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August 2022 Blog Posts (17)

Publication: Sténopés Histoire et théorie d’une machine naturelle [the pinhole camera]

This new book looks at the history of the pinhole camera. Traditionally the pinhole camera has been linked with the camera obscura, but this publication sets out to separate the two, to appreciate and understand both from their respective evolution as technical objects and from their creative…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 29, 2022 at 18:00 — No Comments

Job: Curator - Impressions Gallery / closes 10 October 2022

Impressions Gallery is a charity that helps people understand the world through photography and acts as an agent for change. Established 50 years ago in 1972, we have grown to become one of the UK’s leading centres for photography.

We are seeking to appoint a Curator to work as part of our small and dedicated team in Bradford.

The Curator will…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2022 at 19:47 — No Comments

Blog: An introduction to the Half Moon Photography Workshop’s laminated touring exhibitions

Michael Kurtz who undertook a summer placement with Four Corners in July 2022, as part of its ongoing collaboration with Birkbeck, University of London, has written a blog piece about the Half Moon photography workshop's touring exhibitions. The blog begins: In 1976, the recently established Half Moon Photography Workshop developed an innovative new…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2022 at 17:55 — No Comments

Publication: British Art Studies - issue 23 - August 2022

The latest issue of British Art Studies carries two papers of interest to photo-historians. As noted earlier Luke Gartlan's 'Inventing Provinciality: St Andrews and the Global Networks of Early Victorian Photography' which examines the advent of photography in the Scottish university town of St Andrews in the context of local ties to the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2022 at 15:30 — No Comments

Publication: Picturing Ecology. Photography and the birth of a new science

This new book examines the role of photography and visual culture in the emergence of ecological science between 1895 and 1939. It is about photography and the origins of ecology - about the practice of ecology as visual science. Picturing Ecology explores the contribution of visual experience and practice to scientific knowledge. It aims, in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 26, 2022 at 15:30 — No Comments

New article on early photography in St Andrews

The article "Inventing Provinciality: St Andrews and the Global Networks of Early Victorian Photography" is now available open access with the online journal British Art Studies. I've attached the direct link for interested members. …


Added by Luke Gartlan on August 25, 2022 at 11:00 — No Comments

1950s Kodachrome: Aldermaston Rally 1958

This blog is to remind you not to throw out old photographs you may have lying around. About a year ago I was sorting through my old Kodachromes, especially those I took when backpacking in Europe in 1957/58.

They were taken on the original 35mm, 10 ASA (ISO) Kodachrome that was not only slow but also a bit contrasty.

The attached photograph is…


Added by TED RICHARDS on August 23, 2022 at 2:00 — No Comments

Blog: The story behind the Edward Reeves Archive project

University of the Arts has published a blog post looking at the work being undertaken by Brigitte Lardinois and the Photography and Archive Research Centre (PARC) based at UAL on the Edward Reeves Archive in Lewis, East Sussex. This is home to the world’s oldest photographic studio — …


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 20, 2022 at 11:53 — 1 Comment

Seminar: Invisible Britain: Photography & Representation / 8 October 2022

Impressions Gallery is hosting a seminar alongside its exhibition Invisible Britain: This separated Isle. Why does photography have a duty to ethically represent people from marginalised communities? How can photographs change stereotypical media narratives around class, and in particular working class identity? Is socially engaged photography the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 20, 2022 at 11:48 — No Comments

Blog: Early photography in India: Tracing photographers through copyright records

Katherine Howells at The National Archives has written a blog post on photography in India. She starts: In the second half of the 19th century, photography began to flourish in many areas of the world, including India. New photographic societies were established and amateur and professional photographers, both Indian and British, began to expand their…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 20, 2022 at 11:32 — No Comments

E Chambré Hardman House conservation project and re-opening

A significant conservation project by the National Trust has saved around 16,000 photographic prints and negatives by renowned Liverpool photographer Edward Chambré Hardman…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 20, 2022 at 11:00 — No Comments

Heritage Open Days / September 2022

Heritage Open Days taking place across British from 9-18 September 2022 include events relating to photography. The RPS is throwing open its building and holding a series of events around its own history;  Reading's role in the history of photography is explored, and Derby's W W Winter studio will be opening. 

Separately, the RPS is also running an…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 15, 2022 at 7:04 — No Comments

Research: Ted Reed, theatre/film photographer

An enquirer is seeking information on the photographer Ted Reed, who did publicity stills for the 1955 Laurence Olivier film Richard III. Does anyone know anything about him or his studio? Two of his portraits from the 1940s are in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Please respond here or message…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 14, 2022 at 17:30 — No Comments

Bill Jay Day / 12 August 2022 #BillJayDay

Dr Grant Scott has announced that 12 August will be the first Bill Jay Day. Look out for articles, photographs and more to celebrate a remarkable man. 


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2022 at 19:30 — No Comments

Job: Assistant Curator of Photographs / deadline 31 August 2022

It’s working as one team to deliver impressive projects. And it’s the satisfaction of presenting, and promoting,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2022 at 18:30 — No Comments

New role: Catherine Troiano returns to the V&A

In a message to friends and colleagues Dr Catherine Troiano has announced that she has re-joined the V&A Museum, London, as Curator of Photography, with a focus on contemporary and digital practices. She was previously the National Trust's inaugural Curator, Photography. That role has been filled by Anna Sparham. 

She was at the V&A…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 2, 2022 at 21:00 — No Comments

Fellowship: British Society for the History of Science Public Engagement Fellow / closes 5 August 2022

The Public Engagement Research Fellow will spend the equivalent of one month (can be worked flexibly) at Pennine Heritage conducting research into an area of our archives, which will then form the basis for a public engagement activity. Our archives have been under-studied in relation to the history of science, so the Fellow may be the first researcher to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on August 1, 2022 at 7:28 — No Comments

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