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August 2021 Blog Posts (20)

Exhibition and Edition: Paul Hill edition reinterprets originals for exhibition and set of platinum prints

Turning 80 this year and still as creatively productive as ever, acclaimed British photographer Paul Hill has produced a limited edition set of platinum-palladium prints of some of his most recognised and seminal images.  Prized for their rich, subtle tonal quality, wealth of fine detail and stability, platinum-palladium prints are at the summit of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2021 at 9:30 — 5 Comments

Exhibition: Marilyn Stafford retrospective exhibition to tour the UK 2021-2022

The first ever retrospective exhibition of US photographer, Marilyn Stafford (b.1925), launches this year, encompassing the most comprehensive display of the photographer’s work to date. Works come from an international archive spanning four decades, and include celebrity portraits, fashion shoots, street…


Added by Nicola Jeffs on August 31, 2021 at 9:00 — No Comments

Conference: De/Reconstructing photomechanical reproduction / 9-10 September 2021

Don’t Press Print is an annual conference organised by the University of West of England's Centre for Fine Print Research and the Royal Photographic Society. In 2020 the conference looked at the collodion process and its contemporary practice through the eyes of twenty artist-printmakers and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 31, 2021 at 8:13 — No Comments

Online conference: The Material and the Virtual in Photographic Histories / 7-9 October 2021

The First Symposium of the Photography Network will be held virtually from October 7 through 9, 2021, jointly hosted by the Photography Network and Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen.

Over the last twenty years, the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 30, 2021 at 10:31 — No Comments

Online event: 'the doing and the unfixing of family photographs' / 9 September 2021

This online talk: 'the doing and the unfixing of family photographs' is a conversation event with Annebella Pollen (Reader in the History of Art and Design, University of Brighton) and Rachel Maloney (V&A / University of Brighton Research Fellow 2019-2021). This event will be held online but will be hosted live from the gallery space of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 30, 2021 at 10:26 — No Comments

Article: Deception in the Work of Richard and Cherry Kearton

The Public Domain Review has published an essay by John Bevis in which he explores the various feats of cunning and subterfuge undertaken by the Kearton brothers — among the very first professional wildlife photographers — in their pioneering attempts to get ever closer to their subjects. 

Bevis's latest book …


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 23, 2021 at 6:44 — No Comments

News: Olive Edis's Sheringham house for sale

The Eastern Daily Press has reported that the five-bedroomed house, formerly occupied by photographer Olive Edis in Sheringham, is up for sale with a guide price of £550,000. After marrying her husband, Edwin Henry Galsworthy in 1928, the couple moved into their new home on South Street. Edis had an extension built to copy her earlier studio in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 22, 2021 at 18:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: A Life Behind the Lens: Paul Joyce / from 27 August 2021

Some of the most famous and instantly recognisable faces of 20th and 21st century culture engage the viewer directly or appear to gaze distractedly elsewhere in Hampshire Cultural Trust’s retrospective of the internationally renowned photographer, Paul Joyce, in the year of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 21, 2021 at 16:30 — No Comments

Auction: Richard Sadler collection / 8-9 September 2021

Dominic Winter's auction of Printed Books, Maps, Autographs and 29th Century Photography on 8-9 September includes part one of the Richard Sadler collection (lots 287-308)  and other twentieth century photography. Richard Sadler (1927-2020) was a photographer, teacher and editor and is best known for his photograph of Weegee (1963). His collection…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 21, 2021 at 13:40 — No Comments

Publication and event: Stereoscopy: The Dawn of 3-D / 10 November 2021

A new publication from Denis Pellerin and Dr Brian May of the London Stereoscopic Company will, for the first time, give a full account of the first thirty years of stereoscopy, an extraordinary scientific, artistic and social revolution that was started by Charles Wheatstone, Professor of Experimental Philosophy at King’s College London, before…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 18, 2021 at 6:30 — No Comments

