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cfp: Science and the Moving Image: Histories of Intermediality / deadline 28 June 2021

Since the advent of film in the late nineteenth century, moving images have been integral to making and communicating science. A rich interdisciplinary literature has examined such representations of science in the cinema and on television and investigated how scientists have used moving images to conduct research and communicate knowledge.

Responding…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2021 at 9:44 — No Comments

Online event: The Journey of “A Good Type”: From Artistry to Ethnography in Early Japanese Photographs / 20 April 2021

When Japan opened its doors to the West in the 1860s, delicately hand-tinted photographic prints of Japanese people and landscapes were among its earliest and most popular exports. Understood as both images and objects, the prints embody complex issues of history, culture, representation, and exchange. Hundreds of these photographs, collected by travellers…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2021 at 9:38 — No Comments

Online: Historical Photographs of China project ends but resource remains

It is 15 years since the launch of Historical Photographs of China. In that decade and a half about 170 mostly privately-held collections of photographs have been copied, which has generated just over 62,000 unique images in our databank, and published over 22,000 of them on our platform (and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 17, 2021 at 9:30 — No Comments

Events: commemorating John Thomson, photographer

To commemorate the centenary of the death of John Thomson FRGS (1837-1921), the early travel photographer working in China and Asia, and known for his work Street Life in London, and work with the Royal Geographical Society, the RPS (Thomson was also a member) is hosting two free events to commemorate his life and work.

On 14 September 2021…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 12, 2021 at 7:30 — No Comments

cfp: Through the Looking-Glass Sesquicentenary conference 2021 / by 15 June 2021

On the occasion of the sesquicentenary of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass in 2021 we will hold a fully-online conference whose focal point will be the Looking-Glass itself. Aiming to explore the significance of the mirror in literature, science, theology, art and other fields, it hopes to explore any facets of this…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 17:03 — No Comments

Archive: BFI National Archive evaluation / closes 29 April 2021

The BFI National Archive was established in 1935 and holds one of the largest and most significant film and television collections in the world. 

It has commissioned The Audience Agency, in partnership with AMION Consulting and Golant Innovation, to carry out an evaluation of the economic, social and cultural impacts of the BFI National…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 16:53 — No Comments

Exhibition: Homer Sykes Once a Year / St Leonards, from 3 May 2021

Homer Sykes (b.1949) is a celebrated British documentary photographer whose work has been widely exhibited including at the Tate, Arnofini and  V&A. His career includes long term personal projects, many based on the customs and traditions of the British. Homer’s early interest in photography started at school and in 1967 he went to study at The London…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 16:31 — No Comments

Research: Kodak Harrow factory employees sought

Headstone Manor Museum is looking to document and interview former employees and relatives of employees who worked at Kodak's Harrow factory from 1891-2017. This could cover working life, the social activities to home life. 

The research will form part of the museum collection and some will become part of an upcoming exhibition opening in September…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 16:00 — No Comments

David Hurn donates from his archive to the MPF collection

David Hurn has donated a significant part of his archive to the Martin Parr Foundation collection. The gifted works include vintage press prints, exhibition prints, book layouts, and a complete set of David Hurn photographs made in Wales. This material joins a number of other David Hurn prints already housed at the Martin Parr Foundation.

Hurn has…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 15:49 — 1 Comment

Event: The centenary of William Friese-Greene / 5 May 2021

The Kennington Bioscope, in conjunction with The Cinema Museum, presents another episode of KBTV, available on YouTube, at the KBTV channel. William Friese-Greene (1855-1921) was a pioneering British experimenter with moving pictures, whose monument…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 11, 2021 at 15:43 — No Comments

PhD studentship: Examining the meanings of an apartheid-era collection of photographs / deadline 12 April 2021

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD jointly hosted by the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford and University of Brighton. The project will examine the ways in which a collection of apartheid-era photographs from South Africa held at the Pitt Rivers Museum, can be of value to South African and British audiences today. The photographs, taken by Bryan…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2021 at 14:37 — 3 Comments

Event: Manchester Digital Collections: Tokens of Affection / 15 April 2021

Join Angie McCarthy and Tony Richards from our Imaging Team as they explore how portrait photographic jewellery has always been a sentimental favourite, a place to hold memories of loved ones, kept close to the heart or simply held in the palm of a hand.

They will discuss items from the newly created Photographic Jewellery Manchester Digital Collection…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2021 at 14:35 — 1 Comment

PhD studentship: the early history of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), 1853-1914 / closes 30 May 2021

Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD studentship titled Amateurs, Scientists, Tradesmen, and Artists: The Royal Photographic Society (RPS), 1853-1914 to research the early history of the Royal Photographic Society supervised at Birkbeck University of London, in partnership with the V&A Museum, supervised by Professor Steve…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2021 at 11:21 — 2 Comments

Culture Recovery Fund - second round announcement

The outcome of the second round of the UK government's Culture Recovery Fund funding has been announced with photography organisations in receipt of funds for both the first time and, for some, in line for a second tranche of funding,

Arts Council England which has been reviewing applications and disbursing funds claims that it has made some £751…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on April 2, 2021 at 11:00 — No Comments

Ryerson acquires Francis Bedford Research Collection

Ryerson Image Centre has acquired the Francis Bedford Research Collection which has been assembled by Toronto-based architectural photographer and collector Steven Evans  It encompasses the life’s work of Francis Bedford (1815-1894), one of the pre-eminent English architecture and landscape photographers of the nineteenth…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 30, 2021 at 17:32 — 2 Comments

Digitisation: Architectural Association lantern slide collection

Ed Bottoms has posted on Twitter that the first phase of the digitisation of the Architectural Association lantern slide collection has been completed.

He writes... Pleased to announce completion of the first phase of digitising the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2021 at 15:30 — No Comments

Autochromes return to the RPS

A collection of 224 autochrome plates made by Robert Bird from c1915-1920 has been given to the Royal Photographic Society more than one hundred years since the RPS first exhibited some of them in its annual exhibitions between 1915 and 1917. A few of the plates have only been seen publicly once since then in the 1950s when they were shown at a RPS…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 27, 2021 at 12:07 — 1 Comment

Film: Bristol’s Film 2021 marks centenary of death of Bristolian motion picture pioneer

Film 2021, is a new year-long programme of activity celebrating the many aspects of Bristol’s film and moving image credentials launched by Bristol Ideas and Bristol City of Film, supported by the city’s film studios, cinemas, filmmakers and festivals.

Marking the centenary of the death of Bristolian inventor William Friese-Greene (1855-1921), a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2021 at 10:30 — No Comments

Auction: important archive of early photography relating to W H F Talbot to be sold in New York / 12-22 April 2021

Sotheby's New York is celebrating fifty years of photograph auctions with a sale of fifty masterworks online between 12-22 April 2021, closing at 1801 (BST). Work ranges from Gustave Le Gray to Irving Penn and Martin Parr. 

Of particular interest is a group of  nearly 200 photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot, given by him to his half-sister…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on March 26, 2021 at 10:30 — No Comments

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