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June 2014 Blog Posts (18)

Registration and programme announced: The Business of War Photography conference

This two day international conference examines war photography as the result of pragmatic and strategic transactions and interactions concerning business, militarism and consumption. International speakers, including scholars, curators, picture editors and artists, will address the ways in which issues of supply and demand have shaped the field of war photography, and how this field has articulated with other forms of industrialised and commercial activity.

Speakers include Colin…


Added by Pippa Oldfield on June 30, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Daguerreobase journal now available

The European online daguerreotype database has published the first issue of its journal, Daguerreotype Journal.It is available free of charge here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 28, 2014 at 10:51 — No Comments

Newcastle's AmberSide secures £1.1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund

AmberSide ihas to announced that it has received a confirmed grant of £1,121,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its project, The AmberSide Collection: Access & Engagement.  It provides the key element in a £1.6m, three year programme of work. Securing a remarkable documentary film & photography collection, it supports:

  • The capital redevelopment of…

Added by Michael Pritchard on June 26, 2014 at 14:49 — No Comments

Call for Papers and Presentations: Photography’s Shifting Terrain: Emerging Histories and New Practices

Our understanding of the histories and practices of photography is changing as more and more critical attention is being paid to photographic cultures from outside of Europe and North America, and to new forms and functions emergent in a variety of contemporary social and political contexts and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 25, 2014 at 11:00 — No Comments

Beken Marine archive on sale for £5 million

The Isle of Wight County Press reports that one of the best known names in marine photography, Beken of Cowes, is for sale at £5 million. The Beken collection has more than one million images, taken by three generations of Beken, who have recorded all the major events on The Solent and also travelled the world to renowned regattas, including the America’s Cup and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 23, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Conference: Photography in Print - June 2015

De Montfort University's Photographic History Research Centre's 2014 conference closed on 21 June after a successful two-day series of papers from international speakers presenting to an international audience.

At the conclusion Professor Elizabeth Edwards announced that the 2015 conference, to be held in June, would be titled 'Photography in Print' and would examine…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2014 at 20:17 — No Comments

Call for Writing Proposals: The Contemporary Photobook: New Perspectives in Publishing

Conveyor Arts has put out a call for writing submissions for a new book discussing the state of the photobook with an historical perspective. The deadline is 14 July 2014.

See: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2014 at 14:30 — No Comments

Conference: Rethinking Early Photography - 16-17 June 2015

Historians, curators and photographic practitioners have begun to re-examine older forms of photography, yet many cultural studies of nineteenth-century photography have been overly reliant upon twentieth-century theoretical constructions. 

This multidisciplinary conference will move away from these models, exploring issues such as early photographic 'authorship',…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 21, 2014 at 7:21 — No Comments

Newcastle Photography Festival - 20-26 October 2014

A celebration of photography inspired by Joseph Swan and his adventures with carbon, collodion and light.Joseph Swan is the inspiration for this festival of photography in Newcastle, running from Monday, 20 October to Sunday 26 October 2014. It marks the 100th anniversary of Swan`s death on 27 May 1914 and aims to highlight his important work in the field of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 18, 2014 at 7:53 — No Comments

Panel discussion: The Role of Photography in Contemporary Art

You are invited to a panel discussion on Saturday June 28 at Christie's, London, to celebrate the sale of important photographs to benefit the Shpilman Institute for Photography. The discussion will feature Martin Barnes, curator of photographs at the V&A, Shalom Shpilman, President and Founder, SIP, and Dr Nissan Perez, Vice President, SIP.

Please see attached…


Added by Nissan N. Perez on June 15, 2014 at 10:30 — No Comments

Bursary: MA Photographic History

De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Taylor Bursary for its MA in Photographic History. The Bursary offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA, and is open to all students UK, EU and International. To apply for the Taylor Bursary, please submit your cv and a proposal outlining your MA thesis topic, in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 14, 2014 at 9:22 — No Comments

Honour: Brett Rogers OBE (UPDATED)

Brett Rogers, director of The Photographers' Gallery, London, has been awarded the Order of the British Empire, for 'services to the arts' in the Queen's Birthday Honours list published today. This was the only photography award made although other arts organisations were represented.

Brett Rogers, as Australian by birth, has thirty years of experience promoting…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 14, 2014 at 7:00 — 1 Comment

Call for Applications: DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2014

The DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2014 will be open for all elements of research into photography’s many aspects. Besides aspects of traditional history and theory of photography, topics will be considered that deal with photography’s social meaning, or the impact that the medium has had on society. The applicant's work should represent an autonomous,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2014 at 6:30 — No Comments

Personal archive preservation advice

To commemorate the International Archives Day, the Municipal Archive of Girona (AMGi) and the Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) of Girona’s City Council (Catalonia) have made available a resource for the preservation of their personal archives. This resource includes basic recommendations emerged from the experience of the archive's technicians.



Added by Michael Pritchard on June 10, 2014 at 6:35 — No Comments

Roger Mayne (1929-2014) (UPDATED)

BPH has just learnt that Roger Mayne died of a heart attached on Saturday, 7 June. A fuller obituary will be published later today. BPH sends its condolences to his wife Ann Jellicoe, their daughter Katkin and son Tom. 


Tom Gitterman of his New York Gallery wrote in an…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

John Thomson or A. Fong? A Street in Canton

Does anyone know the true photographer of this image? I've seen it variously attributed to Thomson and A. Fong.  Published in "A New History of Photography" Edited by Michel Frizot (Page 149) as "attributed to Fong".

My copy has a letterpress description below… and is listed as No. 321, so obviously part of a series, book, or album, but I can find no information about…


Added by David McGreevy on June 5, 2014 at 21:30 — 5 Comments

Qatar's International Media Museum - 'plans scrapped'

Doha News reports that plans for the proposed Qatar-based International Media Museum in Doha have been scrapped amidst staff and budget reductions. Several senior staff working on the Media collections have recently left. The newspaper reports that: 'QMA employees have also alleged that teams working on plans for three proposed museums – the Pearl,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2014 at 20:30 — No Comments

Building with Light: The Legacy of Robert Elwall - An International Symposium on Architectural Photography

The RIBA announces an international symposium on architectural photography in conjunction with the first major retrospective of the British architectural photographer Edwin Smith (1912-1971), whose prolific work helped redefine the notion of post-WWII Britishness. The symposium will take place on 13-14 November at RIBA in London. 

The symposium will honour the legacy of Robert Elwall (1953-2012), an acclaimed British historian of architectural photography…


Added by Justine Sambrook on June 3, 2014 at 13:30 — No Comments

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