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Film: Under Newbon Stars - opening up a lost archive

Under Newborn Stars tells the story of photographer Maja Blumenfeld - From her upbringing in Berlin to her escaping Nazi Germany and resettling in New Zealand. The film provides insight into her journey, her view on photography and the importance of objects connected to people and significant moments in her life.

Photographer Maja Blumenfeld’s…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 17, 2021 at 15:42 — No Comments

Exhibition: Fabric of Photography / Oxford, 15 October-13 November 2021

Twelve experimental photographic artists exhibit their work in Oxford as part of Photo Oxford Festival opening in the Main Gallery, The Old Fire Station, central Oxford, from the 15 October-13 November. Each artist focuses on materiality within their practice. They are inspired by historical processes invented in the 19th Century, and work with the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2021 at 11:35 — No Comments

Conference: Concerning Photography: Photographic Networks in Britain / 25 November-2 December 2021

On 14 January 1971, The Photographers’ Gallery opened its doors with The Concerned Photographer, an exhibition that had previously been shown in the United States, Switzerland and Japan, and which presented photography as the optimum medium to document social conditions. This online conference has been organised to mark the 50th…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 16, 2021 at 11:16 — 2 Comments

Media Museum secures funding to develop plans for Sound and Vision galleries

The National Science and Media Museum in Bradford has announced that it has received initial support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to begin the development of its ambitious Sound and Vision galleries and accompanying activity programme.

Sound and…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 10, 2021 at 21:01 — No Comments

Exhibition: Blackfriars SE1 in the 1970s / from 29 October 2021

A chance discovery of thousands of photographs in the archives of a London council has brought back to life a local community’s fight for survival and a new exhibition opening 29 October is telling the story. The exhibition features an extraordinary period of community action in the 1970s and 1980s in Blackfriars, Waterloo and North Southwark along London’s…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 10, 2021 at 19:34 — No Comments

Exhibition: James Ravilious' An English Eye (1997) / until 31 December 2021

Recently acquired by The Burton at Bideford, An English Eye is a collection of photographs by renowned local artist-photographer, James Ravilious. The collection provides an important record of life in North Devon between 1972 and 1997, and also represents the best of James Ravilious’ work as a whole.

Son of Eric Ravilious (war artist,…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 10, 2021 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

Download: new Picture Post film and a 29 volume run for sale

Picture Post was Britain's best-selling weekly magazine during the 1940s and early 50s. Through its picture stories, Picture Post pioneered a completely new approach to the portrayal of British life, and in doing so helped to shape modern British photography.

PICTURE STORIES, is a new feature-length documentary, explores that…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 10, 2021 at 19:00 — No Comments

Exhibition: Helen Levitt In the Street / from 15 October 2021

The Photographers’ Gallery presents a retrospective spanning fifty years of work by the landmark American street photographer, Helen Levitt (1913–2009). Taking place over two floors of the Gallery, this retrospective of more than 130 works will survey the full breadth of Levitt’s rich photographic practice, charting her journey from street reportage to…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 10, 2021 at 19:00 — No Comments

Bodleian Libraries to appoint Curator of Photography

The Bodleian Libraries has announced that, for the first time, a Curator of Photography will be appointed to care for and develop the libraries' growing photography collections, thanks to a transformational gift of £2 million from The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation. The endowment accompanies the…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 6, 2021 at 5:47 — No Comments

Festival: Photo Oxford 2021 / 15 October-15 November 2021

Photo Oxford Festival opens on 15 October with outdoor projections on the Ruskin School of Art building. This leads into a launch weekend of activity including Portfolio Reviews, film screenings, tours and opportunities to meet artists and curators in their exhibition spaces. The Festival is themed around Women and Photography - Ways of Seeing and Being…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 3, 2021 at 17:41 — No Comments

Inside the Getty Archive

In this piece Peter Dench, courtesy of Olympus ImageSpace, steps into the Getty's Hulton Archive in east London and gets a partial tour of its 13km of shelving with curator Melanie Hough. 

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 2, 2021 at 13:48 — No Comments

cfp: British Photography since 1972 / deadline for proposals 15 October 2021

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…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 1, 2021 at 16:24 — No Comments

Historic photographs of the Sutton Hoo excavation fully digitised

Over the winter of 2019/2020 images from the archive at Sutton Hoo were digitised in their entirety for the first time. The images, captured by Mercie Lack and Barbara Wagstaff, were taken during the summer of 1939 and provide a remarkable insight into the people and processes behind the excavation of the Great Ship Burial. The entire collection is now…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 1, 2021 at 9:30 — No Comments

James Ravilious commemorated with plaque

Devon History Society has recognised photographer James Ravilious with a commemorative plaque on the house that he lived in from 1987 to 1999. The event was attended by James’s widow Robin, and their children Ben and Ella.  Speeches were made by Dr Andrew Jones, Chairman of the Devon History Society, Peter Beacham OBE, formerly Heritage Protection…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on October 1, 2021 at 8:30 — No Comments

John Thomson honoured with commemorative plaque, exhibition and book

More than thirty people gathered in Edinburgh on 29 September to celebrate the installation of a commemorative plaque to John Thomson (1837-1921) on the exterior of his childhood home at 6 Brighton Street. The building in Thomson's day housed 77 people and is now immediately behind the National Museums Scotland in Chambers Street and close to the University…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 30, 2021 at 20:00 — No Comments

Prince Albert: his life and legacy project concludes

The Royal Collection Trust's Prince Albert project has come to an end and is now fully live and accessible. Prince Albert: His Life and Legacy makes freely available a total of 22,000 archival documents, prints and photographs from the Royal Archives, the Royal Collection and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. 

The latest additions…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 27, 2021 at 6:00 — 2 Comments

Online talk: The Francis Bedford Research Collection / 30 September 2021

Ryerson Image Centre is hosting a noon time collection talk with Steven Evans who will discuss the Francis Bedford Research Collection. Steven Evans is a Toronto-based photographer and collector who has focused on architecture and the urban environment for over 40 years. Evans graduated from Ryerson University’s Media Studies program in 1982 and as a…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 26, 2021 at 21:17 — No Comments

Blog: Bill Jay and Tony Ray-Jones in New York

Grant Scott, who has done so much with his film Do not bend: The photographic Life of Bill Jay to remind us of the seminal role played by Jay in British photography from the late 1960s to mid-1970s, has made a new discovery. He has located Jay's contact sheets from a trip he made with Tony Ray-Jones to New York in 1968 hidden in a plastic box in a…

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

Obituary: Peter Bunnell (1937-2021)

Peter C. Bunnell, whose passionate and inspired teaching profoundly changed the field of photographic history, passed away at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, on Monday, 20 September 2021. As the inaugural David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art at Princeton University, a position he accepted in 1972 and held for 30 years…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 20:26 — No Comments

Online conference: Photographic Digital Heritage: Institutions, Communities and The Political / 19-20 October 2021

Photographic Digital Heritage: Institutions, Communities and The Political intends to explore how uses of digital technology, and digitisation in particular, have transformed the ways in which historical photographs of value to perceived inherited cultural legacies are collected, deployed and identified as such. It will specifically investigate what has…

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Added by Michael Pritchard on September 25, 2021 at 20:18 — No Comments

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