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November 2022 Blog Posts (34)


I am currently working on a major research project concerning Modfot and am looking to make contact with these photographers if possible. If anyone has any contacts please pass them on or let the person know that I am looking to make contact. I am aware that some may longer be with us.

These are the photographers I would like to speak…


Added by Grant Scott on November 28, 2022 at 12:00 — 4 Comments

Negative restoration – help any one?

I have around 100 large format colour black and white negatives circa late 1950s. I couldn't tell, but they looked like they were in some plastic sleeves that had deteriorated or some plastic coating (that seemed to have a blue tint). The chemicals in the film or the coating could have reacted with each other. Has anyone come across this before? Is there…


Added by Wolfbait Books on November 27, 2022 at 20:30 — 7 Comments

cfp: Burlington Magazine special issue on photography / deadline 16 January 2023

The Burlington Magazine is seeking submissions of articles for a special issue devoted to photography scheduled for 2023. The Burlington Magazine is the world's leading art periodical and seeks to publish articles on original research, new works and discoveries.

Details on submissions:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 27, 2022 at 9:44 — No Comments

Publication: What Photographs Do

What are photographs ‘doing’ in museums? Why are some photographs valued and others not? Why are some photographic practices visible and not others? What value systems and hierarchies do they reflect?

What Photographs Do explores how museums are defined through their photographic practices. It focuses not on formal collections of photographs…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 21, 2022 at 19:30 — No Comments

Conference: Camera-Centered Histories of Photography / hybrid, 2 December 2022

What does our understanding of photographic technology tell us about photography? This one-day conference interrogates what photo history looks like when we foreground the technology that made the images. The conference will include an array of international speakers, a keynote address by Dr Michael Pritchard, author of A History of…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2022 at 18:09 — No Comments

Publication: Invisible Light The Remarkable Story of Radiology

The book is a developed history of the radiological sciences – covering the back-story to Röntgen’s discovery, the discovery itself and immediate reception the early days of radiology leading to classical radiology (the pre-digital world). The 1970s as the ‘golden decade’ of radiology will be covered in detail, with the development of CT, MRI and modern…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2022 at 10:10 — No Comments

Job: Assistant Curator - Photography (p/t) / closes 23 November 2022

This is one of nine Assistant Curator posts that sit in the Art, Architecture, Photography and Design Department. As such, the main purpose of the job is to provide curatorial support in the development, care of, documentation and research, presentation and interpretation of a part of V&A’s Collection, in this case the Photography Section. Assistant…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2022 at 10:03 — No Comments

The Photobook Histories collection / for sale

This photobook collection was brought together over the past 30 years with the intention of representing a broad range of titles dating from the late 19th century to the modern day. There are many rare and beautiful books in outstanding condition which sit alongside a diverse range of titles which have been historically overlooked but have now…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2022 at 10:00 — No Comments

Talk: Picturing place: reflections on a photograph collection from British Columbia / 25 November 2022

I n 1946, shortly after his retirement from the Department of Geography at Sheffield University, Dr R N Rudmose Brown donated a small collection of photographs taken in British Columbia in the late 1860s to the Royal Geographical Society.

Their presence in the Society's Collection invites reflection on their donor, maker, origins, initial circulation,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2022 at 9:56 — No Comments

Print sale to support the Centre for British Photography

An online print sale featuring the work of more than 50 of the best photographers working in Britain today runs until 19 December. It will raise funds for the new Centre for British Photography and the Hyman Foundation’s support of emerging photographers in Britain, through commissions, grants, exhibitions and acquisitions.

Featuring the work of Julia…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2022 at 9:52 — No Comments

Exhibition: From City Of Empire To City Of Diversity: A Visual Journey / to 6 March 2023

Created by Sampad in partnership with Birmingham Archives, Library of Birmingham and University of Birmingham, From City Of Empire To City Of Diversity: A Visual Journey is an exhibition which documents post-1945 migration and the huge contribution made by those who settled in Birmingham from the Commonwealth.

The exhibition has been created…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2022 at 9:40 — No Comments

Blog: Analysing Britain’s earliest copyrighted photographs

Katherine Howells at The National Archives, Kew, has written a blog about the copyright records held at TNA and how the data can around them be analysed.  In the 1860s photography as a new medium was coming under scrutiny and issues of ownership and copyright were being debated. This culminated in the 1862 Fine Arts Copyright Act, which allowed people to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2022 at 9:30 — No Comments

Talk: The Office of War Information Overseas Radiophoto Section in Central Africa and the British Raj, 1942-1945 / 21 November 2022

Beginning in the 1920s, news agencies started distributing photographs using devices that transmitted images along telephone wires and radio waves. For the first time, large publics beheld images that had been separated from their material supports, travelling as electrical signals through telecommunications infrastructure. Yet, for another twenty years,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2022 at 9:30 — No Comments

Auction: Frank Meadow Sutcliffe / 24 November 2022

A group of Frank Meadow Surtcliffe prints is being offered over several lots on 24 November in Morphets's Fine Art and Antiques auction.

Lots 6-31

Morphets, Harrogate

24 November…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 20, 2022 at 9:25 — No Comments

Extended deadline! Call for Papers: Icon PhMG Lightning Talks and AGM / 6 December 2022

We have now extended the deadline and invite you to submit a titled abstract (c.100 words) with your name and affiliation to by Friday 25th November! The 5-minute…


Added by Ioannis Vasallos on November 17, 2022 at 23:00 — No Comments

Women Making Color Photographs! - A holidays special in the CHSTM-working group on Color Photography

Dr Hanin Hannouch & Janine Freeston, have created a working group on color photography circa 1900, hosted by the Consortium of Science, Technology & Medicine. "The purpose of…


Added by Dr Hanin Hannouch on November 17, 2022 at 17:00 — No Comments

Dr Hanin Hannouch becomes advisory board member at the ESHPh

Dr Hanin Hannouch (she/her), Curator for analog and digital media (photography, film, and sound collections) at the Weltmuseum Wien in Vienna and editor of the book Gabriel Lippmann's Colour…


Added by Dr Hanin Hannouch on November 14, 2022 at 16:30 — No Comments

Publication: The Classic no. 8 / available now

The latest issue of The Classic, a free magazine about classic photography is now available for download or can be picked up from its usual distributors. Issue 8 includes interviews with Charlotte Barthélemy  and Adrienne Lundgren, features on Café Royal Books, Erwin Blumenfeld, woman and late Qing Dynasty photographs and other. 

Download the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2022 at 19:52 — No Comments

Magda Keaney to leave London's NPG

Magda Keaney, Senior Curator, Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London, will be leaving her post at the end of December to return to her home country of Australia for family reasons.

Keaney has been in post since October 2018 and has been responsible for a a series of significant projects at the Gallery. When asked what…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2022 at 19:30 — No Comments

Events from the Photographic Collections Network

The Photographic Collections Network has announced a series of events which includes a seminar on Diversity and Representation in collections. The first workshop in a series on the Care of Photographs led by the National Trust, and we have a talk from a PhD researcher on working with Family Albums. In…


Added by Michael Pritchard on November 12, 2022 at 19:00 — No Comments

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