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May 2021 Blog Posts (35)

Archives: Spanish photographers seek national archive

The Guardian newspaper has highlighted that Spain’s best-known photographers have thrown their weight behind a new campaign to establish a national centre to catalogue, share, protect and promote the country’s rich and diverse photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 31, 2021 at 18:16 — No Comments

PhD studentship: Distilling the Photographic Mass: Photography and Digital Heritage at the National Trust / closes 21 June 2021

The National Trust cares for photography collections, numbering over 400,000 image-objects across approximately 250 sites, most of which are under-recognised and under-researched. Spanning the 1840s to the twenty-first century, these photographs are uniquely placed to illuminate social and (globalised) national values through themes such as status, family,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 29, 2021 at 11:18 — No Comments

Resources: British Newspaper Archive / extension and offer

Leading family history website …


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 28, 2021 at 10:45 — No Comments

Exhibition: Freedom 50 / outdoors Birmingham

A new outdoor exhibition showcasing photographs taken over the last five decades has opened in Birmingham’s Centenary Square, reports The Phoenix Newspaper. 

Organised by Legacy West Midlands in collaboration with Birmingham Museums Trust, Freedom 50 celebrates 50 years of Bangladeshi independence and will be on display until the end of August…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 28, 2021 at 10:34 — No Comments

Job: Associate Curator of Sound & Vision / closes 8 June 2021

The National Science+Media Museum is seeking an Associate Curator of Sound & Vision for a 12-month period. Bradford’s National Science & Media Museum’s Sound & Vision Galleries will, for the first time, present the museum’s collections together in two new permanent displays telling…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 28, 2021 at 10:02 — No Comments

Auction: Jessie Bertram - Hill and Adamson / 24 June 2021

Bonhams auction of Fine Books, Manuscripts and Photographs on 24 June includes one lot of Jessie Bertram carbon prints from the negatives of Hill and Adamson.  The collection of 51 prints is estimated at £8000-12,000. 

The lot description reads: 


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 28, 2021 at 9:45 — 5 Comments

Information request: Carte-de-visite from Barnsley

Can anyone tell me anything about this carte-de-visite showing a montage of portrait images mainly of men but including one woman at the bottom of the carte. She and the man beside her look to me to be from a different era to the other images. 

It is credited to by Wilson and Bullock, Gordon Terrace, Barnsley.

I suppose it could show the great…


Added by Gilly Read FRPS on May 24, 2021 at 21:00 — 5 Comments

Blog: Belle Vue Studio installation at NS+MM described

A new blog on the National Science and Media Museum website by Charlotte Howard describes the process of changing the daylight studio space within the Kodak Gallery to tell the story of Bradford’s Belle Vue Studio on Manningham Lane.

The new gallery continues the museum's process of making itself more relevant to local audiences.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 23, 2021 at 16:30 — No Comments

Kraszna-Krausz Photography and Moving Image Book Awards 2021: Winners Events

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation is delighted to announce the 2021 Photography Book Award has been jointly awarded to artists Sunil Gupta for Sunil Gupta: From Here To Eternity edited by Mark Sealy (Autograph) and Maria Kapajeva for Dream is…


Added by Alex Anthony on May 23, 2021 at 15:30 — No Comments

Ph: The Photography Research Network exhibits Bridging the Distance at Four Corners in London

Ph: The Photography Research Network is very pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Bridging the Distance at Four Corners, London.

A group exhibition by…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 22, 2021 at 11:00 — No Comments

Online talks: Photo Histories / from 26 May 2021

The Photographic Collections Network  has announced a series of free talks that explore some of the lesser-known and under represented histories of photography. The first two are: 

26 May 2021 at 7pm: Apna Heritage Archive.



Added by Michael Pritchard on May 22, 2021 at 10:38 — No Comments

Auction: Frank Meadow Sutcliffe photography medals / 3 June 2021

Dix Noonan Webb is to offer 56 photography medals dating from 1874-1897 awarded to Frank Meadow Sutcliffe of Whitby. Sutcliffe (1853-1941) was exhibited widely during his lifetime and his cabinet card noted that he was the recipient of 62 medals.. He was a member of the Photographic Society from 1874, and is best known for his views of Whitby and the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 20, 2021 at 21:00 — No Comments

Kodak Reversal F technology

The text below is provided in response to a request from Roger Hyam for a fuller explanation of the “Reversal F” ( a Kodak term ) direct-positive emulsion technology used in Kodak PR10 instant Film and Ektaflex products which I referred to in the “Interesting Imaging Systems” article I posted on…


Added by Gareth Bryn Evans on May 18, 2021 at 16:30 — No Comments

cfp: Photographic Art Reproductions, from 1839 to the Present / deadline 18 June 2021

The photographic art reproduction came into being simultaneously with the invention of the medium: Joseph-Nicéphore Niépce captured engravings in his earliest heliographs, while William Henry Fox Talbot praised the reproductive capacities of the calotype in The Pencil of Nature (1844). As much as art has influenced photographic reproduction…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 13:00 — 1 Comment

Blog: The Media of Mediumship

I n collaboration with the Science Museum Group and Senate House Library, ‘The Media of Mediumship: Encountering the Material Culture of Modern Occultism in Britain’s Science, Technology, and Magic Collections’ project aims to transform…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 12:53 — No Comments

Kraszna-Kraus Book Awards 2021 - shortlists announced

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has announced the long and shortlists for its 2021 Photography and Moving Image Book Awards, chosen from over 180 submissions. The books in the running address global issues related to gender, identity, history, social injustices, community and memory.

Ranging from untold stories of contemporary society, to innovative…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 12:42 — No Comments

Exhibition and book: The Road is Wider than Long / from 20 May 2021

Farleys House & Gallery is pleased to present The Road is Wider than Long, an exhibition exploring surrealist artists Lee Miller and Roland Penrose’s travels through the Balkans in the Summer of 1938, shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. Photographs taken by Miller and Penrose during this trip will be displayed together, including…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 11:40 — No Comments

Symposium: Remapping Early British Cinema / Online: 26-27 May 2021

A series of major publications in recent years have shed fresh light on the early British film business, from the 19th century pioneers up to the boom in cinema building before the First World War. Do these require revision of the standard histories by Rachael Low and John Barnes, which were pioneering in their time? And how are new historical insights best…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 11:23 — No Comments

Messums London sets up a photography department

Messums, the London art dealer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Julie Bonzon and the launch of our photographic department with a programme of online and physical exhibitions picking up in September 2021. Our curatorial and public programme featuring international, renowned and emerging artists and photographers working in various parts of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 11:18 — No Comments

Online event: The history of Kodak Australia / 19 May 2021 at 1000 (BST)

The history of Kodak in Coburg 1961-2004, and staff recollections is presented by Fiona Kinsey, Senior Curator of the Images and Image Making, including the Kodak Heritage Collection at Museums Victoria. The museum houses the Kodak Australia archives and collection. …


Added by Michael Pritchard on May 16, 2021 at 11:06 — No Comments

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