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Lecture: 'Professor Wheatstone, the inventor of the Stereoscope, was also there' / 21 June 2018

Come and join photo historian Denis Pellerin for a free 3-D talk celebrating the life and achievements of Charles Wheatstone and the 180th official birthday of stereoscopy.

Charles Wheatstone started his professional career as a musical instrument maker and invented several instruments, including the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 19, 2018 at 19:28 — No Comments

Exhibition: Radical Visions - The Early History of Four Corners and Camerawork 1972-1987 / from 15 June

The exhibition provides a rich source of interest for understanding the 1970s and 1980s culture of radical film and photography that engaged with feminism, anti-racist protest, community activism and political struggle, and documented working class life and conditions.

It tells the fascinating story of Four…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 19, 2018 at 19:23 — No Comments

Job: Curator of Photography (the Mackinnon Collection)

This is an exciting opportunity to work with the MacKinnon Collection—an outstanding collection covering 100 years of Scottish photography (1840s to 1950s), jointly owned by the National Library of Scotland (NLS) and the National Galleries of Scotland (NGS). The Curator, working with senior colleagues, will be…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 18, 2018 at 7:14 — No Comments

£1 million secures 100 years of Scottish photography for the nation

An exceptional collection of historic photographs that captures a century of life in Scotland is to be shared with the public following a special collaboration between the National Library of Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland.

More than 14,000 images – dating from the earliest days of photography in…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 14, 2018 at 17:30 — No Comments

London Photograph Fair to show early modernist photographs / 19-20 May 2018

A collection of rare early modernist photographs of American railroads to be exhibited at The London Photograph Fair, 19-20 May at The Great Hall, King's College, London.

On 19-20 May, the special edition of The London Photograph Fair returns to The Great Hall at King's College, adjacent to Somerset House. The…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 13, 2018 at 21:00 — No Comments

Lancashire pioneer photographers

Lancashire archives has revealed some of its photography holdings including the work of John Mercer's earliest experiments in colour photography using dyes and fabric printing circa 1850.

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 13, 2018 at 20:55 — No Comments

Job: auction house photographs specialist

We are looking for a specialist to set up and lead a new photographs department within a thriving and expanding  Auction House.  Our client is aiming  to establish themselves in the middle market for the sale of photographs that span the history of the medium but which may initially focus on modern,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 10, 2018 at 20:45 — No Comments

Auction: Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History / 15 May 2018

Sotheby's upcoming auction of photographs includes an album of rare early photographs of Oman and Iraq by Irishman Louis Maguire, a resident of Muscat in the 1870s who became United States Consul in 1880. This album was presented by him to fellow Muscat resident Colonel Samuel Barrett Miles, British Political Agent…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 8, 2018 at 7:03 — No Comments

Resources: PhotoLondon.org.uk returns

After much lobbying, and through the good offices of curator Anna Sparham and the Museum of London, the resource www.photolondon.org.uk has returned. The A-Z listing of photographic studios and other photography trades in London 1841-1901, created…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2018 at 15:31 — 3 Comments

V&A reveals opening date and Photography Centre plans

The world’s first photographic experiments, pictures by 20th century greats Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen, recent acquisitions by Linda McCartney gifted by Paul McCartney and his…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on May 3, 2018 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

Paul Mellon Fellows lunches: Pippa Oldfield and Carla Mitchell

The Fellows Lunch: Curator Series is a set of four free lunchtime research talks given by recipients of Paul Mellon Centre Curator Research Grants. All are welcome but please book a ticket in advance. Two upcoming lunches are of particular photographic interest: 

  • 15 May. How might…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 19:20 — No Comments

Film screening: Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay / London: 8 May 2018.

The only London screening of Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay, produced and directed by Grant Scott and Tim Pellatt is being held at the Frontline Club on 8 May. 

Magazine editor, writer, lecturer, photographer, evangelist, mercurial force; Bill Jay was all of these and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 19:03 — No Comments

Seminars: The Photography Seminar, Oxford / from 1 May

The History of Art department of the University of Oxford, is holding its Trinity Term Photography Seminar programme. Meetings takes places on Tuesdays from 1pm-2pm in St Luke’s Chapel, Radcliffe Humanities. The convenors are Geraldine Johnson and Sajda van der Leeuw. Open to all. 

May 1st…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 19:00 — No Comments

Early nursing photographs from 1938-1943 discovered

A fascinating collection of more than 4,000 photographs uncovered in the Historic England Archive is giving up its secrets after more than 70 years and is now accessible to the public. Staff at Historic England’s Archive in Swindon recently discovered 4,050 black and white photographic prints documenting…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 18:57 — No Comments

The Lightbox to exhibit glimpses of Woking’s past with photographs by Sidney Francis / 14 July-7 October 2018

Travel back in time to Woking’s past at a new exhibition Photographs around Woking: Sidney Francis in the 1920s and 1930s which shows glimpses of what Woking was like nearly 100 years ago.

Taken by former Woking resident Sidney Francis (1891-1973), the photographs offer an insight into life in Woking…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 18:41 — No Comments

Talk: An Evening of Photographs of Lewes from the Archives of Edward Reeves / 9 May 2018

Tom Reeves, from the Edward Reeves studio in Lewes, is giving an evening of photographs of Lewes from the archives of Edward Reeves. This is always a popular event – this talk will include newly researched material from the Edward Reeves Archive – early booking recommended!

Tickets and information from:…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 18:27 — No Comments

W W Winters Heritage Trust launch / 24 May 2018

An event is being held on Thursday, 24 May, to celebrate the launch of the W W Winters Heritage Trust, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the objectives: for the public benefit to advance the education of the public in the history of photography, and in particular relating to W W Winter Ltd, the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 29, 2018 at 18:15 — No Comments

Lecture: Lives and Afterlives: The Photographic Lens and Legacy of Frederick Dally

The  Centre for the GeoHumanities is pleased to announce that Professor Joan M. Schwartz (Queen's University Canada) will give the third Denis Cosgrove Lecture on the 23rd May 2018. …

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 23, 2018 at 6:41 — No Comments

Job: Freelance curator - Hidden Histories of rural north Devon: Opening up the Beaford Archive

Beaford Arts has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out a major conservation and digitisation exercise that will curate and publish online around 10,000 unseen images that together illustrate the late 20th Century social history of rural north Devon. It is seeking a freelance curator for the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2018 at 20:01 — No Comments

Job: Head of Membership and Fundraising / Martin Parr Foundation

The Martin Parr Foundation was formed in 2014. The aim of the Foundation is to support and promote photography from the British Isles and with this it:: 

  • Preserves the…
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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2018 at 8:14 — No Comments

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