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Heritage Open Days / September 2022

Heritage Open Days taking place across British from 9-18 September 2022 include events relating to photography. The RPS is throwing open its building and holding a series of events around its own history;  Reading's role in the history of photography is explored, and Derby's W W Winter studio will be opening. 

Separately, the RPS is also running an…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 15, 2022 at 7:04 — No Comments

Research: Ted Reed, theatre/film photographer

An enquirer is seeking information on the photographer Ted Reed, who did publicity stills for the 1955 Laurence Olivier film Richard III. Does anyone know anything about him or his studio? Two of his portraits from the 1940s are in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

Please respond here or message…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 14, 2022 at 17:30 — No Comments

Bill Jay Day / 12 August 2022 #BillJayDay

Dr Grant Scott has announced that 12 August will be the first Bill Jay Day. Look out for articles, photographs and more to celebrate a remarkable man. 

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Job: Assistant Curator of Photographs / deadline 31 August 2022

It’s working as one team to deliver impressive projects. And it’s the satisfaction of presenting, and promoting,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 5, 2022 at 18:30 — No Comments

New role: Catherine Troiano returns to the V&A

In a message to friends and colleagues Dr Catherine Troiano has announced that she has re-joined the V&A Museum, London, as Curator of Photography, with a focus on contemporary and digital practices. She was previously the National Trust's inaugural Curator, Photography. That role has been filled by Anna Sparham. 

She was at the V&A…

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Fellowship: British Society for the History of Science Public Engagement Fellow / closes 5 August 2022

The Public Engagement Research Fellow will spend the equivalent of one month (can be worked flexibly) at Pennine Heritage conducting research into an area of our archives, which will then form the basis for a public engagement activity. Our archives have been under-studied in relation to the history of science, so the Fellow may be the first researcher to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on August 1, 2022 at 7:28 — No Comments

New role: Anna Sparham at the National Trust

Anna Sparham has been appointed the National Trust's National Curator, Photography. She has been doing the role for five months on a temporary contract for maternity cover. This has now been made permanent. She takes over from the inaugural curator Catherine Troiano.

Anna was previously freelancing based in her home city of Birmingham where she helped…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 30, 2022 at 9:35 — 1 Comment

Convention: NSA's Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography / 5 August 2022

The National Stereoscopic Association's Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography are a free conference-within-a-conference presents international scholarship on the history of stereoscopic photography. In 2022 the Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography at the 48th Annual 3D-Con will feature the following presenters and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 28, 2022 at 6:38 — No Comments

Magnum Photos announces first UK-based Film Festival, Refocusing the Lens: from the Centre to the Margins

This summer, as part of its 75th-anniversary celebrations and in partnership with the BFI and Rio Cinema, Magnum presents an interrogation of its photojournalistic archives via film in a series of screenings and discussions. 

Magnum Photos is hosting its first UK Film Festival: Refocusing the Lens: from the Centre to the Margins from…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2022 at 10:41 — 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…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2022 at 10:32 — No Comments

Podcast: Sue Davies on how and why The Photographers' Gallery was founded

Whilst making the film Do Not Bend: The Photographic Life of Bill Jay, United Nations of Photography Founder and Curator Dr Grant Scott spoke at length with Sue Davies OBE the founder of The Photographer’s Gallery not only about her memories of Jay, but also about the founding of her gallery. In this edited audio from that telephone conversation…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2022 at 10:08 — No Comments

Working group: Color Photography in the 19th Century and Early 20th Century

Color Photography in the 19th Century and Early 20th Century: Sciences, Technologies, Empires is a new working group that has been established to propel a rising field of research: colour photography in the 19th and early 20th century in order to reconfigure, expand, and problematize its role in the history of the discipline and in the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2022 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

cfp: Photomechanical Prints: History, Technology, Aesthetics, and Use / deadline 31 October 2022

For roughly 150 years, people have been accustomed to seeing photomechanical prints on a daily basis. Prints exist in a variety of milieus with multiple variations over time, use, and geography. Historic and contemporary examples are prevalent in museums, libraries, archives, and personal collections worldwide. Photomechanical…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 24, 2022 at 9:51 — 1 Comment

Job: Director, The Photographers' Gallery / closes 11 August 2022

The Photographers’ Gallery is the UK’s leading centre for the presentation and exploration of photography in all its forms and home to an international community of photographers. Founded in Covent Garden, London, in 1971, the Gallery has been instrumental in championing photography’s pivotal role in culture and society and securing…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 22, 2022 at 19:58 — No Comments

Dorset travelling photography studio c1860s to be offered at auction

A rare - probably unique - British travelling photography studio, previously used by the photographers John and  Walter Pouncy of Dorchester from the 1860s is to be offered at auction on 4 and 5 August 2022. It is estimated at £8,000-12,000.…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 22, 2022 at 8:00 — No Comments

Kraszna-Krausz Photography and Moving Image Book Awards announce 2022 winning titles

The Kraszna-Krausz Foundation has announced the shortlists and winners for the 2022 Kraszna-Krausz Photography and Moving Image Book Awards. Both the winning and shortlisted titles have been chosen as exemplary demonstrations of originality and excellence in the fields of moving image and photography book publishing. The titles from these books explore a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 17, 2022 at 21:27 — No Comments

Publication: Gabriel Lippmann's Colour Photography

Physicist Gabriel Lippmann's (1845–1921) photographic process is one of the oldest methods for producing colour photographs. So why do the achievements of this 1908 Nobel laureate remain mostly unknown outside niche circles? Using the centenary of Lippmann’s death as an opportunity to reflect upon his scientific, photographic, and cultural legacy, this…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 17, 2022 at 21:16 — No Comments

Gallery: Tommie Ominde shown at Doyle Wham / until 13 August 2022

Doyle Wham, the UK's first and only contemporary African photography gallery, is presenting Tommie Ominde’s first ever solo exhibition. The exhibition runs until 13 August and offers a comprehensive look into the artist’s unique photographic world.

Ominde was born and has lived ever since in the coastal town of Kilifi in Kenya, a small settlement…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 17, 2022 at 21:00 — No Comments

Autograph helps Getty open access to 30,000 images of black diaspora in UK and US

Getty Images, a preeminent global visual content creator and marketplace, today launched the Black History & Culture Collection (BHCC), an initiative created to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 17, 2022 at 21:00 — No Comments

Brett Rogers to leave The Photographers' Gallery at the end of 2022

After 16 years of leadership, Brett Rogers, OBE, HonFRPS, announces today she will be leaving her role as Director of The Photographers’ Gallery – the UK’s foremost centre for photography – at the end of 2022.

Following the success of The Photographers’ Gallery’s 50th anniversary programme in 2021 and the launch of Soho Photography Quarter - the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on July 11, 2022 at 20:30 — No Comments

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