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December 2022 Blog Posts (19)

Ghanaian Paul Ninson sets up Africa's largest photography library

The Guardian newspaper has reported that the largest photography library in Africa has opened in Ghana’s capital, Accra, showcasing the work of the continent and diaspora’s forgotten, established and emerging talent.

Founded by Ghanaian photographer and film-maker Paul Ninson, the …


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 24, 2022 at 16:00 — No Comments

Coburn negatives digitised

138 glass plate negatives by Alvin Langdon Coburn held at the John Rylands Library, Manchester, have been digitised. The negatives are on deposit from a  private collector. 

Details of the Coburn material held at the JRL is available here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 24, 2022 at 10:09 — No Comments

Information: location of these three British photographs?

Does anyone recognise the location or the photographer of these three photographs? The church in the second photograph can be seen in the background of the third photograph. The first and second photographs have a label on the reverse of the frame stating "R. Wilkinson, Permanent Photograph, Trowbridge, Wlits." The building on the left in the third photo has…


Added by Tony Rackstraw on December 24, 2022 at 2:30 — 7 Comments

2023-2024 National Stereoscopic Association Research Fellowship / closes 23 February 2023

The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 National Stereoscopic Association Research Fellowship. Please share the announcement with any colleagues you think might be interested.

National Stereoscopic Association Research Fellowship

The National Stereoscopic Association Research Fellowship is made…


Added by Micah Messenheimer on December 22, 2022 at 15:30 — No Comments

Vintage Royal Family Press Photographs Collection

A collection of 230 vintage press photographs of Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Edinburgh and other Royal Family Members is available for sale by private treaty.…


Added by Barbara Cortina on December 19, 2022 at 15:30 — No Comments

Blog: After Midnight - Nightclub photographs from the 50s and 60s

Members may be interested in an article that has just been published on nightclub photographers from the 50s and 60s. I would be interested in making contact with others who have an interest in the 'snappers' who worked in pubs and clubs.

The link is here:  …


Added by David Ford on December 18, 2022 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

cda: The Influence of the British Film Institute on British Women’s Filmmaking / deadline 19 December 2022

The British Film Institute (BFI) has played a vital role in shaping British cinema, launching the careers of countless filmmakers. It began financing productions in the 1950s, allocating state funding for film until the establishment of the UK Film Council (UKFC) in 2000. These developments coincided with significant social change in Britain, especially for…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2022 at 11:55 — No Comments

cfp: Photography in its Environment / deadline 1 February 2023

Recent challenges such as the climate crisis have pushed the field to consider how photography shapes and is shaped by the environment. From the mining of natural resources to the effects of mass digital storage, the environmental impact of photography is at the forefront of discussions in photography research, education and practice. For this conference, we…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 15, 2022 at 20:06 — No Comments

National Portrait Gallery to reopen on 22 June 2023

The National Portrait Gallery in London has announced that it will reopen its doors on 22 June 2023, following the most significant redevelopment in its history. Supported by longstanding supporter and Reopening Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, visitors to the new National Portrait Gallery will experience a complete redisplay of the Collection, a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 15, 2022 at 19:50 — No Comments

Identify the photographer or sitter??

In November 2022 I bought this portrait photo in an East Lothian shop selling second-hand goods and have been trying, without success, to identify (1) the photographer who signed the print and (2) the 'sitter' who is the subject of the photo.

Because I bought the photo in Scotland I have searched the two volumes of SCOTTISH STUDIO…


Added by Graham Barnes on December 12, 2022 at 15:30 — 6 Comments

W. & D. Downey carte-de-visite 'mystery'

Can anyone help solve a carte-de-visite 'mystery' involving the celebrated firm of W. & D. Downey? I recently purchased a Downey cdv of St. Nicholas Church, Newcastle (now Newcastle Cathedral) c. mid-1860s.

What is intriguing is that the address cited on the verso - 4 Eldon Square - is not the same as that used on every other Downey card of the…


Added by Dr. David Barber on December 12, 2022 at 9:00 — No Comments

Job: Director, Photoworks / closes 9 January 2023

Are you an enthusiastic and inspiring leader? Join our team and help deliver our mission, vision, values, and artistic programme. This role is an exciting opportunity to lead Photoworks in our next chapter, playing a key part in delivering the organisation’s ambitious plans for the future.

The Director will lead Photoworks in shaping the overall…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 11, 2022 at 12:15 — No Comments

Research query - colour photography lessons in 1933-1935?

If I wanted lessons in colour photography in 1933-1935 and was willing to pay, where would I go? Full disclosure: "I" am László Moholy-Nagy, my ex-wife Lucia Moholy has set up the lessons in the UK for me (probably in London) and I go on to use Dufaycolor, Vivex and the Finlay colour processes among others. Could I have got lessons through the RPS colour group? Who was not just using these processes, but teaching them at the time? Lucia would go on to teach at the…


Added by Michelle Henning on December 10, 2022 at 10:41 — 4 Comments

Sepia postcard provenance

I recently came across an interesting postcard in the belongings of a deceased 92 year old relative. It is of an array of corpses laid out for a photograph with an inscription in Spanish. It is printed in sepia monochrome.
Wondering if it is Mexican revolution c1910. Anyone any idea how this would be in the possession of a Northern England working class family?

Added by Alan Hodgson on December 9, 2022 at 11:05 — 4 Comments

Distance learning MA in Photographic History / starts September 2023

Photography has shaped the ways we imagine the recent past and how we experience life in the present day. The Photographic History MA will provide you with the skills needed to explore photographic materials, practices, processes, and critical field scholarship. Along the way, it will also equip you with real-world professional expertise through remote…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 7, 2022 at 19:08 — No Comments

RPS and BIPP seeking to come together in 2023

The recently published proposal for the British Institute of Professional Photography (formed in 1901 as the Professional Photographers' Association) to join the Royal Photographic Society (formed in 1853 as the Photographic Society of London) has the potential to fully bring both the amateur and professional sides of photography together.



Added by Michael Pritchard on December 7, 2022 at 19:00 — No Comments

£100,000 grant secured for NS+MM

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford has secured £100,000 for its forthcoming Sound & Vision galleries. The award has come from the DCMS/Wolfson fund which aims to help museums and galleries make their collections as accessible to the public as possible, whether that be through building accessible ramps and facilities, improving…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 7, 2022 at 8:30 — No Comments

Autograph curator Mussai to move to a new role

Renée Mussai writes to let BPH know that after more than two rewarding decades at Autograph, she is resigning as the organisation’s Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial & Collection. 

Rather than simply moving on, she intends to be moving with … and will continue to support Autograph’s mission as a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2022 at 20:30 — No Comments

PhD studentship: Towards an Inclusive Re/visualisation of Women’s Work‌ / deadline 28 January 2023

This collaborative practice-based project between the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries and the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens will use the Museum’s rich collections of industrial photographs and related material in local/regional/national collections to map, reframe, and create innovative visual interpretations that capture the changing…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 1, 2022 at 17:00 — No Comments

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