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Exhibition: Cottingley Fairy hoax centenary celebrated / Leeds, January 2021

The 100th anniversary of the Cottingley Fairies, one of the most famous hoaxes of the twentieth century, is being marked by a new exhibition curated by an academic from the University of Huddersfield. It will open in January 2021 at the University of Leeds Brotherton Library, subject to COVDI restrictions being lifted. It is curated by …


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2020 at 14:33 — No Comments

Job: Conservator, National Science+Media Museum / closes 28 December 2020

As a Conservator at the National Science & Media Museum in Bradford, you will work closely with the other members of the core Conservation & Collections Care (CCC) teams based at all SMG sites, and alongside project teams, this may also include supervising short term staff, students and volunteers.…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 17, 2020 at 14:05 — No Comments

Slides from 1960s

From various sources I have collected hundreds of 35mm slides from the 1960s showing views of Devon, Cornwall and Wales. These are high quality family shots. I also have slides of Switzerland, Italy and Madeira taken by semi-profession photographers. I have not got space for them. Does anyone out there collect such images. Free to a good home.

Added by Malcolm Batty on December 14, 2020 at 10:04 — 6 Comments

Information: Boy in military or civilian uniform?

This among an interesting bunch of late 1800s and early 1900s glass plate negatives that Harrow School has offloaded from their archive are now up for sale on Ebay. Is this lad in military uniform, or is he in some civilian gear that, for example, hotels dressed their minions up in? Maybe he's a 'Telegram Boy'. Anyone recognise his get-up?

Thank you…


Added by Bobbie Carnegie on December 13, 2020 at 0:00 — 12 Comments

Online: Victorian women pioneers of travel photography

The Journal of Victorian Culture Online the blog and online platform of the Journal of Victorian Culture has published a short paper by Rose Teanby titled 'Wish You Were Here: Victorian women pioneers of travel photography'. In it Rose discusses several early British and European women…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2020 at 17:31 — No Comments

Science Museum Group curator outlines how photography is being collected

Geoff Belknap, Head Curator at the National Science+Media Museum, Bradford, has written an extended blog discussing how photography is being collected within the Science Museum Group.

Photography presents particular challenges because of the ubiquity and extent of the medium, although the museum continues to collect both photographs and photographic…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2020 at 13:00 — No Comments

The Photographers' Gallery 2021 programme

The Photographers’ Gallery has announced highlights of its 2021 programme, including major exhibitions of Sebastião Salgado and Helen Levitt, the 25th anniversary exhibition of the Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize, a rare exhibition of archival photographs from the Guardian Picture Library and a newly commissioned work by Turner Prize co-winner,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2020 at 12:19 — 1 Comment

Research Grants on Photobook History / deadline 31 March 2021

10×10 Photobooks is pleased to announce the launch of a new program of annual photobook research grants to encourage and support scholarship on under-explored topics in photobook history. The first year’s theme expands on 10×10’s forthcoming project What They Saw: Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843 to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 12, 2020 at 12:09 — No Comments

Publication: Empire, Early Photography and Spectacle: The Global Career of Showman Daguerreotypist J. W. Newland

James William Newland’s (1810–1857) career as a showman daguerreotypist began in the United States but expanded into Central and South America, across the Pacific to New Zealand and colonial Australia and onto India. Newland used the latest developments in photography, theatre and spectacle to create powerful new visual experiences for…


Added by Martyn Jolly on December 8, 2020 at 0:30 — No Comments

Online event: a conversation with Colin Ford CBE / 28 January 2021

Colin Ford, one of the first curators of photography in Britain and the founding head of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, will be talking to Gilly Read about his career on 28 January 2021. 

The event is free but registration is required here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Archive: Stanley B. Burns medical photography collection acquired by Yale

The Stanley B. Burns M.D. Historic Medical Photography Collection has been acquired by the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University. It  includes images of physicians and medical scientists at work, operation rooms, hospital wards, laboratories, nurses and nursing, notable physicians, surgical specialties, and war…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 14:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: P. H. Emerson / until 31 January 2021

This display of original photogravures and vintage platinum prints has been organised in conjunction with renowned 19th century photography specialist Robert Hershkowitz.

At a time when so many of us are weighing up the value of urban living in favour of more rural existences, these images resonate with a longing for the English countryside and its…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 12:50 — No Comments

Exhibition: Unearthed - Photography's Roots / Dulwich, until 9 May 2021 (UPDATED)

This exhibition has been a victim of two COVID lockdowns and was originally due to open in June, and then in November. With London in COVID Tier 2 it will now open on 8 December 2020 and run until 9 May 2021...  Unearthed traces the rich history of the medium through depictions of nature, with over 100 works by 41 leading international…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Wedgwood 250 / 15 May 2021 (or 14 & 15 May if held virtually) - Preliminary announcement

Wedgwood 250 will mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Tom Wedgwood on 14 May 1771. It is arranged jointly by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (SHAC),…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 10:43 — No Comments

PhD Studentship: Traces of Empire...through the Historic England photography archive / closes 25 January 2021

A paid studentship funded by the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council, supported by the South West & Wales Doctoral Partnership and co-supervised by the universities of Cardiff and Bristol is available. Titled Traces of Empire in the Built Environment: Exploring the Collective Memory of Colonialism through the Photographic Collections of the…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 10:30 — No Comments

Wolfson Foundation supports new photography projects

The Wolfson Foundation's New Collecting Awards give curators 100 per cent funding to research and buy works that grow their museums’ collections in new directions or deepen existing ones – such as commissioning new photographic portraits of people underrepresented in Scotland’s national collection and the acquisition of works by indigenous artists. Each…


Added by Michael Pritchard on December 5, 2020 at 10:00 — No Comments

Project launch: Dutch Photography Project

Preservation of modern photographic works of art in museum collections. The Dutch Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK), sixteen museums, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Cultural Heritage Agency of The Netherlands (RCE) will join forces in a large-scale collaborative project titled ‘Project Collection Knowledge 2.0 /…


Added by Clara von Waldthausen on November 30, 2020 at 18:30 — No Comments

Project photography - Sample sets for sale

In October 2020 the Dutch Foundation for the Preservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), sixteen museums, and the Cultural Heritage Agency of The Netherlands (RCE) joined forces in a three-year collaborative project titled ‘Project Collection Knowledge 2.0 - Photography’.

As a…


Added by Clara von Waldthausen on November 30, 2020 at 18:30 — No Comments

Online: British Art Studies - November 2020

The latest issue of British Art Studies no. 18 has gone online and includes two papers of particular interest to BPH readers, from Sarah Parsons and Steve Edwards. 

Sarah Parsons, 'Women in Fur: Empire, Power, and Play in a Victorian Photography Album'. The craze for carte-de-visite portraits in the early 1860s established photography as…


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

Closure of Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

The Australian Centre for Photography once hosted Australia’s elite cohort of photographers. It can no longer afford to remain open. ‘ACP was part of the cultural fabric of Sydney and it welcomed everyone in’.

The official statement reads: The Australian Centre for…


Added by Joanna Sassoon on November 30, 2020 at 0:30 — 1 Comment

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