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September 2017 Blog Posts (22)

Research: Edwardian Stickyback portraits

Hello everyone, I am currently working on an archival project, The Family Museum, focused on amateur family photography. Over the past 25 years, my project co-founder, Nigel Shephard, has collected around 25,000 photos and 300 family albums dating from the mid-19th century to the present day. Inspired by the richness and size of this archive, we’d like to use it…


Added by Rachael Moloney on September 29, 2017 at 13:30 — 4 Comments

Job: Research Assistant - William Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonne Project

TheWilliam Henry Fox Talbot Catalogue Raisonné project requires a Research Project Assistant to assist the project director, Professor Larry J Schaaf, in bringing together the collection of this revolutionary inventor and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

Auction: Photography / Wednesday 4 October

Dominic Winter's biannual auction of Photography takes place at their salerooms in Gloucestershire on Wednesday 4 October. The sale comprises 140 lots (297-347) and includes a mixture of 19th and 20th century material from salt prints and daguerreotypes to Polaroids and C-prints. Estimates for single and group lots range from £100 to £5000. Catalogues are available in…


Added by Chris Albury on September 27, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

Research: 'The Confessional', Goodman, Frith, Gems of Photographic Art

I am seeking any information about this albumen photograph: "The Confessional" Printed by Frith, "Goodman Phot.

"21 x 16.5 cm photo on a 37 x 29.5 cm mount.

I am assuming that this was published in "Gems of Photographic Art" by Frith.

My attempts to find a copy online have been fruitless. The George Eastman House and The Ransom Center apparently have…


Added by David McGreevy on September 26, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Tate expands photography collection in 2015/16

The Tate's annual report for 2015/16 reports a large growth in the photography collections. As part of the donation of photographs from the Eric and Louise Franck London Collection, an important group by black British photographers was accessioned during the year. Jane and Michael Wilson donated a body of British and international photographic works, among them important…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2017 at 16:47 — No Comments

EXCLUSIVE: Tate Britain appoints Kate Bush to a new curatorial role

Kate Bush has been appointed by Tate Britain to the new post of Adjunct Curator of Photography, starting in October 2017. Kate is a curator and critic specialising in contemporary art and photography. She was most recently Head of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments

Lecture: Stills 40th Anniversary Lecture: Simon Baker / 19 October

Simon Baker is Tate’s first Curator of Photography. Since his appointment in 2009 he has worked on acquisitions, displays of the permanent collection and exhibitions at both Tate…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2017 at 8:06 — No Comments

Martin Parr Foundation opens in Bristol on 25 October 2017 (UPDATED)

The Martin Parr Foundation, a new centre for British photography and the works of Martin Parr, will open in Bristol on 25 October 2017. The Martin Parr Foundation was established in 2014 and will open to the public in the Paintworks complex, Bristol, and comprises a studio, gallery, library and archive centre.

The aim of the Foundation is to support and promote…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 18, 2017 at 0:30 — No Comments

Research award call: Peter E. Palmquist fund for historical photographic research

Considered one of the most important photo historians of the 20th century, Peter E. Palmquist (1936-2003) had a keen interest in the photography of the American West, California, and Humboldt County before 1950, and the history of women in photography worldwide. He published over 60 books and 340…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2017 at 9:41 — No Comments

Job: Curator, Whitechapel Gallery

We are looking for a  Curator to take responsibility for the conceptual development, organisation and co-ordination of exhibitions and publications assigned by the Director and Chief Curator, including budgetary management and fundraising. The Curator also contributes ideas to the Gallery’s programme, liaises with other internal departments as appropriate and represents the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2017 at 9:29 — No Comments

Exhibition: A Green and Pleasant Land British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970s to Now / from 30 September

This major survey exhibition focuses on artists who have shaped our understanding of the British landscape and its relationship to identity, place and time. Exploring how artists interpret urban and rural landscape through the lens of their own cultural, political or spiritual ideologies, the exhibition reveals the inherent tensions between landscape represented as a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2017 at 9:19 — No Comments

