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May 2019 Blog Posts (26)

Date of birth of Frederick Scott Archer / new information

Confirmation of date of birth of Frederick Scott Archer. The website for him notes that he was baptised together with his siblings the same day in 1822. This website seems to be updated to 2013.

In case it hasn’t been recorded since, the true date of birth of FSA…


Added by James Edward Packer on May 30, 2019 at 12:00 — 4 Comments

Historian Alan Barnes

I have just heard that ALAN BARNES, a former friend and colleague from the University of Derby died last week. He was an original thinker and researcher in the history of art and was particularly interested in the history of photography. The funeral is at 12.30 on 10 June at Trent Valley Crematorium near Derby. Can you please pass on this sad news to those you think should know. Thanks.

Added by Paul Hill on May 29, 2019 at 15:30 — 1 Comment

Pauline Heathcote Archive at Bromley House Library- update

Pauline Heathcote's Archive of her research notes and letters for her publications is temporarily unavailable. The archive was stored in the attics at Bromley House and has had to be removed and stored off site while the library roof is repaired and the floors strengthened. We expect to reopen early in 2020.  

Until then some of Pauline's published…


Added by Eric Butler on May 28, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

NS+MM: Associate Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology appointed

Phillip Roberts, previously a researcher at Birmingham Museums and a researcher working with the National Science and Media Museum, has been appointed Associate Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. Phillip completed his PhD at the University of York which was titled The…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2019 at 13:34 — No Comments

Lecture: Brunel and Stephenson, a Portrait of Iron Fellowship / London, NPG, 4 July 2019

Photo historian Rose Teanby discusses how engineering giants Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Robert Stephenson have been represented in visual media, both photography and art. How does their visual legacy reflect both individual achievement and resilient professional friendship throughout their eventful but prematurely curtailed lives?

Rose Teanby is an…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 26, 2019 at 12:45 — No Comments

European pictorialism from Amateur Photographer magazine

The Niépce Museum has made available online a selection of about 300 Amateur Photographer covers and plates that were presented on a screen in Julien Faure-Conorton's exhibition on French…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 25, 2019 at 20:36 — No Comments

Exhibition: Robert Capa: D-Day in 35mm / London: IWM, until 29 September 2019

On 6 June 1944 Robert Capa landed on the Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach with the 16th Infantry Regiment of the US Army. Born in Hungary, Capa made his name as a photojournalist covering the Spanish Civil War…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 25, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things / opens 12 March 2020

Cecil Beaton’s portraits from a golden age will be brought together the first time in a major new exhibition opening at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in March 2020. Featuring around 150 works, many of which are rarely exhibited, Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things will explore the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 25, 2019 at 14:15 — No Comments

Jobs: Photoworks, Brighton

Photoworks is currently recruiting! We are looking for two people to join our team and help shape our changing organisation. I’d really appreciate if you could pass on to anyone who might be suitable, circulate to your networks or share on social channels. Deadline is next week, Tuesday 28th May. 

Audience Development & Communications…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 25, 2019 at 13:48 — No Comments

Survey: National Science+Media Museum collections store research

The Science Museum Group - which includes the National Science+Media Museum, Bradford - is currently undertaking its most ambitious project in a generation, to move over 80% of its collections to the National Collections Centre to Wroughton, near Swindon, by 2023.

As part of this move, the SMG is re-evaluating the service it provides for researchers…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 21, 2019 at 21:00 — No Comments

cfp: Science and Photography Symposium / proposals by 12 July 2019

A one-day symposium on science and photography will take place on 23rd October in St Andrews. The symposium is presented in conjunction with the 2019 St Andrews Photography Festival, ‘Science & Photography’ which runs throughout the month of October.

The symposium organisers welcome proposals from both a historical and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 21, 2019 at 20:57 — No Comments

Job: Project Archivist (Wildfilm History) / closes 22 May 2019

The University of Bristol Library is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and experienced archivist to work on an exciting Wildfilm History Archive.  This is a full-time, fixed term contract for 2 years. The two-year Wildfilm History Project will catalogue, conserve and make available a rich, diverse and important collection of wildlife filmmaking materials…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 21, 2019 at 20:53 — No Comments

Claudet and Queen Victoria

Two daguerreotypes by Antoine Claudet of Queen Victoria c.1854 have been revealed by the Museum of London. According to the Observer newspaper the pictures are among the most significant in the museum’s 150,000-strong collection, because not only are they two of the very earliest images of Victoria as Queen, then aged 34, but they also…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 20, 2019 at 7:00 — No Comments

Job: Associate Specialist, photographs, London: Phillips auctioneers

Phillips is an international auction house, conducting sales of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Modern & Contemporary Editions, Jewels and Watches. Phillips is currently seeking an ambitious and motivated individual to fill a full-time Associate Specialist position within our Photographs department.

Based in London, the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2019 at 20:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Berlin/London: The Lost Photographs of Gerty Simon / from 30 May 2019

The Wiener Library’s summer 2019 exhibition displays the remarkable work of German-Jewish photographer Gerty Simon, and features many of her original prints from the 1920s and 1930s.

Gertrud (Gerty) Simon (1887-1970) was a prolific and successful photographer. Her photographs were presented in a number of exhibitions in Berlin in the late 1920s and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 12, 2019 at 20:31 — No Comments

Job: Curator of Touring Photography Exhibitions / V&A Museum, closes 30 May 2019

The V&A is Britain’s national museum of art, design and performance, and is one of the greatest museums of decorative arts in the world. The V&A’s purpose is to enable everyone to enjoy its collections and explore the cultures that created them; and to inspire those who shape contemporary design. We are currently recruiting for the post of Curator of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 12, 2019 at 20:14 — No Comments

Workshop: Protecting daguerreotypes: a new structural housing system / Edinburgh, 4, 5, July 2019

The Icon Photographic Materials Group and the National Library of Scotland are delighted to announce a practical workshop with photographic conservator Clara M. Prieto. Conservators, archivists and curators of historical photograph collections are invited to participate. The one-day workshop will be taught at the National Library of Scotland on each of two…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 12, 2019 at 20:06 — No Comments

Exhibition: Seaside: Photographed / Margate: 25 May - 8 Sep 2019

This major exhibition will examine the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present. It is Turner Contemporary’s first ever photography exhibition.

As well as featuring the work of eminent photographers including Jane Bown, Henri Cartier Bresson, Vanley Burke, Anna Fox, Susan Hiller, Paul Nash,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 12, 2019 at 20:03 — No Comments

Publication: Berwick's earliest photographers

A new publication looks at Berwick-on-Tweed's earliest photographers. Jim Walker's book chronicles Berwick's photographic scene from the 1840s and shows examples of work in and around Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal. 

See more here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 12, 2019 at 19:38 — No Comments

Auction: Photographica / London: Thursday 16 May

Chiswick's auction of Photographica which takes place on 16 May includes a range of cameras and photographs. Of particular interest is are several lots of previously unseen material from Herbert G Ponting.

Other lots of note are: 

  • Lot 136a. J J E…

Added by Michael Pritchard on May 12, 2019 at 19:30 — No Comments

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