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October 2020 Blog Posts (30)

Image search for licensing: 17 historical people 1789 – 1984

Looking for images / illustrations of 17 historical people 1789 – 1984 - Tried most commercial photo libraries worldwide  - any suggestions appreciated Thanks - full list and details on my news site here:  …


Added by Will Carleton on October 30, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

Curator Sophie Gordon has left the Royal Collection Trust

Sophie Gordon, head of photographs at the Royal Collection Trust (RCT), Windsor, has now confirmed publicly that she is accepting voluntary redundancy. She has been at the Collection for 15 years. The RCT is undertaking a significant restructure following a fall in visitor numbers and revenues as a result of COVID-19. The Trust is also making compulsory…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 27, 2020 at 7:03 — No Comments

Publication: Steel–Oil–Steam by EVANS+HULF is now available

Taken by Evans+Hulf between 2016 and 2020 using a giant 15 x 12 inch camera made by J T Chapman of Manchester in the 1880s, the photographs explore the engineering that underpins a heritage steam railway and show the people who keep…


Added by Tom Evans on October 21, 2020 at 15:30 — No Comments

Peter E. Palmquist memorial fund for photographic research / call open until 23 November 2020

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 articles and was a strong proponent…


Added by Rebekah Burgess on October 20, 2020 at 13:30 — No Comments

Publication: Photography of Protest and Community: The Radical Collectives of the 1970s

Thrilled to announce my book is out now!  During the 1970s, London-based photographers joined together to form collectives which engaged with local and international political protest in cities across the UK. This book is a survey of the radical community photography that these collectives produced.…


Added by Noni Stacey on October 19, 2020 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Resource: World's largest photographic archive of sugar-fed young Australians

There are always crumbs of information about photographs to be had in strange places, most recently in an article in the Guardian about this book The Biscuit: the History…


Added by Joanna Sassoon on October 19, 2020 at 7:30 — No Comments

Online talk: Picturing the West India Regiment 1860-1914 / 19 October 2020

In this talk I will discuss my work to draw to together the disparate photographic archive of the West India Regiments. Scattered across the Atlantic in public and private collections, photographs of the men who formed the first 'official' British Army regiment made up of men of African descent represent the men in contradictory…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 18, 2020 at 20:30 — No Comments

Hills and Saunders' Harrow negative archive being part sold off on eBay...but the majority is retained and preserved

A short post on BPH has drawn attention to the current owners of the Hills and Saunders negative archive selling off negatives individually on eBay. The collection is - or was - owned by Pete Boswell who posted on BPH about his acquisition…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 18, 2020 at 15:00 — 4 Comments

Journal: Photographica issue 1 / from September 2020

Photographica is a new French-published magazine which aims to support and show research around the history of photography for university and museum level. It is supported by the Société française de photographie…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2020 at 17:12 — 2 Comments

Resource: Photoria - Australian Women Photographers 1850-1950

Photoria is a new resource documenting female photographers and associated trades, working in Australia between 1850 and 1950. It currently has some 400 names with, most likely, more to be discovered and documented. 

See and explore here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2020 at 16:54 — No Comments

Auction: early experimental camera estimated at £50-70k / 19 November 2020

Flints Auctions is offering an early experimental camera, believed to be c.1840, with an estimate of £50,000-70,000. The camera is made from mahogany, with a simple back retained by a wedge and with a simple lens in a brass mount. The back carries a series of small pinholes, which were presumably from pins used to fix sensitised paper to it (see…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Review: Photography of Protest and Community: The Radical Collectives of the 1970s / Morning Star, 5 October 2020

Great to see my first review in the Morning Star: “Introducing readers to the key movements, exhibitions, institutions & political pressure groups which nourished & funded the photography collectives, this book is a vital & fascinating work of history.” -…


Added by Noni Stacey on October 16, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

Auction: includes some British gems? see US sale #4, ends tomorrow

Greetings from Lakeville, Connecticut - I will be be brief as the Fall is living up to its name and I have to go an rescue our lawn from the smothering embrace of several million(?) Sugar Maple leaves.

I am running an auction centered on Photographs and Photography which ends tomorrow. The sale of just over 250 lots is rich in semi-precious stones…


Added by Adam Langlands on October 14, 2020 at 14:00 — No Comments

Become a Photoworks Friend and receive a Festival in a box and more this Autumn!

Photoworks Festival 2020 – Propositions for Alternative Narratives – can be experienced as a photography festival in a box. It is a unique and limited edition object; a portable festival where you become the curator and decide where and how to install it.

You can only get your Festival in a box by becoming…


Added by Photoworks on October 14, 2020 at 12:00 — No Comments

Online exhibition: Photography and Women: A Photo Oxford Festival

As part of the PhotoOxford Festival 2020 staff and affiliated researchers of the University of Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum have taken a fresh look at their collection of around 300,000 historic and contemporary photographs, and picked out one that for them resonates strongly…


Added by Christopher Morton on October 14, 2020 at 9:00 — No Comments

Obituary: Chris Killip (1946-2020)

BPH heard late yesterday afternoon that the British documentary photographer Chris Killip had died at his home in the United States. Killip was born in the Isle of Man, and started his career by assisting Adrian Flowers in London. From 1969 he began concentrating on his own photography. In 1977 he became a founder, exhibition curator, and advisor at…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 14, 2020 at 6:30 — 2 Comments

Online: British Empire & Commonwealth Collection

The British and Commonwealth collection, based at Bristol Archives, consists of objects, photographs, films, papers and sound archives reflecting the occupations and interests of mainly white British people living and working in many parts of the former empire during the late 19th and 20th centuries. The new online…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2020 at 20:51 — No Comments

Culture Recovery Fund supports photography organisations

London's Photographers' Gallery and the Photo London fair are amongst the largest beneficiaries of today's Arts Council England investment of £257 million in 1,385 venues, theatres, museums and cultural organisations, through the first tranche of Culture Recovery Fund: Grants programme.

The announcement was only for Round 1 of grants applications under…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 12, 2020 at 19:30 — No Comments

Auction: the Honywood album, c1851 / 28 October 2020

Chiswick Auctions is delighted to offer a historically important album of early photographs by Captain Thomas Honywood (1819-1888), notable for taking the earliest known photographs of Sussex. He is also responsible for the invention of the photographic technique known as Nature Printing. This important album of his private  photographs will be offered in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 11, 2020 at 10:00 — 3 Comments

Online talk: The Rio Tape/Slide Archive / 17 October 2020

Alan Denney and Tamara Stoll discuss their new book The Rio Tape/Slide Archive, published by Isola Press, in conversation with Anne McNeill, Director of Impressions Gallery. Programmed as part of …


Added by Michael Pritchard on October 11, 2020 at 9:00 — No Comments

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