Seminar: Trading Places: Photography and Anglo-Australian Merchants in Meiji Japan / 25 October

In recent years scholars both in Japan and Australia have become increasingly concerned with the close ties between these two emerging nation-states in the nineteenth century. Whereas much of the scholarship on Japan’s international relations of the period has focused on the Euro-American ‘treaty port’ powers, this talk asserts the significance of merchants as transcultural…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 16, 2017 at 9:09 — No Comments

Exhibition: We called to see you / from 17 September

A new temporary exhibition featuring Victorian and Edwardian cartes-de-visite and cabinet card portraits opens at the College of Optometrists in London on Sunday 17 September. The distinctive feature about this small exhibition is that all the portraits are of people wearing spectacles or vision aids, or they relate to blind or visually impaired people. We Called to See…


Added by Neil Handley on September 12, 2017 at 18:30 — No Comments

Research; May Princep as 'The Neapolitan' By J.M.Cameron

Hello, I am looking for information on this Julia Margaret Cameron photo 'The Neapolitan' by JMC, 1866, depicting her cousin, May Princep. This is a CDV sized print, 8.5 x 6 cm, pasted to a paper mount, 21 x 16 cm. This image is not on a Cameron CDV mount, so apparently pasted into a private album.

Ford and Cox's "Complete Photographs" notes that Cameron made private…


Added by David McGreevy on September 12, 2017 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

Call for papers: International Journal on Stereo & Immersive Media, Issue no. 2

The International Journal on Stereo & Immersive Media is a new open access and peer-reviewed journal that aims to reflect on the emergence of our progressively immersive media culture with a historical, critical and contemporary perspective. This immersive media culture depends both on state of the art technologies and on historical and archaeological media that…


Added by Victor Flores on September 11, 2017 at 16:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Andrew Paterson portraits / FLOW Photography Festival, Inverness

An exhibition of 14 portraits by Andrew Paterson are on display at the Inverness College UHI until 30 September, as part of the 2017 FLOW Photography Festival. They can be seen in the second floor library/art gallery. 

Andrew Paterson (1877-1948) was an internationally renowned, multi-award winning artist-photographer, whose studio was based in Inverness from 1897 until his death in 1948 (then taken over by his son Hector until 1980). Paterson’s services were…


Added by Adrian Harvey on September 11, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Event: Robert Howlett grave rededication / 14 October

The restoration of Robert Howlett's grave is complete.  Restorers lifted the memorial plinth on Tuesday 1st August and, after some remedial work beneath, installed a new bespoke concrete base.  The plinth was then lowered onto this solid base which replaced crumbling, unstable brickwork, and will support his Yorkstone memorial indefinitely.

On 3rd August the obscured…


Added by Rose Teanby on September 11, 2017 at 7:12 — 6 Comments

Exhibition: Empire through the lens: pictures from the British Empire and Commonwealth Collection / from 30 September

From 500,000 photographs and 2,000 films in the British Empire & Commonwealth Collection held at Bristol Archives, 27 people were asked to choose just one. This exhibition reveals their choices and the reasons for that choice explained in their own words.

The former British Empire & Commonwealth Museum collected photographs and film from people who worked in…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2017 at 17:36 — No Comments

Information request: Adolphe Braun/Braun et Cie photographs of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel

Does anybody know of any institutions who have Adolphe Braun photographs of the vault of the Sistine Chapel? Here in the History of Art Department at the University of Oxford we have a full set of 125 carbon prints that measure aprox 49x63cm. I have tried to find other institutions who may have a full series or part of it in any size but particularly in this larger scale. I…


Added by Francesca Issatt on September 8, 2017 at 10:00 — 7 Comments

A visit to Lacock Abbey.

Here is an article written by an Indiana (USA) Anglophile - it includes his visit to Lacock Abbey. Fun read. "I squealed with geeky joy as I stood in front of the famous window. It’s a rather unremarkable photo of a window, but it’s the most important photo of a window ever taken."…


Added by Lee Eltzroth on September 6, 2017 at 13:00 — No Comments

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