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September 2018 Blog Posts (31)

Job: Kraszna-Krausz Foundation administrator

Are you as passionate about photography, film and the moving image as you are about books? The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation which was created by Andor Kraszna-Krausz, the founder of Focal Press in 1995, is looking for an Administrator


  • Administer the Foundation itself, organising and administering up to 5 Trustee meetings and away days…

Added by Michael Pritchard on September 29, 2018 at 18:12 — No Comments

cfp: Women, Work and Commerce in the Creative Industries, Britain 1750-1950 / London, 9 February 2019 (UPDATED)

This symposium adds to the growing body of feminist scholarship that is deconstructing the male-dominated history of commercial and industrial artistic production. The programme will bring together current interdisciplinary perspectives on women’s experiences of work and the gendered dynamics of commerce in the creative industries in Britain between 1750 and 1950.



Added by Erika Lederman on September 28, 2018 at 19:30 — No Comments

Job: Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation / National Science and Media Museum / closes 10 October

At the National Science and Media Museum, striving to develop our digital collections as a leader in the interpretation and impact of sound and light technologies on human life, we are currently in the midst of a 5-million pound 'Masterplan' project which will ignite a new sense of curiosity for our diverse audiences,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 27, 2018 at 6:34 — No Comments

Exhibition: Vintage Fine Art Photography, by S D Jouhar FRPS FPSA / London: 28th Sept to 25th Oct

On display from 28th Sept till 25th Oct at The Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall will be 23 examples of SD Jouhar’s Fine Art Photography, all taken between approx. 1940 and 1960.

SD Jouhar was a strong advocate of Photography as a “Fine Art”, and there was considerable resistance to this idea amongst the “establishment” at the RPS during the 1950’s.  In 1961, SD Jouhar  and other like-minded photographers founded the Photographic Fine Art Association . Their definition of Fine…


Added by Kelvin Jouhar on September 25, 2018 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Book launch: Scotland in 3D / St Andrews, Thursday 4th October, 7pm

In conjunction with the St Andrews Photographic Festival and to celebrate 170 years since Brewster developed his stereoscope, Peter Blair will launch his new book "Scotland in 3D - a Victorian Virtual Reality Tour" ISBN 9781527225527 at the Byre Theatre in St Andrews on Thurs 4th October at 7pm.

Peter will introduce us to stereoscopy and take us on a tour of Scotland…


Added by Peter Blair on September 24, 2018 at 12:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: East End Suffragettes: The Photography of Norah Smyth / from 2 November 2018

This autumn, the remarkable photographs of suffragette Norah Smyth will be returning to the East End after one hundred years. East End Suffragettes: the photographs of Norah Smyth opens at Four Corners Gallery on 2nd November.  Smyth's photographs, never exhibited in the UK, reveal the little-known story of the radical, ‘breakaway’ East London…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 12:16 — No Comments

cfp: Circulating Photographs: Materials, Practices, Institutions / Rome, 18-22 March 2019

Photography has always been a powerful tool of communication and has developed into an instrument of our everyday experience: Through photographs we are able to communicate quickly and easily with each other. As a medium of social interaction, photographic images are used as a handy alternative to language, supplementing or even replacing it. They transport us to sites and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 11:31 — No Comments

Publication: Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image

Cambridge University Press has just published Art and Modern Copyright: The Contested Image by Dr Elena Cooper. The book is the first in-depth…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

Event: ‘The Camera on Wheels’ / London, 8 November 2018

Starting from the analysis of the article ‘The Camera on Wheels’, which was published in the magazine Amateur Photographer in December 1885, Sara Dominici explores the relation between photography and cycling in late Victorian Britain. It looks, in particular, at how the confluence of new ways of moving and seeing influenced photographic practices. As…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 10:32 — No Comments

