 / 14 and 15 May 2021

To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Tom Wedgwood on 14 May 1771, the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry and the Royal Photographic Society have organised a virtual meeting on the afternoons of 14 and 15 May 2021, starting at 2pm BST (3pm CEST, 9am EDT). 

Tom Wedgwood, fifth child of the midlands potter Josiah Wedgwood, is now…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 24, 2021 at 10:25 — No Comments

Auction: Talbot photographs sell for $1.6 million (UPDATED)

William Henry Fox Talbot’s gift of his photography and photo-illustrated books to his sister Horatia Gaisford has sold at Sotheby's New York for $1.6 million ($1.96m with charges). The lot was described…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 21, 2021 at 19:30 — No Comments

cfp: Science and the Moving Image: Histories of Intermediality / deadline 28 June 2021

Since the advent of film in the late nineteenth century, moving images have been integral to making and communicating science. A rich interdisciplinary literature has examined such representations of science in the cinema and on television and investigated how scientists have used moving images to conduct research and communicate knowledge.



Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2021 at 9:44 — No Comments

Online event: The Journey of “A Good Type”: From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs / 20 April 2021

When Japan opened its doors to the West in the 1860s, delicately hand-tinted photographic prints of Japanese people and landscapes were among its earliest and most popular exports. Understood as both images and objects, the prints embody complex issues of history, culture, representation, and exchange. Hundreds of these photographs, collected by travellers…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2021 at 9:38 — No Comments

Online: Historical Photographs of China project ends but resource remains

It is 15 years since the launch of Historical Photographs of China. In that decade and a half about 170 mostly privately-held collections of photographs have been copied, which has generated just over 62,000 unique images in our databank, and published over 22,000 of them on our platform (and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2021 at 9:30 — No Comments

Events: commemorating John Thomson, photographer

To commemorate the centenary of the death of John Thomson FRGS (1837-1921), the early travel photographer working in China and Asia, and known for his work Street Life in London, and work with the Royal Geographical Society, the RPS (Thomson was also a member) is hosting two free events to commemorate his life and work.

On 14 September 2021…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2021 at 7:30 — No Comments

cfp: Through the Looking-Glass Sesquicentenary conference 2021 / by 15 June 2021

On the occasion of the sesquicentenary of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass in 2021 we will hold a fully-online conference whose focal point will be the Looking-Glass itself. Aiming to explore the significance of the mirror in literature, science, theology, art and other fields, it hopes to explore any facets of this…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 17:03 — No Comments

Archive: BFI National Archive evaluation / closes 29 April 2021

The BFI National Archive was established in 1935 and holds one of the largest and most significant film and television collections in the world. 

It has commissioned The Audience Agency, in partnership with AMION Consulting and Golant Innovation, to carry out an evaluation of the economic, social and cultural impacts of the BFI National…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 16:53 — No Comments

Exhibition: Homer Sykes Once a Year / St Leonards, from 3 May 2021

Homer Sykes (b.1949) is a celebrated British documentary photographer whose work has been widely exhibited including at the Tate, Arnofini and  V&A. His career includes long term personal projects, many based on the customs and traditions of the British. Homer’s early interest in photography started at school and in 1967 he went to study at The London…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 16:31 — No Comments

Research: Kodak Harrow factory employees sought

Headstone Manor Museum is looking to document and interview former employees and relatives of employees who worked at Kodak's Harrow factory from 1891-2017. This could cover working life, the social activities to home life. 

The research will form part of the museum collection and some will become part of an upcoming exhibition opening in September…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 16:00 — No Comments

David Hurn donates from his archive to the MPF collection

David Hurn has donated a significant part of his archive to the Martin Parr Foundation collection. The gifted works include vintage press prints, exhibition prints, book layouts, and a complete set of David Hurn photographs made in Wales. This material joins a number of other David Hurn prints already housed at the Martin Parr Foundation.

Hurn has…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 15:49 — 1 Comment

Event: The centenary of William Friese-Greene / 5 May 2021

The Kennington Bioscope, in conjunction with The Cinema Museum, presents another episode of KBTV, available on YouTube, at the KBTV channel. William Friese-Greene (1855-1921) was a pioneering British experimenter with moving pictures, whose monument…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 15:43 — No Comments

Evening course: Perceptions of Truth in Photography / starts 28 April 2021

Developed by Catlin Langford - Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the V&A, in association with Barbican, this six-week online evening course will provide you with an introduction to the history of photography, focusing on the idea of ‘truth’.

Discover early manipulation techniques, staged scenes, and faked imagery, from fairies to phantoms. Learn…


Added by Short Courses @ Guildhall School on April 6, 2021 at 16:30 — No Comments

Publication: Arthur Coleman Ltd, A story of family and photography in Bournemouth.

My lockdown project…or one of them. My first job was with a firm of Commercial and Industrial photographers in Bournemouth, Arthur Coleman Ltd. Working with Arthur’s son-in law I have just completed a book about the firm and their origins in early ‘Walkie’ photography, beach snaps in summer and photos with Santa at Christmas. …


Added by Dr Ian R Smith on April 6, 2021 at 9:00 — No Comments

PhD studentship: Examining the meanings of an apartheid-era collection of photographs / deadline 12 April 2021

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD jointly hosted by the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford and University of Brighton. The project will examine the ways in which a collection of apartheid-era photographs from South Africa held at the Pitt Rivers Museum, can be of value to South African and British audiences today. The photographs, taken by Bryan…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2021 at 14:37 — 3 Comments

PhD studentship: the early history of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), 1853-1914 / closes 30 May 2021

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship titled Amateurs, Scientists, Tradesmen, and Artists: The Royal Photographic Society (RPS), 1853-1914 to research the early history of the Royal Photographic Society supervised at Birkbeck University of London, in partnership with the V&A Museum, supervised by Professor Steve…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2021 at 11:21 — 2 Comments

Culture Recovery Fund - second round announcement

The outcome of the second round of the UK government's Culture Recovery Fund funding has been announced with photography organisations in receipt of funds for both the first time and, for some, in line for a second tranche of funding,

Arts Council England which has been reviewing applications and disbursing funds claims that it has made some £751…


Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2021 at 11:00 — No Comments

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