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Podcast: In search of Bill Jay - episode 4

The latest in Grant Scott's podcast series In search of Bill Jay is now available to listen online or through your normal podcast channels. The series extends and adds to Grant's acclaimed film which looks at Jay's life and legacy. 

Listen to the latest part and the earlier podcasts in the series click…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 26, 2022 at 10:30 — No Comments

Talk: Orphan works and photography collections / Online: 6 July 2022

Orphan Works are creative works that are subject to copyright for which one or more of the rights holders is either unknown or cannot be found. Understanding how Orphan Works in relation to photographic collections can be a bit of a minefield. To help you navigate we are running a virtual event with Margaret Haig from the government's Intellectual Property…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2022 at 20:30 — No Comments

Exhibition: The Future is Blinking" Early studio photography from West and Central Africa / Switzerland: until 3 July 2022

For the first time, an exhibition focuses on the photographs of the earliest local photographers from West and Central Africa. Since the late 19th century, they have been creating enchanting photographs together with their customers in open-air studios. The thought of future viewers was always present; for them,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2022 at 20:07 — No Comments

Exhibition: Stonhouse Street / London: Omnibus Theatre, from 6 September 2022

Photographer John S Webb is British but has lived in Sweden since 1974.  In September the Omnibus Theatre, London, will show work that he made in 1972 in Stonhouse Street, Clapham, London. The exhibition will consist of the same images that he exhibited in the then Clapham Public Library in 1972. The photographs are to be shown in the same building which has…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 22, 2022 at 20:02 — No Comments

Article: Extended Family: Carole Cutner’s Photographic Life

Photomonitor has published a short article by Annebella Pollen on the British porytrait photographer Carole Cutner who was active from 1968. She specialised in portraits of children, but also photographed royalty and figures from industry and business. She continues to work and is currently reviewing her archive. 

Read the piece here:…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2022 at 9:30 — No Comments

Auction: Photographic maritime archive of Sir Harold Dudley Clayton

Auctioneers Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood of Exeter are offering the The photographic archive of Sir Harold Dudley Clayton, 10th Baronet of Clayton, Marden (1877-1951) over multiple lots in its Maritime auction on 21 June 2022.  The lots include glass plate negatives, albums and prints from the 1890s to later 1930s, and show racing, sailing and…


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Symposium: The art of documentary photography in Devon / 1 October 2022 - registration open

This symposium celebrates the work of James Ravilious and Chris Chapman and marks 50 years since Ravilious and Chapman started their photographic careers in Devon. Speakers include Chapman, Ella Ravilious, Val Williams, Mark Haworth-Booth and Tessa Traegar.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 19, 2022 at 8:20 — No Comments

Job: Photographer - National Collections Centre - Wroughton / closes 26 June 2022

Science Museum Group (SMG) is here to inspire futures and our Collection Services department underpin the care and management of our unique objects. Within Collection Services, the Photography team provide a professional, technical, and creative service making digital content for a diverse range of clients and stakeholders…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 15, 2022 at 20:10 — No Comments

Blog: anonymity in medical imagery

John Rylands Research Institute and Library has published Dr Christine Slobogin's blog posted titled Anonymous Anatomies: A Critical History of Visual Anonymity in Britain and America, 1870 – 1955 which was based in part on the John Rylands holdings. The blog and Dr Slobogin's research examines anonymity in medical imagery. 

Read it here:…


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Request: Weekly Illustrated magazine and Jimmy Jarché

Mike Wells is looking for a run of Weekly Illustrated magazine to consult for 1943 as part of research he is undertaking in to Jimmy Jarché.  In addition he is interested to know of anyone who may have a list of his assignments during the 1940s. Jarché's book People I Have Shot is too early for this, dating from the mid-1930s.



Added by Michael Pritchard on June 15, 2022 at 6:38 — 3 Comments

Events: Photo Frome - Alice Seeley Harris and Ravilious

A new photography festival Photo Frome is offering an extensive series of exhibitions, talks, workshops and other events. Two events that will be of particular interest to those interested in photographic history.

On 11 July David Lassman and Mick Yartes discuss Alice Seeley Harris who was a Frome resident. It will discuss the work of Alice Seeley,…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 15, 2022 at 6:30 — No Comments

The Photographers' Gallery opens Soho Photography Quarter with Christian Thompson launch exhibition

The Photographers’ Gallery has launched the Soho Photography Quarter (SPQ), a permanent new outdoor cultural space, presenting the very best of contemporary photography, for free. Offering dynamic new ways to discover the photographic medium, Soho Photography Quarter follows the refurbishment of Ramillies Place, which has transformed a previously overlooked…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2022 at 15:01 — No Comments

Alvin Langdon Coburn grave restoration completed

The restoration of the grave of one of the great names of photography, Alvin Langdon Coburn (1882-1966) has been completed. A call for support was made in 2021 and the project has been led by Brian Iddon. In addition to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 12, 2022 at 12:27 — No Comments

Jobs: Curatorial roles at NS+MM, Bradford / closing late June-early July 2022

Bradford's National Science and Media Museum is recruit for three curatorial positions: Head Curator, Curator of Photography and Photographic Technology and an Assistant Curator. 

As Head Curator you will play a pivotal leadership role in National Science and Media Museum’s senior leadership team, contributing to…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2022 at 20:00 — No Comments

Moving on: Geoff Belknap

Dr Geoff Belknap, Head Curator at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, will be joining the National Museums Scotland as as Keeper of Science & Technology in September.  Geoff…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 9, 2022 at 19:30 — No Comments

Conference: British Photography since 1972 / Live and online 1-2 July 2022

The Royal Photographic Society’s Historical Group was formed on 22 March 1972 at a time when photography in Britain was undergoing a significant transition. The RPS, itself, was in a process of modernisation as it sought to remain relevant to British photography. The way photography was taught in higher education reflected a move away from the technical to a…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 8, 2022 at 21:51 — No Comments

Auction: Fine and Rare Cameras / 17 June 2022 - UPDATED

Flints Auctions is offering a selection of cameras in its next auction. Of particular British interest and a highlight is a James A Sinclair Tropical Una High Power Telephoto 'Everest' Outfit (lot 110). Estimated at £2000-3000 the camera is one of very few examples offered at auction. The camera was exhibited at the recent London Photographica…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 5, 2022 at 11:30 — No Comments

Publication: Hidden Light: Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography

In 2019 New Zealand's Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū held an exhibition Hidden Light: Early Canterbury and West Coast Photography which highlighted the contribution of pioneering photographers at work in nineteenth-century Te Waipounamu, New Zeland's South Island. Spectacular landscapes by skilled amateurs and professionals…


Added by Michael Pritchard on June 3, 2022 at 11:00 — 1 Comment

Fair: Classic Photograph Fair / 12 June 2022

Your chance to acquire paper negatives and daguerreotypes; travel and exploration, fashion and press photographs; and introducing contemporary photographers working with early processes.

Exhibitors include Maggs Bris, Lisa Tao, Richard Meara, Linus Carr, Hugh Ashley Rayner, James Kerr, Bruno Tartarin, Daniella Dangoor,…


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Online: Decolonization and Photography in Africa / 10 June 2022

Work on post-war African photographies over the last several years has attempted definitively to leave behind blunt understandings of the medium and practice as only an instrument of colonial control. Instead, scholars have shown the active role that photography and its institutions played in reimagining political citizenship and possibility in the waning…


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