Publication: Photography and the Art Market

Lund Humphries presents the latest volume in its series of Handbooks in International Art Business, an essential guide to the development of photography as an art form and how to navigate this growing market. Photography and the Art Market charts the transition of photographs created for aesthetic ends from a hobbyist pastime to a core component of the international…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 10:09 — 1 Comment

Events: collecting photography and the art market

This autumn, London's Photographers' Gallery will be running a series of events focused on the particulars of collecting photography and understanding its position in the wider art market today. Offering top tips and guidance from a range of industry experts, we will provide insider’s advice on how the photography market works and how to begin a collection.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Conference presentations: French paper negatives: production, characterization, preservation

Marie-Angélique Languille et Céline Daher have announced that the videos of the conference French paper negatives: production, characterization, preservation which took place from 7-8 December 2017 have been uploaded here: …


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 9:57 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution / London, until 24 March 2019

Newly discovered albums from the National Science and Media Museum collection form part of a new exhibition at the Science Museum The Last Tsar: Blood and Revolution. Investigating the role of science in the lives and deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family, this exhibition takes visitors behind the scenes of one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 23, 2018 at 9:47 — No Comments

Auction: Vintage & Modern Photography / Dominic Winter Auctioneers / Thursday 4 October

Dominic Winter’s latest catalogue for their Vintage & Modern Photography auction is now online. The auction takes place on Thursday 4th November and comprises 300 lots, following on from the first 100-lot session of Postcards, Documents, Autographs & Ephemera which start the sale.



Added by Chris Albury on September 21, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

Publication: Secure the Shadow. Somerset Photographers 1839-1939

This new book is not just a dating guide to old photographs, but is also a celebration of Somerset’s photographic history, as seen through the lives and work of nearly 800 photographers. It will appeal to family, local, social and photographic historians, including collectors, as a reliable and indispensable reference source on the subject.

The accompanying DVD…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 21, 2018 at 6:00 — No Comments

Obituary: Bill Buchanan (1932-2018)

The death of Bill Buchanan deprives the history of photography of one of the key figures in the rise of interest in the subject over the last sixty years.

William Menzies Buchanan was born in Trinidad in 1932. He studied at Glasgow School of Art and then taught in Glasgow schools for five years before joining the Scottish Arts Council in 1961. It was while he was…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 15, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

V&A Photography Centre: Spotlight

Photography is under the spotlight as the V&A Museum prepares for the 12 October opening of its new Photography Centre which unites - and shows to the public - the V&A and RPS collections. The Photography Spotlight celebrates the Centre, home to the national collection of the art of photography and shows a dynamic series of talks, workshops and special events,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 14, 2018 at 18:30 — No Comments

Blake and Edgar of Bedford

I am trying to identify the photographer responsible for a group of pictures in an album dating to the 1860s. They are Exterior and interior views of Russborough House in Ireland. They are likely to have been made by Blake and Edgar of 32 Midland Rd. Bedford as a series of the same images exists in a much smaller format which bears their stamp. They may only be reduced copies made by B&E and the large 10X12 inch prints and album are not identified in any way.

Does anyone know…


Added by David H Davison on September 13, 2018 at 15:25 — 2 Comments

Tate Modern appoints Yasufumi Nakamori as Senior Curator International Art (Photography)

Tate Modern has announced the appointment of Dr Yasufumi Nakamori as its new Senior Curator, International Art (Photography). Nakamori will lead on the development of Tate’s collection of photography and on the programme of photography exhibitions and displays. He will take up the post in October 2018. He replaces Simon Baker who has moved to  the Maison Européenne de…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 11, 2018 at 19:30 — No Comments

Information request: Fox Talbot camera shop / Tottenham Court Road

Gray Levett is researching London's camera shops for a future feature in Nikon Owner magazine and is looking for photographs of the exterior of the Fox Talbot shop which stood at 179 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1.

If you can help please post the image here and get in touch with Gray on 020 7828 4925 or email:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on September 9, 2018 at 10:03 — No Comments

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