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June 2018 Blog Posts (24)

Auction: Alfred Swaine Taylor / 5 October 2018

BPH reported on two auctions which took place late last year.and included material relating to the early photographer and experimenter Alfred Swaine Taylor.  A further, and final group of material is being offered by Lacy Scott & Knight on 5 October as the Alfred…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 25, 2018 at 7:07 — No Comments

Workshop: Alternative Processes / 21-24 August 2018

London's Photofusion is running a four-day alternative process summer week where you can learn how to:

Day 1: Make Digital Negatives suitable for Alternative/Historical Processes.

Richard Wills – Tuesday August 21, 11:00 – 17:00.

Day 2: Make Salt Prints (and Gold toning).

Paul Ellis – Wednesday…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 23, 2018 at 19:55 — No Comments

Symposium: Radical Visions: the cultural politics of Camerawork 1972-1985 / 28 June 2018

This event accompanies the Radical Visions exhibition at Four Corners Gallery, and the launch of its new digital archive. It will consider Camerawork's engagement, role and influence with community-practice, feminism and representation, and ask how its broader legacy can be understood within the context of today’s cultural…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 21, 2018 at 7:27 — No Comments

Free download: Canada in the Frame

Canada in the Frame explores a photographic collection held at the British Library that offers a unique view of late nineteenth century and early twentieth century Canada. The collection, which contains more than 4,500 images, taken between 1895 and 1923, covers a dynamic period in Canada’s national history and provides a variety of views of its landscapes,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 21, 2018 at 7:17 — No Comments

Job: Development Coordinator / The Photographers' Gallery

The Photographers' Gallery is the UK’s leading centre for the presentation and exploration of photography in all its forms and a dedicated home for an international photographic community. Established in London in 1971, the Gallery has been instrumental in reflecting photography’s pivotal role in culture and society and championing its position as a leading art form through…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 21, 2018 at 6:59 — No Comments

Exhibition: Artists' Visions Pictorial Photographs 1890-1960 / until 16 September 2018

A new exhibitions which examines pictorialism has opened at the museée Nicéphore Niépce and runs until 16 September 2018. Curated by Dr Julien Faure-Conorton Artists' Visions offers a new, broader, view of European pictorialist photography. The exhibition presents recent research and discoveries and is the first exhibition dedicated to pictorial photography in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 18, 2018 at 7:30 — 1 Comment

Call: DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2018

The DGPh History of Photography Research Award 2018 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 16, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

NPG acquires 11 portraits by Philippe Garner

The National Portrait Gallery has acquired eleven portraits, including one self portrait, shown right) by Philippe Garner. Garner will be known to many as an auctioneer who started the first auctions of photography in the United Kingdom in 1971 at Sotheby's before he moved to Christie's, where he is remains a consultant. 

Garner had kept his interest as a phootgrapher…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2018 at 7:51 — No Comments

Job: Curatorial Project Manager / ABP Autograph

We are recruiting for a full time Curatorial Project Manager, a key role in our newly expanded curatorial and archive team of four.

You will provide the project management and logistical support necessary to develop and deliver our dynamic curatorial programme of exhibitions on and off site, publications, artist commissions, residencies, special projects &…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 16, 2018 at 7:42 — No Comments

Exhibition review: John Thomson at SOAS’s Brunei Gallery

Exhibiting historic photography is no easy task. To start with, it’s a conservator’s nightmare: nineteenth-century prints are physically fragile and chemically unstable and any prolonged exposure to light causes irremediable damage. Add to this the fact that they are usually quite small black and white objects that show blurred scenery and unsmiling faces and you are forced…


Added by Stéphanie Hornstein on June 14, 2018 at 17:30 — 3 Comments

Museum: Kent Museum of the Moving Image opens

Kent Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) is a not-for-profit museum that explores the deep history of the moving image — from the days of candle-lit magic lantern performances and hand-painted slides, through Victorian visual experimentation, to the advent and heyday of the cinema.

The museum is situated in the heart of the picturesque…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

Job: Auction House Specialist - Photographs

We are looking for a specialist to set up and lead a new photographs department within a thriving and expanding  Auction House.  Our client is aiming  to establish themselves in the middle market for the sale of photographs that span the history of the medium but which may initially focus on modern, post-war and contemporary photography.



Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2018 at 18:28 — No Comments

Daguerreotypes with dubious signatures, etc. appears on market

Group of Reportedly Altered Daguerreotypes with Dubious Signatures, etc. Appears on Market and Includes Daguerre, Le Gray, the Bisson Frerer and Th. Jacobi. This is an article from my E-Photo Newsletter on a group of reportedly fake signatures on actual 19th-century daguerreotypes. If you'd like to be included on our free email list for the newsletter, just comment, or email…


Added by Alex Novak on June 11, 2018 at 20:30 — No Comments

Lecture: John Thomson: Master Photographer / London, 14 June 2018

Richard Ovenden's lecture will explore the life and work of one of the greatest innovators in the history of the photography. John Thomson was the first to photograph the ruins of Angkor Wat, the first Western photographer to travel extensively in the interior of China, and the first photojournalist to document the lives of everyday people on the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2018 at 20:00 — No Comments

Event: The Preservation of our Global Photographic Heritage / London, 10 July 2018

The Icon Photographic Materials Group, Tru Vue and The National Archives are delighted to announce an evening lecture by Professor Debra Hess Norris, titled: I’ve Just Seen a Face: The Preservation of our Global Photographic Heritage. 

Photograph and film collections are held in museums, libraries, archives and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2018 at 18:00 — 3 Comments

Event and book launch: George Washington Wilson / Edinburgh, 15 August 2018

In the nineteenth century, Scotland was a pioneer of photography. A leading practitioner was George Washington Wilson, whose innovations in stereoscopic photography created some of the most captivating 3D images. Join photographic historians Dr Brian May and Professor Roger Taylor as they trace Wilson’s career, show key examples of his work using a stunning new 3D…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2018 at 16:07 — 1 Comment

Opportunity: Chair of Trustees, Photoworks

Photoworks is seeking to recruit a new Chair to lead its Board of Trustees, plus several new Board members to help guide its vision and development.

We are passionate about photography, a medium which has never been more influential on contemporary culture. We commission, produce and distribute projects that participate in and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2018 at 16:00 — No Comments

Job: Assistant Curator of Photographs / FTC, Royal Collection Trust

It’s working as one team to deliver impressive projects. And it’s the satisfaction of presenting, and promoting, one of the world’s greatest and most diverse art collectionsThis is what makes working for Royal Collection Trust so different.

In terms of both quality and diversity, our collection of photographs is breath-taking,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2018 at 15:58 — No Comments

Research request: help identify this 1860 Adam Salomon photo

This is a French photo, but I believe may have British interest. I am looking for any information. Albumen print by Antoine Samuel Adam -Salomon, Sculptor in Paris. He was a rival of Nadar. 

This print was sold in New york, 1996, by the Lunn gallery, Ltd. As stated in their catalogue, 'Isabelle, May be the daughter of Franz Liszt'.  I have no idea if this is true, but…


Added by David McGreevy on June 9, 2018 at 1:00 — 6 Comments

CPD Opportunity: Photographic Collections and Archives

Join us on Tuesday 12 June (10.30am - 2pm) at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Widnes, to explore the impact of chemistry on our collections, and how we can support engagement with old negatives and prints. This morning visit will combine an inside look at Catalyst’s photographic archives and how the museum is engaging visitors with photographs, ending with…

Added by Maura McKee on June 6, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

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