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June 2017 Blog Posts (20)

Lingua Franca: A Common Language for Conservators of Photographic Materials

Library and Archives Canada (LAC), in collaboration with the Atelier de Restauration et de Conservation des Photographies de la Ville de Paris, is pleased to pilot its first enhanced e-book, Lingua Franca: A Common…


Added by Tania Passafiume on June 22, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

Job: Research Assistant / Bradford’s National Museum: Methods for re-founding 'inter/national' museums translocally

We are looking for a researcher to play a key role in a new research project to be run in collaboration with the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. The research project will use a variety of different research methods – including action and participatory research – to explore the political geographies of the National Science and Media Museum and wider Science…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: New Realities. Photography in the Nineteenth Century / Amsterdam, until 17 September 2017

Every so often a photography exhibition comes along which provides a new perspective on what may often be a familiar history of photography and re-excites one as a photo-historian. New Realities is one such show and, if you see no other photography exhibition over the summer, then this is the one not to miss.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Britain on Film: Coast and Sea

Last year Britain on Film took a closer look at rural life across the UK, today the BFI announces Britain on Film: Coast and Sea, an online collection of over 600 newly digitised films, ranging from 1898 to 2000, from the BFI National Archive and the UK’s national and regional film and TV archives, spanning the whole of the UK, available (mostly) for free…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

10:45 Impressions Gallery Celebrates Historic Double Anniversary

One of Europe’s oldest and most important specialist photography galleries is celebrating a double anniversary throughout the summer of 2017. Impressions Gallery, originally established in 1972 in York, celebrates 10 years since its relocation to Bradford in 2007, as well as 45 years as a photography gallery and charity.

Impressions Gallery was founded at a time when…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2017 at 18:47 — No Comments

The Hyman Collection. Annual Update. 02. Spring 2017

Two years ago, in Spring 2015, we launched to showcase our private collection of British photographs and to use the collection as an educational resource.

Since our first annual update in Spring 2016, we have continued to acquire pictures by photographers not previously in the collection. These…


Added by James Hyman on June 19, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: 'Scotland's Far North' by Chick Chalmers; Tom Kidd; Glyn Satterley / from 24 June

These three bodies of work from the late 1970s provide a unique insight into Scotlandʼs remote landscape, islands and people. Glyn Satterleyʼs series presents a document of life in the neglected area of Caithness and Sutherland at a time when the myth was much banded about that the oil industry brought wealth and prosperity to the whole of Scotland. Chick Chalmers ʻOrkneyʼ…


Added by Malcolm Dickson on June 19, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: Clydeside 1974-76 / from 17 June

Street Level present this unique exhibition at Paisley Museum. 'Clydeside 1974-76' covers a vast geographical area from Elvanfoot to Stepps, Paisley to Greenock, as well as many rural districts where people worked in farming, forestry, fishing and tourism. This Clydeside was one of the two or three most intensely industrialised regions of Europe and during the mid 70’s was…


Added by Malcolm Dickson on June 19, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

Job: Head of Photographs, IWM

You will provide professional leadership for IWM’s internationally important collection of historic photographs, which is recognised as one of the most significant photographic collections in Great Britain, unique in its scale, depth and scope. The IWM’s holdings currently comprise several million analogue and born digital images, taken by professional and amateur…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 15, 2017 at 6:39 — No Comments

Exhibition: Face, Shape and Angle. The photography of Helen Muspratt / from 20 June

Photographs by pioneering Swanage photographer, Helen Muspratt, whose studio opened in Swanage in 1928 are the subject of Face, Shape and Angle. The photography of Helen Muspratt at the Fine Doundation Gallery, Durston Castle, from 20 June 2017. Muspratt's work includes her portraiture of Paul Nash and Eileen Agar.



Added by Michael Pritchard on June 11, 2017 at 12:16 — No Comments

Explore Europe's photography collections enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's galleries, museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections. Explore the history of photography in 2,301,790 items from European collections. See the photography collections here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 11, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments

Course: Preserving Historic Photographs / 14 November 2017

Photographic collections are found in libraries, archives and museums all over the world. Their sensitivity to environmental conditions, and the speed with which images can deteriorate present special challenges. This one day training session is led by Susie Clark, accredited photographic conservator. It is aimed at those with responsibility for the care of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 11, 2017 at 10:27 — No Comments

Information request: Identify the persons from the Cambridge group photograph

Curious item was bought at some auction - a card tube (about an inch in diameter) sent on August 1907 from Cambridge photographers Messrs. Stearn to a Leeds address (image 1). The tube contained a rolled document that appeared to be photograph. It was saved by careful wetting and it showed a group of fancy dressed persons.…


Added by Krzysztof K. Slowinski on June 10, 2017 at 17:30 — 3 Comments

Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay

Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay will be shown as an initial series of screenings and panel discussions by the end of this year. You can follow the progress of the film at and…


Added by Grant Scott on June 5, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments

Obituary: Pat Stewart

Pat Stewart, the Tiller girl in the polka dot dress, who was famously captured by Bert Hardy in Blackpool, has died aged 83 years. Hardy's photograph was a Picture Post front cover in 1951. The picture was taken by Hardy on a Brownie camera to show that great photographs were created by the photographer rather than the camera. Stewart had to assert her claim to be…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

Publication: A Victorian Society: Oldham Photographic Society the First 150 Years

A Victorian Society is a book about early photography and photographers, told against the backdrop of life in what was to become the most productive cotton spinning town in the world. In 1867, when photography was still in its infancy, a group of photographers from Oldham and District met at the Hare and Hounds Inn, Yorkshire Street, and founded the Oldham…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2017 at 19:00 — No Comments

Developed in Birmingham / 15 June-3 September

Developed in Birmingham, celebrating the early history of photography in Birmingham, is a season of hands-on workshops, talks, walks and events which reveal, explore and celebrate the city’s significant role in the early history of photography. 

The programme connects and expands on two complementary exhibitions in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2017 at 16:37 — No Comments

Exhibition: More Real Than Life / 9 June-24 September 2017, Birmingham

The dawn of photography in the mid-19th century made portraiture accessible to a much wider public. This exhibition explores early photographic studio portraiture, including the popular carte-de-visite format.

The exhibition discusses how photographic techniques, backdrops, props, costumes and poses enabled public figures – ranging from Oscar Wilde through Ellen Terry…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2017 at 16:15 — No Comments

Seminar: Identification of photomechanical prints / 12-13 October 2017

Within the total number of photomechanical prints, artistic works represent only a small part. With the introduction of photography in the 19th century, printers no longer had to transfer the image manually onto the printing surface, but were offered the possibility to transfer the image by sensitizing the printing surface and exposing it to light, through a negative or…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 4, 2017 at 16:11 — No Comments

V&A unveils designs and first major supporter for new Photography Centre

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) has revealed the first visual of its new, state-of-the-art Photography Centre, and has announced its first major supporter for the project – The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation.

Designed by David Kohn Architects (DKA), the first phase of the V&A Photography Centre will more than double the display space dedicated to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 2, 2017 at 13:48 — No Comments

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