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November 2017 Blog Posts (23)

Call for papers: Daguerreian Society 2017-2018

The Daguerreian Society ( invites authors to submit original papers that address and advance the understanding and appreciation of 19th century photography. Possible topics include the art, history, social impact, and practice of the daguerreotype and other photographic processes of this period.



Added by Jeremy on November 26, 2017 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Seminar: Identification of photomechanical prints / 12-13 April, 2018

With the introduction of photography in the 19th century, printers no longer had to transfer the image manually onto the printing surface, but were offered the possibility to transfer the image by sensitizing the printing surface and exposing it to light, through a negative or positive depending on the printing technique.

With computer technology, negative or positive…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 25, 2017 at 16:42 — No Comments

Film: Love,Cecil screening

From 1 December, London's Bertha DocHouse cinema is screening Love, Cecil (2017 / 99 mins) the new film from documentarian Lisa Immordino Vreeland. The film is a portrait of the celebrated and sometimes controversial photographer and costume designer, Cecil Beaton,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 25, 2017 at 16:30 — No Comments

Canadian Photography Institute Director's interview

The British Journal of Photography carries an interview with the newly formed Canadian Photography Institute's Director Luce Lebart. The Institute is at the National Galleries of Canada, and is part-supported by David Thomson's influential…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 25, 2017 at 16:26 — No Comments

Display: 'Stan Firm inna Inglan' at Tate Britain, London

November 2017: This was the best photography exhibition which wasn't an exhibition - because it was a "display" - that I saw on my recent trip to Europe. Why was it the best? Because this is what strong, insightful photography can do: it can capture life; it can document different cultures; and it can be a powerful agent for social change.

I remember London in the 1970s. I lived in Clapham (Claiff-ham Heights) and Stockwell (we called it St. Ockwell)…


Added by Dr Marcus Bunyan on November 22, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

cfp: Material Practices of Visual History / 18-19 June 2018

This conference addresses the rich relationship between photography and visual history at the intersection of material practices. Recent focus on materiality and material culture of photographs and films by such authors as Elizabeth Edwards, Chris Morton, Gregg Mittman, Paula Amad, Jennifer Tucker, Joan Schwartz, Steve Edwards and many others has resulted in the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 21, 2017 at 6:30 — No Comments

Cambridge News Archive

Last week saw the Cambridge News photography archive move to its new home at Trinity Mirror's central archive at Watford. The move was triggered due to the impending move of the Cambridge News from their Milton offices.

The negative archive starts in 1959, if anyone knows the whereabouts of the pre 1959 collection please drop me an email, also names of any…


Added by John Mead on November 20, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

Job: Project Cataloguer Royal Photographic Society Collection

As the V&A prepares to make the RPS Collection accessible through the V&A study rooms and collections website, we have an exciting opportunity for a cataloguer for the collection. This fixed term position will run until end of March 2018 in the first instance to prepare documentation. The project will ensure the widest possible access to this important…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 17, 2017 at 6:32 — 3 Comments

Online course: Stereoscopy: An Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography

This Stereoscopy course is to be run again from today 13th November, for two weeks taking about 3 hours each week and can be done at a time…


Added by Andrew Hurst on November 13, 2017 at 14:00 — No Comments

Blog: North American Photographic History

Tim Greyhavens has launched North American Photographic History, modelled on BPH as 'a place where students, academics, scholars, and independent researchers of the history of photography in North America can connect with each other. Here you can reach out to others with your photographic news, announcements, commentaries, inquiries, job notices, and anything else you feel may be of interest to the broader photographic history…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2017 at 22:10 — No Comments

Award: 2017 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

BPH is particularly pleased to see that Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Photography Catalogue of the Year  is New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century by Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom (Rijiksmuseum/2017). The BPH review of the exhibition was enthusiastic about both the exhibition and catalogue (see; …


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2017 at 21:30 — No Comments

Conference: Sound and vision in science museums / 23-24 November

The National Science and Media Museum is the host of the 2017 Science Museum Group Research Conference, exploring the theme of sound and vision in science museums.

To mark the rebranding and renaming of the National Science and Media Museum, this year’s conference will explore research into sound and vision in museums. It will also…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2017 at 21:28 — No Comments

Display: Into the Woods: Trees in Photography / from 18 November, V&A (UPDATED)

This autumn, the V&A will explore how trees have been a source of inspiration to photographers all over the world, from the earliest practitioners to the present day. This display features photographs by celebrated artists such as Ansel Adams, Alfred Steiglitz and Agnes Warburg who consistently responded to trees as a subject in their work. Into the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2017 at 21:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins / from 28 February 2018

At a time when individual rights are being contested and those on the fringes of society feel ever more marginalised from mainstream political and social narratives, the exhibition Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins, celebrates and explores photography’s enduring relationship with individuals and communities who operate on the margins…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2017 at 8:41 — No Comments

Conference: French paper negatives: production, characterization, preservation / Paris, 7-8 December 2017

Over two-days a series of papers will discuss different aspects of French paper negatives including their history, their production and conservation. French institutions and museums hold impressive collections of negatives, and this conference is a way to look at these objects from several perspectives.

The two days are organized in three multidisciplinary and…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 8, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments

Robert Hunt honoured with a blue plaque

The life of Robert Hunt FRS (1807-1887), a one-time Falmouth resident who made great contributions to early photography, has been celebrated with the unveiling of a plaque at his former home in Kimberley Park Road.

Robert Hunt was chemist, writer and early photographer, and a blue plaque was officially unveiled at 4 Kimberley Park Road, where Hunt used to live when it…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2017 at 17:32 — 1 Comment

Seminars: Professor Nina Lager Vestberg

Professor Nina Lager Vestberg (NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and Technology) will be in the United Kingdom this coming week and will give three seminars. On 6 November at the Photographic History Research Centre in Leicester she will discuss Analogue Ancestors and Digital Descendants: On Genealogy and the Archival Cultures…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2017 at 17:30 — No Comments

cfp: Photographic assets: A heritage at risk / Lima, 2018

Centro de la Imagen is pleased to announce the call for speakers for the II Meeting of Photographic Archives “Photographic Assets: A heritage at risk”, that will be held from May 25th to 27th in Lima, Peru.


On 26th and 27th of April 2016, the First Meeting of Photographic Archives of Lima…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2017 at 17:28 — No Comments

Exhibition: Clarence H. White and His World: The Art and Craft of Photography, 1895-1925

This exhibition spotlights the work of Clarence White (1871-1925), a founding member of the Photo-Secession, a gifted photographer celebrated for his beautiful scenes of quiet domesticity and outdoor idylls, and an influential teacher and photographic mentor. The first retrospective devoted to the photographer in over a generation, this exhibition and accompanying…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2017 at 17:18 — No Comments

cfp: Photographic Histories in Central and Eastern Europe / 2018

Since its very beginnings, professional as well as non-professional photographers have used photography in Central and Eastern Europe to record all aspects of life. Photography has thus participated in spreading and shaping knowledge about the region, its people, and the rest of the world. In spite of the central role photography has played in the diverse socio-cultural…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 5, 2017 at 17:12 — No Comments

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