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May 2016 Blog Posts (26)

Publication: Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire.

With their power to create a sense of proximity and empathy, photographs have long been a crucial means of exchanging ideas between peoples across the globe. This book explores the role of photography in shaping ideas about race and difference from the 1840s to the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights.

Focusing on Australian experience in a global context, a rich…


Added by Jane Lydon on May 30, 2016 at 8:00 — 2 Comments

Publication: Emilie Le Febvre, A Shaykh's Portrait

Anthropology & Photography is a new open-access publication series edited by the RAI Photography Committee. Emerging from the international conference of the same name organized by the RAI at the British Museum in 2014, the series will highlight and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2016 at 12:22 — No Comments

Symposium: Paul Strand Reframed / Friday 3 June.

This one-day international symposium, held at the V&A, London, will explore Paul Strand’s breakthrough pictures, his experiments with film in the 20’s and 40’s beside significant place projects conceived as books from Ghana to the Hebrides. Speakers include Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Writer and Journalist, Sean…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2016 at 11:40 — No Comments

Webinar: Preparing to Digitise Your Archives: Conservation

Digitisation is strategically valuable for collections on multiple levels; opening up access to records…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2016 at 11:36 — No Comments

Website: Early Norfolk photography

A new website looking at early Norfolk photography has been launched by John Benjafield. The site aims to provide reference material and place the region's photography into a wider context.

See: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2016 at 11:30 — No Comments

Mirjam Brusius receives Aby Warburg Prize

Mirjam Brusius, a postdoctoral fellow at the Bodleian Libraries and the History Faculty, has been awarded the prestigious Aby Warburg Prize, which is awarded every four years to early career researchers. The prize - awarded by the City of Hamburg, Germany - is named after the Hamburg-born art historian Aby Warburg (1866-1929), one of the most influential thinkers in art…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2016 at 11:16 — No Comments

BFI progresses plans for centre for film, TV and the moving image

The BFI has announced progress towards realising its ambition to build a new International Centre for Film, TV and the Moving Image, with an offer of support of up to £87m towards the £130m total project cost, subject to a tender process beginning. The BFI hopes to open the new building to the public in 2022.

The BFI is at the heart of film in the UK with a network of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Institute for Photography in Scotland

The Institute for Photography in Scotland is a newly formed association between The National Galleries of Scotland, The University of Glasgow, The University of St Andrews, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, and Stills, Edinburgh.

It aims to enable awareness of and engagement with Scotland’s photography, both nationally and internationally, and to promote collaboration…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2016 at 8:49 — No Comments

giant wet plates

Might anyone know about gigantic wet plate negatives 5 by 8 feet held in Fort St Cyr, France possibly of the new Paris Opera of 1875  or   a  4 by 6.5 feet set in  Berlin?


Added by Gael Newton on May 21, 2016 at 10:47 — 1 Comment

Exhibition: Encounters with the Spirit World / 14-20 August 2016

The College of Psychic Studies invites you to come and experience a unique and exciting…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 17, 2016 at 8:00 — No Comments

Cherry Kearton camera on BBC Antiques Roadshow (15/05/2016)

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow featured an English Pattern wooden cine camera believed to have been owned by Cherry Kearton. Expert Hilary Kay identified the camera as being made by the Williamson Kinematograph Co Ltd but this was based on the star trade mark that was on the lower film magazine. The upper magazine was different to the lower one. The camera had large hinges that I would not associate with a Williamson product. I wonder if any member of this forum can offer an expert…


Added by Paul Godfrey on May 16, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Quaritch photography at PhotoLondon

Quaritch will be exhibiting a number of important examples British photography in Room C6 at PhotoLondon which runs from 19-22 May 2016 at London's Somerset House. This year Quaritch's exhibition will highlight the richness of the contribution of early Scottish photographers through the work of D. O. Hill & Robert Adamson, Thomas and James Craig Annan and James Anderson.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 15, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Original 1867 photo of Stephen Talkhouse Pharoah found.

Greetings…In late 2013 I posted on BPH that I was researching the 1867 portrait photograph of Montauk (USA) Indian Stephen Talkhouse Pharoah that is in the 1869 Shindler Catalogue at the Smithsonian. The British connection was that it was William Henry Blackmore who funded Shindler to do the copying and that I thought perhaps the original prints or glass plates may somehow wound up in England at his Salisbury museum. It seems that they didn’t.

However, three original prints were found…


Added by Kevin J. McCann on May 12, 2016 at 18:30 — No Comments

Study day: Around the world in 8 papers /

As histories of photography are increasingly taking into account photographic practices beyond the Western canon, it remains unclear which methodological tools scholars should take on that journey.

Categories and concepts such as colonial photography (including ‘the colonial gaze’) and cultural difference are under critique because they have proven inapplicable in…


Added by Mirjam Brusius on May 11, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments

Conference: Photography: Between Anthropology and History / 20-21 June 2016: Registration now open

On the occasion of Professor Elizabeth Edwards’ retirement, the 2016 PHRC Annual International Conference will address themes from her complex and wide ranging scholarship on the cultural work of current and historical social photographic practices. Thus, Photography: Between Anthropology and History aims to showcase scholarship driven by engagements with research…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 10, 2016 at 8:57 — No Comments

Research - Press Photography in the mid 20th century

The Daily Herald: The anatomy of a newspaper photographic archive. I am working on a Collaborative Doctoral Award (with the PHRC at De Montfort University, and the National Media Museum) researching the image making practices of the Daily Herald newspaper. Using the original photographs, records and filing categorisation I aim to…


Added by Rebecca Smith on May 9, 2016 at 21:30 — No Comments

The Hyman Collection. Annual Update. 01. Spring 2016

A year ago, in Spring 2015, we launched to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource. Since then we have acquired several hundred additional photographs by, among others, Ian Berry, John Blakemore, Jane Bown, Bill Brandt, Mat Collishaw,…


Added by James Hyman on May 9, 2016 at 21:30 — No Comments

NPG acquires a rare album from Rejlander 'the father of art photography'

An extremely rare and important album of photographs by the celebrated early Victorian photographer, Oscar Gustav Rejlander, most of which have never been exhibited before, has been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery, it was announced today, Monday, 9 May 2016. BPH reported on the original auction sale and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 9, 2016 at 20:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: London, Paris, New York, 1930s-60s / 20 May-27 August 2016

Ben Uri is delighted to announce its first exhibition to bring together three major twentieth century photographers - Wolfgang Suschitzky, Dorothy Bohm and Neil Libbert - presenting their artistic responses to three great world cities across three crucial decades.

Today, London, Paris and New York are so familiar that it is hard for a modern viewer to imagine them…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2016 at 11:10 — No Comments

SSHoP Annan Lecture / 26 May, Glasgow

The Scottish Society for the History of Photography has been active since 1983 and has organised the annual Annan Lecture series since 2006. Its next lecture takes place on 26 May in Glasgow and will be given by Dr Roberta McGrath who will consider the importance of other histories - and theories - and what it means to look at a photograph. 

Dr. McGrath…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2016 at 10:59 — No Comments

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