Frederick Henry Evans' Lincoln Cathedral Lantern Slide Lecture

Hi Everyone...I hope that some of you might be interested in Frederick Evans lantern slides. I had the opportunity to go to the Centre for Creative Photography in Arizona to study his Lincoln Lecture lantern slides…

Added by Dervla MacManus on August 16, 2021 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

Online talk: Exploring the archives of J H Iliffe / 19 August 2021

An upcoming talk at the Chau Chak Wing Museum (University of Sydney, Australia) may be of interest to readers:

John Henry “Harry” Iliffe OBE FSA (1902-1960) was a British classical archaeologist and the first keeper of the Palestine Archaeological Museum (Rockefeller Museum) in Jerusalem. As an official of the foreign Mandate administration,…


Added by Antares Wells on August 16, 2021 at 11:00 — No Comments

Publication: The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas White and John Forbes White / on sale

Through the good offices of the author, John Hannavy, the last remaining copies of his book The Victorian Photographs of Dr. Thomas White and John Forbes White are available to purchase from the RPS (at the link below) at a price of £12 including postage. 

A major biography of two of Scotland's leading pioneer amateur photographers in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 16, 2021 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

Seeking photographs; Fitzrovia, London

Gray Levett, who will be best known to many as the owner of Nikon specialists Grays of Westminster, has also had a long career as a photographer.  He is working on a project that covers life around Fitzrovia, in and around the Fitzroy area of London  between 1957 and 1960. and is  looking for images such as the transport, the pubs, the shops and the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 15, 2021 at 10:01 — No Comments

Display: Taking and displaying the photograph / Birmingham: 16-18 September 2021

As part of Birmingham Heritage Week there will be a display Taking and displaying the photograph which will show one  hundred years of cameras made in Birmingham, and how the city manufactured ways to show and display the resulting images.  It will be an opportunity to see mahogany wood and brass plate cameras through to cheap plastic snapshot cameras as well…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 15, 2021 at 10:00 — No Comments

Online talk: In Search of Herbert Ponting in Japan / 16 August 2021

On behalf of the Japan Society in London, a charity organisation promoting learning and understanding between Japan and the UK I wanted to invite you to our upcoming free online lecture on photographer Herbert Ponting. The lecture will explore the life and career of Ponting focusing on his work in Japan, but it will also touch upon his previous experience as…


Added by The Japan Society on August 9, 2021 at 13:30 — No Comments

Conference: Don’t Press Print 2: De/Reconstructing of nineteenth-century photomechanical reproduction / 9-10 September 2021

Details of the programme and registration is now available for Don’t Press Print 2: De/Reconstructing of nineteenth-century photomechanical reproduction which is being hosted by the Centre for Fine Print Research based at the University of the West of England and the Royal Photographic Society. 



Added by Michael Pritchard on August 9, 2021 at 7:41 — No Comments

Resource: Getting to grips with your photograph collection

The Institute of Conservation (ICON) Virtual Open Studios and  Scottish Council on Archives has been running a series of practical online seminars with conservator Susie Clark. Under the banner of 'Getting to Grips with your Photographic Collection' it is aimed at professionals and the public. There are three recordings from the series so far: an…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 7, 2021 at 9:10 — No Comments

Conference: Virtual worlds in early cinema / 20-22 October 2021

The 13th International Seminar on the Origins and History of Cinema is now open for registration and the programme published. The theme is virtual worlds in early cinema: devices, aesthetics and audiences It will take place online 20-22 October 2021.  Registration is open until October 15th

The programme can be seen here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 6, 2021 at 11:12 — No Comments

Earliest family photograph of Stonehenge revealed

When English Heritage launched Your Stonehenge: 150 Years of Personal Photos, an 1875 photo of the Routh family’s day out was the oldest family photo contributed to the exhibition. The charity issued a challenge for people to sort through their old photos and find an even earlier image.

Among the pictures sent in was a stereocard from the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 4, 2021 at 19:30 — No Comments

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